Special Plan for Suffolk County Park Police Officers (Sections 89-r and 603(n))

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A special 25-year retirement plan providing an alternative retirement benefit for Suffolk County park police officers became effective September 4, 1996. 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 had to elect the plan by September 1, 1997. This election is irrevocable and provides Tier 3 members coverage under the Tier 4 benefits of this plan. The Parks Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Parks must certify all eligible employees.


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Creditable Service

Creditable service includes all service performed as a park ranger and park police officer in the Suffolk County Department of Parks.

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

  • 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 (up to five years may be credited);
  • Certain military service.

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Retirement Benefit

Sections 89-r and 603-n 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-r or 603-n 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.

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VO1855 (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.

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