New York to honor life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Brooklyn statue

Local News

FILE – In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers in at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Less than 24 hours after it was announced Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from metastatic pancreas cancer, Governor Cuomo announced a statue would be built to honor her life and legacy.

Gov. Cuomo said Ginsburg’s statue will be in Brooklyn, the Supreme Court Justice’s birthplace. 

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. 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. She persevered despite several bouts of cancer and was present every single day to participate in the strengthening and safeguarding of our democracy. Her 27 years on the court reshaped our understanding of the basic tenets of equality and justice. While the family of New York mourns Justice Ginsburg’s death, we remember proudly that she started her incredible journey right here 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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The governor will select a commission in a few days dedicated to choosing an artist and a location for the statue. Once a commission is formed, they will provide recommendations to the governor about the design, location and installation of the statue. 

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18 at the age of 87.


Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Live Doppler 9 Map Center

CNY View

CNY View

CNY View

Oswego Area

Oswego Area

Syracuse Area

Syracuse Area