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Justice Sonia Sotomayor to drop ball at Times Square New Year’s Eve countdown

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been tapped to drop the ball at Times Square New Year’s Eve 2014 countdown, according to a Dec. 29 New York Post report. Event organizers say Justice Sotomayor will lead the city’s popular 60-second countdown at the New Year’s Eve party in Times Square. The Supreme Court justice and Bronx native will push the button that starts the ceremonial ball drop in New York’s Time Square.

“She is an inspiration to New Yorkers everywhere, and we can’t wait to have her join us,” the Times Square District Management Association announced on Facebook on its Times Square NYC page.

According to Yahoo News, Justice Sotomayor will join others, including Lady Gaga, Muhammad Ali and Bill and Hillary Clinton, among those who have commenced the ceremonial ball drop. She was chosen for her achievements and rise from humble beginnings to the Supreme Court, organizers said. She is the first Supreme Court judge ever chosen for this event.

Fox News reports that Justice Sotomayor is the first Latina and the third female Supreme Court judge appointed to the court.

New York City is buzzing with excitement and bracing for its big New Year’s Eve night, the New York Post reports. On Sunday, the event organizers conducted the traditional “confetti test,” tossing colored scraps in Times Square to test the paper’s supposed “air-worthiness.” Even a fully costumed Spider-Man joined in on the testing. One ton of confetti is expected to rain down the city that never sleeps after the 2014 New Year ball drops in Times Square.

One popular guest who will not watch the ball drop live is New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. After 12 years in office, the outgoing mayor decided to spend his final hours as mayor celebrating privately with friend and family said Tim Tompkins, president of the event organizer, Times Square Alliance.

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