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Publications for Members

Employees’ Retirement System Members

Plan Booklets for Employees’ Retirement System Members

When you join the Retirement System, you are assigned to a tier and plan. The plan determines how your benefit will be calculated at your retirement. Retirement plans depend on what tier you are in, your employer, and the coverage your employer has elected to offer you. The plan booklets below are arranged by tier and by special plans for miscellaneous titles.

Tier 3, 4, 5 & 6 Members

Retirement Plan For Tier 6 Members (Article 15)

Benefits available to Tier 6 members

(VO1530, Rev. 7/12)

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Retirement Plan For Tier 5 Members (Article 15)

Benefits available to Tier 5 members

(VO1523, Rev. 3/12)

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Coordinated Plan For Tier 3 and 4 Members (Articles 14 & 15)

Benefits available to Tier 3 & 4 members (Note: this booklet replaces the previous Tier 3 booklet.)

(VO1522, Rev. 1/12)

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State Correction Officers and Security Hospital Treatment Assistants Plan

Benefits available to Tier 3, 5 & 6 members covered by Article 14-CO

(VO1526, Rev. 3/14)

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Sheriffs, Undersheriffs & Deputy Sheriffs Plan

Benefits available to Tier 3, 4, 5 & 6 members covered by Article 14-B, Sections 551, 552 & 553

(VO1841, Rev. 2/14)

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Tier 1 & 2 Members

New Career Plan — Tier 1

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-h or 75-i

(VO1504, Rev. 1/12)

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New Career Plan — Tier 2

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-h or 75-i

(VO1509, Rev. 1/13)

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Career Plan — Tier 1

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-f or 75-g

(VO1503, Rev. 3/12)

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Career Plan — Tier 2

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-f or 75-g

(VO1508, Rev. 5/12)

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NYS Correction Officers and Security Hospital Treatment Assistants Plan

Benefits available to Tier 1 & 2 members in these positions covered by Section 89

(VO1525, Rev. 6/12)

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Sheriffs, Undersheriffs & Deputies Special Retirement Plans

Benefits available to Tier 1 and 2 members covered by Article 14-B, Sections 551, 552 & 553

(VO1840, Rev. 6/12)

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Legislative and Executive Retirement Plan

Benefits available to certain Tier 1 and 2 members in legislative service covered by Section 80-a

(VO1861, Rev. 8/11)

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Non-Contributory Plan w/Guaranteed Benefits — Tier 1

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-d or 75-e

(ZO1502, Rev. 3/12)

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Non-Contributory Plan w/Guaranteed Benefits — Tier 2

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-d or 75-e

(ZO1507, Rev. 4/12)

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Non-Contributory Plan — Tier 1

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-c

(ZO1501, Rev. 3/12)

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Noncontributory Plan — Tier 2

Benefits available to members covered by Section 75-c

(ZO1506, Rev. 4/12)

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Basic Plan — Tier 1

Benefits available to members covered by Section 70-a, 71-a or 75

(ZO1500, Rev. 3/12)

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Basic Plan — Tier 2

Benefits available to members covered by Section 70-a, 71-a or 75

(ZO1505, Rev. 4/12)

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Special Plans for Miscellaneous Titles

Albany County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs, Correction Officers, and Identification Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-h and 603(e)

(VO1809, Rev. 6/12)

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Broome County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-m and 603(i)

(VO1805, Rev. 6/12)

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County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs & Correction Officers

Optional 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-p and 603 (l)

(VO1832, Rev. 6/12)

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Detective Investigators in the Office of a District Attorney

Special 20-Year Plan under Sections 89-d and 89-d(m)

(VO1875, Rev. 7/11)

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Elmira District #1 Traffic Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-q and 603(m)

(VO1839, Rev. 6/12)

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Greene County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-o and 603(k)

(VO1825, Rev. 6/12)

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Institutional Safety Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-t and 604(q)

(VO1873, Rev. 7/11)

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Jefferson County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-j and 603(h)

(VO1808, Rev. 6/12)

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Monroe County Deputy Sheriffs-Jailors

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-n and 603(j)

(VO1820, Rev. 6/12)

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Nassau County Fire Marshals

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-w and 603(s)

(VO1801, Rev. 12/13)

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Nassau County Police Department Ambulance Medical Technicians

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-s and 603(o)

(VO1868, Rev. 6/12)

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Nassau County Probation Department Peace Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-s and 603(o)

(VO1870, Rev. 6/12)

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Nassau County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-g and 603(d)

(VO1813, Rev. 6/12)

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Onondaga County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-k and 603(g)

(VO1807, Rev. 6/12)

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Orleans County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-l and 603(g)

(VO1806, Rev. 6/12)

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Probation Department Peace Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-t and 603(p)

(VO1871, Rev. 6/12)

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St. Lawrence County Sheriffs, Undersheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-i and 603(f)

(VO1812, Rev. 6/12)

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Suffolk County Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-f and 603(c)

(VO1811, Rev. 6/12)

HTML N/A

Suffolk County Park Police Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-r and 603(n)

(VO1855, Rev. 6/12)

HTML N/A

Suffolk County Probation Department Peace Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-s and 603-o

(VO1869, Rev. 6/12)

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Unified Court System Peace Officers

Special benefits for Tier 2, 3, 4 and 5 members

(VO1856, Rev. 12/13)

HTML N/A

Westchester County Correction Officers

Special 25-Year Plan under Sections 89-e and 603(b).

