December 30, 2008 / 3:12 PM / in 9 years

Clintons to ring in New Year in Times Square

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill and Hillary Clinton will push the ceremonial button to signal the lowering of the giant illuminated ball in New York’s Times Square this New Year.

<p>Revelers await midnight during New Year's festivities at Times Square in New York December 31, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

The former president and his wife -- a U.S. senator from New York and President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of State -- will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in this year’s festivities, event organizers said in a statement on Tuesday.

They will push a button at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday night, starting the 60-second countdown that is part of the annual celebration in New York City’s signature square.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta, Editing by Sandra Maler

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