Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor will become the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to welcome in the New Year in Times Square Tuesday evening.
“She will press the crystal button on Tuesday night to lower the ball and lead the 60-second countdown to midnight,” the New York Times reported.
The Official Times Square Alliance posted the following announcement on its Facebook page Sunday:
We’re excited to announce that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will help lower the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball at 11:59pm on December 31st. A native of the Bronx, Justice Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009, and was the third woman and first Hispanic to be appointed to the highest court in the United States. She is an inspiration to New Yorkers everywhere, and we can’t wait to have her join us.
In case you were cringing at the thought of a Supreme standing in the same space as the tongue obsessed, human wrecking ball Miley Cyrus, who will be performing New Years Eve, fear not.
“Viewers should not expect to see Ms. Cyrus twerking near Justice Sotomayor. The justice will have a private space at the event,” president of the Alliance Tim Tompkins told the Times.
No word on where the other three NYC native justices – Antonin Scalia, Ruth Ginsburg and Elena Kagan – are spending their New Years Eve, but rest assured it probably won’t be in Times Square.