About NYSLRS

The New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) comprises two different systems, though they are administered by the same staff. They are the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) with more than 613,900 members and the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) with more than 33,600 members. There are also more than 413,400 pensioners and beneficiaries in the System bringing the total to more than 1,061,000 participants, as of March 31, 2013.

ERS

ERS provides service and disability retirement benefits, as well as death benefits to employees of participating public employers in non-teaching positions, exclusive of New York City. This includes uniformed services personnel, such as correction officers and sheriffs.

PFRS

PFRS provides service and disability retirement benefits, as well as death benefits to police officers and firefighters who work for participating public employers, exclusive of New York City.

The New York State Comptroller is the administrative head of the Retirement System. As fiduciary, the Comptroller acts in the best interests of the System’s members and retirees. The Comptroller is the sole trustee of the Common Retirement Fund (valued at over $173.2 billion as of December 31, 2013). He also ensures that the 346 different benefit programs offered by NYSLRS are managed properly and effectively.

See the Retirement System’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for additional information about the Retirement System’s assets.

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17 thoughts on “About NYSLRS

    1. NYSLRS

      To get the account-specific information you need, please email our customer service representatives using our secure email form.

      One of our representatives will review your account and get back to you. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information. Please allow five to seven business days for a response.

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      You can use Retirement Online as a convenient and secure way to review or change your beneficiaries. You can register for an account and sign in here. If you need help, we have step-by-step guides for both registration and signing-in.

      If you are an active member, you can also complete the Designation of Beneficiary form (RS5127) and mail it to NYSLRS.

      Whether you change your beneficiaries online or by mail, be sure to include all of your beneficiaries. Your new beneficiary designations will replace all of your previously named beneficiaries. The changes will not take effect until we review and approve your designations. You can read more about beneficiary designations in our Life Changes: Why Should I Designate a Beneficiary?

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    1. NYSLRS Post author

      Depending on your tier and bargaining unit, most State employees will receive up to one year of service credit per accident for time spent on workers’ compensation leave. Generally, employees of participating non-State employers will not receive credit for time spent on workers’ compensation leave.

      If you have questions about your specific situation, we recommend emailing our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives can review your account to address your questions. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information. Please allow five to seven business days for a response.

      For more information about service credit, you can visit our Service Credit for Tiers 2 Through 6 page or check out your plan booklet on our Publications page.

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  1. Fred Hnelosub

    I am a tier 3 New York State correctional officer with 28 years of service as of January 12, 2019 and still working. I am 61 years old, will be 62 in august of 2019. My intention is to work until I have 30 years of service to receive a pension of 60 %. I have accumulated over 1800 hours of sick time at this time. I understand that I can keep 1600 hours of sick time accruals to my benefit for retirement . My question is , can I use any remainder of my sick time as credit for time served , to leave earlier than 30 years of service and still receive a pension with 60%.

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    1. NYSLRS

      Section 41(j) of Retirement and Social Security Law does provide an optional sick leave benefit that generally may be used to increase your total service credit.

      For information about your particular situation, please email our customer service representatives using our secure email form. One of our representatives will be able to review your account and let you know whether you can use service credit from sick leave to reach 30 years. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information.

      For more information, you can also refer to the State Correction Officer plan publication.

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  2. Roberto Vazquez

    I can not believe how inefficient this agency is. I have been calling for days and my call always gets disconnected because of the “high volume of calls”
    I need to speak to somebody about the transfer of my pension from New York City to New York state.
    I’m new here!! I don’t have a registration number, i can’t use that secure contact form.
    How can I get some answers to my questions!!!???

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    1. NYSLRS

      We apologize for the trouble you are having getting through to our Call Center.

      You can use the secure email form (http://www.emailNYSLRS.com) without a registration number. Instead, use a placeholder in that box (such as 12345678).

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  3. Beth

    I am divorced from a state corrections officer. Am I able to get figures of his highest three years of pay at date of divorce?

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  4. Mark Paulus

    Can I select my child who is 12 years old as the beneficiary ? Is the amount of retirement benefit reduced because select my child instead of my wife?

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    1. NYSLRS

      You may name anyone you wish as a beneficiary, but the age of your beneficiary would affect the amount of your pension.

      If you choose a pension payment option that provides for a beneficiary after your death, your pension amount will be reduced. The amount of the reduction is based on actuarial calculations that take into account the beneficiary’s life expectancy. In other words, the younger the beneficiary, the deeper the reduction in your pension.

      Most Tier 1-4 members can use our Benefit Projector Calculator to estimate their retirement benefit. The calculator allows you to enter different beneficiary birth dates to compare potential benefits.

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  5. Ricky Jackson

    Have been trying for a month to get in contact with someone. Have been disconnected every time. Is the call center actually staffed by people. It should not be this hard to get someone on the phone. I call at all times of the day and get the same response. I have sent emails and have not gotten any response. I’m in need of some assistance is there another line we can use to speak to people and if no one is there to answer calls let people know some other ways to get help. The system does not really give you any useful information.

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    1. NYSLRS

      We’re sorry you could not reach us. Your message is important to us and we have sent you a private message in response.

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