Pensions for state and local governments in New York

Nassau and Suffolk counties have the most former employees drawing a state pension and account for the largest total amount of pension payments in the state system, which excludes New York City. According to data from the state comptroller obtained under the Freedom of Information Law, eight governmental units on Long Island are among the top 16 in the state for average pensions paid. Four of those are villages: Kensington, Sands Point, Old Brookville and Old Westbury.

This database is based on former employees receiving payment under the New York State and Local Retirement System and as such does not include most part-time or seasonal employees who would not be eligible for pensions. State employees are grouped here by department or division. You can read more here. And while clerical and other school district employees are included here by district, we have a separate database of pensions for former teachers and administrators.

Top 10 government units by total pension

Top 16 government units by average pension

You can search and sort within this list of 3,387 governments and agencies such as the Division of State Police, Port Authority of N.Y. & N.J. and the Education Department for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended on March 31. Clicking on an "employer" name will bring you to a list of employees for the two years. Or you can go directly to that database of individual pension payments. This database was posted on Dec. 11, 2017.

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Employer Recipients Total Average
Employer Village of Medina Recipients 39 Total $907,400.15 Average $23,266.67
Employer Village of Nyack Recipients 37 Total $904,821.65 Average $24,454.64
Employer Bath Mun Utility Commission Recipients 38 Total $903,094.22 Average $23,765.64
Employer Island Park UFSD Recipients 58 Total $900,357.34 Average $15,523.40
Employer Gorham Middlesex CSD Recipients 82 Total $897,498.79 Average $10,945.11
Employer Hannibal CSD Recipients 69 Total $897,497.67 Average $13,007.21
Employer North Bellmore UFSD Recipients 70 Total $897,181.11 Average $12,816.87
Employer City of Mechanicville Recipients 53 Total $894,729.00 Average $16,881.68
Employer Cazenovia CSD Recipients 71 Total $894,708.19 Average $12,601.52
Employer Roosevelt UFSD Recipients 66 Total $891,476.16 Average $13,507.21
Employer Trumansburg CSD Recipients 74 Total $890,811.48 Average $12,037.99
Employer Rochester Childrens Services Recipients 37 Total $888,912.05 Average $24,024.65
Employer Altmar-Parish-Williamstown CSD Recipients 94 Total $888,002.63 Average $9,446.84
Employer Village of Goshen Recipients 36 Total $887,355.69 Average $24,648.77
Employer Comsewogue Public Library Recipients 23 Total $883,305.72 Average $38,404.60
Employer Cassadaga Valley CSD Recipients 71 Total $881,290.01 Average $12,412.54
Employer Sherburne-Earlville CSD Recipients 84 Total $879,317.36 Average $10,468.06
Employer Dobbs Ferry UFSD Recipients 58 Total $878,610.97 Average $15,148.47
Employer Berne-Knox-Westerlo CSD Recipients 59 Total $875,991.16 Average $14,847.31
Employer Northern Adirondack CSD Recipients 61 Total $875,373.07 Average $14,350.38
Employer Malverne UFSD Recipients 56 Total $875,149.48 Average $15,627.67
Employer Cornwall CSD Recipients 71 Total $874,762.50 Average $12,320.60
Employer Village of Tupper Lake Recipients 43 Total $874,432.73 Average $20,335.64
Employer BOCES Schuyler Chemung Recipients 101 Total $873,714.18 Average $8,650.64
Employer Babylon UFSD Recipients 62 Total $872,570.38 Average $14,073.72
Employer Carle Place UFSD Recipients 57 Total $872,473.00 Average $15,306.54
Employer Village of Quogue Recipients 21 Total $870,274.39 Average $41,441.64
Employer Cold Spring Harbor CSD Recipients 51 Total $867,059.57 Average $17,001.17
Employer Wayland-Cohocton CSD Recipients 83 Total $867,045.67 Average $10,446.33
Employer Sherrill City School Dist Recipients 99 Total $866,436.10 Average $8,751.88
Employer Hudson & Black Riv Reg Dist Recipients 28 Total $860,151.24 Average $30,719.69
Employer Chenango Forks CSD Recipients 84 Total $858,871.40 Average $10,224.66
Employer Town of Ithaca Recipients 40 Total $858,424.84 Average $21,460.62
Employer Bryant Library Recipients 22 Total $854,379.72 Average $38,835.44
Employer Liberty CSD Recipients 62 Total $852,687.91 Average $13,753.03
Employer Office of Regulatory Reform Recipients 26 Total $845,886.00 Average $32,534.08
Employer Westchester Library System Recipients 35 Total $841,776.31 Average $24,050.75
Employer BOCES-Sullivan Recipients 71 Total $840,474.86 Average $11,837.67
Employer Capital Dist Child&Youth Serv Recipients 33 Total $839,332.50 Average $25,434.32
Employer Town of Ogden Recipients 52 Total $838,815.58 Average $16,131.07
