We’ve been coming to the State Fair and camping out at the Center of Progress Building since 1999. Our information representatives – the same people you meet at our consultation sites – meet with more than 500 members and retirees each day. It’s a great opportunity to stop by and ask any questions you have about retirement or your benefits. One of the most common reasons why members will stop at our booth is to get a benefit projection. The benefit projection gives you an estimate of what your pension benefit could be at retirement.
Our info reps are also available for private one-on-one interviews and consultations. You can also pick up booklets about your retirement plan and membership or take home one of our forms.
Look for Unclaimed Funds at the Great New York State Fair
The Comptroller’s Office of Unclaimed Funds booth is another popular stop at the Center of Progress Building. Every day, the Office of Unclaimed Funds returns one million dollars to those who file claims with them. An unclaimed fund is lost or forgotten money (like from old bank or insurance accounts) that gets turned over to the state. New York State has more than $14 billion in lost money, and the Office of Unclaimed Funds is in charge of giving that money back to the correct owner. So far, the Office of Unclaimed Funds has returned almost $289 million in 2015. Keep an eye out for them opposite the NYSLRS booth – a representative will give you hands on help in searching for your lost money. And make sure you click the Unclaimed Funds link above to use the online search tool.
Almost one million people visit the State Fair every year. We hope to see you there!