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Joe DiVincenzo will tell us he must raise taxes, to provide critically needed county services like housing.
On Sunday, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced that two giraffes from Florida — Lincoln and Milo — arrived at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.
In July, Essex County officials announced plans to construct a $7 million giraffe exhibit, tentatively slated to open this spring.
The 200 by 100 foot exhibit area will feature a climate-controlled barn, three-acres of land designed to mimic the African Savannah and multiple public viewing areas, county officials previously stated.
Closed circuit cameras will also be installed in the barn so the giraffes can be viewed on a video screen in the Zoo Cafe.
Because giraffes come before the homeless. And the hungry. And the unemployed.
Unless all our other problems are already solved and nobody bothered to tell me.
Which could be the case.
But somehow I doubt it.
Members of the freeholder board said they will be reviewing the budget over the next month. Newly elected board president Britnee Timberlake said she hopes to focus on "everything dealing with social services" in the budget. "We need to service all people (in the county). I feel that the county is lacking in areas…to provide social services in the most effective way possible."
"We are not where we want to be yet," DiVincenzo said, pointing out that the county has high foreclosure and unemployment rates, and a high percentage of its population seeking government assistance.
Ah, but now we have giraffes.
Maybe the giraffes will eat cake.
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