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 Middletown Mr Unit Recipients 2 Total $19,227.16 Average $9,613.58
Employer Town of Ashland Recipients 3 Total $19,199.96 Average $6,399.99
Employer Town of Brandon Recipients 2 Total $19,006.06 Average $9,503.03
Employer Village of Barker Recipients 3 Total $18,996.14 Average $6,332.05
Employer Canastota Public Library Recipients 3 Total $18,886.36 Average $6,295.45
Employer Village of Broadalbin Recipients 2 Total $18,833.12 Average $9,416.56
Employer Leg Com Crit Trans Choices Vc Recipients 1 Total $18,794.17 Average $18,794.17
Employer Village of Hagaman Recipients 1 Total $18,789.78 Average $18,789.78
Employer Village of Cayuga Recipients 1 Total $18,754.23 Average $18,754.23
Employer Town of Caton Recipients 4 Total $18,711.27 Average $4,677.82
Employer Town of Potter Recipients 3 Total $18,681.76 Average $6,227.25
Employer St Lawrence Co Soil, Water Dist Recipients 1 Total $18,674.72 Average $18,674.72
Employer Dunlap Manhattan Psy Center Recipients 4 Total $18,665.28 Average $4,666.32
Employer Town of Ira Recipients 3 Total $18,647.75 Average $6,215.92
Employer Sound Beach Fire District Recipients 1 Total $18,631.13 Average $18,631.13
Employer Village of Fleischmanns Recipients 1 Total $18,532.81 Average $18,532.81
Employer Elwood Public Library District Recipients 2 Total $18,446.70 Average $9,223.35
Employer Town of Salamanca Recipients 3 Total $18,417.08 Average $6,139.03
Employer Village of Cohocton Recipients 3 Total $18,276.96 Average $6,092.32
Employer Town of Duane Recipients 2 Total $18,207.00 Average $9,103.50
Employer Village of Clayville Recipients 2 Total $18,170.07 Average $9,085.04
Employer Town of Birdsall Recipients 1 Total $18,102.16 Average $18,102.16
Employer Mohawk Valley Heritage Corr Recipients 3 Total $18,044.94 Average $6,014.98
Employer Town of Austerlitz Recipients 2 Total $17,940.32 Average $8,970.16
Employer Narrowsburg CSD Recipients 2 Total $17,910.12 Average $8,955.06
Employer Wilton Water & Sewer Auth Recipients 2 Total $17,634.20 Average $8,817.10
Employer West Seneca Dev Center Recipients 1 Total $17,614.04 Average $17,614.04
Employer Surrogates Court-Kings Co Recipients 1 Total $17,603.20 Average $17,603.20
Employer Village of Tully Recipients 2 Total $17,401.36 Average $8,700.68
Employer Town of Plainfield Recipients 2 Total $17,337.74 Average $8,668.87
Employer Town of Tuscarora Recipients 1 Total $17,336.44 Average $17,336.44
Employer Mount Upton CSD Recipients 4 Total $17,312.16 Average $4,328.04
Employer Village of Lattingtown Recipients 1 Total $17,297.04 Average $17,297.04
Employer Town of Throop Recipients 3 Total $17,293.00 Average $5,764.33
Employer Town of Montour Recipients 2 Total $17,250.48 Average $8,625.24
Employer Cortland Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 3 Total $17,172.97 Average $5,724.32
Employer Town of Exeter Recipients 3 Total $17,042.62 Average $5,680.87
Employer Village of Aurora Recipients 1 Total $17,032.90 Average $17,032.90
Employer Ellenville Housing Authority Recipients 1 Total $16,912.21 Average $16,912.21
Employer Village of South Dayton Recipients 3 Total $16,900.06 Average $5,633.35
Employer Village of Deruyter Recipients 1 Total $16,707.33 Average $16,707.33
Employer Town of Sempronius Recipients 1 Total $16,652.50 Average $16,652.50
Employer Hampton Bays Fire District Recipients 2 Total $16,616.99 Average $8,308.50
Employer Town of New Haven Recipients 2 Total $16,602.52 Average $8,301.26
Employer Village of Corfu Recipients 4 Total $16,563.75 Average $4,140.94
Employer Cooperstown Water Commission Recipients 2 Total $16,549.40 Average $8,274.70
Employer Oswego Housing Authority Recipients 2 Total $16,388.00 Average $8,194.00
Employer Village of Wyoming Recipients 2 Total $16,357.47 Average $8,178.74
Employer Town of Deposit Recipients 1 Total $16,218.92 Average $16,218.92
Employer East Moriches Fire Dist Recipients 2 Total $16,195.20 Average $8,097.60
Employer Village of Delevan Recipients 3 Total $16,182.35 Average $5,394.12
