Governor Malloy is marking a year and half in office this week, and we invited him to come on Face the State to talk about his term so far and what he still wants to accomplish. Being a holiday week, tourism was one of the topics we discussed.
Growing up in suburban Boston, I never heard people talking about taking a vacation in Connecticut. I asked the governor how he plans to lure people from out of state into our state for fun and leisure. He talked about the state’s new “Still Revolutionary,” ad campaign and Connecticut’s colonial history.
People go to Boston or Philadelphia to see historic sites, but do they come to Hartford, or anywhere in our state for that purpose? The governor admitted work needs to be done, and he wants the Old State House to open on Sundays. The schedule of this landmark has long puzzled me, and no doubt the tourists who stroll from the Wadsworth, Convention Center, or Science Center who pose for pictures in front of an empty, closed building.
Speaking of the Connecticut Convention Center, the governor told me the cornerstone of Adriaen’s Landing is not meeting expectations, and something needs to be done to turn things around. Across from the CCC, the empty storefronts at Front Street are a sign the city of Hartford still needs work. The governor went on to say he does not want to be mayor of the capital city, and had an interesting response to my question as to whether we need to accept the fact Hartford will always be a poor city, and will never return to its glory days.
In the wake of the Howard Baldwin story, we also talked about the restoration of an NHL team in the state. The governor said fans should not be optimistic for a return of the Whalers, but they shouldn’t give up hope! However, he did say the restoration of a major league team is unlikely.
You can watch the entire interview with Governor Malloy this Sunday morning at 11, only on Channel 3? Here is A preview: http://www.wfsb.com/video?clipId=7471010&autostart=true