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 Heuvelton CSD Recipients 29 Total $260,398.80 Average $8,979.27
Employer Town of Marion Recipients 18 Total $260,152.16 Average $14,452.90
Employer Town of Sodus Recipients 14 Total $259,953.01 Average $18,568.07
Employer Town of Long Lake Recipients 18 Total $259,558.42 Average $14,419.91
Employer Arkport CSD Recipients 20 Total $257,384.20 Average $12,869.21
Employer De Ruyter CSD Recipients 28 Total $257,276.42 Average $9,188.44
Employer Greenburgh Graham UFSD Recipients 15 Total $257,142.72 Average $17,142.85
Employer No Tonawanda Public Library Recipients 14 Total $256,841.92 Average $18,345.85
Employer Town of Schroon Recipients 15 Total $256,819.29 Average $17,121.29
Employer Hermon-Dekalb CSD Recipients 20 Total $256,806.68 Average $12,840.33
Employer Hinsdale CSD Recipients 21 Total $256,051.55 Average $12,192.93
Employer Bethlehem Public Library Recipients 14 Total $255,930.84 Average $18,280.77
Employer Clifton Pk-Halfmn Pub Libr Dis Recipients 17 Total $255,571.23 Average $15,033.60
Employer Friendship CSD Recipients 27 Total $255,530.31 Average $9,464.09
Employer Town of Shandaken Recipients 23 Total $255,237.94 Average $11,097.30
Employer Georgetown-South Otselic CSD Recipients 27 Total $255,171.34 Average $9,450.79
Employer Village of West Haverstraw Recipients 9 Total $254,965.69 Average $28,329.52
Employer North Country Library System Recipients 20 Total $253,782.70 Average $12,689.14
Employer Village of Cobleskill Recipients 18 Total $253,231.17 Average $14,068.40
Employer Town of Walworth Recipients 22 Total $253,012.39 Average $11,500.56
Employer Town of Gardiner Recipients 20 Total $252,977.55 Average $12,648.88
Employer Schenevus CSD Recipients 27 Total $252,419.53 Average $9,348.87
Employer Mohawk CSD Recipients 34 Total $252,290.54 Average $7,420.31
Employer Islip Housing Authority Recipients 14 Total $251,965.57 Average $17,997.54
Employer Town of Marcy Recipients 18 Total $251,857.90 Average $13,992.11
Employer Oyster Bay Water District Recipients 6 Total $251,177.11 Average $41,862.85
Employer Glens Falls Housing Authority Recipients 7 Total $250,412.33 Average $35,773.19
Employer Town of Lake Pleasant Recipients 15 Total $249,384.86 Average $16,625.66
Employer St Regis Falls CSD Recipients 24 Total $249,193.14 Average $10,383.05
Employer Cayuga Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 11 Total $248,937.91 Average $22,630.72
Employer Town of Boston Recipients 18 Total $248,839.47 Average $13,824.42
Employer Town of Fine Recipients 17 Total $248,724.70 Average $14,630.86
Employer Geneva Housing Authority Recipients 19 Total $248,385.77 Average $13,072.94
Employer Salamanca Hosp Dist Authority Recipients 31 Total $247,547.59 Average $7,985.41
Employer State Fair Ag & Markets Expo Recipients 17 Total $247,131.34 Average $14,537.14
Employer Town of Chautauqua Recipients 14 Total $246,919.67 Average $17,637.12
Employer Town of Sullivan Recipients 13 Total $245,923.38 Average $18,917.18
Employer Town of Royalton Recipients 14 Total $245,454.86 Average $17,532.49
Employer Village of Little Valley Recipients 13 Total $245,128.24 Average $18,856.02
Employer Tri-State Reg Planning Commis Recipients 29 Total $244,894.79 Average $8,444.65
Employer Montg Otsego Scho Wst Mgt Auth Recipients 15 Total $243,422.69 Average $16,228.18
Employer Town of Newcomb Recipients 17 Total $243,419.98 Average $14,318.82
Employer Town of Greenport Recipients 16 Total $243,401.38 Average $15,212.59
Employer Village of Whitesboro Recipients 10 Total $242,661.40 Average $24,266.14
Employer Ithaca Housing Authority Recipients 16 Total $241,007.52 Average $15,062.97
Employer Riverhead Sewer District Recipients 9 Total $239,934.81 Average $26,659.42
Employer Long Beach Housing Authority Recipients 9 Total $239,931.31 Average $26,659.03
Employer La Fargeville CSD Recipients 21 Total $239,728.87 Average $11,415.66
Employer Village of Sloatsburg Recipients 11 Total $239,655.87 Average $21,786.90
Employer Town of Ellery Recipients 13 Total $239,394.83 Average $18,414.99
