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 Town of Cornwall Recipients 33 Total $612,075.12 Average $18,547.73
Employer Union Springs CSD Recipients 60 Total $612,016.10 Average $10,200.27
Employer Fonda-Fultonville CSD Recipients 38 Total $610,244.33 Average $16,059.06
Employer Tuckahoe UFSD Recipients 33 Total $606,304.28 Average $18,372.86
Employer Village of Sidney Recipients 27 Total $606,181.70 Average $22,451.17
Employer Town of Montgomery Recipients 39 Total $605,573.28 Average $15,527.52
Employer East Rochester UFSD Recipients 39 Total $605,271.61 Average $15,519.78
Employer Akron CSD Recipients 59 Total $604,876.22 Average $10,252.14
Employer Pleasantville UFSD Recipients 29 Total $604,671.17 Average $20,850.73
Employer Town of Wappinger Recipients 42 Total $602,793.51 Average $14,352.23
Employer Town of Ticonderoga Recipients 38 Total $601,151.43 Average $15,819.77
Employer Assembly: Annual Temporary Recipients 53 Total $600,543.11 Average $11,331.00
Employer Valley Stream UFSD 13 Recipients 43 Total $597,843.13 Average $13,903.33
Employer Village of East Rockaway Recipients 22 Total $597,746.14 Average $27,170.28
Employer Town of Hempstead Housing Auth Recipients 18 Total $595,555.67 Average $33,086.43
Employer Commis of Investigation Recipients 20 Total $594,163.08 Average $29,708.15
Employer State Consumer Protection Bd Recipients 26 Total $592,057.35 Average $22,771.44
Employer Highlnd Falls-Ft Mntgomery CSD Recipients 36 Total $591,699.48 Average $16,436.10
Employer Greene CSD Recipients 64 Total $590,894.58 Average $9,232.73
Employer Canastota CSD Recipients 60 Total $589,844.22 Average $9,830.74
Employer Village of Lindenhurst Recipients 35 Total $589,203.23 Average $16,834.38
Employer BOCES-Franklin Essex Hamilton Recipients 45 Total $589,107.54 Average $13,091.28
Employer Town of North Salem Recipients 28 Total $587,658.36 Average $20,987.80
Employer Hammondsport CSD Recipients 52 Total $587,379.27 Average $11,295.76
Employer Alexander CSD Recipients 50 Total $587,294.00 Average $11,745.88
Employer Pembroke CSD Recipients 42 Total $586,677.80 Average $13,968.52
Employer Lyons CSD Recipients 42 Total $585,729.25 Average $13,945.93
Employer Village of Great Neck Recipients 23 Total $584,386.87 Average $25,408.12
Employer Cooperstown CSD Recipients 48 Total $583,935.39 Average $12,165.32
Employer Bath CSD Recipients 59 Total $580,220.36 Average $9,834.24
Employer Village of Cornwall Recipients 24 Total $579,932.04 Average $24,163.84
Employer Starpoint CSD Recipients 58 Total $577,942.35 Average $9,964.52
Employer NYS Parole Board Recipients 15 Total $577,419.16 Average $38,494.61
Employer Village of Chester Recipients 19 Total $577,079.18 Average $30,372.59
Employer White Plains Housing Authority Recipients 22 Total $575,917.90 Average $26,178.09
Employer Argyle CSD Recipients 47 Total $575,498.70 Average $12,244.65
Employer Parkside Corr Facility Recipients 22 Total $575,294.80 Average $26,149.76
Employer Port Washington Water Poll Dist Recipients 12 Total $574,363.14 Average $47,863.60
Employer Bemus Point CSD Recipients 50 Total $573,823.04 Average $11,476.46
Employer Lake George CSD Recipients 56 Total $573,094.58 Average $10,233.83
Employer Village of Skaneateles Recipients 20 Total $572,094.72 Average $28,604.74
Employer Northeast CSD Recipients 49 Total $570,492.18 Average $11,642.70
Employer Canajoharie CSD Recipients 42 Total $569,955.64 Average $13,570.37
Employer Village of Kensington Recipients 8 Total $569,555.56 Average $71,194.45
Employer Morrisville-Eaton CSD Recipients 42 Total $567,397.44 Average $13,509.46
Employer West Islip Public Library Recipients 26 Total $566,729.60 Average $21,797.29
Employer Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD Recipients 57 Total $566,064.49 Average $9,930.96
Employer Frewsburg CSD Recipients 50 Total $565,943.95 Average $11,318.88
Employer Village of Bath Recipients 20 Total $565,555.98 Average $28,277.80
Employer Town of Hyde Park Recipients 32 Total $564,404.02 Average $17,637.63
