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 Erwin Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 2 Total $26,347.12 Average $13,173.56
Employer Town of Persia Recipients 5 Total $26,246.19 Average $5,249.24
Employer Town of Napoli Recipients 5 Total $26,071.55 Average $5,214.31
Employer Village of Shortsville Recipients 3 Total $26,050.68 Average $8,683.56
Employer Village of Morris Recipients 1 Total $26,029.28 Average $26,029.28
Employer West Carthage Housing Auth Recipients 1 Total $25,989.30 Average $25,989.30
Employer Hornell Industrial Dev Agency Recipients 1 Total $25,941.67 Average $25,941.67
Employer Potsdam Housing Authority Recipients 2 Total $25,711.86 Average $12,855.93
Employer Town of White Creek Recipients 6 Total $25,709.27 Average $4,284.88
Employer Jones Beach St Pk Authority Recipients 3 Total $25,652.64 Average $8,550.88
Employer Madison County S0Il & Water Cd Recipients 3 Total $25,563.27 Average $8,521.09
Employer Town of Wheeler Recipients 3 Total $25,387.01 Average $8,462.34
Employer West Islip Fire District Recipients 2 Total $25,360.17 Average $12,680.09
Employer Village of Harrisville Recipients 2 Total $25,327.74 Average $12,663.87
Employer Town of Venice Recipients 3 Total $25,326.61 Average $8,442.20
Employer Village of Palatine Bridge Recipients 1 Total $25,320.00 Average $25,320.00
Employer East Quogue UFSD Recipients 5 Total $25,149.00 Average $5,029.80
Employer Town of Richfield Recipients 2 Total $25,129.17 Average $12,564.59
Employer Village of Arkport Recipients 3 Total $25,124.08 Average $8,374.69
Employer Town of Turin Recipients 3 Total $25,055.76 Average $8,351.92
Employer Town of Tyrone Recipients 2 Total $25,037.86 Average $12,518.93
Employer Leg Commis Crit Transp Choices Recipients 1 Total $25,000.00 Average $25,000.00
Employer Village of Red Hook Recipients 4 Total $24,968.67 Average $6,242.17
Employer Mount Vernon Public Library Recipients 1 Total $24,966.20 Average $24,966.20
Employer Town of Salem Recipients 4 Total $24,879.57 Average $6,219.89
Employer Long Lake Fire District 1 Recipients 2 Total $24,813.07 Average $12,406.54
Employer Town of Benson Recipients 2 Total $24,794.13 Average $12,397.07
Employer Village of Hunter Recipients 2 Total $24,705.19 Average $12,352.60
Employer Town of St Armand Recipients 3 Total $24,670.43 Average $8,223.48
Employer Town of Burlington Recipients 2 Total $24,626.31 Average $12,313.16
Employer Town of St Johnsville Recipients 3 Total $24,586.21 Average $8,195.40
Employer Town of Berkshire Recipients 2 Total $24,529.84 Average $12,264.92
Employer Village of New Hempstead Recipients 2 Total $24,509.49 Average $12,254.75
Employer Village of Fultonville Recipients 2 Total $24,479.07 Average $12,239.54
Employer Village of Livonia Recipients 2 Total $24,400.86 Average $12,200.43
Employer Town of Carlisle Recipients 2 Total $24,379.69 Average $12,189.85
Employer Town of Carrollton Recipients 5 Total $24,356.62 Average $4,871.32
Employer Village of Chateaugay Recipients 2 Total $24,296.11 Average $12,148.06
Employer Tech Valley Reg Tech Institute Recipients 1 Total $24,290.38 Average $24,290.38
Employer Village of North Hornell Recipients 1 Total $24,198.80 Average $24,198.80
Employer Town of Bradford Recipients 4 Total $24,130.32 Average $6,032.58
Employer Town of Harmony Recipients 2 Total $24,050.02 Average $12,025.01
Employer Schoharie County Ida Recipients 2 Total $24,019.08 Average $12,009.54
Employer Town of Stark Recipients 2 Total $23,949.93 Average $11,974.97
Employer Town of Blenheim Recipients 1 Total $23,884.70 Average $23,884.70
Employer Village of Valatie Recipients 4 Total $23,846.95 Average $5,961.74
Employer Belgium Cold Springs Fire Dis Recipients 1 Total $23,792.21 Average $23,792.21
Employer Hagerman Fire District Recipients 2 Total $23,644.74 Average $11,822.37
Employer Village of Elbridge Recipients 2 Total $23,484.41 Average $11,742.21
Employer Town of Scott Recipients 1 Total $23,469.24 Average $23,469.24