Employer Town of Palmyra Recipients 15 Total $239,207.58 Average $15,947.17
Employer Franklin CSD Recipients 20 Total $238,866.03 Average $11,943.30
Employer Town of Highlands Recipients 18 Total $238,593.98 Average $13,255.22
Employer Franklin Square Public Library Recipients 11 Total $238,339.12 Average $21,667.19
Employer Town of Shelby Recipients 11 Total $238,019.52 Average $21,638.14
Employer Elba CSD Recipients 25 Total $237,780.40 Average $9,511.22
Employer Village of Clayton Recipients 17 Total $237,545.94 Average $13,973.29
Employer Village of East Hills Recipients 14 Total $237,421.10 Average $16,958.65
Employer Town of Alden Recipients 17 Total $236,907.45 Average $13,935.73
Employer Town of New Scotland Recipients 17 Total $236,595.56 Average $13,917.39
Employer Frankfort-Schuyler CSD Recipients 27 Total $236,285.64 Average $8,751.32
Employer NYS Association of Towns Recipients 7 Total $236,164.71 Average $33,737.82
Employer Town of Windsor Recipients 20 Total $235,950.01 Average $11,797.50
Employer Silver Creek CSD Recipients 38 Total $235,637.02 Average $6,200.97
Employer Amsterdam Housing Authority Recipients 15 Total $235,400.87 Average $15,693.39
Employer Sayville Library Recipients 14 Total $235,277.45 Average $16,805.53
Employer Village of Walton Recipients 16 Total $235,095.46 Average $14,693.47
Employer Town of Alexandria Recipients 15 Total $234,722.43 Average $15,648.16
Employer Town of Trenton Recipients 12 Total $234,206.01 Average $19,517.17
Employer Larchmont Mamaroneck Garb Comm Recipients 10 Total $233,461.72 Average $23,346.17
Employer Germantown CSD Recipients 14 Total $233,275.19 Average $16,662.51
Employer Gloversville Housing Authority Recipients 12 Total $232,843.95 Average $19,403.66
Employer Village of Orchard Park Recipients 11 Total $232,683.46 Average $21,153.04
Employer Freeport Housing Authority Recipients 9 Total $231,489.86 Average $25,721.10
Employer Peekskill Housing Authority Recipients 10 Total $231,339.73 Average $23,133.97
Employer Organized Crime Task Force Recipients 11 Total $230,639.40 Average $20,967.22
Employer Downsville CSD Recipients 22 Total $230,141.79 Average $10,460.99
Employer Town of Le Ray Recipients 13 Total $229,508.34 Average $17,654.49
Employer Town of Livonia Recipients 18 Total $228,755.81 Average $12,708.66
Employer Village of Bayville Recipients 14 Total $227,887.48 Average $16,277.68
Employer Town of Mendon Recipients 18 Total $227,821.20 Average $12,656.73
Employer Mount Vernon Housing Authority Recipients 15 Total $227,786.61 Average $15,185.77
Employer Town of Cambria Recipients 17 Total $227,501.45 Average $13,382.44
Employer Town of Westerlo Recipients 13 Total $227,476.26 Average $17,498.17
Employer Town of Greenfield Recipients 14 Total $227,355.80 Average $16,239.70
Employer Town of Phelps Recipients 10 Total $226,883.51 Average $22,688.35
Employer Henry Viscardi School Recipients 10 Total $226,695.12 Average $22,669.51
Employer Town of Deerpark Recipients 22 Total $226,624.40 Average $10,301.11
Employer Westbury Water District Recipients 7 Total $226,511.02 Average $32,358.72
Employer Town of Beekman Recipients 17 Total $226,094.42 Average $13,299.67
Employer Binghamton Housing Authority Recipients 17 Total $226,092.54 Average $13,299.56
Employer Town of Elmira Recipients 12 Total $225,466.67 Average $18,788.89
Employer Belgrave Water Poll Control Dist Recipients 5 Total $224,853.33 Average $44,970.67
Employer Kingston Housing Authority Recipients 14 Total $224,309.43 Average $16,022.10
Employer NYS Conference of Mayors Recipients 11 Total $224,113.43 Average $20,373.95
Employer Town of Clayton Recipients 16 Total $223,879.89 Average $13,992.49
Employer Town of Roxbury Recipients 14 Total $222,910.88 Average $15,922.21
Employer Town of Conklin Recipients 18 Total $222,863.92 Average $12,381.33
Employer Town of East Bloomfield Recipients 15 Total $222,482.91 Average $14,832.19
Employer Town of Keene Recipients 12 Total $222,058.15 Average $18,504.85

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