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 Barton Recipients 11 Total $133,266.41 Average $12,115.13
Employer Village of St Johnsville Recipients 14 Total $133,225.75 Average $9,516.13
Employer Mechanicville Housing Auth Recipients 9 Total $133,151.54 Average $14,794.62
Employer Goshen Public Library Recipients 6 Total $133,126.68 Average $22,187.78
Employer Natural Heritage Trust Recipients 11 Total $133,021.01 Average $12,092.82
Employer Town of Avon Recipients 10 Total $132,712.94 Average $13,271.29
Employer Wells CSD Recipients 12 Total $132,659.05 Average $11,054.92
Employer Town of Theresa Recipients 11 Total $132,006.99 Average $12,000.64
Employer Franklin Co Ind Dev Agcy Recipients 6 Total $131,699.68 Average $21,949.95
Employer Town of Stafford Recipients 9 Total $131,592.99 Average $14,621.44
Employer Green Island Power Authority Recipients 4 Total $131,498.11 Average $32,874.53
Employer Town of Collins Recipients 12 Total $131,278.54 Average $10,939.88
Employer Town of Romulus Recipients 5 Total $131,230.42 Average $26,246.08
Employer Village of Florida Recipients 13 Total $130,523.41 Average $10,040.26
Employer Sagtikos Discrete M R Unit Recipients 15 Total $129,770.00 Average $8,651.33
Employer Dept Corrections Trainee Pr Recipients 9 Total $129,736.92 Average $14,415.21
Employer Town of Galen Recipients 13 Total $129,678.34 Average $9,975.26
Employer Town of Dover Recipients 11 Total $129,674.38 Average $11,788.58
Employer Town of Fort Ann Recipients 13 Total $129,531.61 Average $9,963.97
Employer Town of Stanford Recipients 12 Total $129,340.52 Average $10,778.38
Employer Bridgehampton UFSD Recipients 7 Total $129,336.29 Average $18,476.61
Employer Town of Dannemora Recipients 11 Total $129,307.86 Average $11,755.26
Employer Town of Root Recipients 9 Total $129,135.70 Average $14,348.41
Employer Town of Canajoharie Recipients 9 Total $128,954.70 Average $14,328.30
Employer Greenburgh Housing Authority Recipients 6 Total $128,716.57 Average $21,452.76
Employer Town of Durham Recipients 13 Total $128,598.88 Average $9,892.22
Employer Town of Seneca Recipients 9 Total $128,560.42 Average $14,284.49
Employer Garrison UFSD Recipients 11 Total $127,959.79 Average $11,632.71
Employer Village of New York Mills Recipients 10 Total $127,669.89 Average $12,766.99
Employer Village of Clyde Recipients 10 Total $127,156.79 Average $12,715.68
Employer Fairport Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 4 Total $127,139.85 Average $31,784.96
Employer Town of Lima Recipients 11 Total $127,052.02 Average $11,550.18
Employer Town of Peru Recipients 9 Total $126,849.10 Average $14,094.34
Employer Berkshire UFSD Recipients 10 Total $126,447.37 Average $12,644.74
Employer Steuben Co Industrial Dev Agcy Recipients 2 Total $126,430.78 Average $63,215.39
Employer Mohawk Municipal Commission Recipients 5 Total $125,762.53 Average $25,152.51
Employer Jefferson CSD Recipients 15 Total $125,697.22 Average $8,379.81
Employer Town of Norfolk Recipients 11 Total $125,650.31 Average $11,422.76
Employer Town of Oswego Recipients 10 Total $125,507.98 Average $12,550.80
Employer Town of Chazy Recipients 12 Total $125,306.70 Average $10,442.23
Employer Watervliet Housing Authority Recipients 4 Total $125,298.57 Average $31,324.64
Employer Town of Scio Recipients 7 Total $125,200.67 Average $17,885.81
Employer Village of Minoa Recipients 9 Total $124,842.17 Average $13,871.35
Employer Town of Floyd Recipients 12 Total $124,632.76 Average $10,386.06
Employer Town of Morristown Recipients 10 Total $124,531.93 Average $12,453.19
Employer Town of Kinderhook Recipients 10 Total $124,475.83 Average $12,447.58
Employer Town of Portville Recipients 7 Total $124,215.10 Average $17,745.01
Employer Edinburg Common Sd Recipients 13 Total $123,628.77 Average $9,509.91
Employer Village of Speculator Recipients 7 Total $123,517.23 Average $17,645.32
Employer Town of Mayfield Recipients 9 Total $123,460.28 Average $13,717.81
