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Sonia Sotomayor Lowering the Ball in Times Square on New Year's

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By Newsmax Wires   |   Monday, 30 Dec 2013 08:47 AM

Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Supreme Court associate justice, will lower the ball in New York's Times Square, ringing in 2014 on New Year's with one million revelers, organizers said on Sunday.

New York native Sonia Sotomayor will join pop star Lady Gaga, boxing great Muhammad Ali as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton among those who have had the honor of starting the ball drop, which organizers said will be watched by an estimated 1 billion people around the world, according to Reuters.

Sonia Sotomayor was chosen to lower the ball for her achievements and rise from humble beginnings in the Bronx to become the first Hispanic appointed to the country's highest court, organizers said.

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

The first Supreme Court justice chosen for the honor is scheduled to be in the global glare a few minutes after provocative pop star Miley Cyrus finishes a performance.

One regular guest who will not be in the crowd is outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. After 12 years in office, Bloomberg opted to spend his final hours as mayor celebrating privately with friends and family, Tompkins said.

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