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STATE OF NEW YORK
To obtain certified copies of registered personal documents, contact New York State
Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower Building, 2nd Floor, Albany,
NY 12237, phone (212) 619-4530.
For the five boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten
Island), contact Vital Records, Department of Health, 125 Worth Street, New York, NY
10013, phone (212) 566-6402.
STATE DEATH BENEFITS
Any death benefits that may be available are administered through the New York State
Retirement System. They administer the payment of Ordinary Death Benefits, Accidental
Death Benefits, and Disability Benefits.
STATE PENSION BENEFITS
The State Retirement System covers its members with two different types of death benefits:
ordinary death benefits and accidental death benefits.
The ordinary death benefit is paid to the designated beneficiary if a member credited with at
least one year of service since last joining the Police and Fire Retirement System dies while
employed in public service, or while on medical leave without pay. The ordinary death
benefit may also be payable when a member dies within one year of leaving public
employment, provided he had not been otherwise gainfully employed during that year.
The accidental death benefit is paid on behalf of members who die as the direct result of an
on-the-job accident, regardless of their length of time in service.
The ordinary death benefit is paid to the beneficiary designated by the member. The first
$50,000 of this benefit is group term life insurance and is exempt from Federal income tax
under present rulings. Ordinary death benefits are paid in a single lump sum payment;
however, the beneficiary of a Tier 1 member may elect to receive the benefit as an annuity.
Tier 1 Ordinary Death Benefits - The regular ordinary death benefit (Section 360 of the
Retirement and Social Security Law) is equal to 1/12th of the member's last year's ea