This special 25-year retirement plan, effective January 1, 2008, provides an alternative retirement beneﬁt for county ﬁre marshals, supervising ﬁre marshals, ﬁre marshals, assistant ﬁre marshals, assistant chief ﬁre marshals or chief ﬁre marshals employed by Nassau County. This special plan is brieﬂy described in this brochure. For information about other beneﬁts available to you, please consult your regular plan booklet, available from your employer, our website or our Call Center. Eligibility For Tier 1, 2 or 4 members, coverage is automatic in this plan. Tier 3 members must elect the plan by January 1, 2009, or within one year of entering covered employment. This election is irrevocable and pro- vides Tier 3 members coverage under the Tier 4 beneﬁts of this plan. The Nassau County Executive must certify eligible employees. In addition, employees must serve ﬁve years with the Nassau County Fire Marshal Department after January 1, 2008 before they are eligible to retire with the beneﬁts of this plan. Creditable Service Creditable service includes all service performed as a county ﬁre marshal, supervising county ﬁre marshal, ﬁre marshal, assistant ﬁre marshal, assistant chief ﬁre marshal or chief ﬁre marshal employed by Nassau County. Credit may also be granted for service earned in the following eligible titles: ■ Member or ofﬁcer of the New York State Police; ■ Paid ﬁreﬁghter, police ofﬁcer or ofﬁcer of an organized ﬁre depart- ment or police force of any county, city, village, town, ﬁre district or police district within New York State; ■ Criminal investigator in the ofﬁce of a district attorney; ■ Certain military service. Since it may be necessary for you to purchase or transfer some of this service, please contact us to determine eligibility. Retirement Beneﬁt Sections 89-w and 603(s) of the Retirement and Social Security Law (RSSL) provide a beneﬁt equal to 50 percent of your ﬁnal average salary on completion of 25 years of creditable service, regardless of age. If you are a Tier 1 or 2 ﬁre marshal, you will receive an additional 1.66 percent of your ﬁnal average salary for all service beyond 25 years, including non-ﬁre marshal county service. Disability and Death Beneﬁts Please consult your regular plan booklet for information about disability and death beneﬁts. World Trade Center Presumption If you participated in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or clean up efforts, you should be aware of the beneﬁts provided by the World Trade Center Presumption law. ■ You may be eligible for an accidental disability retirement beneﬁt if you become permanently disabled due to a qualifying condition and unable to perform your job. ■ You may be eligible to reclassify your service or disability retire- ment beneﬁt to an accidental disability retirement beneﬁt if you develop a qualifying condition after you retire. ■ Certain family beneﬁciaries may be eligible to receive an accidental death beneﬁt if you die after retire- ment from a qualifying condition. There are speciﬁc eligibility requirements and ﬁling deadlines that must be met for these beneﬁts. For more information, please read our publication on laws affecting public employees who participated in The World Trade Center Site Rescue, Recovery or Clean up Operations (VO1834), available on our website at www.osc.state.ny.us/retire. For More Information If you have any questions, visit our website at www.osc.state.ny.us/retire, contact our Call Center toll-free at 1-866-805-0990, or 518-474-7736 in the Albany, New York area, fax us at 518-402-4433 or write to us at: New York State and Local Retirement System 110 State Street Albany, NY 12244-0001 You can also make an appoint- ment to meet with an Information Representative at any of our 16 loca- tions throughout the State. A list of these consultation sites is available from your employer, our website or our Call Center. VO1801 (Rev. 1/08) © 2008, New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System Printed on recycled paper This publication provides a general summary of membership beneﬁts, rights and responsibilities, and is not a substitute for any New York State or Federal law. For speciﬁc information about your beneﬁts, please contact us.
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