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 Ephratah Recipients 5 Total $52,493.14 Average $10,498.63
Employer Town of Hartwick Recipients 3 Total $52,417.47 Average $17,472.49
Employer Village of Saltaire Recipients 4 Total $52,259.99 Average $13,065.00
Employer Town of Altona Recipients 8 Total $52,022.57 Average $6,502.82
Employer Town of Canisteo Recipients 3 Total $51,834.43 Average $17,278.14
Employer Town of Ellenburg Recipients 7 Total $51,732.96 Average $7,390.42
Employer Eastport UFSD Recipients 5 Total $51,660.24 Average $10,332.05
Employer Bayport Fire District Recipients 2 Total $51,623.50 Average $25,811.75
Employer Miscellaneous Recipients 1 Total $51,485.00 Average $51,485.00
Employer Plainview Vol Fire Dept Recipients 2 Total $51,457.12 Average $25,728.56
Employer Village of Angelica Recipients 3 Total $51,273.50 Average $17,091.17
Employer Town of Ossian Recipients 3 Total $51,254.56 Average $17,084.85
Employer Village of Fonda Recipients 5 Total $51,003.44 Average $10,200.69
Employer Hutchings Psy Center Recipients 5 Total $50,888.80 Average $10,177.76
Employer Hudson Commun Dev Plann'G Agcy Recipients 2 Total $50,838.58 Average $25,419.29
Employer Town of Fremont Recipients 6 Total $50,795.64 Average $8,465.94
Employer West Seneca Development Center Recipients 8 Total $50,660.80 Average $6,332.60
Employer Binghamton Psy Center Recipients 5 Total $50,531.88 Average $10,106.38
Employer Village of Pawling Recipients 5 Total $50,477.09 Average $10,095.42
Employer Village of Youngstown Recipients 5 Total $50,411.64 Average $10,082.33
Employer Newark Public Library Recipients 1 Total $50,220.36 Average $50,220.36
Employer Ilion Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $50,220.08 Average $16,740.03
Employer Genesee Co Indust Devel Agcy Recipients 3 Total $50,095.89 Average $16,698.63
Employer Town of Harford Recipients 4 Total $50,094.36 Average $12,523.59
Employer Town of Mooers Recipients 5 Total $49,995.06 Average $9,999.01
Employer Town of Fabius Recipients 6 Total $49,994.15 Average $8,332.36
Employer Village of Elba Recipients 4 Total $49,977.05 Average $12,494.26
Employer Town of Andover Recipients 4 Total $49,735.36 Average $12,433.84
Employer Malverne Public Library Recipients 5 Total $49,646.82 Average $9,929.36
Employer Village of Chestnut Ridge Recipients 6 Total $49,643.72 Average $8,273.95
Employer Town of Martinsburg Recipients 3 Total $49,495.34 Average $16,498.45
Employer Town of Salisbury Recipients 3 Total $49,417.54 Average $16,472.51
Employer Town of Fairfield Recipients 5 Total $49,332.93 Average $9,866.59
Employer Town of Stratford Recipients 5 Total $49,277.78 Average $9,855.56
Employer Elmira Heights Urb Renew Agcy Recipients 2 Total $49,246.76 Average $24,623.38
Employer Town of Starkey Recipients 4 Total $49,189.79 Average $12,297.45
Employer Town of West Sparta Recipients 5 Total $49,171.20 Average $9,834.24
Employer Town of Boonville Recipients 7 Total $48,668.30 Average $6,952.61
Employer Ilion Bd Water Commissioners Recipients 2 Total $48,625.76 Average $24,312.88
Employer Town of Rose Recipients 4 Total $48,441.74 Average $12,110.44
Employer Town of West Turin Recipients 3 Total $48,427.59 Average $16,142.53
Employer Town of Georgetown Recipients 3 Total $48,324.67 Average $16,108.22
Employer Town of Willing Recipients 3 Total $48,283.51 Average $16,094.50
Employer Town of Palermo Recipients 7 Total $48,263.89 Average $6,894.84
Employer Town of Lincklaen Recipients 5 Total $48,260.94 Average $9,652.19
Employer Huntington Fire District Recipients 3 Total $48,058.19 Average $16,019.40
Employer South Manor UFSD Recipients 4 Total $48,056.38 Average $12,014.10
Employer Town of Java Recipients 3 Total $47,964.92 Average $15,988.31
Employer Town of Bolivar Recipients 3 Total $47,952.24 Average $15,984.08
Employer Lt Governor'S Executive Office Recipients 1 Total $47,891.00 Average $47,891.00
Employer Village of Union Springs Recipients 4 Total $47,652.68 Average $11,913.17
