Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will be sworn into a second term Wednesday at a ceremony in the state Armory at around 1:30 p.m.
According to excerpts of his inaugural address he will focus on the difficult choices and crises he faced during his first term. From five storms to the Newtown school shooting, Malloy’s message will be that in the face of adversity, the state has made progress.
“We chose to believe that there is more that unites us in Connecticut, than divides us,” Malloy is expected to say.
He will also touch on what the future holds. Malloy hasn’t been shy about stating that he has big plans for improving the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Since winning a second term, Malloy has been making a case for the state to begin improving its outdated roads, bridges, and rail systems. The list of projects includes modernizing Metro-North, replacing aging bridges, and replacing or widening sections of the state’s major highways.
“We can build a transportation system that better connects us to one another and to the rest of the world,” Malloy is expected to say later today.
What Malloy hasn’t said is exactly how he plans to fund the improvements.
He isn’t scheduled to give his budget address until Feb. 4. But he will give a state-of-the-state address to a joint session of the General Assembly today at 4 p.m.
Lawmakers in the House and the Senate are expected to be sworn in at around 10 a.m.
Malloy will administer the oath of office of Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at 10 a.m. in the Senate chambers before the two brave the freezing cold temperatures and walk the 25-minute parade route beginning at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch on Trinity Street.
Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald will administer the oath of office to Malloy.
This is the second inaugural ceremony to be held in the armory. From the opening of the state Capitol until 1991 inaugurations took place in the hall of the House. In 1991, former Gov. Lowell P. Weicker chose to hold the ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol. In 1995, former Gov. John G. Rowland, whose sentencing on federal election violations was postponed, took the oath on the Capitol’s south portico. In 1999 and 2003, Rowland held it in the atrium of the Legislative Office Building. Former Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s second inauguration was also held in the atrium of that building.