Justice Sonia Sotomayor will drop the ball on New Year’s Eve, according to Reuters.
New York native 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.
Sotomayor was chosen 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.
“She’s an inspirational and aspirational choice,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which organizes the annual event.
The justice’s Times Square debut will reportedly come just minutes after a performance by raunchy pop star Miley Cyrus.