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 Jericho Fire District Recipients 1 Total $43,705.00 Average $43,705.00
Employer Village of Bergen Recipients 5 Total $43,465.55 Average $8,693.11
Employer Town of Wirt Recipients 6 Total $43,143.26 Average $7,190.54
Employer Village of Candor Recipients 3 Total $43,114.28 Average $14,371.43
Employer Town of Bangor Recipients 3 Total $43,016.07 Average $14,338.69
Employer Town of Fenner Recipients 6 Total $42,866.92 Average $7,144.49
Employer Putnam CSD Recipients 3 Total $42,676.51 Average $14,225.50
Employer Village of Avoca Recipients 3 Total $42,506.19 Average $14,168.73
Employer Glen Cove Housing Authority Recipients 5 Total $42,282.01 Average $8,456.40
Employer Village of Stillwater Recipients 3 Total $42,187.64 Average $14,062.55
Employer Port Jervis Free Library Recipients 3 Total $42,007.85 Average $14,002.62
Employer Fulton Public Library Recipients 6 Total $41,923.60 Average $6,987.27
Employer Town of Machias Recipients 6 Total $41,733.15 Average $6,955.53
Employer Town of Charleston Recipients 3 Total $41,704.69 Average $13,901.56
Employer Town of Middlebury Recipients 2 Total $41,656.14 Average $20,828.07
Employer Salamanca Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $41,637.52 Average $13,879.17
Employer Town of Pike Recipients 3 Total $41,616.92 Average $13,872.31
Employer Leg Commis Solid Waste Mgmt Recipients 4 Total $41,457.25 Average $10,364.31
Employer Town of Rutland Recipients 5 Total $41,387.91 Average $8,277.58
Employer Holbrook Fire District Recipients 4 Total $41,334.71 Average $10,333.68
Employer Town of Addison Recipients 2 Total $41,307.49 Average $20,653.75
Employer Village of Pomona Recipients 5 Total $41,238.48 Average $8,247.70
Employer Town of Tully Recipients 6 Total $41,143.70 Average $6,857.28
Employer Town of Grafton Recipients 4 Total $40,879.15 Average $10,219.79
Employer Commack Fire District Recipients 4 Total $40,854.27 Average $10,213.57
Employer Town of Babylon Ind Dev Agcy Recipients 1 Total $40,688.00 Average $40,688.00
Employer Jefferson Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 1 Total $40,546.88 Average $40,546.88
Employer Village of Roslyn Estates Recipients 3 Total $40,489.85 Average $13,496.62
Employer Town of Van Etten Recipients 2 Total $40,448.30 Average $20,224.15
Employer Rushford CSD Recipients 6 Total $40,421.88 Average $6,736.98
Employer Town of Schuyler Recipients 8 Total $40,374.02 Average $5,046.75
Employer Town of Franklinville Recipients 6 Total $40,338.93 Average $6,723.16
Employer Perm Comm Pub Emp Pen Ret Sys Recipients 3 Total $40,076.28 Average $13,358.76
Employer Village of Philmont Recipients 3 Total $39,968.68 Average $13,322.89
Employer Town of Oxford Recipients 3 Total $39,821.74 Average $13,273.91
Employer Town of Lindley Recipients 3 Total $39,816.26 Average $13,272.09
Employer Town of Stony Creek Recipients 2 Total $39,780.90 Average $19,890.45
Employer Gold Coast Pub Lib District Recipients 1 Total $39,670.86 Average $39,670.86
Employer Levittown Fire District Recipients 2 Total $39,541.33 Average $19,770.67
Employer Village of Rushville Recipients 3 Total $39,360.96 Average $13,120.32
Employer Savona CSD Recipients 5 Total $39,346.32 Average $7,869.26
Employer Jonesville Fire District Recipients 2 Total $39,273.88 Average $19,636.94
Employer Village of Belmont Recipients 2 Total $39,232.75 Average $19,616.38
Employer Mastic Beach Fire District Recipients 1 Total $39,216.12 Average $39,216.12
Employer Town of Kortright Recipients 5 Total $39,118.83 Average $7,823.77
Employer Town of North East Recipients 7 Total $39,060.17 Average $5,580.02
Employer Village of Sinclairville Recipients 3 Total $38,902.39 Average $12,967.46
Employer Oswego Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 2 Total $38,892.66 Average $19,446.33
Employer Town of West Almond Recipients 2 Total $38,891.12 Average $19,445.56
Employer Village of North Pelham Recipients 2 Total $38,641.28 Average $19,320.64
