Special Plan for Monroe County Deputy Sheriffs (Jailors) and Deputy Sheriffs (Court Security) (Sections 89-n and 603 (j))

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A special 25-year retirement plan providing an alternative retirement benefit for Monroe County deputy sheriffs-jailors became effective July 23, 1991. This plan was amended to include deputy sheriffs-court security on October 2, 2002. The features of this plan are briefly described in this brochure.

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For information about other benefits available to you, please consult the summary of your regular plan, which is available on our website or from our Call Center.


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Eligibility

Tier 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 members are automatically covered by this retirement plan. Tier 3 members who were deputy sheriff-jailors on July 23, 1991 must have elected this plan by September 1, 1993, or within one year of beginning employment as a deputy sheriff-jailor. Tier 3 members who were deputy sheriffs-court security on October 2, 2002 must have elected this plan by September 1, 2003, or within one year of beginning employment as a deputy sheriff-court security. These elections are irrevocable and provide Tier 3 members coverage under the Tier 4 benefits of this plan. The sheriff must certify eligible employees.


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Creditable Service

Creditable service includes all service performed as a deputy sheriff-jailor or deputy sheriff-court security in Monroe County.

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Credit may also be granted for service earned in the following eligible titles:

  • Uniformed employee in an institution under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Correctional Services;
  • Security hospital treatment assistant under the jurisdiction of the New York State Office of Mental Health;
  • County correction officer, sheriff or undersheriff covered by a plan that provides for retirement after 25 years. Deputy sheriff service is only creditable if at least 50 percent of your duties directly engage you in criminal law enforcement;
  • Member or officer of the New York State Police;
  • Paid firefighter, police officer or officer of an organized fire department or police force of any county, city, village, town, fire district or police district;
  • Criminal investigator in the office of a district attorney prior to January 1, 1960 (up to five years may be credited);
  • Certain military service;
  • Certain New York City correction officer service (you must pay the full cost — there is no employer subsidy).

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Retirement Benefit

Sections 89-n and 603(j) of the Retirement and Social Security Law (RSSL) provide a benefit equal to 50 percent of your final average salary on completion of 25 years of creditable service, regardless of age.

When you retire, if you are eligible for a benefit under your regular retirement plan, we will compare that benefit to the one payable under Section 89-n or 603(j) and pay the greater of the two benefits.

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Disability and Death Benefits

Please consult the summary of your regular retirement plan for information about disability or death benefits.

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For More Information

If you have any questions or you need more information, you can:

  • Email us;
  • Phone our Call Center toll-free at 1-866-805-0990, or 518-474-7736 in the Albany, New York area; or
  • Write to us at:
    NYSLRS
    110 State Street
    Albany, NY 12244-0001

You can also make an appointment to meet with an Information Representative at any of our consultation sites throughout the State. A list of these consultation sites is available on our website or from our Call Center.


VO1820 (Rev. 6/12)
© 2012, New York State and Local Retirement System

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This publication provides a general summary of retirement 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.