DISTRICT 5
White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison
Benjamin Boykin II

Hon. Ben Boykin was re-elected in November 2019 to his fourth term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for District 5 (serving most of White Plains, all of Scarsdale and West Harrison). At the January 6, 2020 organization meeting of the Board of Legislators, Hon. Ben Boykin was re-elected Chairman of the Board.

Ben has a long and distinguished career as a governmental leader and business executive.

During his first term on the Board, in his role as Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Ben worked to get the County’s Ethics Board operating with full transparency, with its members legally appointed and confirmed.

During his second term, Ben served as Chairman of the Public Safety & Social Services Committee and served as Vice Chair of both the Budget & Appropriations Committee and the Appointments Committee. He was Co-Chair of the Minority Affairs Task Force. In addition, he served on the Infrastructure, Legislation, and Environment & Health Committees.

As Chairman of the Board in his third term, and with a cooperative partner in the new County Executive, George Latimer, Ben’s leadership produced an unprecedented amount of legislation. Of particular focus were stabilizing the County’s finances, restoring our neglected infrastructure and parks, protecting the health, safety and rights of our residents, and improving technology at the Board to make it more accessible and user-friendly for the public. In June 2019, he was nominated by the National Association of Counties (NACo) to take part in the 16th Annual County Leadership Institute in Washington D.C., as well as elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) in September 2019.

As a 30-year resident of White Plains, Ben has given back to his community in so many ways. He was a member of the White Plains Common Council from 2000 – 2013 and 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 his city’s Budget & Management Advisory Committee. Ben was instrumental in a $1.2 billion investment in downtown White Plains. In addition, he fought to change zoning to protect residential neighborhoods, supported public safety initiatives to protect residents and 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. He is a member of the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains, a member and District Leader of the City of White Plains Democratic Committee, as well as a member of the Black Democrats of Westchester County and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Ben is a financial executive with more than 40 years of experience. He has been a CPA for 45 years and is currently President of Ben Boykin & Associates, a financial consulting firm. He 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 modelling.

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 has received numerous awards and recognitions for his service to various communities including the Clear Run High School Trailblazer Award (August 2019), 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 B.S. in Business Administration with an accounting concentration, in 1972. Ben received his M.B.A., 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.

Chairman's Reports
2019
Mid-Term Report | Slideshow

2018
Year-End Report | Slideshow
Mid-Term Report | Slideshow

Presentations
Summary of New Voting Laws Scarsdale Neighborhood Associations Presidents (SNAP) (10/02/17)
Voter Registration Process (04/19/17)
County Government 101 (03/29/17)
2017 Scarsdale Forum Discussion Westchester County Budgets (01/26/17)
Scarsdale Forum Presentation (01/26/17)
White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations (WPCNA) (01/10/17)
 

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