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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray, Borough President Eric Adams and Family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building in Her Honor

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NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray on March 15 was joined by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the family of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Municipal Building.

"Today we honor a true daughter of Brooklyn: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg " said MayorBill de Blasio. "Justice Ginsburg fought for justice and equality her entire life. May her memory, and this building, inspire generations of New Yorkers to stand up, speak out and make our country a better place for all who call it home."

"Justice Ginsburg's legacy of leadership and activism has inspired thousands of women to further their education, and serve with distinction and excellence," said First Lady Chirlane McCray. "A daughter of Brooklyn, she spent her career fighting for gender equity and standing up for women's rights. Her spirit will live on in this building, and generations of women and girls will continue her fight for equality and justice for all."

"Almost three years ago, we launched a campaign to re-name the Brooklyn Municipal Building in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a proud daughter of Brooklyn and a legal trailblazer. Her tireless advocacy throughout her career on behalf of the marginalized in our society is an enduring example to us all. While she is no longer with us, her legacy shines bright in the millions and millions of lives she changed for the better. Thanks to this re-naming, generations of Brooklynites and New Yorkers will learn about her achievements — and know that they too can carry the baton she has passed to us for the next leg of our march toward a more just, equitable society," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

"It is an honor to participate in the renaming of Brooklyn Municipal Building for my mother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg," said Jane Ginsburg. "A daughter of Brooklyn, she was born here 88 years ago today. Brooklyn institutions shaped my mother's intellectual development. Not just its public schools, but also the public library, the Brooklyn Museum, and especially the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For all the family, I thank you for this grand event."

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn on March 15, 1933 and went on to graduate from James Madison High School in 1950. In 1993, she become the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, serving until her death in September 2020. On the bench, she was known for her deep sense of justice and fairness, fighting for women's equality among other issues. New Yorkers of every borough are better off because of her service to this country.

The Brooklyn Municipal Building, built in 1924, is located at 210 Joralemon Street in downtown Brooklyn. Newly installed plaques honoring the late Justice Ginsburg are located on both sides of the building's main entrance. Borough President Eric Adams first called for the renaming of the building after Justice Ginsburg in 2018.

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