New York will honor the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace as confirmed by Gov. Andre Cuomo on Saturday.
Taking it to twitter Cuomo said: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside by forces of hate and indifference,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Ginsburg, a highly respected jurist and champion of women’s rights, died Friday from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
“As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals — she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor,” Cuomo said.
The governor said he will appoint a commission “in the coming days” to come up with ideas for the design and location of the memorial.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted “I couldn’t agree more,” after Cuomo’s announcement. “Her memory will live on. I promise you that.”
#BREAKING: New York will honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace.
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. pic.twitter.com/iwvo7c3JOw
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 19, 2020
Trump called Ginsburg an “amazing woman” and did not mention filling her vacant Supreme Court seat when he spoke to reporters following a rally in Bemidji, Minnesota. The White House said in a statement that the flag was at half-staff in the justice’s honor.
Biden called Ginsburg an “American hero” on Twitter and told reporters, “The voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider”. He made the comment after McConnell said the chamber would vote on a potential Trump nominee.