Knowing Your Retirement Benefits if You Get Sick
The unfortunate reality of the COVID-19 emergency is that some members of the New York State and Local Retirement System may become seriously ill and some may die from the disease. It is vitally important that members understand how to apply for retirement benefits, if they need to take that step. These members, or their employer on their behalf, should file the disability retirement application that is appropriate for them according to their retirement plan. Visit Disability Benefits page to learn more.
Updating Beneficiary Information
It is also important retirees periodically review their beneficiary designations to make sure they are up to date. Retirement Online is the fastest way to review and, if needed, update your beneficiaries. Visit the NYSLRS website for more information about death benefits for membersand death benefits for retirees.
Signing Up for Direct Deposit
Retirees are strongly urged to sign up for direct deposit instead of receiving a monthly pension check by mail. To enroll in direct deposit, complete the Electronic Funds Transfer Direct Deposit Enrollment Application. State employees should also sign up for direct deposit if they haven’t yet done so by contacting their agency payroll office and sending in this form.
Helping Municipalities and School Districts
The Division of State and Local Government Accountability remains available to offer guidance and assistance to municipalities in these challenging times. Their office has information available to local officials including changes for public bidding requirements and requirements for local authorities.