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 Lynbrook UFSD Recipients 94 Total $1,449,517.15 Average $15,420.40
Employer So Glens Falls CSD Recipients 135 Total $1,447,058.40 Average $10,718.95
Employer Lackawanna City School Dist Recipients 100 Total $1,442,915.39 Average $14,429.15
Employer NYS Facilities Dev Corp. Recipients 77 Total $1,442,626.24 Average $18,735.41
Employer Village of Rye Brook Recipients 37 Total $1,437,583.00 Average $38,853.59
Employer Town of Queensbury Recipients 90 Total $1,434,246.16 Average $15,936.07
Employer Cortland City School Dist Recipients 138 Total $1,432,871.77 Average $10,383.13
Employer Town of Ulster Recipients 65 Total $1,431,076.14 Average $22,016.56
Employer City of Rensselaer Recipients 76 Total $1,426,775.35 Average $18,773.36
Employer Hamilton County Recipients 81 Total $1,426,432.91 Average $17,610.28
Employer Town of Fallsburg Recipients 71 Total $1,421,842.96 Average $20,025.96
Employer Iroquois CSD Recipients 133 Total $1,416,843.53 Average $10,652.96
Employer Town of Woodbury Recipients 52 Total $1,409,736.09 Average $27,110.31
Employer Town of Ossining Recipients 53 Total $1,408,526.11 Average $26,575.96
Employer Village of Wellsville Recipients 115 Total $1,408,072.03 Average $12,244.10
Employer BOCES-Orleans Niagara Recipients 141 Total $1,407,119.29 Average $9,979.57
Employer Town of Kent Recipients 64 Total $1,405,463.97 Average $21,960.37
Employer Oneida City School Dist Recipients 119 Total $1,400,283.33 Average $11,767.09
Employer Sachem Public Library Recipients 41 Total $1,399,930.96 Average $34,144.66
Employer Town of New Hartford Recipients 72 Total $1,399,489.63 Average $19,437.36
Employer Springville-Griffith Inst CSD Recipients 100 Total $1,396,707.49 Average $13,967.07
Employer Lockport City School Dist Recipients 116 Total $1,396,106.13 Average $12,035.40
Employer Carthage CSD Recipients 120 Total $1,395,219.80 Average $11,626.83
Employer East Irondequoit CSD Recipients 140 Total $1,388,301.26 Average $9,916.44
Employer Northport E Northport Pub Lib Recipients 45 Total $1,387,793.66 Average $30,839.86
Employer Kinderhook CSD Recipients 120 Total $1,383,655.15 Average $11,530.46
Employer Great Neck Library Recipients 55 Total $1,378,464.58 Average $25,062.99
Employer Jamestown Community College Recipients 72 Total $1,373,797.91 Average $19,080.53
Employer Div of Tax Appeals Recipients 23 Total $1,373,118.11 Average $59,700.79
Employer Hutchings Childrens Services Recipients 60 Total $1,372,612.64 Average $22,876.88
Employer BOCES-Dutchess Recipients 111 Total $1,370,664.52 Average $12,348.33
Employer Mexico CSD Recipients 102 Total $1,370,242.46 Average $13,433.75
Employer W NY Veterans Home At Batavia Recipients 74 Total $1,369,188.15 Average $18,502.54
Employer Town of Somers Recipients 66 Total $1,365,513.10 Average $20,689.59
Employer Rocky Point UFSD Recipients 86 Total $1,363,343.21 Average $15,852.83
Employer Monticello CSD Recipients 118 Total $1,362,685.09 Average $11,548.18
Employer Hempstead Sanitary District #2 Recipients 34 Total $1,360,030.01 Average $40,000.88
Employer Saranac Lake CSD Recipients 87 Total $1,353,347.28 Average $15,555.72
Employer North Rose-Wolcott CSD Recipients 113 Total $1,353,283.55 Average $11,975.96
Employer Newark CSD Recipients 122 Total $1,353,241.22 Average $11,092.14
Employer Palmyra-Macedon CSD Recipients 120 Total $1,352,407.33 Average $11,270.06
Employer Division of Probation Recipients 39 Total $1,344,285.23 Average $34,468.85
Employer Onteora CSD At Boiceville Recipients 97 Total $1,344,273.25 Average $13,858.49
Employer Town of Clarence Recipients 73 Total $1,338,361.94 Average $18,333.73
Employer East Hampton UFSD Recipients 68 Total $1,336,710.21 Average $19,657.50
Employer Rondout Valley CSD At Accord Recipients 106 Total $1,335,497.55 Average $12,599.03
Employer Norwich UFSD 1 Recipients 132 Total $1,332,330.71 Average $10,093.41
Employer Ufsd of The Tarrytowns Recipients 72 Total $1,328,687.18 Average $18,453.99
Employer Wayne CSD Recipients 133 Total $1,323,443.11 Average $9,950.70
Employer Village of Lloyd Harbor Recipients 28 Total $1,322,808.46 Average $47,243.16
