Ben Boykin County Legislator-District 5

White Plains • Scarsdale • Harrison

Working For You

County Legislator Ben Boykin is an experienced leader with an outstanding record of working hard to enhance our quality of life.

Bens FamilyBen and his wife Carsandra, have lived in White Plains for more than twenty years. Their daughters, Dr. Nicole Boykin and LaSandra Boykin are graduates of White Plains High School.

Ben is working for you:

Holding down property taxes – Ben’s record is one of leading efforts to reduce spending through cost controls, consolidations and efficiency improvements to keep property taxes low while continuing to maintain and deliver high quality services to residents.

Creating jobs and improving our economy - Ben understands that the economic future for Westchester County is dependent upon balanced investment and attracting and retaining businesses, both large and small that create jobs while protecting our environment. Approved capital projects must be implemented that will provide good paying jobs for our working families. While on the Common Council, Ben was instrumental in $1.2 billion reinvestment and redevelopment of downtown White Plains.

Protecting our most vulnerable citizens– The County budget must provide appropriate funding for the safety net and vital programs for our residents who need some assistance including our seniors, youth and the sick.

Providing funds for safety and security – Ben supports appropriate funding for our first responders to protect our residents. The best training and most advanced equipment must be available to our first responders to prepare them to address any situation.

Protecting a woman’s right to reproductive health care – Ben will continue to fight to ensure that women have access to reproductive health care including information and affordable health services.

Solving flooding and infrastructure issues – Ben believes that all levels of government must work together to address issues such as unfunded mandates that increase our local property tax burden. All governmental entities, working together, must solve flooding issues, infrastructure projects, transportation issues and the isssues relating to the changing demographics in our County.

Saving tax dollars using shared services - Shared services opportunities among the County, local governments and school districts must be identified, evaluated and, if appropriate, implemented. A few municipalities have merged their police departments with the County police saving taxpayers money without any impact on services. Other areas for future consideration should include information technology, purchasing, back office accounting functions, maintenance and repair operations and shared use of equipment.

Protecting the environment using sustainable initiatives – Ben has a record of supporting initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, add green technology in development projects and purchase vehicles that use alternative energy sources.

Ben is a business owner with nearly thirty years of governmental and educational service.

Working for you in Westchester County:

  • County Legislator (2014-Present)
  • Appointments Committee Chair
  • Member of Budget & Appropriations, Economic Development & Capital Projects, Legislation, Public Safety & Security, and Seniors & Constituencies Committees
  • White Plains Common Council Member (2000-2013)
  • White Plains Common Council President (April 2011-Dec 2011, 2008-2009 & 2002-2003)
  • Chairman, White Plains Shared Services Committee (2010-2013)
  • Chairman, White Plains Youth Board (2011-2013)
  • Former Chairman & Member, Budget & Management Advisory Committee
  • Vice President, White Plains School Board (1998-1999)
  • Member, White Plains School Board (1992-1999)
  • Member, White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival
  • Board of Directors, Meals-On-Wheels of White Plains
  • Past Treasurer, Lois Bronz Child Development Center
  • Member, Union Baptist Church
  • Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Professional/Education:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • President, Ben Boykin & Associates
  • Retired Assistant Treasurer, Nabisco, Inc.
  • Former Trustee, Bennett College
  • MBA with Honors, Kellogg Business School
  • B. S. in Accounting, University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa