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 Elizabethtown-Lewis CSD Recipients 22 Total $222,057.07 Average $10,093.50
Employer Oriskany CSD Recipients 24 Total $221,562.13 Average $9,231.76
Employer Rye Free Reading Room Recipients 12 Total $221,170.67 Average $18,430.89
Employer Town of Pelham Recipients 16 Total $221,018.84 Average $13,813.68
Employer Hamilton Mun Utility Commissio Recipients 9 Total $220,666.95 Average $24,518.55
Employer Alfred-Almond CSD Recipients 26 Total $220,387.01 Average $8,476.42
Employer Village of Brocton Recipients 10 Total $220,045.18 Average $22,004.52
Employer Town of Potsdam Recipients 14 Total $219,911.07 Average $15,707.93
Employer Bay Shore Fire District Recipients 6 Total $219,394.13 Average $36,565.69
Employer Town of Stillwater Recipients 13 Total $219,232.60 Average $16,864.05
Employer Town of Otsego Recipients 17 Total $218,478.14 Average $12,851.66
Employer Town of Middletown Recipients 14 Total $218,214.93 Average $15,586.78
Employer Charlotte Valley CSD Recipients 17 Total $218,087.85 Average $12,828.70
Employer Village of Cold Spring Recipients 11 Total $217,753.26 Average $19,795.75
Employer Town of Jerusalem Recipients 13 Total $216,871.58 Average $16,682.43
Employer Hempstead Housing Authority Recipients 16 Total $216,064.39 Average $13,504.02
Employer Village of Asharoken Recipients 7 Total $215,112.66 Average $30,730.38
Employer Town of Binghamton Recipients 10 Total $214,334.96 Average $21,433.50
Employer Ilion Bd of Light Recipients 8 Total $213,865.68 Average $26,733.21
Employer Elmira Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 8 Total $213,768.26 Average $26,721.03
Employer Town of Minerva Recipients 23 Total $213,738.72 Average $9,292.99
Employer Auburn Housing Authority Recipients 7 Total $213,722.89 Average $30,531.84
Employer Town of Johnsburg Recipients 23 Total $213,475.11 Average $9,281.53
Employer Worcester CSD Recipients 20 Total $213,390.19 Average $10,669.51
Employer Crandall Library Recipients 12 Total $212,753.39 Average $17,729.45
Employer Dewitt Fire District Recipients 8 Total $212,530.03 Average $26,566.25
Employer Islip Commun Develop Agcy Recipients 9 Total $212,412.68 Average $23,601.41
Employer Sherman CSD Recipients 22 Total $211,937.59 Average $9,633.53
Employer Mount Morris CSD Recipients 18 Total $211,815.66 Average $11,767.54
Employer Milford CSD Recipients 22 Total $211,794.04 Average $9,627.00
Employer Water Auth of West Nassau Co Recipients 11 Total $211,686.24 Average $19,244.20
Employer Village of Blasdell Recipients 11 Total $211,185.74 Average $19,198.70
Employer Town of Sand Lake Recipients 16 Total $210,567.68 Average $13,160.48
Employer Town of Clifton Recipients 24 Total $210,483.17 Average $8,770.13
Employer Huntington Manor Fire District Recipients 10 Total $210,188.73 Average $21,018.87
Employer Upper Hudson Library System Recipients 13 Total $210,117.57 Average $16,162.89
Employer Town of Lyons Recipients 15 Total $209,755.86 Average $13,983.72
Employer Commis On Regulation Lobbying Recipients 8 Total $209,338.19 Average $26,167.27
Employer Village of Churchville Recipients 7 Total $208,123.74 Average $29,731.96
Employer No Hempstead Housing Authority Recipients 9 Total $208,081.83 Average $23,120.20
Employer Canaseraga CSD Recipients 12 Total $207,565.49 Average $17,297.12
Employer Margaretville CSD Recipients 19 Total $206,540.89 Average $10,870.57
Employer Town of Saratoga Recipients 13 Total $205,966.11 Average $15,843.55
Employer Village of Alfred Recipients 8 Total $205,183.11 Average $25,647.89
Employer Town of Rensselaerville Recipients 16 Total $205,041.81 Average $12,815.11
Employer Crown Point CSD Recipients 18 Total $204,312.70 Average $11,350.71
Employer Town of Corinth Recipients 17 Total $203,832.09 Average $11,990.12
Employer Town of Waterford Recipients 22 Total $203,789.27 Average $9,263.15
Employer Abbott UFSD of Greenburgh Recipients 8 Total $203,687.88 Average $25,460.99
Employer Town of Greenville Recipients 18 Total $203,372.31 Average $11,298.46