Employer NYS Ag & Markets Exposition Recipients 12 Total $16,061.16 Average $1,338.43
Employer Copiague Fire District Recipients 3 Total $16,057.54 Average $5,352.51
Employer Orleans Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 3 Total $16,002.26 Average $5,334.09
Employer Town of Orangeville Recipients 3 Total $15,997.08 Average $5,332.36
Employer Town of Jasper Recipients 1 Total $15,975.08 Average $15,975.08
Employer Division For Women Recipients 2 Total $15,928.12 Average $7,964.06
Employer Town of Kingston Recipients 3 Total $15,846.74 Average $5,282.25
Employer Port Chester Public Library Recipients 3 Total $15,761.24 Average $5,253.75
Employer Town of Bleecker Recipients 2 Total $15,690.19 Average $7,845.10
Employer Village of Lyndonville Recipients 2 Total $15,631.45 Average $7,815.73
Employer Town of Conquest Recipients 1 Total $15,624.20 Average $15,624.20
Employer Town of Richford Recipients 2 Total $15,578.11 Average $7,789.06
Employer Village of Prospect Recipients 1 Total $15,478.26 Average $15,478.26
Employer Amagansett Fire District Recipients 1 Total $15,349.78 Average $15,349.78
Employer Hamilton Co Soil,Water Con Dis Recipients 1 Total $15,248.15 Average $15,248.15
Employer Town of Newark Valley Recipients 3 Total $15,091.43 Average $5,030.48
Employer Tonawanda Community Dev Agcy Recipients 2 Total $15,059.00 Average $7,529.50
Employer Town of Hope Recipients 1 Total $15,041.68 Average $15,041.68
Employer Lewis Co Soil & Water Con Dis Recipients 1 Total $15,011.02 Average $15,011.02
Employer Catskill Public Library Recipients 3 Total $14,745.48 Average $4,915.16
Employer Chautauqua CSD Recipients 5 Total $14,744.96 Average $2,948.99
Employer Town of Junius Recipients 3 Total $14,609.36 Average $4,869.79
Employer Town of Conewango Recipients 2 Total $14,549.80 Average $7,274.90
Employer Mt Sinai Fire District Recipients 1 Total $14,431.84 Average $14,431.84
Employer Town of Hampton Recipients 1 Total $14,332.36 Average $14,332.36
Employer Village of Head of The Harbor Recipients 1 Total $14,289.91 Average $14,289.91
Employer Hudson Valley Greenway Council Recipients 2 Total $14,190.31 Average $7,095.16
Employer Village of Cattaraugus Recipients 3 Total $13,983.04 Average $4,661.01
Employer Village of Cassadaga Recipients 3 Total $13,834.71 Average $4,611.57
Employer Village of Nelsonville Recipients 1 Total $13,821.00 Average $13,821.00
Employer Town of Solon Recipients 4 Total $13,798.48 Average $3,449.62
Employer Town of Cincinnatus Recipients 1 Total $13,760.23 Average $13,760.23
Employer Village of Brownville Recipients 1 Total $13,733.92 Average $13,733.92
Employer Village of Morrisville Recipients 1 Total $13,728.08 Average $13,728.08
Employer Wilton Dev Center Recipients 2 Total $13,641.96 Average $6,820.98
Employer Village of Spencer Recipients 2 Total $13,552.34 Average $6,776.17
Employer Penfield Fire District Recipients 2 Total $13,543.92 Average $6,771.96
Employer Greene County Swcd Recipients 1 Total $13,517.02 Average $13,517.02
Employer Village of Mannsville Recipients 1 Total $13,469.63 Average $13,469.63
Employer Village of Otego Recipients 2 Total $13,461.09 Average $6,730.55
Employer Hauppauge Fire District Recipients 2 Total $13,418.42 Average $6,709.21
Employer Franklin Sq Munson Fire Dist Recipients 2 Total $13,389.92 Average $6,694.96
Employer Town of Montague Recipients 1 Total $13,367.67 Average $13,367.67
Employer Village of Hewlett Harbor Recipients 1 Total $13,335.65 Average $13,335.65
Employer Chemung Soil, Water Cons District Recipients 2 Total $13,114.92 Average $6,557.46
Employer Tompkins Co Soil&Water Con Dis Recipients 1 Total $12,965.22 Average $12,965.22
Employer Off Mental Health Coord Councl Recipients 4 Total $12,964.18 Average $3,241.05
Employer Village of Grandview On Hudson Recipients 1 Total $12,914.50 Average $12,914.50
Employer Town of Otisco Recipients 4 Total $12,830.41 Average $3,207.60

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