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 Odessa Montour CSD Recipients 43 Total $372,694.31 Average $8,667.31
Employer So Farmingdale Water District Recipients 12 Total $371,809.22 Average $30,984.10
Employer St Paul Blvd Fire Dist Recipients 11 Total $371,430.42 Average $33,766.40
Employer Town of Horseheads Recipients 19 Total $371,261.46 Average $19,540.08
Employer Town of Van Buren Recipients 23 Total $370,148.59 Average $16,093.42
Employer BOCES-Suffolk,2nd Sup District Recipients 38 Total $369,375.51 Average $9,720.41
Employer Southern Cayuga CSD Recipients 48 Total $369,129.84 Average $7,690.21
Employer Yonkers Parking Authority Recipients 10 Total $368,435.20 Average $36,843.52
Employer Watertown Housing Authority Recipients 26 Total $368,229.40 Average $14,162.67
Employer Pocantico Hills CSD Recipients 19 Total $368,050.04 Average $19,371.05
Employer Town of Hanover Recipients 20 Total $367,917.10 Average $18,395.86
Employer Town of Wilton Recipients 28 Total $366,915.02 Average $13,104.11
Employer Town of North Elba Recipients 23 Total $366,393.99 Average $15,930.17
Employer Statewide Financial System Recipients 10 Total $365,708.42 Average $36,570.84
Employer Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library Recipients 20 Total $365,625.48 Average $18,281.27
Employer Westbury Mem Public Library Recipients 15 Total $365,205.96 Average $24,347.06
Employer Welfare Research Inc Recipients 17 Total $362,701.63 Average $21,335.39
Employer Lake Placid CSD Recipients 25 Total $361,483.36 Average $14,459.33
Employer Town of Dryden Recipients 18 Total $361,023.88 Average $20,056.88
Employer White Plains Urban Renew Agcy Recipients 11 Total $360,086.80 Average $32,735.16
Employer Brocton CSD Recipients 37 Total $358,701.48 Average $9,694.63
Employer Town of Aurora Recipients 28 Total $358,690.87 Average $12,810.39
Employer Town of Hamlin Recipients 22 Total $358,407.56 Average $16,291.25
Employer Town of Gorham Recipients 20 Total $357,887.86 Average $17,894.39
Employer Elmira Housing Authority Recipients 20 Total $357,879.48 Average $17,893.97
Employer Town of Allegany Recipients 18 Total $357,813.37 Average $19,878.52
Employer Greenburgh Eleven UFSD Recipients 32 Total $356,912.32 Average $11,153.51
Employer Town of Bath Recipients 21 Total $356,872.83 Average $16,993.94
Employer Mt Pleasant Cottage Sch UFSD Recipients 29 Total $356,871.95 Average $12,305.93
Employer Dover UFSD Recipients 34 Total $355,815.02 Average $10,465.15
Employer Town of Esopus Recipients 22 Total $355,441.88 Average $16,156.45
Employer Hempstead Library Recipients 20 Total $353,660.88 Average $17,683.04
Employer Ellicottville CSD Recipients 33 Total $353,269.59 Average $10,705.14
Employer Village of Boonville Recipients 17 Total $352,925.98 Average $20,760.35
Employer Florida UFSD Recipients 25 Total $352,491.73 Average $14,099.67
Employer Freeport Memorial Library Recipients 24 Total $352,239.71 Average $14,676.65
Employer Village of Lowville Recipients 16 Total $351,483.88 Average $21,967.74
Employer Mt Vernon Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 23 Total $349,870.33 Average $15,211.75
Employer Town of Pawling Recipients 23 Total $349,294.00 Average $15,186.70
Employer Town of Kirkwood Recipients 16 Total $348,805.48 Average $21,800.34
Employer Mid York Library System Recipients 18 Total $347,084.45 Average $19,282.47
Employer Hudson River Park Trust Recipients 10 Total $346,379.95 Average $34,638.00
Employer Remsen CSD Recipients 28 Total $345,654.88 Average $12,344.82
Employer Gilboa-Conesville CSD Recipients 24 Total $344,836.21 Average $14,368.18
Employer Elmira Heights CSD Recipients 42 Total $344,412.59 Average $8,200.30
Employer Town of Porter Recipients 17 Total $344,386.91 Average $20,258.05
Employer Town of Marlborough Recipients 28 Total $343,555.81 Average $12,269.85
Employer Village of Rhinebeck Recipients 18 Total $343,298.08 Average $19,072.12
Employer Riverhead Free Library Recipients 23 Total $343,248.23 Average $14,923.84
Employer Town of Patterson Recipients 20 Total $343,173.20 Average $17,158.66
