Retirement: Getting started

  • For some of us, the "golden" years of retirement are further ahead than others! But we should all know where to go to get answers to retirement questions.

    To retire from Nassau BOCES, please follow the steps below.
    1. Register for a consultation with your retirement system:
    New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS)generally for teachers or administrative certified staff

    There are two ways to book a NYSTRS consultation: by calling 1-800-348-7298, ext. 6100; or by logging on to your MySYSTRS account, selecting "My Tools" and then "Schedule Appointments."

    Bring the following items to your appointment: a photo ID and your most-recent and current salaries by school year.

    If your membership is before June 17, 1971, see the NYSTRS website for additional information.
      New York State Employees' Retirement System (NYSERS)generally for classified or non-certified staff and occupational and physical therapists

    To schedule an appointment, call

    Bring the following items to your appointment: a photo ID, any recent correspondence with the retirement system, and your retirement estimate and/or your most current member Annual Statement.

    Visit the NYSERS website for more information.

    2. Review your contract for retirement benefits and contact Human Resources for a detailed retirement checklist. 

    3. Submit a letter to your supervisor and Human Resources indicating your “resignation for the purposes of retirement.” Your resignation date should be the close of day of your last paid day of work. Note: Your effective date of retirement is the first day you do not work. View sample resignation letter.

    4. File your retirement paperwork with your retirement system.

    For more information, read our Retirement Q&A.