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 Wawarsing Recipients 34 Total $522,309.49 Average $15,362.04
Employer Roosevelt Island Oper Corp. Recipients 19 Total $521,385.39 Average $27,441.34
Employer La Fayette CSD Recipients 50 Total $521,131.31 Average $10,422.63
Employer NYS Association of Counties Recipients 18 Total $520,531.02 Average $28,918.39
Employer Town of Woodstock Recipients 34 Total $519,710.25 Average $15,285.60
Employer Town of Lloyd Recipients 33 Total $519,623.64 Average $15,746.17
Employer Off Prevent Domestic Violence Recipients 21 Total $518,601.21 Average $24,695.30
Employer Henrietta Fire District Recipients 11 Total $517,387.76 Average $47,035.25
Employer Coxsackie-Athens CSD Recipients 52 Total $515,823.26 Average $9,919.68
Employer Poland CSD Recipients 43 Total $513,765.08 Average $11,948.03
Employer Moriah CSD Recipients 39 Total $513,704.25 Average $13,171.90
Employer Hancock CSD Recipients 35 Total $513,532.59 Average $14,672.36
Employer Bay Shore Brightwaters Library Recipients 17 Total $513,257.60 Average $30,191.62
Employer Sauquoit Valley CSD Recipients 45 Total $513,139.74 Average $11,403.11
Employer Harborfields Public Library Recipients 24 Total $512,304.58 Average $21,346.02
Employer North Shore Public Library Dis Recipients 20 Total $510,666.82 Average $25,533.34
Employer Niskayuna Fire District #1 Recipients 11 Total $510,143.69 Average $46,376.70
Employer Commission On Judicial Conduct Recipients 13 Total $509,612.69 Average $39,200.98
Employer Utica Mun Housing Authority Recipients 36 Total $509,212.53 Average $14,144.79
Employer Newfield CSD Recipients 50 Total $509,175.29 Average $10,183.51
Employer Holley CSD Recipients 51 Total $508,616.77 Average $9,972.88
Employer Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD Recipients 34 Total $508,445.73 Average $14,954.29
Employer Town of Cortlandville Recipients 15 Total $507,027.23 Average $33,801.82
Employer Town of Parma Recipients 32 Total $506,713.51 Average $15,834.80
Employer Town of Victor Recipients 26 Total $506,222.20 Average $19,470.08
Employer Village of Port Jefferson Recipients 32 Total $505,242.47 Average $15,788.83
Employer Greenwich CSD Recipients 59 Total $504,774.41 Average $8,555.50
Employer Town of Neversink Recipients 24 Total $503,010.09 Average $20,958.75
Employer Whitehall CSD Recipients 55 Total $501,527.05 Average $9,118.67
Employer Oneida Herkimer Sol Wst Mg Aut Recipients 29 Total $498,607.80 Average $17,193.37
Employer Fillmore CSD Recipients 40 Total $498,385.71 Average $12,459.64
Employer Blind Brook-Rye UFSD Recipients 29 Total $497,690.01 Average $17,161.72
Employer Cattaraugus Little Valley CSD Recipients 46 Total $496,306.10 Average $10,789.26
Employer Stillwater CSD Recipients 55 Total $494,700.30 Average $8,994.55
Employer State Recipients 54 Total $493,961.87 Average $9,147.44
Employer East Meadow Public Library Recipients 19 Total $493,795.07 Average $25,989.21
Employer Mid Hudson Library System Recipients 27 Total $493,116.93 Average $18,263.59
Employer South Seneca CSD Recipients 49 Total $491,532.21 Average $10,031.27
Employer Town of Lysander Recipients 33 Total $490,465.57 Average $14,862.59
Employer Naples CSD Recipients 52 Total $490,342.16 Average $9,429.66
Employer Oxford CSD Recipients 55 Total $488,893.84 Average $8,888.98
Employer Wilson CSD Recipients 39 Total $488,652.79 Average $12,529.56
Employer North Collins CSD Recipients 38 Total $488,491.04 Average $12,855.03
Employer Rochester-Genesee Trans Auth Recipients 10 Total $486,925.23 Average $48,692.52
Employer Campbell Savona CSD Recipients 49 Total $486,270.13 Average $9,923.88
Employer Valley Ridge Cntr Int Treat Recipients 20 Total $483,782.24 Average $24,189.11
Employer Fallsburg CSD Recipients 41 Total $483,763.05 Average $11,799.10
Employer Nassau County Bridge Authority Recipients 24 Total $482,338.79 Average $20,097.45
Employer Village of Harriman Recipients 12 Total $481,263.51 Average $40,105.29
Employer Village of Waterloo Recipients 28 Total $480,942.55 Average $17,176.52
