NEW YORK: The New York State government set up a 23-member commission on Wednesday that will oversee the creation of a statue honoring the late U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The commission includes members of Justice Ginsburg’s family, close friends, esteemed colleagues and other leaders, according to a press release issued by the state government.
The commission will provide recommendations to the state governor regarding the artist, design, location and installation of the memorial 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,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“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,” Cuomo added.
Ginsburg was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death on Sept. 18 this year. The second female justice on the U.S. highest court, Ginsburg, 87, was widely acclaimed as a legal pioneer advocating gender equality.
Meanwhile, The New York City government issued guidance on Wednesday for restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
“These guidelines are designed to keep diners, employees, and pedestrians safe and healthy – and we look forward to giving New Yorkers more chances than ever to enjoy the outdoors year-round,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press release.–Agencies