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 Legislative Ethics Committee Recipients 3 Total $75,502.51 Average $25,167.50
Employer Village of West Carthage Recipients 10 Total $75,403.24 Average $7,540.32
Employer Town of Gilboa Recipients 6 Total $75,149.99 Average $12,525.00
Employer Town of Cobleskill Recipients 10 Total $75,106.28 Average $7,510.63
Employer Town of Argyle Recipients 7 Total $75,074.16 Average $10,724.88
Employer Town of Inlet Recipients 8 Total $74,973.04 Average $9,371.63
Employer Sea Breeze Water District Recipients 4 Total $74,878.56 Average $18,719.64
Employer Town of Paris Recipients 6 Total $74,307.59 Average $12,384.60
Employer Town of Fayette Recipients 6 Total $74,297.20 Average $12,382.87
Employer Town of New Albion Recipients 7 Total $74,103.06 Average $10,586.15
Employer Town of Waverly Recipients 9 Total $73,964.19 Average $8,218.24
Employer Stony Brook Fire District Recipients 3 Total $73,910.66 Average $24,636.89
Employer Kingsboro Child & Youth Serv Recipients 8 Total $73,852.84 Average $9,231.61
Employer Town of Leon Recipients 4 Total $73,801.67 Average $18,450.42
Employer Town of West Union Recipients 4 Total $73,736.55 Average $18,434.14
Employer Town of Dayton Recipients 7 Total $73,688.24 Average $10,526.89
Employer Village of Oxford Recipients 6 Total $73,344.70 Average $12,224.12
Employer Village of Sherman Recipients 4 Total $72,859.79 Average $18,214.95
Employer Herkimer County Indust Dev Agy Recipients 2 Total $72,787.12 Average $36,393.56
Employer Village of Lansing Recipients 4 Total $72,382.98 Average $18,095.75
Employer Village of Middleburgh Recipients 5 Total $72,345.75 Average $14,469.15
Employer Town of Groton Recipients 6 Total $72,208.42 Average $12,034.74
Employer Town of Elizabethtown Recipients 7 Total $72,168.78 Average $10,309.83
Employer Town of Lodi Recipients 4 Total $72,135.93 Average $18,033.98
Employer Village of New Hartford Recipients 4 Total $72,004.77 Average $18,001.19
Employer Town of Chateaugay Recipients 7 Total $71,984.93 Average $10,283.56
Employer Town of Henderson Recipients 12 Total $71,892.01 Average $5,991.00
Employer Moffat Library Washingtonville Recipients 3 Total $71,823.86 Average $23,941.29
Employer Village of Castleton-On-Hudson Recipients 7 Total $71,672.01 Average $10,238.86
Employer Town of Putnam Recipients 6 Total $71,284.10 Average $11,880.68
Employer Village of Schoharie Recipients 7 Total $71,150.17 Average $10,164.31
Employer Town of Lorraine Recipients 4 Total $71,016.67 Average $17,754.17
Employer Town of Laurens Recipients 5 Total $70,977.77 Average $14,195.55
Employer Village of Millbrook Recipients 9 Total $70,920.40 Average $7,880.04
Employer Town of Russia Recipients 5 Total $70,915.97 Average $14,183.19
Employer Town of Athens Recipients 7 Total $70,737.93 Average $10,105.42
Employer Horse Breeding Devel Fund Recipients 2 Total $70,701.00 Average $35,350.50
Employer Town of West Bloomfield Recipients 6 Total $70,688.05 Average $11,781.34
Employer Village of Mexico Recipients 4 Total $70,632.76 Average $17,658.19
Employer Town of Amity Recipients 6 Total $70,551.12 Average $11,758.52
Employer Brookhaven Fire District Recipients 4 Total $70,518.77 Average $17,629.69
Employer Salamanca Public Library Recipients 3 Total $70,466.67 Average $23,488.89
Employer Village of Sodus Point Recipients 4 Total $70,279.34 Average $17,569.84
Employer Village of Jeffersonville Recipients 3 Total $70,073.09 Average $23,357.70
Employer Town of Warsaw Recipients 7 Total $70,003.28 Average $10,000.47
Employer Kings Park Psy Center Recipients 5 Total $69,700.00 Average $13,940.00
Employer Town of Fort Covington Recipients 7 Total $69,437.17 Average $9,919.60
Employer Town of Tusten Recipients 10 Total $69,157.55 Average $6,915.76
Employer Hauppauge Public Library Recipients 2 Total $69,098.06 Average $34,549.03
Employer Youth Support Inc Recipients 9 Total $69,072.96 Average $7,674.77
Employer Town of Franklin Recipients 7 Total $68,950.38 Average $9,850.05
