NEW YORK CITY — The municipal building in New York City’s Brooklyn borough will be renamed in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
Ginsburg, a Brooklyn native who served 27 years on the Supreme Court, died Friday at the age of 87. As the second woman ever appointed to the nation’s highest court, Ginsburg was a trailblazer noted for her staunch support of gender equality and other progressive causes.
“We want to make sure we honor her in every conceivable way, and especially in the borough that she came from, that gave her so much of her strength and spirit,” de Blasio said at a news conference Tuesday. “Today, I am proud to announce that we will rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
The mayor said that in the coming weeks, the city will honor Ginsburg with her family “to thank her for all she did and to remember all she did for this city and for this nation.”
“It’s personal for all of us as New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. “It’s personal for so many people who were inspired by her and saw her as a guiding light and an example.”
On Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state planned to honor Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn.
“Her legacy will live on in the progress she created for our society, and this statue will serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for those who will continue to build on her immense body of work for generations to come,” Cuomo said in a news release.
Ginsburg’s casket will be on public view Wednesday and Thursday at the Supreme Court, where she will be lying in repose. On Friday, her body will lie in state at Statutory Hall on Capitol Hill.
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