In some ways this (poll) is a comment on the optimism of Americans and on what New Year's means to people _ tying into their hopes for the future.

In a year when there has been a lot of bad news that the whole world watches, people want to turn to those few places where there is good news to watch. This night is the best advertisement in the world for Times Square and for New York City.

Finally, there'll be a place where you can sit down and look.

Times Square itself is being prepared?much like a Broadway theater.

We take it for granted that crime continues to go down, the economy is strong and tourism has grown. Those things weren't assured four years ago.

Our job is to essentially make all of Times Square into a giant theater stage and television set. We are currently in the throes of the final rituals of preparation surrounding the yearly ritual of New Year's Eve.