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Brooklyn civic building to be named after Justice Ginsburg following two-year push by BP Adams

September 22, 2020 Karen Matthews Associated Press

Following a two-year effort by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City will celebrate the legacy of Brooklyn-born Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by naming the Brooklyn Municipal Building after her.

Since 2018, Adams has led the push for the building to be named after Ginsburg. “All of us who looked up to her are grateful she is finally getting the posthumous recognition she deserves,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

Local officials, including Adams, and members of the legal community spoke in front of the Municipal Building on Sunday afternoon to honor Ginsburg.

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In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Photo: Cliff Owen/AP File

Adams’ petition for the renaming, which now holds more than 100,00 signatures, can be viewed here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the official announcement Tuesday.

“We want to make sure we honor her in every conceivable way, and especially in the borough that she came from that gave her so much of her strength and spirit, the borough of Brooklyn,” de Blasio said in announcing that the Brooklyn Municipal Building will be renamed after Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87.

The Democratic mayor said the death of Ginsburg, who grew up in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, is “personal for all of us as New Yorkers.”

The Brooklyn Municipal Building, located at 210 Joralemon St. Photo: Raanan Geberer/Brooklyn Eagle

He did not name a date for a renaming ceremony but said, “We will honor her with her family in the weeks to come to thank her for all she did and to remember all she did for this city and for this nation.”

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The 15-story Brooklyn Municipal Building houses employees of several city departments including the city clerk’s office and the departments of buildings, finance and environmental protection. It was designed by the firm of McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin and completed in 1924.


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