New Saratoga Springs finance commissioner making history
SARATOGA SPRINGS – City Hall in Saratoga Springs is taking on a new look in the new year. The first Asian-American mayor, and the newly elected finance commissioner is also making history, becoming the first woman of color and openly gay person on the council.
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Born and raised in Bombay, India – Minita Sanghvi grew up in a culture that does not fully embrace people who are gay.
Her parents wanted to arrange her marriage. However, in India – you don’t just marry the person – you marry into the entire family.
"I started panicking. I was like, ‘What am I going to do, how am I going to get out of this,’" said Sanghvi. "I didn’t have any way of saying no. There was no reason I could give them as to why I don’t want to see boys."
Her excuse – continue her education. She brought up the idea of getting another master’s degree.
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Now, 20 years later – she is proudly out – telling her truth to her parents, who have embraced her. She’s also gotten married and started a family. Her son Jamie is 7.
Her wife Megan stood by her side as she was sworn in on January 1 as the new finance commissioner of Saratoga Springs.
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Hear about Sanghvi’s hopes for the future of the city, and about the challenges she faced campaigning door-to-door – like when a concerned resident called police – by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi’s story.