Employer Barker CSD Recipients 48 Total $563,979.11 Average $11,749.56
Employer New City Library Recipients 27 Total $562,961.31 Average $20,850.42
Employer East Bloomfield CSD Recipients 51 Total $562,629.69 Average $11,031.95
Employer Dundee CSD Recipients 44 Total $562,201.43 Average $12,777.31
Employer Town of Monroe Recipients 30 Total $561,886.34 Average $18,729.54
Employer Village of Cedarhurst Recipients 26 Total $561,856.49 Average $21,609.87
Employer Village of Waverly Recipients 32 Total $561,620.28 Average $17,550.63
Employer Hampton Bays UFSD Recipients 39 Total $561,154.42 Average $14,388.57
Employer Town of Chenango Recipients 32 Total $557,835.68 Average $17,432.37
Employer Village of Warsaw Recipients 24 Total $556,312.23 Average $23,179.68
Employer Village of Arcade Recipients 24 Total $556,173.17 Average $23,173.88
Employer Valhalla UFSD Recipients 33 Total $555,956.75 Average $16,847.17
Employer Valley Stream UFSD 30 Recipients 43 Total $555,663.82 Average $12,922.41
Employer Oakfield-Alabama CSD Recipients 45 Total $554,774.90 Average $12,328.33
Employer Manchester Shortsville CSD Recipients 49 Total $554,347.94 Average $11,313.22
Employer Village of Westfield Recipients 27 Total $552,911.86 Average $20,478.22
Employer Sullivan West CSD Recipients 41 Total $552,192.54 Average $13,468.11
Employer NYS Assembly - Session Recipients 48 Total $551,259.03 Average $11,484.56
Employer Village of Massapequa Park Recipients 34 Total $549,264.98 Average $16,154.85
Employer Pavilion CSD Recipients 37 Total $548,756.96 Average $14,831.27
Employer Town of Ontario Recipients 39 Total $548,743.28 Average $14,070.34
Employer Village of North Syracuse Recipients 36 Total $548,665.83 Average $15,240.72
Employer Oyster Bay Housing Authority Recipients 17 Total $547,367.86 Average $32,198.11
Employer South Lewis CSD Recipients 66 Total $546,432.67 Average $8,279.28
Employer Canisteo-Greenwood CSD Recipients 42 Total $545,442.42 Average $12,986.72
Employer Center Moriches UFSD Recipients 44 Total $543,713.14 Average $12,357.12
Employer Duanesburg CSD Recipients 60 Total $540,243.37 Average $9,004.06
Employer Village of Lyons Recipients 25 Total $539,408.35 Average $21,576.33
Employer Kendall CSD Recipients 44 Total $539,263.87 Average $12,256.00
Employer Byron-Bergen CSD Recipients 53 Total $537,470.95 Average $10,140.96
Employer Cambridge CSD Recipients 56 Total $536,802.10 Average $9,585.75
Employer Village of Le Roy Recipients 20 Total $535,427.68 Average $26,771.38
Employer Rhinebeck CSD Recipients 31 Total $534,355.31 Average $17,237.27
Employer Village of Elmira Heights Recipients 25 Total $533,098.44 Average $21,323.94
Employer Oneonta City School Dist Recipients 50 Total $532,577.91 Average $10,651.56
Employer Haldane CSD - Philipstown Recipients 44 Total $529,095.08 Average $12,024.89
Employer Industrial Exhibit Authority Recipients 29 Total $528,975.94 Average $18,240.55
Employer Mattituck-Cutchogue UFSD Recipients 35 Total $528,859.44 Average $15,110.27
Employer Four County Library System Recipients 31 Total $528,561.79 Average $17,050.38
Employer Delaware Academy C S D - Delhi Recipients 45 Total $527,666.10 Average $11,725.91
Employer Village of Westbury Recipients 25 Total $526,856.15 Average $21,074.25
Employer City of Sherrill Recipients 25 Total $525,433.37 Average $21,017.33
Employer Watkins Glen CSD Recipients 53 Total $525,280.40 Average $9,910.95
Employer Ramapo Catskill Library System Recipients 24 Total $524,197.79 Average $21,841.57
Employer Oyster Bay Sewer District Recipients 9 Total $523,912.09 Average $58,212.45
Employer Brushton Moira CSD Recipients 43 Total $523,564.02 Average $12,175.91
Employer Groton CSD Recipients 45 Total $523,495.28 Average $11,633.23
Employer Randolph CSD Recipients 41 Total $523,158.74 Average $12,759.97
Employer Town of Wheatfield Recipients 32 Total $522,565.84 Average $16,330.18
Employer Town of Kirkland Recipients 27 Total $522,429.77 Average $19,349.25

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