Once you join, there are only five ways your membership can end:
- If you leave public employment before you have ten years of credited service and voluntarily withdraw your contributions;
- If you do not have at least five years of credited service (ten for Tier 5 members) and seven years have elapsed since you last worked in public employment;
- If you transfer your membership to another New York State public retirement system;
- If you retire; or
- If you die.
“Public employment” means paid service as an officer or employee with an employer that participates in the New York State and Local Retirement System.