Updated 05/22/2010 05:10 PM
Bronx Housing Project To Bear Sotomayor's Name
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The Bronxdale Houses and Bronxdale Community Center are being renamed after Bronx-born Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the New York City Housing Authority announced Saturday.
On Thursday, the NYCHA Board voted to rename the locations in honor of Sotomayor, who lived in the 28-building housing complex between 1957 to 1970.
Residents, advocates and Bronx officials had petitoned NYCHA for the name change.
Sotomayor was nominated and confirmed last year as the 111th associate justice and the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
“From NYCHA’s perspective, the justice has shown that growing up in public housing does not limit one’s possibilities. One of the most important actions the NYCHA Board can take is renaming the Bronxdale Houses for Justice Sotomayor to serve as an inspiration to others,” said NYCHA Chairman John Rhea in a statement.
The initial NYCHA announcement said a naming ceremony will take place next month.
Sources told NY1 that Sotomayor will visit the housing project on June 4, when she will also address Hostos Community College.