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 NYS Mortgage Agency Recipients 61 Total $1,870,442.51 Average $30,662.99
Employer Peekskill City School Dist Recipients 105 Total $1,869,269.47 Average $17,802.57
Employer Port Jervis City School Dist Recipients 141 Total $1,852,481.95 Average $13,138.17
Employer New Hartford CSD Recipients 113 Total $1,851,911.38 Average $16,388.60
Employer SUNY Maritime College Recipients 109 Total $1,850,640.46 Average $16,978.35
Employer Vestal CSD Recipients 208 Total $1,849,840.86 Average $8,893.47
Employer NY City St Pk And Rec Regn Recipients 87 Total $1,834,195.51 Average $21,082.71
Employer Grand Island CSD Recipients 167 Total $1,824,626.86 Average $10,925.91
Employer Cleary School Deaf Children Recipients 57 Total $1,814,559.95 Average $31,834.39
Employer Middle Country Public Library Recipients 59 Total $1,812,651.40 Average $30,722.91
Employer Battery Park City Authority Recipients 50 Total $1,805,027.65 Average $36,100.55
Employer Town of East Greenbush Recipients 76 Total $1,797,952.74 Average $23,657.27
Employer Hamburg CSD Recipients 176 Total $1,796,758.72 Average $10,208.86
Employer Elmont UFSD Recipients 136 Total $1,792,566.17 Average $13,180.63
Employer Brookhaven-Comsewogue UFSD Recipients 104 Total $1,791,517.46 Average $17,226.13
Employer Yorktown CSD Recipients 123 Total $1,787,448.25 Average $14,532.10
Employer Syracuse Urban Renewal Agcy Recipients 89 Total $1,785,939.26 Average $20,066.73
Employer Greenville Fire District Recipients 28 Total $1,779,453.72 Average $63,551.92
Employer Washington Hts Unit Recipients 65 Total $1,775,783.31 Average $27,319.74
Employer Town of Union Recipients 114 Total $1,775,671.12 Average $15,576.06
Employer Village of Northport Recipients 45 Total $1,771,792.06 Average $39,373.16
Employer Adirondack Park Agcy Recipients 49 Total $1,761,813.98 Average $35,955.39
Employer NYS School For The Blind Recipients 86 Total $1,761,135.06 Average $20,478.31
Employer Malone CSD Recipients 133 Total $1,760,656.16 Average $13,238.02
Employer Shoreham-Wading River CSD Recipients 104 Total $1,757,884.83 Average $16,902.74
Employer Islip UFSD Recipients 111 Total $1,755,279.15 Average $15,813.33
Employer South Orangetown CSD Recipients 113 Total $1,754,400.88 Average $15,525.67
Employer Town of Perinton Recipients 73 Total $1,748,393.08 Average $23,950.59
Employer Bethpage UFSD Recipients 111 Total $1,743,815.74 Average $15,710.05
Employer Village of Herkimer Recipients 94 Total $1,740,925.46 Average $18,520.48
Employer Village of Tuckahoe Recipients 55 Total $1,732,955.75 Average $31,508.29
Employer NYS Senate - Members Recipients 35 Total $1,722,951.97 Average $49,227.20
Employer Somers CSD Recipients 102 Total $1,721,233.41 Average $16,874.84
Employer Glen Cove City School Dist Recipients 123 Total $1,715,029.60 Average $13,943.33
Employer Village of East Hampton Recipients 44 Total $1,713,401.89 Average $38,940.95
Employer Ravena Coeymans Selkirk CSD Recipients 132 Total $1,706,923.18 Average $12,931.24
Employer State Emergency Main Office Recipients 41 Total $1,695,015.08 Average $41,341.83
Employer Poughkeepsie City School Dist Recipients 114 Total $1,693,699.40 Average $14,857.01
Employer West Irondequoit CSD Recipients 145 Total $1,692,765.37 Average $11,674.24
Employer Wantagh UFSD Recipients 106 Total $1,690,722.39 Average $15,950.21
Employer Seaford UFSD Recipients 105 Total $1,686,176.54 Average $16,058.82
Employer Peru CSD Recipients 120 Total $1,686,015.65 Average $14,050.13
Employer Village of Irvington Recipients 50 Total $1,684,806.67 Average $33,696.13
Employer NYS School For The Deaf Recipients 76 Total $1,683,590.58 Average $22,152.51
Employer Village of Kings Point Recipients 29 Total $1,676,402.28 Average $57,806.98
Employer Town of Evans Recipients 65 Total $1,649,013.33 Average $25,369.44
Employer Smithtown Spec Library Dist Recipients 62 Total $1,647,364.40 Average $26,570.39
Employer Amityville UFSD Recipients 112 Total $1,647,344.88 Average $14,708.44
Employer Honeoye Falls-Lima CSD Recipients 114 Total $1,647,226.18 Average $14,449.35
Employer Patchogue-Medford Pub Library Recipients 57 Total $1,645,737.53 Average $28,872.59
