Inauguration activities underway in Hartford

Governor Dannel Malloy waves to spectators in the Inauguration Parade in downtown Hartford (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a very big day at the State Capitol Wednesday, with Governor Dannel Malloy being sworn in for a second term, and the General Assembly beginning its new session.

The State Armory drill hall has been transformed into a ceremonial venue for today’s inaugural. Despite the frigid temperatures, the Governor already participated in a short inauguration day parade from the Soldiers and Sailors Arch in Bushnell Park, around the State Capitol Complex, and finishing at the State Armory.

Malloy’s official swearing in is scheduled for 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was sworn in this morning so that she could preside over the opening of the State Senate.

The Governor says that his major focus in the coming year will be addressing the state’s deteriorating highways and bridges, an issue of particular concern to Southern Connecticut.

“It’s a fifty year challenge for Connecticut and I think that, obviously, I’m addressing it, will address it in the weeks to come, we’ll make ultimately very specific proposals to the legislature for the coming session included in my budget when we deliver that in February,” Governor Malloy said.

In a News 8 exclusive interview, the Governor does not rule out tolls, or an increase in the ‘Gas Tax’ as a way to fund the rebuilding of the state transporation system. He says the state needs to have a “mature discussion” about how we want to do that. We’ll have more of that interview tonight on News 8 at 5:00 p.m.

You can see all of today’s Inauguration Day events live on our website, WTNH.com.

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