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New Schenectady city clerk sworn in

New city clerk Samanta R. Mykoo is surrounded by her husband Emerson, and daughters Saphirah, 15, and Alannah, 12.
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New city clerk Samanta R. Mykoo is surrounded by her husband Emerson, and daughters Saphirah, 15, and Alannah, 12.

SCHENECTADY — Newly-appointed City Clerk Samanta R. Mykoo was formally sworn into office on Monday.

Mykoo thanked family, friends and elected officials for their support, including outgoing clerk Chuck Thorne, who issued the oath of office. 

“Thanks for believing in me and showing confidence in my abilities,” Mykoo said. 

Mykoo was accompanied by her husband, Emerson, and two children: Saphirah, 15, and Alannah, 12. 

Mykoo has been employed by the city since 2009. In addition to serving under Thorne as deputy clerk, she worked in the mayor’s office and the Law and Development offices.

The newly-minted clerk was unanimously appointed by City Council last month.

For the new clerk, government service comes naturally.

“I’ve always done public service,” she said. 

Mykoo attributed her penchant for civic engagement to her parents, both of whom worked for the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, where her mother recently retired after 33 years as a supervisor. 

Mykoo is originally from New York City. 

During frequent family road trips to Canada, Schenectady caught the family’s eye and they relocated in 1990. Mykoo graduated from Schenectady High in 1993 as part of the first class following the merger of Mont Pleasant High School and Linton High.

As she takes the helm of the department, Mykoo said her leading goals are to streamline processes, standardize policies and procedures, digitize records and “continue to enhance customer service and knowledge sharing.”

Former City Clerk Eileen Versaci also attended the brief ceremony.

“I’m sure you will enjoy it and I wish you all the luck in the world,” Versaci said.

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