New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo salutes David Letterman for his years in New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo salutes David Letterman for his years in New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prides himself on his hard work for the people of New York, but he apparently has enough time on his hands to fiddle around with a Top Ten send-off for late night talk show host David Letterman.

Letterman has hosted “Late Show With David Letterman,” from the Ed Sullivan Theater in mid-town Manhattan, since 1993.

He announced his retirement this week and will step down in 2015.

CBS bought the theater for $4.5 million from Winthrop Financial Associates of Boston and turned it into a 400-seat studio, with lighting and sound adjustments specifically for Dave’s show.

Needless to say, Dave has been an economic boon to the state and city and has supplied a steady stream of gossip for the city’s tabloids.


His show attracts thousands of tourists every year to watch the show, a fact that hasn’t been lost on the governor. Of course, while Letterman works in New York, he actually lives in Connecticut.

Whether his successor stays in New York City or moves to Los Angeles remains to be seen.

Jay Leno and Johnny Carson before him hosted the rival “Tonight Show,” from Los Angeles. But new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has moved the show back to New York City.

So without further ado, here’s gov. Cuomo’s Top Ten Reason Why David Letterman is a New Yokr Legend.

10. He inspired the first top ten list by a New York State Governor.

9. He never left the Empire State for that other coast.

8. He has made us laugh at the Late Show on weeknights for the past 21 years.

7. He boosted the local economy by turning the Hello Deli into one of the most famous in the world.

6. His shows have been nominated for more than 100 Emmy Awards.

5. He contributed to keeping New Yorkers working by giving Paul Shaffer a steady job.

4. He helped New York heal by being the first late night talk show host to come back on the air after September 11, 2001.

3. He continued the Ed Sullivan Theatre’s legacy as a true New York icon by taping more than 4,000 shows at this world-renowned landmark.

2. He has made more than 4,500 top ten lists.

1. He has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theatre than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined.

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