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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to start countdown for Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop

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    Justice Sonia Sotomayor arrives at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

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NEW YORK — 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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