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New York State offers its executive branch employees pre-retirement planning information through both online resources and Directions seminars.

What is a Directions: Pre-Retirement Seminar?

Directions was developed to assist eligible New York State employees in planning for one of the most challenging and exciting periods in life - retirement. New York State offers its executive branch employees pre-retirement planning information through both online resources and Directions seminars. The seminars, designed for employees who are at least 50 years of age and eligible to retire within five years, provide information on planning and the benefits available to state retirees. Due to the great demand, seating is limited and employees may only attend one time in their career.

Directions is sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, with funding from the collective bargaining agreements for Executive Branch employees, and the Office of the State Comptroller.

Here is a sampling of the information and tools that are covered at Directions seminars:
*Provides a better understanding of the benefits available to you as a retiree of New York State
*Helps you understand how retirement may affect your lifestyle
*Develops an awareness of the resources available to retirees
*Helps you understand what is included in comprehensive retirement planning

If you'd like to print a copy of the seminar power point presentations to take with you, click here for:

NYS Deferred Compensation

Social Security Administration N/A

NYS Dept. of Civil Service

NYS Office of the State Comptroller N/A

Interested in attending a seminar? Click here to contact your agency liaison.

Self-Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning for New York State Employees

The Self-Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning is the same manual given to seminar participants, covering 11 content areas important for planning your retirement.

If you are attending the one-hour Retirement Planning Resources Workshop print this pdf version of the Self-Help Guide that includes page numbers.

More Online Tools

The Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide consists of 23 short videos which highlight key information from the seminars. Presentations from our partner agencies include: the Office of the State Comptroller, the NYS Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration.

The Retirement Checklist for New York State Employees can help you in planning for retirement and should be used in conjunction with the Self-Help Guide. Instead of being all-inclusive, this short checklist highlights some of the critical steps you should take.

Retirement Planning Tips is a listing of quick reminders for executive branch state employees. A new tip is added each month.

The Retirement Planning Resources Quick List has a few primary resources including websites and phone numbers to assist executive branch state employees. Numerous additional resources can be found at the end of each chapter in the Self-Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning.

Need NYS Retirement System forms? In chapter 9 of the Self-Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning (above) you will find samples of the following forms: RS 5042 - Supplemental Statement of Services, RS 6030 – Request for Estimate, RS 6037 – Application for Service Retirement, W4P – Federal Tax Withholding (for pension), RS 5127 – Designation of Beneficiary with Contingent Beneficiaries (for active employees, not retirees). To download and print the actual forms, go to the OSC website at:

Written Employee Feedback on the DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars

"Presenters were articulate and knowledgeable. Written material is thorough and user friendly."

"Very impressive, very professionally done. Materials - very good. Speakers - all personable and clear. I wish I had access to this info a number of years ago. I would have attended such a seminar on my own time at my own expense."

"It couldn't have been better. I was very impressed with the patience spent explaining everything to us and answering our questions."

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