Employer Town of Ava Recipients 2 Total $38,504.67 Average $19,252.34
Employer Town of Pavilion Recipients 3 Total $38,407.05 Average $12,802.35
Employer Skaneateles Water District #1 Recipients 1 Total $38,321.43 Average $38,321.43
Employer Locust Valley Bd Fire Commis Recipients 1 Total $38,295.72 Average $38,295.72
Employer Village of Waddington Recipients 3 Total $37,979.03 Average $12,659.68
Employer Town of Jefferson Recipients 2 Total $37,896.44 Average $18,948.22
Employer Cities Recipients 2 Total $37,836.24 Average $18,918.12
Employer Town of Rathbone Recipients 2 Total $37,511.41 Average $18,755.71
Employer Temp Comm On Real Prop Tax Recipients 2 Total $37,505.04 Average $18,752.52
Employer Village of Silver Springs Recipients 3 Total $37,474.11 Average $12,491.37
Employer Enterprise Charter School Recipients 2 Total $37,434.75 Average $18,717.38
Employer Leg Commis Science & Tech Recipients 3 Total $37,423.88 Average $12,474.63
Employer Little Flower UFSD Recipients 4 Total $37,330.27 Average $9,332.57
Employer Orangeburg Library District Recipients 4 Total $37,289.22 Average $9,322.31
Employer Town of Leyden Recipients 4 Total $37,282.42 Average $9,320.61
Employer Clinton Co Soil/Water Con Dis Recipients 1 Total $37,121.98 Average $37,121.98
Employer Town of Great Valley Recipients 6 Total $37,088.44 Average $6,181.41
Employer Village of Dering Harbor Recipients 1 Total $36,898.83 Average $36,898.83
Employer Sidney Memorial Public Library Recipients 2 Total $36,891.96 Average $18,445.98
Employer Town of De Peyster Recipients 4 Total $36,874.14 Average $9,218.54
Employer Village of Whitney Point Recipients 5 Total $36,720.80 Average $7,344.16
Employer Town of Russell Recipients 5 Total $36,587.92 Average $7,317.58
Employer New Hackensack Fire Dist Recipients 1 Total $36,561.96 Average $36,561.96
Employer Fishers Island UFSD 4 Recipients 2 Total $36,520.14 Average $18,260.07
Employer Farmingville Fire District Recipients 1 Total $36,487.93 Average $36,487.93
Employer Belmont CSD Recipients 7 Total $36,377.60 Average $5,196.80
Employer Ne Queens Nature Preserv Comm Recipients 3 Total $36,335.66 Average $12,111.89
Employer Buffalo Psychiatric Center Recipients 5 Total $36,305.24 Average $7,261.05
Employer Village of Kiryas Joel Recipients 5 Total $36,281.30 Average $7,256.26
Employer Town of Lyonsdale Recipients 4 Total $35,807.42 Average $8,951.86
Employer Town of Cameron Recipients 3 Total $35,786.00 Average $11,928.67
Employer Cobleskill CSD Recipients 13 Total $35,767.60 Average $2,751.35
Employer Town of Danube Recipients 3 Total $35,732.04 Average $11,910.68
Employer Angelica CSD Recipients 5 Total $35,667.12 Average $7,133.42
Employer Town of Pitcairn Recipients 6 Total $35,624.21 Average $5,937.37
Employer Welfare Inspector General Recipients 1 Total $35,309.00 Average $35,309.00
Employer Seneca County Ida Recipients 1 Total $35,273.67 Average $35,273.67
Employer Town of Denning Recipients 3 Total $35,201.05 Average $11,733.68
Employer Village of Camillus Recipients 2 Total $34,920.86 Average $17,460.43
Employer Town of Richmondville Recipients 2 Total $34,785.74 Average $17,392.87
Employer Lt Governor'S Office Recipients 1 Total $34,735.00 Average $34,735.00
Employer Council Health Care Finance Recipients 4 Total $34,700.00 Average $8,675.00
Employer Town of Little Falls Recipients 3 Total $34,622.88 Average $11,540.96
Employer Town of Diana Recipients 3 Total $34,510.47 Average $11,503.49
Employer Charter School Applied Tech Recipients 4 Total $34,166.90 Average $8,541.73
Employer Village of Celoron Recipients 3 Total $34,095.63 Average $11,365.21
Employer Rotterdam-Draper UFSD Recipients 4 Total $33,993.00 Average $8,498.25
Employer Town of Gaines Recipients 7 Total $33,872.44 Average $4,838.92
Employer Village of Cato Recipients 2 Total $33,622.14 Average $16,811.07
Employer Town of Marshall Recipients 1 Total $33,618.11 Average $33,618.11

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