- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says it didn’t pick a new office in northeastern Pennsylvania because the building’s owner was a campaign donor.

Instead, Wolf’s press secretary says it was the lowest bid in a competitive process in Pittston, and that Pittston is more centrally located for the northeastern region.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports that (https://bit.ly/28JPFEe ) the building’s owner, Ray Hassey, gave $20,750 to Wolf’s gubernatorial campaign in 2014.

The newspaper says records show Hassey offered a $2,981-a-month lease in the old bank building. Wolf’s office says that’s nearly $50,000-a-year cheaper than the previous lease in Scranton’s Oppenheim Building.

Bill Goldworthy, a deputy director for former Gov. Tom Corbett’s northeastern regional office, says state officials had looked to move the office to Pittston even before Wolf’s election.



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Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/

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