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 Schools Recipients 1 Total $5,721.84 Average $5,721.84
Employer Rockland Co Ind Dev Agcy Recipients 1 Total $5,647.53 Average $5,647.53
Employer Town of Rossie Recipients 2 Total $5,631.46 Average $2,815.73
Employer Grand Gorge CSD Recipients 2 Total $5,505.72 Average $2,752.86
Employer Town of Ischua Recipients 1 Total $5,466.84 Average $5,466.84
Employer Dept Environmental Cons-Season Recipients 3 Total $5,457.76 Average $1,819.25
Employer Creedmoor Discrete Mr Unit Recipients 1 Total $5,455.08 Average $5,455.08
Employer Mattituck Fire District Recipients 1 Total $5,438.69 Average $5,438.69
Employer Knox Memorial CSD At Russell Recipients 1 Total $5,353.96 Average $5,353.96
Employer Town of Conesville Recipients 1 Total $5,190.35 Average $5,190.35
Employer C V W Long Lake Public Library Recipients 1 Total $5,173.13 Average $5,173.13
Employer East Hampton Housing Authority Recipients 1 Total $4,872.64 Average $4,872.64
Employer Village of Leicester Recipients 1 Total $4,772.89 Average $4,772.89
Employer Town of Lapeer Recipients 1 Total $4,726.05 Average $4,726.05
Employer Brunswick Common Sd Recipients 1 Total $4,561.04 Average $4,561.04
Employer Oriskany Falls CSD Recipients 1 Total $4,541.08 Average $4,541.08
Employer Amawalk Shenorock Water Dist Recipients 1 Total $4,348.75 Average $4,348.75
Employer Town of Pitcher Recipients 1 Total $4,311.77 Average $4,311.77
Employer Village of Pt Washington North Recipients 2 Total $4,230.79 Average $2,115.40
Employer North Greenbush Public Library Recipients 1 Total $4,201.52 Average $4,201.52
Employer Village of Roslyn Harbor Recipients 1 Total $4,176.08 Average $4,176.08
Employer Highland Public Library Recipients 1 Total $4,172.38 Average $4,172.38
Employer Eastport Fire District Recipients 1 Total $4,081.55 Average $4,081.55
Employer Gordon Heights Fire District Recipients 1 Total $4,069.35 Average $4,069.35
Employer East Glenville Fire District Recipients 1 Total $4,017.96 Average $4,017.96
Employer Town of New Lebanon Recipients 1 Total $4,006.24 Average $4,006.24
Employer Monticello Urb Renew Agcy Recipients 1 Total $3,946.04 Average $3,946.04
Employer Town of Litchfield Recipients 1 Total $3,819.16 Average $3,819.16
Employer Leg Com Rural Resources Vc Recipients 1 Total $3,645.51 Average $3,645.51
Employer Parimutuel Racing Task Force Recipients 1 Total $3,612.96 Average $3,612.96
Employer Lakeview Public Library Recipients 1 Total $3,602.92 Average $3,602.92
Employer Port Jervis Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 1 Total $3,588.16 Average $3,588.16
Employer Mechanicstown Fire District Recipients 1 Total $3,560.76 Average $3,560.76
Employer Village of Morristown Recipients 1 Total $3,527.04 Average $3,527.04
Employer County Clerks Off Richmond Co Recipients 1 Total $3,430.00 Average $3,430.00
Employer Dept Ag & Markets-Vet Payroll Recipients 4 Total $3,423.88 Average $855.97
Employer Town of Roseboom Recipients 1 Total $3,368.03 Average $3,368.03
Employer Village of Victory Recipients 1 Total $3,330.00 Average $3,330.00
Employer Village of Riverside Recipients 1 Total $3,328.08 Average $3,328.08
Employer The Comm Libr of Cobleskill Recipients 1 Total $3,317.04 Average $3,317.04
Employer Bohemia Fire District Recipients 1 Total $3,233.73 Average $3,233.73
Employer Leg Comm Exam Ethical Practice Recipients 1 Total $3,168.92 Average $3,168.92
Employer Remsenburg-Speonk UFSD Recipients 1 Total $3,091.88 Average $3,091.88
