Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow named as TIME’s 100 most influential

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It’s a good day to be a New Yorker.

Empire State residents ranging from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin were
named to TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list. The issue will hit newsstands on Thursday.

In the piece about Cuomo, written by former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, praises the Democratic governor for taking on teachers’ unions, some of the most powerful collective bargaining groups in New York State. Cuomo helped put in place a teacher evaluation system based on performance.

Cuomo has also helped lower New York’s extremely high business taxes, and steered the state towards economic recovery.

The brief write-up does not mention Cuomo’s controversial victory last year, when he was able to convince a reticent legislature in Albany to legalize gay marriage in New York.

What’s the next challenge for Andy? Now he must find a way to make money off hydrofracking while at the same time protecting the environment. Cuomo continues to deny rumors he wants to run for U.S. president in 2016, but either way, predicts Rendell, keep an eye on Albany.

Other New Yorkers on list

Cuomo is hardly the only New York name on TIME’s list.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is on it; the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York has been one of the most outspoken opponents of gay marriage in New York.

Matt Lauer, Kristen Wiig (Judd Apatow wrote her write-up), Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin — “He’s dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn’t hack it in the NBA — also made the list, as did newest Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

In fact, Lin wrote up the summary of Tebow’s accomplishments, writing, “He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out.”

Both Lin and Tebow are religious Christians.

New York-centric comedian Louis CK made the list — his show features him ambling through Midtown, lamenting his life as a recent divorcee — as did Ai-Jen Poo, a labor organizer who helped the city’s nannies and maids get fair pay and better hours.

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, also made the list.
 



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