Ninety-five out of 933 retirees in the state state Police and Fire Retirement System who retired last year had a pension of at least $100,000, a report today from the Empire Center for New York State Policy found.
The proportion was less than in recent years, the report found, but three times higher than a decade ago.
The average pension for all newly retired police and fire members was $60,798. The average pension for those in the New York State Employee Retirement System — which includes state and municipal employees was $25,721, according to the report from the Albany-based fiscally conservative group.
The maximum allowable benefits — which is the total amount a retiree could collect before deductions for spousal benefits — for the 367,806 retired NYSLRS members at the end of 2011-12 fiscal year was more than $8.4 billion, up 9 percent from the previous year, the report said.
SUNY President George Philip again led the state in the highest pension at $261,037. As Gannett reported last week, he also is the state’s biggest double dipper because he also collects a $281,000 salary.
Second in pension was Francis Lombardi of the New York Port Authority at $214,165, and third was Cheryl Schatmeyer of the Westchester Medical Center at $206,052.