Employer Town of Clay Recipients 70 Total $1,316,945.62 Average $18,813.51
Employer Massena CSD Recipients 139 Total $1,312,062.94 Average $9,439.30
Employer Village of East Aurora Recipients 47 Total $1,310,380.85 Average $27,880.44
Employer Village of Ilion Recipients 66 Total $1,308,711.19 Average $19,828.96
Employer Hudson City School Dist Recipients 127 Total $1,305,930.86 Average $10,282.92
Employer Batavia City-School Dist Recipients 87 Total $1,304,069.04 Average $14,989.30
Employer Hornell City School Dist Recipients 118 Total $1,286,225.94 Average $10,900.22
Employer Port Chester-Rye UFSD Recipients 85 Total $1,285,589.67 Average $15,124.58
Employer Homer CSD Recipients 121 Total $1,283,551.26 Average $10,607.86
Employer Assembly: Annual Part Time Recipients 100 Total $1,282,102.69 Average $12,821.03
Employer Finkelstein Memorial Library Recipients 46 Total $1,278,697.12 Average $27,797.76
Employer Phoenix CSD Recipients 100 Total $1,277,502.26 Average $12,775.02
Employer Village of Westhampton Beach Recipients 30 Total $1,276,977.72 Average $42,565.92
Employer Cheektowaga-Maryvale UFSD Recipients 98 Total $1,272,365.44 Average $12,983.32
Employer Assembly Ways & Means Committ Recipients 37 Total $1,270,241.83 Average $34,330.86
Employer Scotia Glenville CSD Recipients 100 Total $1,264,480.85 Average $12,644.81
Employer Council of The Arts Recipients 52 Total $1,262,930.79 Average $24,287.13
Employer Pearl River UFSD Recipients 74 Total $1,260,399.53 Average $17,032.43
Employer Susquehanna Valley CSD Recipients 116 Total $1,250,097.33 Average $10,776.70
Employer Nassau Co Voc Edu & Ext Bd Recipients 42 Total $1,246,794.87 Average $29,685.59
Employer Glens Falls City School Dist Recipients 98 Total $1,241,984.80 Average $12,673.31
Employer Westchester Joint Water Works Recipients 36 Total $1,233,010.73 Average $34,250.30
Employer Half Hollow Hills Comm Library Recipients 54 Total $1,228,483.15 Average $22,749.69
Employer Village of Scotia Recipients 40 Total $1,225,621.75 Average $30,640.54
Employer BOCES-Rensselaer Columbia Gr'N Recipients 115 Total $1,223,228.53 Average $10,636.77
Employer Depew UFSD Recipients 99 Total $1,222,332.48 Average $12,346.79
Employer Town of Lewisboro Recipients 56 Total $1,206,816.13 Average $21,550.29
Employer West Hempstead UFSD Recipients 79 Total $1,205,460.51 Average $15,258.99
Employer Nyack UFSD Recipients 71 Total $1,204,917.98 Average $16,970.68
Employer Village of Brockport Recipients 42 Total $1,204,185.12 Average $28,671.07
Employer East Williston UFSD Recipients 67 Total $1,201,571.69 Average $17,933.91
Employer Lewiston-Porter CSD Recipients 114 Total $1,201,367.85 Average $10,538.31
Employer Geneva City School Dist Recipients 136 Total $1,201,200.94 Average $8,832.36
Employer Village of Lake Placid Recipients 49 Total $1,198,170.01 Average $24,452.45
Employer Village of Great Neck Estates Recipients 22 Total $1,196,139.06 Average $54,369.96
Employer Red Hook CSD Recipients 102 Total $1,193,271.95 Average $11,698.74
Employer Rotterdam Mohonasen CSD Recipients 100 Total $1,188,982.50 Average $11,889.83
Employer Schuylerville CSD Recipients 88 Total $1,187,339.50 Average $13,492.49
Employer Cohoes City School Dist Recipients 104 Total $1,187,146.27 Average $11,414.87
Employer Rochester Corr Facility Recipients 39 Total $1,181,310.81 Average $30,290.02
Employer Town of Henrietta Recipients 76 Total $1,170,052.51 Average $15,395.43
Employer Dryden CSD Recipients 93 Total $1,168,098.53 Average $12,560.20
Employer Southwestern CSD Recipients 90 Total $1,166,549.03 Average $12,961.66
Employer Fulton City School Dist Recipients 129 Total $1,163,800.50 Average $9,021.71
Employer Village of East Rochester Recipients 53 Total $1,153,557.53 Average $21,765.24
Employer Town of Lewiston Recipients 64 Total $1,149,906.06 Average $17,967.28
Employer Chittenango CSD Recipients 99 Total $1,143,828.07 Average $11,553.82
Employer O D Heck Dev Center Recipients 111 Total $1,143,751.54 Average $10,304.07
Employer Gloversville City School Dist Recipients 129 Total $1,143,387.06 Average $8,863.47
Employer Chenango Valley CSD Recipients 102 Total $1,140,824.10 Average $11,184.55

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