Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

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Supreme Court justice and Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor and "Bald Vinny" Milano smile for a photo during a Yankees-Orioles baseball game, Aug. 1, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/"Bald Vinny" Milano) Supreme Court justice and Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor and "Bald Vinny" Milano smile for a photo during a Yankees-Orioles baseball game, Aug. 1, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/"Bald Vinny" Milano)

NEW YORK (AP) - The countdown to the new year in Times Square is getting some high-profile help - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The organizers of the annual celebration announced Sunday that Sotomayor will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball.

Sotomayor was appointed to the court in 2009. She is a native of the Bronx.

The giant New Year's Eve ball is covered in more than 2,600 crystal triangles and lit from within by more than 32,000 lights.

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