Not everyone who flies through La Guardia Airport is able to fully appreciate NYC's finest hunk of peeling drywall, even if the Auntie Anne's at Gate A rivals the one at Port Authority Bus Terminal. Earlier this year, Vice President Joe Biden likened La Guardia to an airport in "some third world country." Now Governor Andrew Cuomo's putting in some photo time with Uncle Joe, teaming up with the VP to announce contests aimed at modernizing both La Guardia and John F. Kennedy Airport, an effort that's totally unrelated to any sort of future major upcoming election or whatever! SMILE FOR THE CAMERA, JOE.

Cuomo announced the contest yesterday at a press conference with Biden, who, according to the Times, went on a 25-minute "ramble" about infrastructure ("It was kind of like performance art," one witness told the paper). The governor said that the initiative is all part of the state government's plan to "invest in roads, bridges and tunnels on a scale that we haven't seen in decades." Starting next month, interested parties have 60 days to come up with plans to revitalize and redesign both airports. Then the Port Authority will pick three winning teams, and each will be awarded $500,000 to further develop their proposals.

The proposals should aim to enhance transportation to and from the airports, amp up food and retail, make the airport layouts more accessible and all around upgrade the facilities, among other things. These tentative upgrades are all well and good, but of course, critics have noted all this UPGRADE THE AIRPORTS talk seems a little too closely timed to Election Year 2016—even Biden got into the game, likening Cuomo to Lincoln (it's in the jowls). Joseph Sitt, a developer with the Global Gateway Alliance who has a history of sucking the soul out of Coney Island, told the Times he hoped Cuomo's contest wasn't election-year "hyperbole," noting that "without dollars and cents, it could just be government rhetoric." Impossible!

La Guardia's already getting a new terminal, though it won't look as good as the one proposed by the aforementioned Global Gateway Alliance a few years ago—the Port Authority has not announced which consortium will build that future $3.6 billion hub, but you can assume its flight boards still won't list the right gates.