You may retire at any age after completing 25 years of regional state park or New York State police officer service. Or, you may qualify for a service retirement if you reach age 60 before having served 25 years as a regional state park police officer.
With 25 years of creditable service, your retirement benefit will equal one-half (50 percent) of your FAS. For each year of service beyond 25 years, including service other than as a regional state park police officer, you will receive an additional 1/60th (1.66 percent) of your FAS, up to a maximum of 15 years for Tier 1 members and seven years for Tier 2, 3, 5 and 6 members.
Under this special plan, the total benefit cannot exceed 75 percent of your FAS if you are a Tier 1 member, or 61.67 percent of your FAS if you are a Tier 2, 3, 5 or 6 member.
If you reach age 60 before completing 25 years of service, you will receive a retirement benefit equal to 1/50th (2 percent) of your FAS for each year of regional state park police officer service and 1/60th (1.66 percent) of your FAS for each year of non-regional state park police officer service. Your total benefit may not exceed one-half (50 percent) of your FAS.
If you are at least 55 at retirement and an alternative regular plan would provide a greater benefit, the greater benefit will be paid.
The Application for Service Retirement (RS6037) must be on file with the Office of the State Comptroller at least 15 days but not more than 90 days before the date on which your retirement will occur. The 15-day filing requirement is waived if you are over age 70 at retirement.