Sotomayor to count down in Times Square

December 30, 2013
U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor poses for photographers as she arrives at the U.S. State Department for a gala dinner to honor the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees, in Washington in this December 7, 2013 file photo. Sotomayor will take center stage among about 1 million revelers in New York's Times Square to usher in 2014 by pressing the button to lower the iconic countdown ball, organizers said on December 29, 2013 . REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: PROFILE ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, shown here at a gala dinner, will push the button to drop the ball in Times Square on New Years.  (REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

Ryan Seacrest might be mugging for the cameras and Jenny McCarthy could be making out with a sailor, but Times Square’s New Year celebration will once again feature a slightly more distinguished guest tasked with pressing the button that drops the famous ball — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Organizers of the iconic event announced that Sotomayor, a Bronx native and the first Hispanic woman to sit on the high court, would lead Times Square revelers (and those of us following along from our sofas) in a countdown, then “push the Waterford Crystal button” signaling the ball drop.

Previous button-pushers at the glittery event have included heavyweights such as Kofi Annan, Hillary Clinton, and Colin Powell. Which might mean that the job takes a little bit of gravitas.

Let’s hope that wielding a gavel is good practice.


Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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