Updates and Resources Related to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Message from Comptroller DiNapoli

"As we battle the coronavirus, our team is working tirelessly to serve New Yorkers. We know that much has changed for you and your family. Navigating these uncharted waters is not easy, but we'll do all we can to help. Remember, we're in this together."

Seeking Financial Assistance and Relief

We created a COVID-19 Financial Survival Toolkit to help New York’s residents, government entities, nonprofits and businesses alike as they navigate these uncharted waters. This page offers helpful resources and links to give you easy access to vital assistance and information you need at this time.

Knowing Your Retirement Benefits if You Get Sick

The unfortunate reality of the COVID-19 emergency is that some members of the New York State and Local Retirement System may become seriously ill and some may die from the disease. It is vitally important that members understand how to apply for retirement benefits, if they need to take that step. These members, or their employer on their behalf, should file the disability retirement application that is appropriate for them according to their retirement plan. Please visit our Disability Benefits page to learn more.

Updating Beneficiary Information

It is also important retirees periodically review their beneficiary designations to make sure they are up to date. Retirement Online is the fastest way to review and, if needed, update your beneficiaries. Visit the NYSLRS website for more information about death benefits for members and death benefits for retirees.

Signing Up for Direct Deposit

Retirees are strongly urged to sign up for direct deposit instead of receiving a monthly pension check by mail. To enroll in direct deposit, complete the Electronic Funds Transfer Direct Deposit Enrollment Application. State employees should also sign up for direct deposit if they haven’t yet done so by contacting their agency payroll office and sending in this form.

Helping Municipalities and School Districts

The Division of State and Local Government Accountability remains available to offer guidance and assistance to municipalities in these challenging times. We've updated information available to local officials including changes for public bidding requirements and requirements for local authorities.

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