Employer Town of Camden Recipients 1 Total $3,073.88 Average $3,073.88
Employer Southold Park District Recipients 1 Total $3,067.24 Average $3,067.24
Employer Olean Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 1 Total $3,043.84 Average $3,043.84
Employer Town of Columbus Recipients 1 Total $2,981.09 Average $2,981.09
Employer Westminster Comm Chart School Recipients 1 Total $2,950.20 Average $2,950.20
Employer Island Park Public Library Recipients 1 Total $2,721.48 Average $2,721.48
Employer Town of Willet Recipients 1 Total $2,669.03 Average $2,669.03
Employer Amagansett UFSD Recipients 1 Total $2,662.96 Average $2,662.96
Employer Mechanicville Dist Pub Library Recipients 1 Total $2,632.35 Average $2,632.35
Employer NYS Employees' Ret System Recipients 1 Total $2,579.52 Average $2,579.52
Employer Palisades Interstate Park,Spec Recipients 1 Total $2,496.88 Average $2,496.88
Employer Town of Clarksville Recipients 1 Total $2,444.39 Average $2,444.39
Employer Village of The Branch Recipients 1 Total $2,374.80 Average $2,374.80
Employer Belleville CSD Recipients 2 Total $2,255.04 Average $1,127.52
Employer Town of Green Island Recipients 1 Total $2,199.97 Average $2,199.97
Employer Edwn Gould Academy Ramapo UFSD Recipients 1 Total $2,140.27 Average $2,140.27
Employer Town of Granger Recipients 1 Total $2,120.05 Average $2,120.05
Employer Springfield CSD Recipients 1 Total $1,974.08 Average $1,974.08
Employer Village of Salem Recipients 1 Total $1,971.88 Average $1,971.88
Employer Downstate Medical Center Recipients 1 Total $1,928.80 Average $1,928.80
Employer Utica Parking Authority Recipients 1 Total $1,823.04 Average $1,823.04
Employer Local Government Services Recipients 1 Total $1,812.00 Average $1,812.00
Employer Metro Secure Unit Recipients 1 Total $1,780.82 Average $1,780.82
Employer Town of Pinckney Recipients 1 Total $1,770.05 Average $1,770.05
Employer Corning Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 1 Total $1,750.31 Average $1,750.31
Employer Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 1 Total $1,747.92 Average $1,747.92
Employer W Sayville-Oakdale Fire Dist Recipients 1 Total $1,602.92 Average $1,602.92
Employer Village of Middleville Recipients 1 Total $1,601.30 Average $1,601.30
Employer Town of Burns Recipients 1 Total $1,520.49 Average $1,520.49
Employer Village of Farnham Recipients 1 Total $1,470.08 Average $1,470.08
Employer Town of Eagle Recipients 1 Total $1,389.15 Average $1,389.15
Employer Cherry Valley CSD Recipients 1 Total $1,382.12 Average $1,382.12
Employer Inwood Fire District Recipients 1 Total $1,351.80 Average $1,351.80
Employer Hague CSD Recipients 1 Total $1,306.00 Average $1,306.00
Employer Chadwicks UFSD Recipients 1 Total $1,281.04 Average $1,281.04
Employer Village of West Winfield Recipients 1 Total $1,258.00 Average $1,258.00
Employer Town of Wethersfield Recipients 1 Total $1,246.37 Average $1,246.37
Employer Maplewood-Colonie Common Sd Recipients 1 Total $1,138.31 Average $1,138.31
Employer Suffolk Psychiatric Hospital Recipients 1 Total $1,035.92 Average $1,035.92
Employer Stratford CSD Recipients 1 Total $994.84 Average $994.84
Employer Village of Alexander Recipients 1 Total $994.20 Average $994.20
Employer Guilderland Urb Ren Agcy Recipients 1 Total $794.24 Average $794.24
Employer South Line Fire District #10 Recipients 1 Total $750.59 Average $750.59
Employer Town of Centerville Recipients 1 Total $609.63 Average $609.63

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