NY to Commission Statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Native Brooklyn: Gov. Cuomo

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state will honor the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in her birthplace of Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

The governor said in a news release that he will appoint a commission to select an artist and undergo a location selection process.

Cuomo said the commission will be appointed in the coming days. When formed, it will give recommendations for the design, location and installation for the new memorial.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted Saturday morning to a tweet from 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa about honoring Ginsburg with a statue, saying the city would begin planning a memorial.

"I couldn’t agree more. Justice Ginsburg was an unparalleled hometown hero. We will immediately begin plans for a Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorial," the mayor wrote. "Her memory will live on. I promise you that."

Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

Cuomo released the following statement when announcing the statue:

"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."

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