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DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Seminar. What is it?

Provides information on planning and the benefits available to state retirees
DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Seminar. What is it?

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 and the Office of the State Comptroller, with funding provided by the collective bargaining agreements between the State of New York and the public employee unions: CSEA, PEF, UUP, NYSCOPBA, GSEU, Council 82, and DC-37. The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations contributes on behalf of management/confidential employees.

The following is a sampling of the information and tools that are covered at DIRECTIONS seminars to provide a better understanding and awareness of:

  • The benefits available to you with regard to your pension, health insurance, social security, and the Deferred Compensation Program.
  • How retirement may affect your lifestyle
  • The resources available to retirees
  • What is included in comprehensive retirement planning