Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is doing his part this season to save tax payers a few bucks, bring some holiday cheer to the needy in Pennsylvania, rather than line the pockets of a New York City catering firm.
Wolf told the Associated Press he will foot the bill for office space for his security detail to guard his York County home when he takes office January 20.
Wolf has said he would eschew the governor's residence in Harrisburg, in favor  but wants of his family home in Mount Wolf (yes, named for his ancesters) in rural York County.
He said he will pay full market rent for office space for the security team, but did not say what that cost would be.
Wolf says he will use the posh Colonial Revival governor's residence for official duties and social functions. Wolf, who reported $1.3 million in gross income last year, also will forego the governor's salary of nearly $191,000 in 2015.
Meanwhile, Wolf's transition team announced yesterday that while the governor-elect will attend the exclusive Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York City this weekend he will not host a governor's reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel as is the custom dating back a century.
Instead he said in a statement that he will donate that money to a food banks across the state.

Last year, instead of holding a fundraising reception at Pennsylvania Society as typically is the case, I contributed the cost of such a reception to Pennsylvania food banks so that those who are less fortunate than many of us may enjoy a brighter holiday. My staff and I also participated in our own small day of service on the Thursday prior to Pennsylvania Society.

This is a tradition I plan to extend. This year, I will again contribute the cost of a fundraising reception to Pennsylvania food banks and volunteer with Frances at a local soup kitchen.

Contributions will be made to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Philabundance, and Our Daily Bread in York.
 
 

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