White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison
Hon. Ben Boykin was re-elected in November 2015 to the Westchester County Board of Legislators for District 5 (serving most of White Plains, all of Scarsdale and West Harrison).
Ben is Chairman of the Public Safety & Social Services Committee and serves as Vice Chair of both the Budget & Appropriations Committee and the Appointments Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Minority Affairs Task Force. In addition, he serves on the Infrastructure, Legislation and Environment & Health Committees.
Ben has a long and distinguished career as a governmental leader and business executive.
During his first term on the County Board, Ben worked to get the County’s Ethics Board operating with full transparency, with its members legally appointed and confirmed. Ben supported and voted for legislation that improved the lives of our residents. He will continue to fight to keep our taxes low, protect the most needy among us, create jobs and improve the regional economy, address flood mitigation issues, invest in our aging infrastructure, ensure a healthy environment and enhance our quality of life.
As a member of the White Plains Common Council for fourteen years (2000 – 2013), Ben was elected Council President three times. He served as Chairman of the Shared Services Committee where he used his broad business and financial expertise to save taxpayers money through service consolidations, cost reductions and efficiency improvements. He also served as Chairman of the Youth Board and as Chairman of the City’s Budget & Management Advisory Committee. Ben was instrumental in a $1.2 billion investment in downtown White Plains. He fought to change zoning to protect White Plains neighborhoods, supported public safety initiatives to protect residents, protected our environment, acquired approximately 40 acres of open space and created 180 units of workforce housing. Prior to his election to the Common Council, Ben served seven years as a member of the White Plains School Board.
Ben is a financial executive with more than 40 years of experience. He has been a CPA for 42 years and passed all four parts of the certified public accountants exam on his first attempt. He is currently President of Ben Boykin & Associates, a financial consulting firm.
Ben began his business career with the international accounting firm of Deloitte in Greensboro, NC. After four years with Deloitte, Ben joined RJR Nabisco where he held executive financial positions in Winston-Salem, NC, Atlanta, GA, New York City, and Parsippany, NJ. He transferred to Nabisco, Inc. and was Assistant Treasurer responsible for all aspects of the treasury function including raising capital, cash management, banking, risk management, and strategic modeling.
Legislator Boykin has also worked extensively with educational and not-for-profit organizations for nearly four decades. Ben served as Adjunct Professor of Accounting at North Carolina A & T State University. In addition, Ben served eighteen years as a member of the Bennett College Board of Trustees in Greensboro, NC, retiring in 2005.
Ben is very active in his community. He is a member of the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains, a member of the White Plains Democratic City Committee and White Plains Democratic District Leader, as well as a member of the Black Democrats of Westchester County. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Ben has received numerous awards and recognitions for his service to various communities including the Economic Security Award from the Zeta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (September 2014), the Outstanding Service Award from the White Plains Youth Bureau (December 2013), Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (November 2013), Franor’e Award (October 2013), Ted Benjamin Award for community service from the White Plains Democratic Party (May 2010), Dr. Barry Yearwood Community Service Award (October 2007), and the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Awards (February 2002 and January 1994) from his fraternity, Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Ben is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BS degree in Business Administration with an accounting concentration, in 1972. Ben received his MBA, with honors, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1981.
Ben is married to Carsandra Spearman Boykin and they are members of Union Baptist Church. Their two daughters, LaSandra Boykin and Dr. Nicole Boykin, are graduates of White Plains High School.