Employer Tupper Lake Housing Authority Recipients 4 Total $68,769.82 Average $17,192.46
Employer Village of Champlain Recipients 6 Total $68,749.67 Average $11,458.28
Employer Middletown Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $68,707.25 Average $22,902.42
Employer Town of Covington Recipients 4 Total $68,700.99 Average $17,175.25
Employer Rocky Point Fire District Recipients 3 Total $68,320.76 Average $22,773.59
Employer Town of Easton Recipients 8 Total $68,314.78 Average $8,539.35
Employer Village of Marathon Recipients 5 Total $68,123.20 Average $13,624.64
Employer Village of Weedsport Recipients 4 Total $67,983.37 Average $16,995.84
Employer Buffalo Fiscal Stab Auth Recipients 2 Total $67,768.06 Average $33,884.03
Employer Town of Dresden Recipients 6 Total $67,708.54 Average $11,284.76
Employer Saugerties Public Library Dist Recipients 5 Total $67,674.59 Average $13,534.92
Employer Town of Madrid Recipients 5 Total $67,552.39 Average $13,510.48
Employer Saratoga County Water Auth Recipients 4 Total $67,386.98 Average $16,846.75
Employer Village of Macedon Recipients 5 Total $67,182.13 Average $13,436.43
Employer Glens Falls Common Sd Recipients 11 Total $66,946.85 Average $6,086.08
Employer Town of Greenwich Recipients 7 Total $66,889.39 Average $9,555.63
Employer Town of Danby Recipients 5 Total $66,792.30 Average $13,358.46
Employer Town of Amenia Recipients 5 Total $66,777.62 Average $13,355.52
Employer City of Oneonta Housing Auth Recipients 6 Total $66,773.64 Average $11,128.94
Employer Town of Denmark Recipients 5 Total $66,722.20 Average $13,344.44
Employer Cortland Free Library Recipients 5 Total $66,530.44 Average $13,306.09
Employer Town of Adams Recipients 7 Total $66,391.05 Average $9,484.44
Employer Town of Santa Clara Recipients 4 Total $66,342.81 Average $16,585.70
Employer Town of Lawrence Recipients 8 Total $66,219.77 Average $8,277.47
Employer Senate Comm On Arts & Culture Recipients 2 Total $66,181.00 Average $33,090.50
Employer Town of Olean Recipients 6 Total $66,178.87 Average $11,029.81
Employer Jones Institute Recipients 8 Total $66,037.98 Average $8,254.75
Employer Village of Interlaken Recipients 4 Total $65,948.96 Average $16,487.24
Employer Town of Marilla Recipients 7 Total $65,754.96 Average $9,393.57
Employer Town of Edmeston Recipients 6 Total $65,616.65 Average $10,936.11
Employer Schuyler Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 3 Total $65,563.46 Average $21,854.49
Employer Town of Benton Recipients 4 Total $65,479.19 Average $16,369.80
Employer Office Parks,Rec & Hist Pres Recipients 6 Total $65,460.73 Average $10,910.12
Employer Town of Fleming Recipients 5 Total $65,420.24 Average $13,084.05
Employer Town of Poestenkill Recipients 8 Total $65,415.13 Average $8,176.89
Employer Adirondack Pk Loc Govt Rev Bd Recipients 3 Total $65,292.51 Average $21,764.17
Employer Ontario Co Soil & Water Cons Dis Recipients 4 Total $65,247.65 Average $16,311.91
Employer Town of Alma Recipients 4 Total $65,230.53 Average $16,307.63
Employer Village of Athens Recipients 5 Total $65,183.30 Average $13,036.66
Employer New Hyde Park Fire District Recipients 2 Total $65,102.98 Average $32,551.49
Employer Genesee Finger Lks Reg Plan Bd Recipients 2 Total $64,982.95 Average $32,491.48
Employer Job Development Authority Recipients 4 Total $64,910.68 Average $16,227.67
Employer Center Moriches Fire District Recipients 4 Total $64,902.25 Average $16,225.56
Employer Tarrytown Mun Housing Auth Recipients 4 Total $64,694.82 Average $16,173.71
Employer Village of Upper Nyack Recipients 5 Total $64,515.43 Average $12,903.09
Employer Town of Sharon Recipients 6 Total $64,469.61 Average $10,744.94
Employer Town of Varick Recipients 6 Total $64,423.24 Average $10,737.21
Employer Town of Cato Recipients 5 Total $64,325.96 Average $12,865.19
Employer Town of Stuyvesant Recipients 5 Total $63,968.20 Average $12,793.64

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