Employer Plainview Old Bethpage Pub Lib Recipients 25 Total $833,265.23 Average $33,330.61
Employer Jordan-Elbridge CSD Recipients 104 Total $830,953.02 Average $7,989.93
Employer Town of Owego Recipients 49 Total $829,829.72 Average $16,935.30
Employer Berlin CSD Recipients 66 Total $824,823.73 Average $12,497.33
Employer State Energy Office Recipients 35 Total $824,473.28 Average $23,556.38
Employer Bronxville UFSD Recipients 41 Total $823,566.05 Average $20,086.98
Employer Village of Ardsley Recipients 20 Total $823,011.68 Average $41,150.58
Employer Edgemont UFSD At Greenburgh Recipients 49 Total $822,562.78 Average $16,787.00
Employer Lavelle School For The Blind Recipients 42 Total $818,662.58 Average $19,491.97
Employer Pawling CSD Recipients 69 Total $818,409.71 Average $11,861.01
Employer Village of Albion Recipients 36 Total $817,421.01 Average $22,706.14
Employer Eastchester UFSD Recipients 65 Total $816,490.35 Average $12,561.39
Employer Cheektowaga-Sloan UFSD Recipients 68 Total $815,453.78 Average $11,991.97
Employer Village of Catskill Recipients 43 Total $812,141.83 Average $18,887.02
Employer Mount Pleasant CSD Recipients 54 Total $810,795.28 Average $15,014.73
Employer Whitney Point CSD Recipients 86 Total $809,940.26 Average $9,417.91
Employer Marion CSD Recipients 67 Total $808,645.03 Average $12,069.33
Employer Merrick UFSD Recipients 51 Total $807,972.78 Average $15,842.60
Employer Justice Center For Protection Recipients 18 Total $806,345.85 Average $44,796.99
Employer Penn Yan CSD Recipients 99 Total $804,589.81 Average $8,127.17
Employer Lindenhurst Memorial Library Recipients 34 Total $801,951.72 Average $23,586.82
Employer BOCES-Herkimer Fulton Hamilton Recipients 59 Total $801,087.45 Average $13,577.75
Employer Skaneateles CSD Recipients 71 Total $796,833.08 Average $11,223.00
Employer Sidney CSD Recipients 66 Total $795,942.00 Average $12,059.73
Employer Village of Liberty Recipients 35 Total $795,876.80 Average $22,739.34
Employer Brighton Fire Dist Recipients 26 Total $795,667.10 Average $30,602.58
Employer East Rockaway UFSD Recipients 55 Total $792,472.61 Average $14,408.59
Employer New Hyde Pk-Garden Cty Pk UFSD Recipients 60 Total $792,412.25 Average $13,206.87
Employer Village of Dannemora Recipients 18 Total $790,525.09 Average $43,918.06
Employer Seneca Falls CSD Recipients 67 Total $790,204.69 Average $11,794.10
Employer Town of Saugerties Recipients 47 Total $789,872.66 Average $16,805.80
Employer Gowanda CSD Recipients 76 Total $788,806.18 Average $10,379.03
Employer Village of Canton Recipients 33 Total $788,511.50 Average $23,894.29
Employer Lake Mohegan Fire District Recipients 24 Total $782,219.98 Average $32,592.50
Employer Pine Plains CSD Recipients 65 Total $780,162.75 Average $12,002.50
Employer Franklin Square UFSD Recipients 54 Total $779,831.35 Average $14,441.32
Employer Manhasset Public Library Recipients 23 Total $774,989.80 Average $33,695.21
Employer Gouverneur CSD Recipients 69 Total $774,776.72 Average $11,228.65
Employer Village of Harrison Recipients 28 Total $773,314.55 Average $27,618.38
Employer Village of Walden Recipients 30 Total $772,809.51 Average $25,760.32
Employer Town of Pound Ridge Recipients 36 Total $772,240.59 Average $21,451.13
Employer Tioga CSD Recipients 72 Total $770,489.04 Average $10,701.24
Employer Tonawanda City School Dist Recipients 50 Total $767,489.40 Average $15,349.79
Employer Mt Sinai UFSD Recipients 51 Total $763,897.90 Average $14,978.39
Employer Thousand Island CSD Recipients 58 Total $763,033.34 Average $13,155.75
Employer Norwood-Norfolk CSD Recipients 68 Total $761,614.22 Average $11,200.21
Employer Mohawk Valley General Hospital Recipients 128 Total $761,601.96 Average $5,950.02
Employer Schoharie Central School Recipients 63 Total $760,502.23 Average $12,071.46
Employer NYS Senate - Member Expenses Recipients 14 Total $756,924.30 Average $54,066.02
Employer Spackenkill UFSD Recipients 61 Total $752,078.26 Average $12,329.15
Employer North Merrick UFSD Recipients 48 Total $751,561.85 Average $15,657.54
Employer Jericho Water District Recipients 18 Total $751,104.91 Average $41,728.05
Employer Chatham CSD Recipients 77 Total $750,466.78 Average $9,746.32
Employer Falconer CSD Recipients 67 Total $750,302.38 Average $11,198.54
Employer Connetquot Public Library Recipients 37 Total $750,258.07 Average $20,277.25
Employer Bridgewtr-Leonard-W Winfld CSD Recipients 69 Total $749,287.40 Average $10,859.24
Employer Nassau Library System Recipients 46 Total $749,040.35 Average $16,283.49
Employer Port Washington Water District Recipients 16 Total $746,374.40 Average $46,648.40
Employer Lowville CSD Recipients 67 Total $739,188.61 Average $11,032.67
Employer Medina CSD Recipients 68 Total $739,118.96 Average $10,869.40

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