This afternoon, the Senate confirmed the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor by 88 votes to 31. Sotomayor, who grew up in the Bronx, will become the first Hispanic and only the third women to serve as a justice.
Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. released this statement:
The Bronx has a new ambassador, Sonia Sotomayor. Her confirmation to the Supreme Court makes us extremely proud and at this moment, in every corner of our borough, Bronxites of all political stripes are celebrating this historic achievement. Sonia Sotomayor represents the best of our borough, and she has always been proud of her Bronx background and her childhood in the Bronxdale Houses. She will be a great role model for Bronx children. The Senate has confirmed an amazing individual as our newest member of the Supreme Court, and Bronxites everywhere are overjoyed.Congressman Serrano also sent out a statement praising the confirmation. He said, in part:
I cannot describe the feelings of happiness and pride and what it means to me personally. I can say that our nation took another giant step forward today. I extend my deepest congratulations to Justice Sotomayor.Diaz and Serrano say they'll organize a celebration in the Bronx to honor Sotomayor's achievements.