This Sunday our guest on Face the State is Governor Dannel Malloy, who is here to talk about his first year in office, and what he has planned for the coming year. We covered quite a bit of ground in the half hour broadcast; talking about the busway, Hartford and New Haven, Jackson Labs, UConn, restoration of an NHL team, and more.
As a former mayor of Stamford, the governor has a strong opinion on how to improve the cities of our state. For Hartford, an answer rolled off the governor’s tongue fairly quickly: housing. “We have to build thousands of units of new housing downtown. Imagine 3-4 thousand more units of housing. ”
Governor Malloy, of course lives and works in Hartford, and whose wife runs the Hartford Arts Council, has obviously noticed some of things residents have wondered about for years. Here’s what the governor said about one of the few national retailers downtown: “Starbucks isn’t open on the weekends. That is a gigantic mistake for Starbucks I don’t think they realize how many people are living there.”
Starbucks doesn’t open even if a parade is going by, or on First Night, when thousands of revelers might want a Frappucino.
Governor Malloy also said he is working on moving some state offices downtown. That was in response to a question I posed about the busway, asking who would be riding it, considering the capital city has lost several major employers to the suburbs, including my own.
As for restoring an NHL team to the state, the Governor called himself “the bigegst hockey fan,” and professed his commitment to the XL Center as he talked about its future.
I also asked Governor Malloy what he thinks about moving our presidential primary to the end of the calendar, from a prime position in early February, his predecessors Lowell Weicker, John Rowland and Jodi Rell, and much more.
Here is the interview that aired Sunday at 11 on Channel 3.