Employer Miller Place UFSD Recipients 100 Total $1,643,033.76 Average $16,430.34
Employer Amherst CSD Recipients 134 Total $1,639,867.64 Average $12,237.82
Employer Manhattan Dev Center Recipients 122 Total $1,634,066.11 Average $13,393.98
Employer Pine Bush CSD Recipients 104 Total $1,629,740.91 Average $15,670.59
Employer Village of Mineola Recipients 73 Total $1,620,903.00 Average $22,204.15
Employer Town of Sidney Recipients 138 Total $1,618,397.65 Average $11,727.52
Employer Johnson City CSD Recipients 158 Total $1,617,641.96 Average $10,238.24
Employer Brighton CSD Recipients 136 Total $1,617,541.60 Average $11,893.69
Employer Bayport-Bluepoint UFSD Recipients 86 Total $1,604,146.97 Average $18,652.87
Employer Lawrence Sanitary District #1 Recipients 53 Total $1,596,498.79 Average $30,122.62
Employer Canandaigua City School Dist Recipients 132 Total $1,593,649.74 Average $12,073.10
Employer BOCES St Lawrence Lewis Recipients 117 Total $1,586,211.52 Average $13,557.36
Employer Jamesville De Witt CSD Recipients 123 Total $1,585,079.82 Average $12,886.83
Employer Crime Victims Compensation Bd Recipients 62 Total $1,581,078.01 Average $25,501.26
Employer Village of Hamburg Recipients 65 Total $1,564,680.68 Average $24,072.01
Employer Locust Valley CSD Recipients 86 Total $1,563,092.53 Average $18,175.49
Employer Byram Hills CSD At Armonk Recipients 119 Total $1,553,401.66 Average $13,053.80
Employer BOCES Genes Liv'St Stu'Bn Wyom Recipients 129 Total $1,549,723.13 Average $12,013.36
Employer Valley CSD At Montgomery Recipients 119 Total $1,547,618.63 Average $13,005.20
Employer Island Trees UFSD Recipients 102 Total $1,526,448.31 Average $14,965.18
Employer Village of Fredonia Recipients 60 Total $1,524,877.11 Average $25,414.62
Employer City of Norwich Recipients 82 Total $1,524,625.04 Average $18,592.99
Employer Maine-Endwell CSD Recipients 154 Total $1,521,402.36 Average $9,879.24
Employer State Bd of Elections Recipients 45 Total $1,521,212.91 Average $33,804.73
Employer Watertown City School District Recipients 149 Total $1,521,006.77 Average $10,208.10
Employer City of Port Jervis Recipients 59 Total $1,519,715.25 Average $25,757.89
Employer Amsterdam City School Dist Recipients 125 Total $1,511,032.07 Average $12,088.26
Employer Nanuet UFSD Recipients 85 Total $1,506,454.26 Average $17,722.99
Employer Village of Potsdam Recipients 63 Total $1,501,045.92 Average $23,826.13
Employer Harborfields CSD of Greenlawn Recipients 114 Total $1,499,758.85 Average $13,155.78
Employer City of Hudson Recipients 68 Total $1,498,715.08 Average $22,039.93
Employer Hudson Falls CSD Recipients 115 Total $1,495,334.20 Average $13,002.91
Employer BOCES-Tompkins Seneca Tioga Recipients 110 Total $1,494,491.59 Average $13,586.29
Employer Town of Camillus Recipients 82 Total $1,490,709.25 Average $18,179.38
Employer Queensbury UFSD Recipients 134 Total $1,489,613.41 Average $11,116.52
Employer Troy Housing Authority Recipients 57 Total $1,489,329.10 Average $26,128.58
Employer Southampton UFSD Recipients 94 Total $1,488,589.03 Average $15,836.05
Employer Rye City School Dist Recipients 80 Total $1,484,633.71 Average $18,557.92
Employer Elwood UFSD Recipients 106 Total $1,482,404.50 Average $13,984.95
Employer BOCES-Cattaraugus Erie Wyoming Recipients 148 Total $1,479,140.85 Average $9,994.19
Employer Catskill Otb Corp. Recipients 90 Total $1,478,592.20 Average $16,428.80
Employer Goshen CSD Recipients 130 Total $1,474,011.04 Average $11,338.55
Employer Suffolk Coop Library System Recipients 57 Total $1,473,560.36 Average $25,851.94
Employer Wyandanch UFSD Recipients 92 Total $1,469,212.03 Average $15,969.70
Employer Town of East Fishkill Recipients 60 Total $1,467,203.39 Average $24,453.39
Employer Town of Thompson Recipients 51 Total $1,463,017.62 Average $28,686.62
Employer Owego Apalachin CSD Recipients 127 Total $1,461,549.23 Average $11,508.26
Employer Genesee St Park And Rec Regn Recipients 75 Total $1,457,979.21 Average $19,439.72
Employer Schalmont CSD Recipients 117 Total $1,457,477.30 Average $12,457.07
Employer Victor CSD Recipients 135 Total $1,454,825.58 Average $10,776.49

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