DISTRICT 5
White Plains, Scarsdale, Harrison
Benjamin Boykin II

Hon. Ben Boykin was re-elected in November 2021 to his fifth term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for District 5 (serving most of White Plains, all of Scarsdale and West Harrison).

Ben was honored in January 2018 and January 2020 to be selected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Board of Legislators. BY every measure, his four years as Board Chairman were historic and consequential for this Board, the most diverse in Westchester County history, with more people of color among Legislators than ever before, and with a female majority for the first time. Under Ben’s leadership, this Board passed more progressive legislation than at any time in Board history. He was Chairman when the Board celebrated its 50th anniversary and during the pandemic, the most severe health crisis to hit the world in over 100 years.

Working with County Executive George Latimer and his team, we stabilized the County’s finances, rebuilt the County’s reserve funds to more than $300 million from a low of $65 million four years ago. We’ve cut the property tax levy three years in a row while maintaining essential services. We’ve made critical investments in our infrastructure, provided support to working families, added to our affordable housing stock, protected public health and responded to COVID-19, invested in our award-winning parks system, protected public safety and are reforming policing, helped our veterans and reformed government ethics. The investments we have made in the Board’s technology allowed us to continue the work of County government throughout the pandemic without disruption, and this has helped make your government more accessible and transparent.

In June 2019, Ben 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. In May 2020, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the General Alumni Association for the University of North Carolina.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.

Ben is a 32-year resident of White Plains. 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 47 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.

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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