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Mayor Bloomberg Ruins Stripper Snow Day (UPDATE)

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As you may have heard, the first big snowfall of the season, back in December, turned out to be a little embarrassing for Mayor Bloomberg and the people tasked with removing said snow, given that on many streets, the latter failed to do so, and that the former's initial response was "Yeah, and? Grow a pair." This time around, they vowed not to be made fools and allocated approximately 50 snow-blowers and 100 trucks per block. With the precipitation beginning around 10PM last evening, Hizzoner and Co plowed like there was no tomorrow, working diligently in the early hours of the morning (waking some people up circa 2AM). As those of you traversing Manhattan today can see, an extremely thorough job was done. A bit too thorough if you ask a couple topless gals.

Yesterday, we shared with you a press release from the good people at the "Cheetah Club," who, publicity stunt or not, had announced they'd be sending a group of topless employees outside to "perform their civic duty" by clearing snow in front of the Nasdaq building, and "showing Mayor Bloomberg how to shovel show." Perhaps having seen the smack-talk and vowing not to be schooled by a bunch of boobs, Hizzoner dispatched his best men to the area to make sure there was nary a flake to clean up, resulting in this scene, captured by our correspondent at 11AM, when the shoveling was scheduled to commence.

Apparently a man in a Buffalo Sabres hat arrived on the scene at approximately 11:23 a.m., worried he had missed the Shovel and Strip show. But, our correspondent reports, "he too was left cold, disappointed and angry at our suddenly competent Mayor."

UPDATE: Just kidding, the strippers were there, they just got a late start.


Chuck Schumer Is Ruining Facebook IPO Day For One Shareholder

As you may have heard, earlier this afternoon, Facebook priced its initial public offering at $38/share, valuing co-founder Eduardo Saverin's stake at approximately $2.9 billion. Since Saverin conveniently renounced his US citizenship last week, he will avoid paying millions in capital gains taxes and hang on to an estimated $67-$100 million that would have otherwise gone to the government, news that did not sit right with Chuck Schumer. Did the Senator from New York call the guy a "piece of shit miscreant"? No. Did he send him an email that included the line, "fuck with me and you will have a huge asshole"? No. But Schumer was inspired to create draft legislation aimed at tax-dodging ex-pats like Saverin and to let the kid know he makes him sick. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Casey (Pa.), who called Saverin's decision "despicable," said the Facebook co-founder stands to save $67 to $100 million in taxes by renouncing his citizenship. "Senator Casey and I have a status update for him: pay your taxes in full," Schumer said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. Their so-called "Ex-PATRIOT Act" would impose a mandatory 30 percent tax on American investments for those who renounce their citizenship and would also prohibit individuals like Saverin from re-entering the country. The law -- which only applies to individuals with a net worth of over $2 million or an average income tax liability of at least $148,000 -- would not apply to non-American investments by former citizens. Under the proposed legislation, the IRS would decide soon after an individual relinquishes his or her citizenship if the renouncement was motivated by tax avoidance. The individual would then have the opportunity to provide reasons for the renouncement, but there would be a "strong presumption" the move was for tax purposes. "Mr. Saverin has decided to 'defriend' the United States of America just to avoid paying his taxes," Schumer said, showing his familiarity with Facebook's lingo. [NYP]