Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Photo/Getty Images)

Sotomayor chosen to trigger ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Who says only tourists go to see the ball drop in Manhattan’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve?

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx native, will be in charge of pressing the button that activates the 60-second descent of the sparkling ball to celebrate the introduction of 2014 in Times Square, organizers announced Sunday.

The justice will usher in the New Year in front of more than 1 million people who will gather in the center of New York City and the 1 billion people who will be watching the event on TV screens around the world, according to the Times Square Alliance, which organizes the yearly show with the help of Countdown Entertainment.

“Justice Sotomayor is an inspiration to many, and it is a privilege to welcome her to our celebration to ring in 2014,” said Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins in a statement. “Who better to join us in the Crossroads of the World than one of New York’s own,” he added.

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