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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a page from David Letterman's playbook to pay tribute to the talk show host.

Letterman announced he will retire from "Late Show" in 2015 after 22 years. A staple of his shows has been the "Top Ten List."

Cuomo's office released one Friday via a press release. Here is the governor's list, reworked from the press release so you read it as a countdown:

Governor Cuomo's Top Ten List of Reasons Why David Letterman Is a New York legend

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the No. 1 reason David Letterman is a New York legend:

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

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