Basic Plan for ERS Tier 1 Members

(Sections 70-a, 71-a and 75)

About This Retirement Plan


This retirement plan summary describes the benefits available to Tier 1 Employees’ Retirement System members covered by the Basic Retirement Plan. These benefits are provided by Sections 70-a, 71-a and 75 of the New York State Retirement and Social Security Law (RSSL) as enacted by the New York State Legislature.


Throughout this publication, you will find references to “Sections” and “Articles” that refer to the RSSL. The New York State and Local Retirement System, headed by the Comptroller of the State of New York, administers this plan. Our main office is in Albany, New York.

This publication is a general summary of membership benefits, rights and responsibilities, and is not a substitute for any New York State or federal law. For specific information about your benefits, please contact us.


Sections Revised
A Message from the Comptroller
About Your Membership
Service Credit
Final Average Salary
Service Retirement Benefit
Choosing a Payment Option
Items That May Affect Your Pension
Vested Retirement Benefit
Disability Retirement Benefits
Death Benefits
World Trade Center Presumption
Receiving Your Benefits
Stay Informed
About This Retirement Plan



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