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 Buffalo Correctional Facility Recipients 13 Total $312,298.61 Average $24,022.97
Employer Ramapo Housing Authority Recipients 10 Total $311,557.96 Average $31,155.80
Employer Waterville CSD Recipients 30 Total $311,396.00 Average $10,379.87
Employer Village of Perry Recipients 19 Total $311,358.71 Average $16,387.30
Employer Panama CSD Recipients 32 Total $310,563.03 Average $9,705.09
Employer Rome Housing Authority Recipients 18 Total $310,349.31 Average $17,241.63
Employer Merrick Library Recipients 13 Total $310,240.49 Average $23,864.65
Employer Northville CSD Recipients 36 Total $309,837.04 Average $8,606.58
Employer Belleville-Henderson CSD Recipients 29 Total $309,614.35 Average $10,676.36
Employer Village of Holley Recipients 17 Total $308,834.05 Average $18,166.71
Employer Village of Watkins Glen Recipients 21 Total $307,740.02 Average $14,654.29
Employer Scio CSD Recipients 25 Total $307,232.17 Average $12,289.29
Employer Town of Rochester Recipients 26 Total $307,202.55 Average $11,815.48
Employer Mamaroneck Public Library Dist Recipients 13 Total $306,362.76 Average $23,566.37
Employer Avon CSD Recipients 40 Total $305,788.98 Average $7,644.72
Employer Bethpage Public Library Recipients 9 Total $305,542.60 Average $33,949.18
Employer Town of Scriba Recipients 19 Total $305,495.85 Average $16,078.73
Employer Nanuet Public Library Recipients 10 Total $305,330.45 Average $30,533.05
Employer Rockland Mult Disabled Unit Recipients 32 Total $305,299.31 Average $9,540.60
Employer Dolgeville CSD Recipients 29 Total $304,232.40 Average $10,490.77
Employer Town of Clarkson Recipients 16 Total $303,956.30 Average $18,997.27
Employer Town of Indian Lake Recipients 19 Total $303,350.42 Average $15,965.81
Employer Roslyn Water District Recipients 8 Total $302,988.15 Average $37,873.52
Employer Fort Ann CSD Recipients 25 Total $301,297.45 Average $12,051.90
Employer Bayport Blue Point Pub Library Recipients 10 Total $300,934.43 Average $30,093.44
Employer Massapequa Fire District Recipients 9 Total $300,331.48 Average $33,370.16
Employer Town of Webb UFSD Recipients 26 Total $299,574.69 Average $11,522.10
Employer Village of North Hills Recipients 15 Total $298,844.69 Average $19,922.98
Employer Greenwood Lake UFSD Recipients 20 Total $298,511.34 Average $14,925.57
Employer Town of Pendleton Recipients 16 Total $298,290.53 Average $18,643.16
Employer Eldred CSD Recipients 25 Total $298,020.75 Average $11,920.83
Employer Town of Big Flats Recipients 18 Total $297,684.47 Average $16,538.03
Employer Town of Marbletown Recipients 27 Total $297,460.39 Average $11,017.05
Employer Salem CSD Recipients 26 Total $297,243.76 Average $11,432.45
Employer Village of Hamilton Recipients 16 Total $297,013.07 Average $18,563.32
Employer Perry CSD Recipients 29 Total $296,754.25 Average $10,232.91
Employer Town of Williamson Recipients 24 Total $296,618.28 Average $12,359.10
Employer Town of Somerset Recipients 13 Total $296,457.70 Average $22,804.44
Employer Town of Ripley Recipients 10 Total $295,805.75 Average $29,580.58
Employer Town of Pomfret Recipients 15 Total $295,348.40 Average $19,689.89
Employer Village of Lake Grove Recipients 18 Total $294,903.47 Average $16,383.53
Employer South Kortright CSD Recipients 22 Total $294,056.29 Average $13,366.20
Employer Town of Busti Recipients 20 Total $293,412.60 Average $14,670.63
Employer Ripley CSD Recipients 27 Total $292,665.89 Average $10,839.48
Employer Town of Malta Recipients 21 Total $292,627.49 Average $13,934.64
Employer Town of Geneseo Recipients 17 Total $292,459.94 Average $17,203.53
Employer Town of Red Hook Recipients 15 Total $292,384.72 Average $19,492.31
Employer Central Valley CSD Recipients 19 Total $291,186.87 Average $15,325.62
Employer Pioneer Library System Recipients 17 Total $290,835.84 Average $17,107.99
Employer Belfast CSD Recipients 20 Total $290,467.99 Average $14,523.40
Employer Farmingdale Public Library Recipients 14 Total $290,023.35 Average $20,715.95
