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Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) Tiers
Tier Effective Dates
1 Before July 1, 1973
2 July 1, 1973 – July 26, 1976
3 July 27, 1976 – August 31, 1983
4 September 1, 1983 – December 31, 2009
5 January 1, 2010 – March 31, 2012 Registration numbers begin with 5xxxxxxx
6 April 1, 2012 and after Registration numbers begin with 6xxxxxxx

There are no Tier 4 New York State correction officers or security hospital treatment assistants. Those who joined July 27, 1976 through December 31, 2009 are Tier 3 members; those who joined January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2012 are Tier 5 members; and those who joined April 1, 2012 and after are Tier 6 members.

Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) Tiers
Tier Effective Dates Coverage
*Members who filed an election form by May 9, 2010 are covered by Article 22 benefits.
1 Before July 31, 1973 Article 8
2 July 31, 1973 – June 30, 2009 Article 11
3 July 1, 2009 – January 8, 2010* Article 11 or 14 Registration numbers begin with 0B2
5 January 9, 2010 – March 31, 2012 Article 22 Registration numbers begin with 0B5
6 April 1, 2012 and after Article 22 Registration numbers begin with 0B6

(Rev. 4/12)