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  • NYS Retirement Question

    Anyone here know anything about the NYS Retirement System?

    I keep hearing different things regarding this. I’m trying to figure out if going from the Police and Fire system to a sheriffs office system, if your time counts on the front end or back end?

    I did the last 5 years, full time civil service, in Police and Fire for a city here in NY, and just transferred to a local sheriffs office. I’m currently Tier 6. Does my 5 years go on the front and I’m eligible after 15 years or do I have to complete 20 now and at 20 I’ll have 25 in?

    Thanks I’m advance!

  • #2
    I believe your time counts on the front end as long as you were not in NYPD since It’s a different pension system. Anywhere else in NY it’ll count on the front end whether a police department or sheriffs department. Since it’s all the NYS police and fire pension. Best bet would be to call the pension office though. Stay safe
    Last edited by iabonir; 12-30-2020, 09:52 PM.


    • #3
      Check to see if the sheriff office is PFRS and that your PFRS plan wasn't a special plan. Retirement online is a wonderful tool and you should really use it, may help get you the answer your looking for.


      • #4
        I would suggest calling them or utilizing retirement online. If you came Sheriff to Police it would all be "back end time," - but I've never heard of anyone going the other direction.


        • #5
          If he was in the P&F he was NOT NYPD. NYPD is not in the P&F.


          • #6
            Thanks for the responses. I planned on calling the state with this question but covid made that difficult with getting in touch with anyone.

            I was not NYPD. I was in PFRS, but upon going to the Sheriffs Office, they don’t use PFRS. I believe they are under a section of the general retirement system. If that helps.


            • HighwayBob
              HighwayBob commented
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              There's no one else on your job that followed the same path?

              I would think that someone there at your new job should be able to answer that question. Do you know of any other departments that are under the "general retirement system"? I thought all NYS police agencies (with only a couple of exceptions) were in the PFRS.

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