Landmarks across the state will be lit blue Saturday in recognition of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. She was a native of Brooklyn.
The landmarks include One World Trade Center, the Albany International Airport Gateway, the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, the Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct, the H. Carl McCall SUNY Building, the Kosciuszko Bridge, the Olympic Jumping Complex, the New York State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Exposition Center, the New York State Education Department Building, Niagara Falls and the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Blue is the color of justice and was reportedly Justice Ginsburg’s favorite color.
“As we mourn the loss of one of America’s most prominent and inspiring jurists, New York State will take a moment to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her precedent-shattering contributions to gender equity, civil rights and jurisprudence,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. “In honor of Justice Ginsburg, I am directing landmarks throughout our state to be lit blue, the color of justice. New Yorkers from all walks of life should reflect on the life of Justice Ginsburg and remember all that she did for our nation as we view these beautifully lit monuments tonight.”
“I am deeply saddened to learn of Justice Ginsburg’s passing,” State Sen. James Gaughran said. “Her life’s work reflected a fierce commitment to equality, compassion, and justice. Her legacy will be remembered in the countless women empowered through Justice Ginsburg’s lifelong devotion to advocating for women’s rights. Her loss is our nation’s loss. May she Rest In Peace.”
Huntington Town Councilman Edmund Smyth said, “Justice Ginsburg leaves a lasting legacy of tireless work for causes she cared deeply about. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the US Supreme Court in June 2002, when I was being sworn in to practice before the Court. She very nonchalantly strolled into a waiting room full of newly-minted lawyers, and took the time to greet us all individually. It was a truly memorable moment.”