(VO1810, Rev. 6/12)

HTML N/A

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General Interest to Employees’ Retirement System Members

Your Retirement Benefits Book

(General Audience)

(ZO1835, Rev. 7/14)

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Police & Fire Retirement System Members

Plan Booklets for Police & Fire Retirement System Members

When you join the Retirement System, you are assigned to a tier and plan. The plan determines how your benefit will be calculated at your retirement. Retirement plans depend on what tier you are in, your employer, and the coverage your employer has elected to offer you.

Article 14 PFRS Retirement Plan

Benefits for certain Tier 3 PFRS members who joined the Retirement System July 1, 2009 through January 8, 2010

(VO1644, Rev. 9/11)

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Special 20- and 25-Year Retirement Plans

Benefits available to members covered by Sections 384, 384-d, and 384-e

(VO1517, Rev. 12/12)

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State Police

Benefits available to members covered by Section 381-b

(VO1518, Rev. 8/14)

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New Career Plan

Benefits available to members covered by Section 375-h or 375-i

(VO1515, Rev. 6/12)

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Career Plan

Benefits available to members covered by Section 375-f or 375-g

(VO1642, Rev. 9/12)

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Non-Contributory Plan with Guaranteed Benefits

Benefits available to members covered by Section 375-e

(ZO1513, Rev. 9/12)

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Non-Contributory Plan

Benefits available to members covered by Section 375-b or 375-c

(ZO1512, Rev. 7/12)

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Basic Plan

Benefits available to members covered by Section 370-a, 371-a or 375

(ZO1511, Rev. 10/12)

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Regional State Park Police

Benefits available to members covered by Section 383-a

(VO1867, Rev. 1/13)

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En-Con Police Officers

Benefits available to members covered by Section 383-b

(VO1822, Rev. 10/12)

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Forest Rangers

Benefits available to members covered by Section 383-c

(VO1864, Rev. 1/13)

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General Interest to Police & Fire Retirement System Members

Partial Lump Sum Payment at Retirement Option

For eligible Police and Fire Retirement System members

(VO1750, Rev. 1/14)

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Final Average Salary for Police & Fire Members

(VO1879, Rev. 3/13)

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Your Retirement Benefits Book

(PFRS Members)

(ZO1829, Rev. 5/13)

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General Interest to Members of Both Retirement Systems

World Trade Center Presumption

For members involved in the Rescue Recovery Or Clean Up Operations after September 11, 2001

(VO1834, Rev. 9/08)

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Divorce, Equitable Distribution and the Retirement System

For members going through a separation or divorce. Our FAQs may also be of help.

(Rev. 3/10)

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Service Credit for Tiers 2 through 6

Explains the different types of service you can receive credit for Tier 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 members.

(VO1854, Rev. 12/13)

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How Do I Prepare to Retire?

Outlines steps you should take to financially prepare for retirement.

(VO1709, Rev. 7/14)

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Membership in a Nutshell

Provides an overview of the benefits of Retirement System membership.

(VO1878, Rev. 6/13)

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Military Service Credit

Questions and answers about claiming credit for military service.

(VO1723, Rev. 4/14)

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Straight Talk About Financial Planning For Your Retirement

(VO1845, Rev. 3/09)

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The Survivor’s Benefit Program for New York State Management/Confidential Employees

(VO1660, Rev. 7/14)

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The Survivor’s Benefit Program for New York State Employees

(VO1655, Rev. 8/12)

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Applying for Disability Retirement

Information for members who may be filing for disability or want information about the disability retirement process.

(VO1802, Rev. 5/13)

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What If I Work After Retirement?

Explains how returning to employment after retirement could affect your retirement benefit.

(VO1648, Rev. 3/13)

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What If I Leave Public Employment?

Explains your rights if you leave public employment before retiring.

(VO1800, Rev. 7/14)

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Why Should I Designate a Beneficiary?

Explains the importance of beneficiary designations and how and why you should keep them up-to-date.

(VO1706, Rev. 3/13)

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Publications for Retirees and Members Preparing to Retire

Permanent COLA

Explains cost-of-living adjustments for retirees.

(VO1863, Rev. 11/12)

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A Guide for Retirees

Explains the services we offer retirees and outlines retirees’ responsibilities.

(VO1705, Rev. 2/13)

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Getting Your Affairs in Order and A Guide for Survivors

(VO1874, Rev. 5/14)

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The Survivor’s Benefit Program for Retired New York State Employees

Explains the benefits available for survivors of retired NYS employees.

(VO1860, Rev. 3/14)

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What If I Work After Retirement?

Explains how returning to employment after retirement could affect your retirement benefit.

(VO1648, Rev. 3/13)

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Publications for Employers

Employer’s Guide

Information helpful to employers concerning the Retirement & Social Security Law and the Comptroller’s Rules and Regulations.

(VO1700, Rev. 10/12)

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Fax Registration

Explains faxing new member registrations.

(VO1836, Rev. 4/13)

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Publicaciones en Español (Spanish Publications)

Plan coordinado del ERS para miembros de Nivel 3 y 4 (Artículos 14 y 15)

Coordinated Plan For Tier 3 and Tier 4 Members (Articles 14 & 15)

(VO1522-S, Rev. 8/11)

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¿Cómo Me Preparo Para Retirarme?

How Do I Prepare to Retire

(VO1709-S, Rev. 8/11)

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Una Guía Para Retirados

A Guide for Retirees

(VO1705-S, Rev. 4/07)

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Cómo Solicitar El Retiro Por Incapacidad

Applying for Disability Retirement

(VO1802-S, Rev. 12/09)

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Sistema de Retiro — Breve Guía de afiliacioán

Membership in a Nutshell

(VO1878-S, Rev. 5/10)

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