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Mayor: Brooklyn Municipal Building to be renamed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A ceremony honoring the late Supreme Court Justice

A ceremony honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured outside the Brooklyn Municipal Building on Sunday. Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews

The Brooklyn Municipal Building will be renamed in honor of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

In the weeks to come, de Blasio said, the city plans to honor Ginsburg with her family. She died Friday at age 87, having grown up in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood and attending her local high school, James Madison.

"What an extraordinary opportunity to say to the people of Brooklyn: 'Here's one of your own, who changed the world,' " de Blasio said. " 'Here's someone of and by and for Brooklyn and this city who did greatest thing on the world's stage.' "

De Blasio's spokesman, Mitch Schwartz, wrote in an email that specifics about the ceremony and other details have yet to be determined.

The municipal building, at 210 Joralemon St., was built in 1924 and houses city government offices, including those that issue marriage licenses, and the departments of buildings, environmental protection, probation and finance.

"That building will carry her name forever more," said de Blasio, who the prior night told TV host Errol Louis on NY1 that the building would be renamed after Ginsburg.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams had since 2018 suggested renaming the building in her honor.

On Tuesday, his office issued a news release in which he said: "With Justice Ginsburg's recent passing, this is a bittersweet moment. But I take heart in knowing that young girls and boys who pass by the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Brooklyn Municipal Building will know her name, learn from her example, and pick up the baton to run their own relay toward a more just, equitable, and fair America."

The death of Ginsburg, one of four Democratically appointed members on the court, left a vacancy that President Donald Trump has promised to fill this year with a Republican appointee.

Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans to erect a statue of Ginsburg somewhere in Brooklyn.

Earlier this summer, the city painted "Black Lives Matter" on a street in front of the Brooklyn Municipal Building. De Blasio said Tuesday that the building named in her honor would pair well with what's painted on the street.

"We want to make sure we honor her in every conceivable way," he said, "and especially in the borough that she came from that gave her so much of her strength and spirit."

Meanwhile, in Israel, a kibbutz tweaked its name to honor Ginsburg for a weeklong tribute. The kibbutz, named Ramat Hashofet, or The Judge's Heights, is named after an early 20th century Jewish-American jurist. For a week, the kibbutz will be Ramat Hashofetet instead of Ramat Hashofet, using the word in Hebrew, a gendered language, for female judge instead of male judge.

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