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 Perry Public Library Recipients 3 Total $33,550.13 Average $11,183.38
Employer Pittsford Fire District Recipients 1 Total $33,494.01 Average $33,494.01
Employer Town of Milford Recipients 4 Total $33,378.95 Average $8,344.74
Employer Town of Elba Recipients 4 Total $33,234.47 Average $8,308.62
Employer Village of Stamford Recipients 4 Total $33,081.92 Average $8,270.48
Employer Town of Oppenheim Recipients 8 Total $32,919.48 Average $4,114.94
Employer Potsdam Public Library Recipients 2 Total $32,846.77 Average $16,423.39
Employer Niagara Falls Urb Renewal Agcy Recipients 2 Total $32,808.92 Average $16,404.46
Employer Town of Niles Recipients 2 Total $32,688.26 Average $16,344.13
Employer South New Berlin CSD Recipients 4 Total $32,599.04 Average $8,149.76
Employer Town of Cherry Valley Recipients 3 Total $32,459.55 Average $10,819.85
Employer Wayne Co Ind Dev Agency Recipients 3 Total $32,370.72 Average $10,790.24
Employer Town of Western Recipients 3 Total $32,339.28 Average $10,779.76
Employer Appellate Justices & Staff Oca Recipients 2 Total $32,229.04 Average $16,114.52
Employer Town of Ancram Recipients 2 Total $32,064.78 Average $16,032.39
Employer Town of Locke Recipients 3 Total $32,064.24 Average $10,688.08
Employer Columbia Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 3 Total $32,039.41 Average $10,679.80
Employer Town of Guilford Recipients 2 Total $31,994.33 Average $15,997.17
Employer Town of Columbia Recipients 2 Total $31,970.15 Average $15,985.08
Employer Riverhead Fire District Recipients 2 Total $31,922.44 Average $15,961.22
Employer Village of South Corning Recipients 2 Total $31,918.35 Average $15,959.18
Employer N Tarrytown Housing Authority Recipients 1 Total $31,809.08 Average $31,809.08
Employer Ark Community Charter Sch Recipients 2 Total $31,804.90 Average $15,902.45
Employer Middle Island Fire District Recipients 3 Total $31,480.63 Average $10,493.54
Employer Village of Naples Recipients 5 Total $31,432.85 Average $6,286.57
Employer Plattsburgh Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 1 Total $31,426.00 Average $31,426.00
Employer Town of Essex Recipients 4 Total $31,360.06 Average $7,840.02
Employer Town of Redfield Recipients 3 Total $31,015.36 Average $10,338.45
Employer Town of Thurston Recipients 2 Total $30,966.62 Average $15,483.31
Employer Village of Andover Recipients 3 Total $30,831.19 Average $10,277.06
Employer Nesconset Fire District Recipients 2 Total $30,826.12 Average $15,413.06
Employer Village of Fair Haven Recipients 4 Total $30,822.48 Average $7,705.62
Employer Kirby Forensic Psy Center Recipients 5 Total $30,506.80 Average $6,101.36
Employer Village of Theresa Recipients 7 Total $30,455.79 Average $4,350.83
Employer Woodward Memorial Library Recipients 2 Total $30,451.23 Average $15,225.62
Employer Town of Bridgewater Recipients 5 Total $30,409.53 Average $6,081.91
Employer Town of Hannibal Recipients 8 Total $30,373.89 Average $3,796.74
Employer Town of Genesee Falls Recipients 3 Total $30,327.96 Average $10,109.32
Employer Town of Winfield Recipients 3 Total $30,268.05 Average $10,089.35
Employer Town of Tyre Recipients 6 Total $30,146.20 Average $5,024.37
Employer No Syracuse Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $30,100.43 Average $10,033.48
Employer Town of Louisville Recipients 5 Total $29,912.00 Average $5,982.40
Employer Village of Adams Recipients 4 Total $29,832.27 Average $7,458.07
Employer Village of Earlville Recipients 2 Total $29,823.31 Average $14,911.66
Employer Village of Margaretville Recipients 3 Total $29,799.12 Average $9,933.04
Employer Town of Hillsdale Recipients 2 Total $29,791.18 Average $14,895.59
Employer Town of Little Valley Recipients 3 Total $29,688.88 Average $9,896.29
Employer Town of Howard Recipients 4 Total $29,636.92 Average $7,409.23
Employer Town of Hammond Recipients 4 Total $29,558.02 Average $7,389.51
Employer Fulton Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $29,471.61 Average $9,823.87
