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Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Police Plan

For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Ordinary Death Benefit

Your beneficiary may be entitled to an ordinary death benefit, instead of a monthly pension, if your death is not attributable to an on-the-job accident. This is a one-time, lump sum payment. Your beneficiaries will not receive a monthly pension benefit.

The first $50,000 of the ordinary death benefit is paid in the form of group-term life insurance, which is currently exempt from federal income tax. Your beneficiaries will also receive any accumulated contributions.


An ordinary death benefit may be payable to your designated beneficiary, if you’ve earned at least 90 days of service credit since last joining NYSLRS, and your death occurs:

  • While you are on the payroll;
  • While you are on an authorized medical leave of absence without pay;
  • While you are receiving workers’ compensation or other employer-funded benefits (up to two years, with a possible extension for two additional years, following the last date you were paid on the payroll), provided your employment has not been terminated by resignation, employer action, retirement or any other means while receiving those benefits; or
  • Within 12 months of the last date you were:
    • receiving earnings;
    • on an authorized medical leave of absence; or
    • receiving workers’ compensation or other employer-funded benefits;

    provided you were not otherwise gainfully employed or retired during that period.

The Benefit

The benefit will be three times the compensation earned during your last 12 months of service, rounded to the next higher $1,000.


Your family or employer should notify us of your death as soon as possible so we can send the appropriate forms to your beneficiary.