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Special 20- and 25-Year Plans

For PFRS Tier 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 Members

(Sections 384, 384-d and 384-e)

Retirement System Membership

Police officers and paid firefighters working for employers that participate in the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) must become members of the Retirement System.

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 after January 8, 2010 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.

Withdrawing From a Special Plan

You may withdraw your election to participate in a special plan after one year of coverage by filing written notice of your withdrawal with the Office of the State Comptroller. Once your withdrawal is acknowledged, you will be covered by the non-elective retirement plan provided by your employer.