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Boykin Announces Candidacy for County Legislature

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Benjamin Boykin
Benjamin Boykin

In a media statement released Thursday evening, White Plains Councilman Benjamin Boykin announced that he

he is a candidate for County Legislator, District 5,  covering most of White Plains, all of Scarsdale and a portion of Harrison.

Boykin has been encouraged to seek this position and has received considerable support from numerous individuals and groups. Incumbent County Legislator Bill Ryan, who is a candidate for County Executive, and will not be seeking re-election, has been extremely helpful and supportive. White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and all of the members of the Common Council are fully supportive of Boykin’s candidacy.

Boykin has been a member of the White Plains Common Council since 2000, and has been Council President three times. During his time on the Council, Boykin was instrumental in $1.2 billion investment in downtown White Plains, fought to change zoning to protect White Plains neighborhoods, supported public safety initiatives to protect residents, protected our environment and created 180 units of workforce housing.  Previously, Boykin served seven years as a member of the White Plains School Board.

Mayor Tom Roach said “Ben Boykin is an outstanding Councilman who will bring a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to the County Board of Legislators. He is a financial executive always seeking ways to provide high quality services to constituents in the most cost effective manner.  He understands the needs of our constituents. The people of District 5 would be fortunate to have someone of Ben’s caliber as our Legislator.”

As a member of the County Board of Legislators, Boykin would continue to represent and serve the residents of White Plains while adding constituents in Scarsdale and Harrison.

Boykin is a financial executive. He is currently president of Ben Boykin & Associates, a financial consulting firm. He held numerous executive positions with RJR Nabisco and was Assistant Treasurer at Nabisco. Boykin also worked several years with the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touché.

Boykin received his MBA, with honors, from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1981.  He has been a CPA for forty years. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Boykin states that his experience as a financial executive, long time governmental leader and school board member will be a major asset for the County Board and for the citizens of Westchester County. Serving on the Common Council, Boykin understands the critical issues faced by residents at the local level.

Boykin has stated his priorities. “I will work to bring more transparency to the County’s budget process and implement budgets that protect the most vulnerable among us, provide safety and security for our citizens, provide opportunities for economic development and job creation and protect our environment. I will fight for better coordination and working relationships between the County government and our villages, towns and cities to tackle and solve mutual issues in order to enhance our quality of life.”

Boykin and his wife, Carsandra have two daughters, Dr. Nicole Boykin and LaSandra Boykin, who are graduates of White Plains High School.

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