Employer Fort Plain CSD Recipients 33 Total $342,450.50 Average $10,377.29
Employer Genesee Valley CSD Angelica-Be Recipients 29 Total $341,931.99 Average $11,790.76
Employer Town of Mamakating Recipients 21 Total $341,590.02 Average $16,266.19
Employer Sackets Harbor CSD Recipients 26 Total $340,496.74 Average $13,096.03
Employer Village of Great Neck Plaza Recipients 20 Total $340,229.42 Average $17,011.47
Employer Hartford CSD Recipients 30 Total $339,579.30 Average $11,319.31
Employer New Rochelle Public Library Recipients 13 Total $339,533.24 Average $26,117.94
Employer Town of Shawangunk Recipients 17 Total $337,686.46 Average $19,863.91
Employer Franklin Square Water District Recipients 7 Total $337,364.37 Average $48,194.91
Employer Village of Chittenango Recipients 17 Total $336,477.17 Average $19,792.77
Employer Albany County Airport Authorit Recipients 13 Total $336,355.04 Average $25,873.46
Employer Senate Finance Comm Recipients 14 Total $334,944.87 Average $23,924.63
Employer Copenhagen CSD Recipients 23 Total $334,799.17 Average $14,556.49
Employer Uniondale Public Library Recipients 16 Total $333,713.96 Average $20,857.12
Employer White Plains Parking Authority Recipients 16 Total $333,661.23 Average $20,853.83
Employer Long Beach Public Library Recipients 11 Total $333,651.93 Average $30,331.99
Employer Thrall Public Library Recipients 12 Total $333,484.80 Average $27,790.40
Employer Town of Rush Recipients 26 Total $331,344.88 Average $12,744.03
Employer Riverhead Water District Recipients 7 Total $330,726.89 Average $47,246.70
Employer Greenlawn Water District Recipients 8 Total $329,801.39 Average $41,225.17
Employer Penn Yan Bd of Light Commis Recipients 20 Total $329,643.82 Average $16,482.19
Employer Village of Liverpool Recipients 16 Total $329,608.84 Average $20,600.55
Employer Town of Goshen Recipients 21 Total $329,050.35 Average $15,669.06
Employer Avoca CSD Recipients 39 Total $328,581.39 Average $8,425.16
Employer North Bellmore Public Library Recipients 12 Total $327,787.97 Average $27,315.66
Employer Village of Carthage Recipients 17 Total $326,879.34 Average $19,228.20
Employer Guilderland Public Library Recipients 20 Total $326,672.56 Average $16,333.63
Employer Town of Herkimer Recipients 24 Total $326,533.72 Average $13,605.57
Employer West Babylon Public Library Recipients 13 Total $325,617.01 Average $25,047.46
Employer Village of Centre Island Recipients 9 Total $325,137.12 Average $36,126.35
Employer Village of Hilton Recipients 13 Total $324,896.63 Average $24,992.05
Employer Alexandria CSD Recipients 29 Total $323,966.17 Average $11,171.25
Employer Village of Mount Morris Recipients 16 Total $322,495.12 Average $20,155.95
Employer Finger Lakes Library System Recipients 18 Total $321,964.94 Average $17,886.94
Employer Clifton-Fine CSD Recipients 21 Total $321,602.44 Average $15,314.40
Employer Town of Bethel Recipients 24 Total $321,063.44 Average $13,377.64
Employer Southern Tier Library System Recipients 16 Total $320,527.23 Average $20,032.95
Employer Lockport Public Library Recipients 16 Total $320,511.40 Average $20,031.96
Employer Village of Cooperstown Recipients 22 Total $318,760.40 Average $14,489.11
Employer Lockport Housing Authority Recipients 15 Total $318,630.85 Average $21,242.06
Employer Commack Public Library Recipients 15 Total $316,422.60 Average $21,094.84
Employer Gananda CSD Recipients 44 Total $315,807.37 Average $7,177.44
Employer Barnard Fire District Recipients 10 Total $315,649.49 Average $31,564.95
Employer Sag Harbor UFSD Recipients 20 Total $315,632.19 Average $15,781.61
Employer Village of Fort Edward Recipients 12 Total $315,089.59 Average $26,257.47
Employer Town of Lansing Recipients 18 Total $315,024.34 Average $17,501.35
Employer Village of Lake George Recipients 22 Total $314,048.53 Average $14,274.93
Employer Village of Sherburne Recipients 16 Total $313,620.18 Average $19,601.26
Employer Village of Fayetteville Recipients 15 Total $312,479.84 Average $20,831.99
Employer Mohawk Valley Library System Recipients 15 Total $312,475.19 Average $20,831.68

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