The New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) comprises two different systems, though they are administered by the same staff. They are the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) with more than 613,900 members and the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) with more than 33,600 members. There are also more than 413,400 pensioners and beneficiaries in the System bringing the total to more than 1,061,000 participants, as of March 31, 2013.


ERS provides service and disability retirement benefits, as well as death benefits to employees of participating public employers in non-teaching positions, exclusive of New York City. This includes uniformed services personnel, such as correction officers and sheriffs.


PFRS provides service and disability retirement benefits, as well as death benefits to police officers and firefighters who work for participating public employers, exclusive of New York City.

The New York State Comptroller is the administrative head of the Retirement System. As fiduciary, the Comptroller acts in the best interests of the System’s members and retirees. The Comptroller is the sole trustee of the Common Retirement Fund (valued at over $173.2 billion as of December 31, 2013). He also ensures that the 346 different benefit programs offered by NYSLRS are managed properly and effectively.

See the Retirement System’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for additional information about the Retirement System’s assets.

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      To get the account-specific information you need, please email our customer service representatives using our secure email form.

      One of our representatives will review your account and get back to you. Filling out the secure form allows us to safely contact you about your personal account information. Please allow five to seven business days for a response.

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      You can use Retirement Online as a convenient and secure way to review or change your beneficiaries. You can register for an account and sign in here. If you need help, we have step-by-step guides for both registration and signing-in.

      If you are an active member, you can also complete the Designation of Beneficiary form (RS5127) and mail it to NYSLRS.

      Whether you change your beneficiaries online or by mail, be sure to include all of your beneficiaries. Your new beneficiary designations will replace all of your previously named beneficiaries. The changes will not take effect until we review and approve your designations. You can read more about beneficiary designations in our Life Changes: Why Should I Designate a Beneficiary?


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