Happy New Year! More than 1 million celebrate in Times Square


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NEW YORK- More than one million people gathered in Times Square Wednesday night to ring in 2015.

Some waited up to 12 hours in the cold for the famous ball drop and then a ton of confetti rained down.

People came from all over the country and the world.

*Watch video above of the ball drop from our sister station PIX*

There was a lot of added security to ring in the new year.

Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an increase in police personnel throughout the city. It was most visible at Penn Station, the Port Authority bus terminal, as well as LaGuardia and JFK airports.

Thousands of officers, including some additional personnel, patrolled Times Square for the New Year’s Eve ball drop, NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill told reporters.

The increased security was on the heels of the December 20 ambush of two NYPD officers who were gunned down in their patrol car. In the following days, a law enforcement official told CNN the city would increase security around the New Year’s Eve celebration due to increased threats against police officers.

O’Neill said the city was on high alert in the wake of the killings.

“In light of what happened two weeks ago on Saturday, of course there’s a concern for every member of the New York City Police Department,” O’Neill said. “This is something that’s in real recent memory. This is something that every cop in New York City is concerned about.”

As is usual every year, thousands of police officers — both in uniform and civilian clothing — were present in Times Square during the huge event. Amid calls for protests on social media, the department added more officers as a precaution.

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