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 Manheim Recipients 3 Total $12,752.12 Average $4,250.71
Employer Village of Afton Recipients 2 Total $12,719.54 Average $6,359.77
Employer Village of Deferiet Recipients 1 Total $12,715.60 Average $12,715.60
Employer Troupsburg CSD Recipients 3 Total $12,691.08 Average $4,230.36
Employer Leg Com Wat Res Needs Li Co C Recipients 1 Total $12,665.20 Average $12,665.20
Employer Bellport Fire District Recipients 1 Total $12,604.04 Average $12,604.04
Employer Town of Prattsville Recipients 2 Total $12,454.27 Average $6,227.14
Employer Otsego Co Swcd Recipients 1 Total $12,391.85 Average $12,391.85
Employer Madison Co Ind Dev Agcy Recipients 2 Total $12,387.05 Average $6,193.53
Employer Hewlett Bay Fire District Recipients 1 Total $12,357.49 Average $12,357.49
Employer Village of Glen Park Recipients 2 Total $12,353.36 Average $6,176.68
Employer Mt Kisco Housing Authority Recipients 1 Total $12,215.80 Average $12,215.80
Employer Albany Soil, Water Cons District Recipients 2 Total $12,137.16 Average $6,068.58
Employer Setauket Fire District Recipients 1 Total $12,118.28 Average $12,118.28
Employer Village of Ticonderoga Recipients 2 Total $12,068.20 Average $6,034.10
Employer Cutchogue Fire District Recipients 2 Total $12,020.44 Average $6,010.22
Employer Town of Truxton Recipients 1 Total $12,012.88 Average $12,012.88
Employer Village of Unadilla Recipients 2 Total $12,000.60 Average $6,000.30
Employer Town of Jackson Recipients 2 Total $12,000.58 Average $6,000.29
Employer Piermont Public Library Recipients 1 Total $11,855.56 Average $11,855.56
Employer Montgomery Co Soil & Water Con Recipients 1 Total $11,814.09 Average $11,814.09
Employer Village of Milford Recipients 1 Total $11,801.00 Average $11,801.00
Employer Bronx Psy Center Recipients 1 Total $11,765.88 Average $11,765.88
Employer Richmondville CSD Recipients 4 Total $11,719.49 Average $2,929.87
Employer Town of Westville Recipients 1 Total $11,679.84 Average $11,679.84
Employer Rosendale Library Recipients 1 Total $11,545.79 Average $11,545.79
Employer Town of Coventry Recipients 2 Total $11,539.73 Average $5,769.87
Employer Village of Kaser Recipients 1 Total $11,455.66 Average $11,455.66
Employer Lancaster Common Sd #1 Recipients 1 Total $11,434.92 Average $11,434.92
Employer Town of Pine Plains Recipients 4 Total $11,241.58 Average $2,810.40
Employer Groton Housing Authority Recipients 2 Total $10,981.79 Average $5,490.90
Employer Village of Islandia Recipients 1 Total $10,918.96 Average $10,918.96
Employer Village of Bainbridge Recipients 2 Total $10,761.44 Average $5,380.72
Employer Tuckahoe Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 1 Total $10,647.72 Average $10,647.72
Employer Village of Waterford Recipients 2 Total $10,391.30 Average $5,195.65
Employer Counc Health Care Fin-Spl Recipients 1 Total $10,391.12 Average $10,391.12
Employer Village of Cherry Valley Recipients 2 Total $10,337.79 Average $5,168.90
Employer Town of Esopus Library Recipients 1 Total $10,302.04 Average $10,302.04
Employer Village of Parish Recipients 2 Total $10,262.21 Average $5,131.11
Employer Town of Livingston Recipients 3 Total $10,171.09 Average $3,390.36
Employer Town of Bombay Recipients 1 Total $10,129.56 Average $10,129.56
Employer Erie Co Soil, Water Cons Dist Recipients 3 Total $10,123.43 Average $3,374.48
Employer Village of Antwerp Recipients 3 Total $10,043.70 Average $3,347.90
Employer Village of Brookville Recipients 1 Total $9,977.96 Average $9,977.96
Employer West Webster Fire District Recipients 1 Total $9,940.69 Average $9,940.69
Employer Village of Cherry Creek Recipients 1 Total $9,922.94 Average $9,922.94
Employer Village of Barneveld Recipients 1 Total $9,918.45 Average $9,918.45
Employer Myers Manhattan Psych Center Recipients 2 Total $9,877.24 Average $4,938.62
Employer Keuka Lake Improvment Coop Recipients 1 Total $9,809.36 Average $9,809.36
Employer Town of Pittsfield Recipients 3 Total $9,800.67 Average $3,266.89
