Malloy Becomes 1st Democratic Governor in 20 Years

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Governor Dan Malloy is now the state's 88th governor. He's the first Democrat since William O'Neill, who served from 1980 to 1991.

A public swearing in ceremony was held at the William O'Neill Armory in Hartford on Wednesday, complete with a 19-gun salute, and the crowd is gathering.

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman was sworn in around 11 a.m. and that was followed by the Inaugural Parade.

Malloy took the oath of office inside the Armory just after 2:30 p.m..

You can read his inaugural address in full here.

At 3:30 p.m., Malloy addressed a joint session of the General Assembly.

You can read his full remarks here.

At 7:30 p.m., the day of festivities heads over to the Convention Center for the Inaugural Ball.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. You’re asked to arrive an hour early. If you’re going, get the suit or ball gown ready because black tie is required. If you don’t already have a ticket, you won’t get in. The tickets are already sold out.

The state is paying for only part of the inaugural festivities, Malloy spokesperson Colleen Flanagan told the Day of New London.

"Aside from the actual swearing-in ceremony, the only other event paid for with state funds is the parade," Flanagan told the Day via e-mail message.

To cut costs, she said, the parade route is shorter, so it cuts costs of security personnel and other costs.

State funds will not go toward the ball, which is sponsored by the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard, she said.

After Malloy takes office, however, the Legislature can expect a sobering message about a state in difficult circumstances.

Malloy, the first Democratic governor in two decades, will remind lawmakers of the state's problems and stress that everyone will have to work together to get out of them.

 

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