Employer Great Neck North Water Auth Recipients 14 Total $480,940.12 Average $34,352.87
Employer Tuxedo UFSD Recipients 35 Total $480,509.92 Average $13,728.85
Employer Tully CSD Recipients 40 Total $480,435.48 Average $12,010.89
Employer Village of Colonie Recipients 26 Total $480,257.41 Average $18,471.44
Employer Ilion CSD Recipients 42 Total $479,369.04 Average $11,413.55
Employer Town of Sweden Recipients 31 Total $477,804.69 Average $15,413.05
Employer Portville CSD Recipients 43 Total $476,631.25 Average $11,084.45
Employer Village of Akron Recipients 20 Total $476,446.72 Average $23,822.34
Employer Chateaugay CSD Recipients 37 Total $475,592.42 Average $12,853.85
Employer No Westchester Joint Water Works Recipients 11 Total $474,742.05 Average $43,158.37
Employer Town of Halfmoon Recipients 28 Total $474,537.76 Average $16,947.78
Employer Village of Avon Recipients 17 Total $474,379.46 Average $27,904.67
Employer Town of Newfane Recipients 37 Total $473,149.11 Average $12,787.81
Employer Pine Valley CSD Recipients 42 Total $471,484.11 Average $11,225.81
Employer Town of Webb Recipients 35 Total $471,476.20 Average $13,470.75
Employer Village of Penn Yan Recipients 28 Total $469,857.98 Average $16,780.64
Employer Rockville Centre Pub Library Recipients 21 Total $467,635.79 Average $22,268.37
Employer Valley Stream UFSD 24 Recipients 26 Total $466,708.70 Average $17,950.33
Employer Emma S Clark Memorial Library Recipients 17 Total $466,454.64 Average $27,438.51
Employer Town of Milton Recipients 22 Total $465,936.31 Average $21,178.92
Employer Geneseo CSD Recipients 42 Total $465,594.15 Average $11,085.58
Employer Village of Cayuga Heights Recipients 18 Total $465,070.93 Average $25,837.27
Employer Red Creek CSD Recipients 58 Total $464,609.56 Average $8,010.51
Employer Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Lib Sys Recipients 24 Total $464,603.01 Average $19,358.46
Employer Leroy CSD Recipients 45 Total $462,946.54 Average $10,287.70
Employer Huntington Public Library Recipients 16 Total $462,617.78 Average $28,913.61
Employer Spencer Van Etten CSD Recipients 38 Total $461,947.86 Average $12,156.52
Employer Hadley-Luzerne CSD Recipients 53 Total $460,918.01 Average $8,696.57
Employer Chester UFSD 1 Recipients 34 Total $457,359.46 Average $13,451.75
Employer Village of Green Island Recipients 23 Total $455,004.58 Average $19,782.81
Employer Town of North Greenbush Recipients 26 Total $454,306.16 Average $17,473.31
Employer Kiryas Joel UFSD Recipients 18 Total $452,259.33 Average $25,125.52
Employer Marathon CSD Recipients 49 Total $451,705.86 Average $9,218.49
Employer Town of Canandaigua Recipients 25 Total $451,506.19 Average $18,060.25
Employer Town of Crawford Recipients 25 Total $451,429.05 Average $18,057.16
Employer Manhattan Psych Center Children Recipients 40 Total $451,420.66 Average $11,285.52
Employer Bainbridge-Guilford CSD Recipients 47 Total $449,953.61 Average $9,573.48
Employer Madrid-Waddington CSD Recipients 38 Total $449,590.09 Average $11,831.32
Employer Village of Saugerties Recipients 23 Total $448,967.53 Average $19,520.33
Employer Vocational Rehabilitation Recipients 63 Total $448,636.40 Average $7,121.21
Employer Bethpage Water District Recipients 10 Total $448,365.51 Average $44,836.55
Employer Attica CSD Recipients 51 Total $447,376.51 Average $8,772.09
Employer Millbrook CSD Recipients 40 Total $447,052.59 Average $11,176.31
Employer Manhasset Lakeville Water Dist Recipients 17 Total $446,550.51 Average $26,267.68
Employer West Canada Valley CSD Recipients 33 Total $445,932.73 Average $13,513.11
Employer Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD Recipients 30 Total $443,211.71 Average $14,773.72
Employer Hunter-Tannersville CSD Recipients 38 Total $443,022.07 Average $11,658.48
Employer Village of Huntington Bay Recipients 8 Total $442,832.21 Average $55,354.03
Employer New Rochelle Muni Housing Auth Recipients 19 Total $441,421.36 Average $23,232.70
Employer Galway CSD Recipients 58 Total $441,334.62 Average $7,609.22

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