Employer Town of Perrysburg Recipients 5 Total $47,416.41 Average $9,483.28
Employer Washington Co Soil & Water Con Recipients 2 Total $47,337.91 Average $23,668.96
Employer Jefferson Co Indust Devel Agcy Recipients 4 Total $46,918.72 Average $11,729.68
Employer Town of Sparta Recipients 4 Total $46,784.81 Average $11,696.20
Employer Town of Montezuma Recipients 6 Total $46,706.90 Average $7,784.48
Employer Centr NY Reg Market Authority Recipients 9 Total $46,662.75 Average $5,184.75
Employer New Berlin CSD Recipients 7 Total $46,636.48 Average $6,662.35
Employer Village of Vernon Recipients 6 Total $46,584.16 Average $7,764.03
Employer Town of Spafford Recipients 3 Total $46,575.36 Average $15,525.12
Employer Brentwood Fire District Recipients 2 Total $46,519.48 Average $23,259.74
Employer Town of Germantown Recipients 4 Total $46,421.10 Average $11,605.28
Employer Town of Hornby Recipients 3 Total $46,357.85 Average $15,452.62
Employer Town of Maryland Recipients 9 Total $46,247.21 Average $5,138.58
Employer RCS Community Library Recipients 2 Total $46,239.23 Average $23,119.62
Employer Fort Niagara State Park Recipients 4 Total $46,222.52 Average $11,555.63
Employer Town of New Lisbon Recipients 2 Total $46,221.52 Average $23,110.76
Employer Fulton Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 2 Total $46,179.82 Average $23,089.91
Employer Long Lake CSD Recipients 7 Total $46,135.47 Average $6,590.78
Employer Town of Princetown Recipients 4 Total $46,112.24 Average $11,528.06
Employer Town of Baldwin Recipients 4 Total $45,982.39 Average $11,495.60
Employer Town of Humphrey Recipients 3 Total $45,925.75 Average $15,308.58
Employer Town of Butternuts Recipients 5 Total $45,511.04 Average $9,102.21
Employer Village of Richfield Springs Recipients 7 Total $45,478.48 Average $6,496.93
Employer Catskill Bd Water Commis Recipients 2 Total $45,431.04 Average $22,715.52
Employer Town of Genesee Recipients 3 Total $45,428.92 Average $15,142.97
Employer Keene CSD Recipients 5 Total $45,413.30 Average $9,082.66
Employer Town of Brookfield Recipients 3 Total $45,389.29 Average $15,129.76
Employer Town of Harpersfield Recipients 3 Total $45,321.25 Average $15,107.08
Employer Town of Farmersville Recipients 6 Total $45,219.21 Average $7,536.54
Employer Town of Summerhill Recipients 4 Total $45,135.36 Average $11,283.84
Employer Town of Oakfield Recipients 3 Total $45,119.09 Average $15,039.70
Employer Town of Kendall Recipients 6 Total $45,116.38 Average $7,519.40
Employer Village of Central Square Recipients 4 Total $45,044.05 Average $11,261.01
Employer Rhinecliff UFSD Recipients 2 Total $44,960.80 Average $22,480.40
Employer Locust Valley Water District Recipients 2 Total $44,768.96 Average $22,384.48
Employer Dunkirk Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $44,758.15 Average $14,919.38
Employer Town of Barrington Recipients 4 Total $44,673.16 Average $11,168.29
Employer Town of Marathon Recipients 4 Total $44,588.70 Average $11,147.18
Employer Rome Md Unit Recipients 4 Total $44,564.52 Average $11,141.13
Employer Homer Folks Tb Center Hospital Recipients 4 Total $44,414.80 Average $11,103.70
Employer Town of Mentz Recipients 4 Total $44,314.31 Average $11,078.58
Employer Village of Tannersville Recipients 5 Total $44,168.52 Average $8,833.70
Employer Great Neck Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $44,083.68 Average $14,694.56
Employer Monticello Joint Fire District Recipients 1 Total $44,046.16 Average $44,046.16
Employer Town of Alfred Recipients 2 Total $43,974.16 Average $21,987.08
Employer Town of Erin Recipients 4 Total $43,951.00 Average $10,987.75
Employer Town of Ohio Recipients 6 Total $43,914.69 Average $7,319.12
Employer Town of Smyrna Recipients 3 Total $43,785.36 Average $14,595.12
Employer Town of North Hudson Recipients 5 Total $43,739.31 Average $8,747.86

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