Employer Town of Colchester Recipients 15 Total $203,128.17 Average $13,541.88
Employer Poughkeepsie Housing Authority Recipients 17 Total $201,966.92 Average $11,880.41
Employer Town of Bolton Recipients 15 Total $201,423.34 Average $13,428.22
Employer Lake George Park Commission Recipients 8 Total $200,976.37 Average $25,122.05
Employer Town of Bergen Recipients 11 Total $200,874.66 Average $18,261.33
Employer Thorobred Breed Dev Fund Corp. Recipients 6 Total $200,821.31 Average $33,470.22
Employer Metropolitan Reference Library Recipients 11 Total $200,421.87 Average $18,220.17
Employer Central NY Reg Trans Authority Recipients 7 Total $200,063.78 Average $28,580.54
Employer Town of Colton Recipients 14 Total $199,674.06 Average $14,262.43
Employer Town of Willsboro Recipients 12 Total $199,417.58 Average $16,618.13
Employer Town of Granville Recipients 13 Total $199,192.57 Average $15,322.51
Employer Greenlawn Fire District Recipients 8 Total $199,132.65 Average $24,891.58
Employer Jamestown Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 15 Total $199,095.47 Average $13,273.03
Employer State Insurance Fund-Compt Recipients 7 Total $198,988.87 Average $28,426.98
Employer Village of South Glens Falls Recipients 12 Total $198,965.87 Average $16,580.49
Employer Town of Riga Recipients 12 Total $197,917.79 Average $16,493.15
Employer St Johnsville CSD Recipients 21 Total $197,745.70 Average $9,416.46
Employer Town of South Bristol Recipients 13 Total $197,741.33 Average $15,210.87
Employer Town of Washington Recipients 15 Total $197,590.36 Average $13,172.69
Employer Town of Batavia Recipients 11 Total $197,096.84 Average $17,917.89
Employer Village of Dolgeville Recipients 13 Total $196,184.16 Average $15,091.09
Employer Ronkonkoma Fire District Recipients 6 Total $195,598.17 Average $32,599.70
Employer Town of Brownville Recipients 9 Total $195,347.44 Average $21,705.27
Employer Dutchess Co Resource Rec Agcy Recipients 8 Total $195,146.80 Average $24,393.35
Employer Village of Laurel Hollow Recipients 6 Total $194,883.66 Average $32,480.61
Employer Batavia Housing Auth Recipients 10 Total $194,265.55 Average $19,426.56
Employer Council On Children & Families Recipients 9 Total $194,256.51 Average $21,584.06
Employer Lisbon CSD Recipients 22 Total $194,244.40 Average $8,829.29
Employer Village of Island Park Recipients 6 Total $194,221.27 Average $32,370.21
Employer Indian Lake CSD Recipients 18 Total $193,895.84 Average $10,771.99
Employer Selden Fire District Recipients 9 Total $193,287.94 Average $21,476.44
Employer NYS Senate - Session Recipients 26 Total $192,764.84 Average $7,414.03
Employer Madison CSD Recipients 21 Total $192,592.09 Average $9,171.05
Employer Town of Skaneateles Recipients 16 Total $192,526.24 Average $12,032.89
Employer Schroon Lake CSD Recipients 23 Total $192,427.85 Average $8,366.43
Employer Village of Scottsville Recipients 10 Total $192,272.37 Average $19,227.24
Employer Town of Chatham Recipients 15 Total $192,224.37 Average $12,814.96
Employer Town of Canton Recipients 14 Total $191,894.24 Average $13,706.73
Employer Capitol Defender Office Recipients 10 Total $191,250.18 Average $19,125.02
Employer Olean Public Library Recipients 10 Total $191,055.86 Average $19,105.59
Employer Off Advocate For Disabled Recipients 7 Total $190,523.80 Average $27,217.69
Employer Town of Moriah Recipients 22 Total $189,753.31 Average $8,625.15
Employer Roxbury CSD Recipients 17 Total $189,374.63 Average $11,139.68
Employer Village of Lewiston Recipients 12 Total $189,174.18 Average $15,764.52
Employer Town of Hurley Recipients 11 Total $188,673.93 Average $17,152.18
Employer Village of Williamsville Recipients 12 Total $188,386.55 Average $15,698.88
Employer Village of Groton Recipients 12 Total $188,249.13 Average $15,687.43
Employer Town of Rockland Recipients 11 Total $188,159.79 Average $17,105.44
Employer Municipal Assistance Corp. Recipients 9 Total $187,842.98 Average $20,871.44
Employer Town of Hancock Recipients 16 Total $187,689.56 Average $11,730.60

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