Special 20- and 25-Year Plans
For PFRS Tier 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 Members
(Sections 384, 384-d and 384-e)
Police officers and paid firefighters working for New York State and any municipal employers are mandatory members of the New York State Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS).
When you become a member, you must complete and file a membership application with the Office of the State Comptroller.
Special Plan Coverage
If you joined the Police and Fire Retirement System before July 1, 2009, or January 9, 2010 through December 31, 2014 For you to be covered by the special plans discussed in this booklet, your employer must adopt the benefits. Also, you must elect coverage within one year of either joining the Retirement System or your employer adopting this plan, whichever is later. The election must be in writing and filed with the Office of the State Comptroller.
If you joined the Police and Fire Retirement System July 1, 2009 through January 8, 2010 For you to be covered by the special plans discussed in this booklet, in addition to the above criteria, the Retirement System must compare the special plan cost to the cost of the Article 14 plan and enroll you in the less costly plan. Your plan is listed on page 4 of your Member Annual Statement. You can also contact us to verify your plan coverage.
If you joined the Police and Fire Retirement System January 1, 2015 or later You are automatically covered by the special 20-Year Benefit (Section 384-d) if your employer has adopted this benefit.
Withdrawing From a Special Plan
You may withdraw your election to participate in a special plan after one year of coverage. However, if you are covered by Section 384-d and your date of membership is January 1, 2015 or later, you may withdraw from this special plan at any time. To withdraw, you must file a Request for Withdrawal from Section 384-d (PF5466) with the Office of the State Comptroller. Once your withdrawal is acknowledged, you will be covered by the regular retirement plan provided by your employer.
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