Employer Town of Wawayanda Recipients 14 Total $288,881.70 Average $20,634.41
Employer Town of Eden Recipients 20 Total $288,844.89 Average $14,442.24
Employer Village of Silver Creek Recipients 16 Total $286,236.84 Average $17,889.80
Employer Village of Corinth Recipients 23 Total $285,708.77 Average $12,422.12
Employer Town of Tupper Lake Recipients 20 Total $285,512.80 Average $14,275.64
Employer Ogdensburg Housing Authority Recipients 17 Total $285,360.14 Average $16,785.89
Employer Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Recipients 32 Total $285,101.40 Average $8,909.42
Employer East Islip Public Library Recipients 13 Total $284,044.25 Average $21,849.56
Employer S Adirondack Library System Recipients 16 Total $283,298.59 Average $17,706.16
Employer Chazy CSD Recipients 32 Total $282,601.28 Average $8,831.29
Employer Plainview Water District Recipients 11 Total $282,267.07 Average $25,660.64
Employer Town of Ballston Recipients 19 Total $282,125.73 Average $14,848.72
Employer Town of Parishville Recipients 19 Total $280,548.63 Average $14,765.72
Employer Town of Newstead Recipients 15 Total $279,716.59 Average $18,647.77
Employer Richfield Springs CSD Recipients 26 Total $279,423.45 Average $10,747.06
Employer Village of Mayville Recipients 13 Total $278,446.53 Average $21,418.96
Employer Town of Wheatland Recipients 19 Total $278,154.83 Average $14,639.73
Employer Lyndonville CSD Recipients 23 Total $278,136.07 Average $12,092.87
Employer Village of Canajoharie Recipients 17 Total $276,157.11 Average $16,244.54
Employer Village of Greene Recipients 9 Total $275,246.73 Average $30,582.97
Employer Village of Greenwood Lake Recipients 12 Total $274,187.50 Average $22,848.96
Employer Town of Catskill Recipients 23 Total $273,962.02 Average $11,911.39
Employer Legislative Messenger Service Recipients 15 Total $273,755.52 Average $18,250.37
Employer Town of Rhinebeck Recipients 17 Total $273,717.50 Average $16,101.03
Employer Town of Seneca Falls Recipients 31 Total $272,745.37 Average $8,798.24
Employer Village of Fort Plain Recipients 21 Total $272,168.16 Average $12,960.39
Employer Village of Canastota Recipients 16 Total $271,250.97 Average $16,953.19
Employer Town of Arcadia Recipients 14 Total $270,191.65 Average $19,299.40
Employer Village of Painted Post Recipients 17 Total $268,179.99 Average $15,775.29
Employer Town of Warrensburg Recipients 19 Total $268,174.70 Average $14,114.46
Employer Town of Rye Recipients 17 Total $268,083.34 Average $15,769.61
Employer Stamford CSD Recipients 25 Total $267,708.96 Average $10,708.36
Employer Amityville Public Library Recipients 13 Total $267,704.77 Average $20,592.67
Employer Village of Bellport Recipients 18 Total $266,968.87 Average $14,831.60
Employer Central Islip State Hospital Recipients 42 Total $266,866.16 Average $6,353.96
Employer Village of Ravena Recipients 14 Total $266,446.65 Average $19,031.90
Employer Oyster Bay Public Library Recipients 15 Total $266,168.53 Average $17,744.57
Employer North Warren CSD Recipients 26 Total $266,132.56 Average $10,235.87
Employer Nassau Co Interim Fin Auth Recipients 4 Total $265,856.70 Average $66,464.18
Employer Harrisville CSD Recipients 33 Total $264,724.07 Average $8,021.94
Employer Village of Palmyra Recipients 14 Total $264,513.96 Average $18,893.85
Employer Islip Public Library Recipients 14 Total $264,212.71 Average $18,872.34
Employer Fort Edward UFSD Recipients 15 Total $263,936.47 Average $17,595.76
Employer Village of Homer Recipients 15 Total $263,774.85 Average $17,584.99
Employer Clymer CSD Recipients 29 Total $263,157.10 Average $9,074.38
Employer Cincinnatus CSD Recipients 33 Total $262,842.78 Average $7,964.93
Employer Albertson Water District Recipients 8 Total $262,602.71 Average $32,825.34
Employer Gates Fire District Recipients 7 Total $262,474.34 Average $37,496.33
Employer Town of Concord Recipients 18 Total $262,077.58 Average $14,559.87

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