Employer County Clerks Off NY County Recipients 6 Total $123,243.80 Average $20,540.63
Employer Town of Whitehall Recipients 10 Total $123,222.96 Average $12,322.30
Employer Town of Wellsville Recipients 12 Total $122,778.27 Average $10,231.52
Employer Village of Roslyn Recipients 12 Total $122,648.13 Average $10,220.68
Employer Town of Parish Recipients 7 Total $122,434.13 Average $17,490.59
Employer Village of Granville Recipients 7 Total $122,297.26 Average $17,471.04
Employer Town of Alexander Recipients 8 Total $121,863.87 Average $15,232.98
Employer Town of Colesville Recipients 9 Total $121,834.20 Average $13,537.13
Employer Village of Sodus Recipients 8 Total $121,535.44 Average $15,191.93
Employer Town of Richmond Recipients 13 Total $121,472.77 Average $9,344.06
Employer Newark Housing Authority Recipients 8 Total $121,169.97 Average $15,146.25
Employer Town of Urbana Recipients 16 Total $121,115.04 Average $7,569.69
Employer No Tonawanda Housing Authority Recipients 9 Total $120,911.48 Average $13,434.61
Employer Research Institut On Addiction Recipients 13 Total $120,874.28 Average $9,298.02
Employer Town of Volney Recipients 8 Total $120,780.13 Average $15,097.52
Employer West Valley CSD Recipients 14 Total $120,578.85 Average $8,612.78
Employer Town of Bainbridge Recipients 7 Total $119,890.13 Average $17,127.16
Employer Town of Mexico Recipients 14 Total $119,477.22 Average $8,534.09
Employer Village of Clifton Springs Recipients 5 Total $119,462.10 Average $23,892.42
Employer Town of Edinburg Recipients 6 Total $119,391.34 Average $19,898.56
Employer Bronx Psychiatric Center Recipients 26 Total $119,387.16 Average $4,591.81
Employer Town of Clarendon Recipients 6 Total $119,252.68 Average $19,875.45
Employer Town of Sheridan Recipients 9 Total $118,831.97 Average $13,203.55
Employer Cold Spring Harbor Fire Dist Recipients 4 Total $118,787.64 Average $29,696.91
Employer NYS Senate Temporary Recipients 10 Total $118,502.87 Average $11,850.29
Employer Psy Center Recipients 9 Total $118,269.72 Average $13,141.08
Employer Town of Galway Recipients 11 Total $118,176.14 Average $10,743.29
Employer Town of Amsterdam Recipients 8 Total $118,000.10 Average $14,750.01
Employer Village of Franklinville Recipients 11 Total $117,921.83 Average $10,720.17
Employer Town of Perry Recipients 10 Total $117,869.81 Average $11,786.98
Employer Great Neck Water Poll District Recipients 5 Total $117,198.11 Average $23,439.62
Employer Brentwood Water District Recipients 7 Total $117,195.76 Average $16,742.25
Employer Village of Phelps Recipients 8 Total $117,067.03 Average $14,633.38
Employer Village of Jordan Recipients 6 Total $116,953.19 Average $19,492.20
Employer Town of Windham Recipients 12 Total $116,930.21 Average $9,744.18
Employer Town of Hoosick Recipients 12 Total $116,914.86 Average $9,742.91
Employer Newcomb CSD Recipients 9 Total $116,912.43 Average $12,990.27
Employer Town of Cape Vincent Recipients 8 Total $116,645.01 Average $14,580.63
Employer Lyncourt UFSD Recipients 14 Total $116,594.86 Average $8,328.20
Employer Laurelton Fire District Recipients 4 Total $116,346.30 Average $29,086.58
Employer Village of Castile Recipients 6 Total $116,322.27 Average $19,387.05
Employer Roscoe CSD Recipients 11 Total $115,979.40 Average $10,543.58
Employer Law Revision Commission Recipients 8 Total $115,959.03 Average $14,494.88
Employer St Lawrence Psy Center Recipients 12 Total $115,943.52 Average $9,661.96
Employer Village of Marcellus Recipients 7 Total $115,893.40 Average $16,556.20
Employer Village of Mill Neck Recipients 4 Total $115,875.72 Average $28,968.93
Employer Town of Wilna Housing Auth Recipients 6 Total $115,773.06 Average $19,295.51
Employer Veteran'S Educational Asst Prg Recipients 3 Total $115,676.72 Average $38,558.91
Employer Village of Stewart Manor Recipients 9 Total $115,651.72 Average $12,850.19
Employer Syosset Fire District Recipients 7 Total $115,617.28 Average $16,516.75

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