New York will honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in her native BrooklynSeptember 19, 2020
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the state will honor "the life and legacy of" late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in her native Brooklyn.
- Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 due to complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer.
- Before serving 27 years on the nation's highest court, Ginsburg was born in 1933 as Joan Ruth Bader in the Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood.
- "This statue will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all," Cuomo wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
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New York state will honor "the life and legacy of" late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in her native Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday on Twitter.
"The Governor will appoint a commission to select an artist and undergo a location selection process," a statement posted by Cuomo said. The commission "will be appointed in the coming days," and "will initiate broad outreach to the art community" in anticipation of the installation, the statement said.
"This statue will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all," Cuomo wrote in the tweet.
In a statement on Ginsburg's passing released on Friday, Cuomo referenced Ginsburg's birthplace in Brooklyn and deemed her "New York tough."
"New York's heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a daughter of Brooklyn and the embodiment of all that it means to be New York tough — yet her life was a testament that tough does not preclude acting with respect, grace, and dignity," Cuomo said. "I know I speak for the entire family of New York when I say we are absolutely devastated by this loss."
Ginsburg was born in 1933 as Joan Ruth Bader in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. Last year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams marked Ginsburg's 86th birthday by calling for a Brooklyn Municipal Building in the borough's downtown neighborhood to be renamed in her honor.
Adams told Gothamist at the time that Ginsburg was both "a daughter of Brooklyn," and "a monumental legal legend" who could be honored with "a monument of her own."
"What better birthday gift can we give her than a Building!" Adams told the outlet. Gothamist noted that Mayor de Blasio needed to sign off on the rename, and no official name change appears to have taken place since.
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