Governor Cuomo Appoints Commission to Oversee Creation of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Statue
Commission Includes Diverse Array of Late Justice Ginsburg's Family, Friends, Esteemed Colleagues, And Other Leaders
Statue to Memorialize Renowned Jurist in Her Birthplace of Brooklyn
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today appointed 23 members to a new commission that will oversee the creation of a statue honoring the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The commission includes members of Justice Ginsburg's family, close friends, esteemed colleagues, and other leaders. The commission will provide recommendations to the Governor regarding the artist, design, location and installation of the memorial statue.
"Last month I announced New York State will honor the life and legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in her native Brooklyn. Now I'm releasing a list of the 19 members that we have appointed to the commission who will oversee the creation of the statue. Justice Ginsburg will forever stand as a singular figure in history, unmatched in her pursuit of justice and equality under the law for all Americans. Only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg was a tireless champion for women's rights and throughout her lifetime brilliantly navigated a complex landscape of gender-based discrimination to ultimately ascend to the highest court in the land. She leveraged that position to fiercely advocate for equal rights and ensure those who followed in her footsteps would face fewer obstacles along the way," Governor Cuomo said. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg embodied a set of ideals often missing in today's civic dialogue - she showed us reason, empathy and hope. Her legacy as a jurist, professor, lawyer and scholar will endure for generations and we are honored to erect a permanent statue in memory of Justice Ginsburg. Lord knows she deserves it."
The commission comprised of 18 members and 5 honorary members appointed by the Governor includes:
Jane Ginsburg, Daughter to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Clara Spera, Granddaughter to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Mimi Ginsburg, Granddaughter to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Constance Beaty, Artist and Portraitist for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Irin Carmon, Senior Correspondent at New York Magazine and Co-Author of "Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
Jodie Cohen, Principal of James Madison High School
Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women's Law Center
Subash Iyer, Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance at MTA and Former Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judge Robert A. Katzmann, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Shana Knizhnik, Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society and Co-Author of "Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg."
Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita of El Museo del Barrio
Gillian Metzger, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia University and Former Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Trevor Morrison, Dean of NYU School of Law and Former Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW New York
Anne Pasternak, Director of the Brooklyn Museum
William Savitt, Partner, Litigation Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Former Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent at NPR
Honorable Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State
Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the State of New York
Letitia James, Attorney General of New York State
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Gloria Steinem, Feminist Activist and Co-Founder of Ms. Magazine