Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is easing back on the public schedule this holiday week, giving his press staff a slight break. His big announcements today: the hiring of a cosultant to study the state’s three deep water ports, plus news of four more state grants to municipalities.

His senior adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, is off this week, a sign that the administration is unlikely to roll out any major news. A year ago today, Malloy held a press conference to name his agriculture commissioner as he was prepping to take office on Jan. 5.

According to the Norwich Bulletin, Malloy will mark his first year in office at the Norwich Free Academy, taking questions from the Bulletin’s editorial page editor, Ray Hackett, and the public about the past year and his priorities for the coming year.

The event at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and admission requires a ticket, which can be obtained during business hours at The Bulletin’s office at 66 Franklin St., Norwich.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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