Westchester County Legislator District 5
District 5: White Plains, Scarsdale, part of Harrison.Term: 2 years Salary: $49,200 BaseDuties: Among the duties of each County Legislator is to enact laws dealing with the County and its residents; to adopt an annual budget and to levy taxes; to determine the structure of County Government and the number of County employees and their salaries; and to initiate new projects and programs as the need arises. There are 17 County Districts.
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Benjamin Boykin II (D, WF, IN)
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County Legislator, District 5 (Most of White Plains, Scarsdale, West Harrison)
BS in Accounting, University of North Carolina, 1972, Phi Beta Kappa graduate, CPA, 1974; MBA with Honors, Kellogg Business School, 1981
Prior Civic Service
White Plains Common Council member (2000-2013), Common Council President for three terms; Former Chairman, White Plains Shared Services Committee; Former Chairman, White Plains Youth Board; Former Chairman and Member, White Plains Budget & Management Advisory Committee; Member White Plains School Board (1992-1999); Member, White Plains Outdoors Arts Festival; Board of Directors, Meals-Wheels of White Plains; Past Treasurer, Lois Bronz Children's Center
Priorities: Creating new jobs; Providing safety and security for all residents regardless of immigration status; Holding down property taxes; Protecting our most vulnerable citizens; Protecting a woman's right to reproductive health care; Investing in our infrastructure; Protecting the environment with sustainable initiatives.
Nearly all municipalities are challenged with revenue and cost issues. Westchester County ended calendar year 2016 with a budget surplus of about $1.5 million that was due entirely to one shot revenues and the refunding of the tobacco bonds. Without these items, the County would have had a budget deficit.
The 2% tax cap implemented by the NY State on counties and local municipalities does not address the underlying issue of unfunded mandates that are hurting communities. One of the ways to assist struggling communities is to remove health care costs and pension payments for the 2% tax cap. Capital spending should be removed to allow our communities to reinvest in our infrastructure and create jobs.
Shared services opportunities among all governmental units must be identified and implemented to improve efficiencies and reduce costs to stay within the Tax Cap. All levels of government must advocate for additional state funding and the elimination of unfunded mandate.
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