White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison
Hon. Ben Boykin was elected in November 2013 to the Westchester County Board of Legislators for District 5 (serving most of White Plains, all of Scarsdale and a portion of Harrison).
Ben is Chairman of the Appointments Committee and is Co-Chair of the Task Force on Minority Affairs. In addition, he serves on the Budget & Appropriations, Economic Development & Capital Projects, Legislation, Public Safety, and Seniors & Constituencies Committees.
Ben has a long and distinguished career as a governmental leader and business executive. He served as a member of the White Plains Common Council for fourteen years (2000 – 2013) and was elected Council President three times. During his time on the Council, he served on various committees including the Shared Services Committee as Chairman 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. Throughout his time on the White Plains Common Council, Ben led efforts to hold down spending while maintaining a high level of municipal services to residents and visitors to the City. Ben was instrumental in $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 three 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, White Plains Democratic District Leader, member of the White Plains Democratic City Committee and 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 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.