Employer Village of Odessa Recipients 2 Total $9,630.15 Average $4,815.08
Employer Town of Mcdonough Recipients 2 Total $9,615.88 Average $4,807.94
Employer Town of Lincoln Recipients 2 Total $9,553.75 Average $4,776.88
Employer Village of Savona Recipients 1 Total $9,521.82 Average $9,521.82
Employer Yates County Ind Dev Agency Recipients 1 Total $9,510.72 Average $9,510.72
Employer Constit Conv Employees Recipients 1 Total $9,373.12 Average $9,373.12
Employer Sayville Fire District Recipients 1 Total $9,329.58 Average $9,329.58
Employer NY Hgh Ed Ast Cor Recipients 3 Total $9,268.04 Average $3,089.35
Employer Miller Place Fire District Recipients 1 Total $9,138.36 Average $9,138.36
Employer Limestone UFSD Recipients 1 Total $8,884.08 Average $8,884.08
Employer Town of Masonville Recipients 1 Total $8,845.92 Average $8,845.92
Employer Bill Drafting Commis-Session Recipients 1 Total $8,770.40 Average $8,770.40
Employer Leg Commis Dev Rural Resources Recipients 2 Total $8,689.33 Average $4,344.67
Employer Village of Richburg Recipients 2 Total $8,587.28 Average $4,293.64
Employer Geneva Public Library Recipients 2 Total $8,513.72 Average $4,256.86
Employer Town of Clermont Recipients 1 Total $8,509.88 Average $8,509.88
Employer Town of Smithville Recipients 1 Total $8,471.55 Average $8,471.55
Employer Town of Wright Recipients 1 Total $8,465.04 Average $8,465.04
Employer Perth CSD Recipients 2 Total $8,402.96 Average $4,201.48
Employer Dolgeville Housing Authority Recipients 1 Total $8,298.63 Average $8,298.63
Employer Town of New Hudson Recipients 2 Total $8,268.41 Average $4,134.21
Employer Joint Labor Mgmt Committee Recipients 1 Total $8,196.92 Average $8,196.92
Employer Senate Committee On Disabled Recipients 1 Total $8,157.12 Average $8,157.12
Employer Manhattan Psychiatric Center Recipients 2 Total $8,071.04 Average $4,035.52
Employer Amherst Central High Sd #1 Recipients 1 Total $7,980.92 Average $7,980.92
Employer NYC Convention Center Devcorp Recipients 1 Total $7,945.12 Average $7,945.12
Employer Edwards CSD Recipients 2 Total $7,615.80 Average $3,807.90
Employer Minority Women Business Devel Recipients 1 Total $7,598.00 Average $7,598.00
Employer Mamakating Library District Recipients 1 Total $7,468.07 Average $7,468.07
Employer Bolivar CSD Recipients 1 Total $7,255.00 Average $7,255.00
Employer Salamanca Ind Dev Agcy Recipients 2 Total $6,997.79 Average $3,498.90
Employer Village of Limestone Recipients 1 Total $6,995.12 Average $6,995.12
Employer Watkins Glen Housing Authority Recipients 2 Total $6,920.70 Average $3,460.35
Employer BOCES Cortland Madison Recipients 1 Total $6,615.00 Average $6,615.00
Employer Seymour Public Library Dist Recipients 1 Total $6,609.46 Average $6,609.46
Employer Leg Commis Pub Mgmt Systems Recipients 1 Total $6,422.00 Average $6,422.00
Employer Town of North Norwich Recipients 2 Total $6,372.28 Average $3,186.14
Employer Commis Revise Soc Serv Law Recipients 1 Total $6,194.84 Average $6,194.84
Employer Cohocton CSD Recipients 2 Total $6,133.72 Average $3,066.86
Employer Village of Mayfield Recipients 1 Total $6,118.16 Average $6,118.16
Employer Albany Community Develop Agcy Recipients 1 Total $6,089.16 Average $6,089.16
Employer Town of Lyndon Recipients 1 Total $5,983.12 Average $5,983.12
Employer Town of South Valley Recipients 1 Total $5,964.78 Average $5,964.78
Employer Village of Hobart Recipients 1 Total $5,927.19 Average $5,927.19
Employer King Institute For Nonviolence Recipients 1 Total $5,864.78 Average $5,864.78
Employer Village of Hewlett Neck Recipients 1 Total $5,853.12 Average $5,853.12
Employer Community Charter School Recipients 1 Total $5,770.20 Average $5,770.20
Employer Harpur College Recipients 4 Total $5,764.00 Average $1,441.00
Employer Parks & Rec Recipients 1 Total $5,746.88 Average $5,746.88
Employer Islip Terrace Fire District Recipients 1 Total $5,736.43 Average $5,736.43

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