Ruth Bader Ginsburg was lauded as a giant in American history, a devoted public servant and a woman who broke barriers after the 87-year-old Supreme Court justice passed away Friday.
At St. Bonaventure University, Carole McNall, an attorney who teaches media law, said, "I have long admired Justice Ginsburg — for her work on the Supreme Court, her career-long efforts to open doors for women and the joy with which she seemed to approach life. It's greedy, but I'd hoped we'd have the benefit of her wisdom even longer. She will be missed."
Steven Nuttall, an associate professor of philosophy who serves as faculty adviser to SBU Mock Trial Team and directs the Center for Law and Society at the university, said Ginsburg was influential and inspirational.
"It’s a sad time for all who follow the Supreme Court and who care about achieving a more just society," he said. "Our nation has lost a champion of women’s rights and a voice for the marginalized, who desperately need that voice today. No doubt history will judge the Notorious RBG as one of the most influential justices to serve on the Court. Throughout her tenure on the Supreme Court, she was an inspiration to women entering the legal profession, including many of our own graduates. She will be missed."
New Yorkers active in government and politics praised Ginsburg on Twitter Friday night.
“Justice Ginsburg served her country to the fullest extent as a devoted public servant for decades,” Rep. Tom Reed, whose congressional district includes the Greater Olean area, said. “She was a great American and great American story.”
Tracey Mitrano, who is running against Reed in the 23rd District congressional race, said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this moment would want us to be strong, courageous and forthright. And that's exactly what we all will be.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo described Ginsburg as an inspirational figure
“During her extraordinary career, this Brooklyn native broke barriers, and the letters RBG took on new meaning — as battle cry and inspiration,” said. “Her legal mind and dedication to justice leave an indelible mark on America.”
On Saturday, Cuomo announced that New York will honor Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace.
"This statue will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all," he said.
New York’s two U.S. senators also offered high praise for Ginsburg.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived an extraordinary life,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said. “She fought to ensure equal protection in our laws, fearlessly dissented and defended, and was a powerful role model for us all. I'm devastated to hear of her passing.”
“Tonight, we mourn the passing of a giant in American history, a champion for justice, a trailblazer for women,” Sen. Charles Schumer said. “She would want us all to fight as hard as we can to preserve her legacy.”
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