Employer Town of Covert Recipients 4 Total $29,419.36 Average $7,354.84
Employer Village of New Berlin Recipients 2 Total $29,417.27 Average $14,708.64
Employer Village of Copenhagen Recipients 2 Total $29,409.75 Average $14,704.88
Employer Port Jervis Housing Authority Recipients 3 Total $29,321.68 Average $9,773.89
Employer Town of Ashford Recipients 7 Total $29,244.95 Average $4,177.85
Employer Town of Pulteney Recipients 4 Total $29,084.52 Average $7,271.13
Employer Town of Moira Recipients 3 Total $28,836.29 Average $9,612.10
Employer Little Falls Housing Authority Recipients 5 Total $28,810.39 Average $5,762.08
Employer Town of Plymouth Recipients 2 Total $28,796.20 Average $14,398.10
Employer Utica Psy Center Recipients 4 Total $28,587.68 Average $7,146.92
Employer Town of Portage Recipients 2 Total $28,572.00 Average $14,286.00
Employer County Clerks Off Bronx Co Recipients 5 Total $28,528.78 Average $5,705.76
Employer Town of East Otto Recipients 1 Total $28,427.12 Average $28,427.12
Employer Warwick Training School Recipients 5 Total $28,180.80 Average $5,636.16
Employer Unemployment I Recipients 6 Total $28,165.00 Average $4,694.17
Employer Town of Tompkins Recipients 4 Total $28,111.13 Average $7,027.78
Employer Town of Otselic Recipients 3 Total $28,101.47 Average $9,367.16
Employer Village of Saddle Rock Recipients 1 Total $28,051.33 Average $28,051.33
Employer Town of Clymer Recipients 5 Total $28,042.69 Average $5,608.54
Employer Village of Black River Recipients 2 Total $28,019.95 Average $14,009.98
Employer Town of Coldspring Recipients 4 Total $27,920.44 Average $6,980.11
Employer East Greenbush Comm Library Recipients 4 Total $27,828.26 Average $6,957.07
Employer Town of Freedom Recipients 2 Total $27,817.74 Average $13,908.87
Employer Oneida Co Soil/Water Con Dist Recipients 2 Total $27,802.12 Average $13,901.06
Employer Town of Nelson Recipients 2 Total $27,776.05 Average $13,888.03
Employer Village of Heuvelton Recipients 4 Total $27,742.93 Average $6,935.73
Employer Mastic Fire District Recipients 2 Total $27,708.45 Average $13,854.23
Employer Town of Lebanon Recipients 3 Total $27,619.33 Average $9,206.44
Employer Woodmere Fire District Recipients 2 Total $27,564.68 Average $13,782.34
Employer Hoosick Housing Authority Recipients 4 Total $27,519.16 Average $6,879.79
Employer Town of Middlefield Recipients 3 Total $27,420.81 Average $9,140.27
Employer Raquette Lake UFSD Recipients 1 Total $27,420.36 Average $27,420.36
Employer Town of Dansville Recipients 3 Total $27,184.47 Average $9,061.49
Employer Village of Rye Recipients 1 Total $27,150.96 Average $27,150.96
Employer Town of Bovina Recipients 3 Total $27,148.92 Average $9,049.64
Employer Leg Commis Skill Dev & Voc Ed Recipients 1 Total $27,091.00 Average $27,091.00
Employer Town of Deruyter Recipients 2 Total $27,020.80 Average $13,510.40
Employer Greenway Conservancy Recipients 2 Total $26,983.53 Average $13,491.77
Employer Town of French Creek Recipients 3 Total $26,955.11 Average $8,985.04
Employer Livingston Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 1 Total $26,934.94 Average $26,934.94
Employer Gloversville Public Library Recipients 4 Total $26,932.37 Average $6,733.09
Employer Town of Springport Recipients 3 Total $26,921.52 Average $8,973.84
Employer Leg Commis Simplify Tax Admin Recipients 2 Total $26,820.84 Average $13,410.42
Employer Town of Knox Recipients 3 Total $26,741.83 Average $8,913.94
Employer Village of Tivoli Recipients 6 Total $26,648.05 Average $4,441.34
Employer Town of Mansfield Recipients 4 Total $26,628.51 Average $6,657.13
Employer North Patchogue Fire District Recipients 2 Total $26,543.29 Average $13,271.65
Employer Town of Morehouse Recipients 4 Total $26,524.18 Average $6,631.05
Employer Town of Cherry Creek Recipients 2 Total $26,447.18 Average $13,223.59
Employer Town of Arcade Recipients 2 Total $26,356.64 Average $13,178.32

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