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Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Lead New Year’s Eve Countdown

Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Lead New Year’s Eve Countdown

| On 29, Dec 2013

Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be back in New York to lead New Years festivities in Times Square.

She will press the button on Tuesday night to lower the ball and lead the 60-second countdown to midnight, organizers of the event said on Sunday. She will be the first United States Supreme Court justice to perform the task.

Justice Sotomayor was selected because of her inspirational story of rising from a humble background to become the first Hispanic justice on the court, said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. She has encouraged others to dream big, a nice message for a new year, he said.

“At its best, the new year is about pursuing dreams,” Mr. Tompkins said on Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Sotomayor, the first Latina and the third female Supreme Court judge, was appointed to the court in 2009. She is a native of the Bronx, while her parents hail from Puerto Rico.

Mayor Bloomberg will not attend the event for the first time in 11 years. He has helped with the ball drop each year since he was elected, but he will celebrate privately with friends and family this year.

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