Employer East Hudson Pkwy Auth Recipients 3 Total $23,378.08 Average $7,792.69
Employer Stevens Mem Comm Library Recipients 3 Total $23,318.15 Average $7,772.72
Employer Town of Schoharie Recipients 3 Total $23,064.10 Average $7,688.03
Employer Manhasset Park District Recipients 4 Total $22,977.68 Average $5,744.42
Employer Leg Commis State-Local Relatns Recipients 1 Total $22,878.74 Average $22,878.74
Employer Town of Canadice Recipients 3 Total $22,767.83 Average $7,589.28
Employer Village of Kinderhook Recipients 1 Total $22,555.20 Average $22,555.20
Employer Town of Greenwood Recipients 2 Total $22,537.96 Average $11,268.98
Employer Town of Meredith Recipients 4 Total $22,465.57 Average $5,616.39
Employer Town of Antwerp Recipients 2 Total $22,398.18 Average $11,199.09
Employer Village of Newark Valley Recipients 3 Total $22,338.81 Average $7,446.27
Employer Cleveland Hill Fire District 6 Recipients 1 Total $22,312.63 Average $22,312.63
Employer Legislative Health Service Recipients 1 Total $22,220.00 Average $22,220.00
Employer Admn Regulations Review Commit Recipients 2 Total $21,855.84 Average $10,927.92
Employer Town of Lexington Recipients 2 Total $21,798.49 Average $10,899.25
Employer Town of Steuben Recipients 2 Total $21,697.69 Average $10,848.85
Employer Eastport-South Manor Chsd Recipients 2 Total $21,686.72 Average $10,843.36
Employer Franklin Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 2 Total $21,685.15 Average $10,842.58
Employer Town of Orange Recipients 2 Total $21,586.68 Average $10,793.34
Employer Greenwood CSD Recipients 4 Total $21,280.24 Average $5,320.06
Employer Town of Hardenburgh Recipients 6 Total $21,269.65 Average $3,544.94
Employer Yates Soil, Water Cons District Recipients 2 Total $21,261.54 Average $10,630.77
Employer Wayne Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 2 Total $21,258.26 Average $10,629.13
Employer Hempstead Sanitary District 14 Recipients 2 Total $21,156.08 Average $10,578.04
Employer Town of Greig Recipients 3 Total $21,060.79 Average $7,020.26
Employer Town of Independence Recipients 1 Total $21,044.64 Average $21,044.64
Employer Town of Canaan Recipients 2 Total $21,010.62 Average $10,505.31
Employer Town of Berlin Recipients 4 Total $21,006.72 Average $5,251.68
Employer BOCES Saratoga Warren Recipients 5 Total $20,935.44 Average $4,187.09
Employer Town of Stockbridge Recipients 1 Total $20,916.90 Average $20,916.90
Employer Poughkeepsie Urb Renewal Agcy Recipients 4 Total $20,854.60 Average $5,213.65
Employer Town of Wayne Recipients 2 Total $20,672.45 Average $10,336.23
Employer Utica Transit Authority Recipients 5 Total $20,497.17 Average $4,099.43
Employer Village of Lima Recipients 2 Total $20,479.96 Average $10,239.98
Employer Village of Oriskany Falls Recipients 3 Total $20,444.73 Average $6,814.91
Employer Yonkers Community Devel Agcy Recipients 2 Total $20,358.16 Average $10,179.08
Employer Town of Amboy Recipients 3 Total $20,355.02 Average $6,785.01
Employer Town of Northampton Recipients 2 Total $20,325.81 Average $10,162.91
Employer Village of Windsor Recipients 2 Total $20,307.91 Average $10,153.96
Employer BOCES-Chautauqua Recipients 6 Total $20,294.67 Average $3,382.45
Employer Town of Dunkirk Recipients 5 Total $20,186.14 Average $4,037.23
Employer Newburgh Commun Devel Agcy Recipients 1 Total $20,098.00 Average $20,098.00
Employer St Lawrence County Ida Recipients 1 Total $19,861.49 Average $19,861.49
Employer Richburg CSD Recipients 2 Total $19,808.16 Average $9,904.08
Employer Town of Philadelphia Recipients 3 Total $19,762.61 Average $6,587.54
Employer Huntington Housing Authority Recipients 2 Total $19,662.69 Average $9,831.35
Employer St Johnsville Housing Auth Recipients 3 Total $19,635.99 Average $6,545.33
Employer Rotterdam Fire District 3 Recipients 1 Total $19,475.68 Average $19,475.68
Employer Esp Performing Arts Center Corp. Recipients 2 Total $19,471.19 Average $9,735.60
Employer Town of Cuyler Recipients 3 Total $19,430.42 Average $6,476.81

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