Once you join, there are five ways your membership can end:
- If you are not vested and you leave public employment for seven years (membership ends automatically);
- If you leave public employment and voluntarily withdraw your membership;
- If you transfer your membership to another New York State public retirement system;
- If you retire; or
- If you die.
“Public employment” is paid service as a police officer or firefighter with an employer that participates in PFRS.