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Sotomayor to officiate at Times Square New Year’s Eve


U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor arrives at the U.S. State Department for a gala dinner to honor the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees, Dec. 7, 2013. (MIKE THEILER/REUTERS)

Supreme Court Justice Sonia 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 countdown ball, organizers said Sunday.

Sotomayor, a Bronx native, was chosen for her achievements and rise from humble beginnings to become the first Hispanic to serve on the nation’s highest court, organizers said.

“She’s an inspirational and aspirational choice,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which organizes the annual event.

Sotomayor, the first Supreme Court justice chosen for the honor, is scheduled to lower the ball a few minutes after pop star Miley Cyrus finishes a performance. The ball drop is expected to be watched by an estimated 1 billion people worldwide.

One regular guest at the event, outgoing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), will not attend this year, Tompkins said. Bloomberg, he said, will spend his final hours as mayor celebrating privately with friends and family.

Times Square runs through the annual confetti test, to ensure the New Year's Eve celebration goes off without a hitch. (Reuters)

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