Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be skipping the New London St. Patrick’s Day parade for another trip to Washington D.C. next week.

Malloy will attend events at the Naval Observatory and the White House March 17. He’s hoping to bend Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama’s ears over the federal governments rejection of storm damage for two of the states eight counties.

“Not only are these excellent opportunities to speak with the President and Vice President personally about a number of issues we’re dealing with here in Connecticut, but I look forward to speaking with other elected colleagues of mine, and anybody else whose ear I can bend about Connecticut,” said Malloy.

Malloy was in Washington D.C. last week to attend the National Governors Association meeting. When he was there he met with Obama Secretaries Geithner (Treasury), LaHood (Transportation), Donovan (Housing), Sebelius (Health & Human Services), and Duncan (Education).

“I was very much looking forward to leading the New London St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Malloy. “Unfortunately business in Washington on behalf of Connecticut will take me away from the state. However, I know the citizens of New London and the surrounding area will have a wonderful time with Lieutenant Governor Wyman. I wish everyone involved a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”