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Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP)

Schedule | Making a Reservation | Directions to Sites

Many retirees wish they began focusing on financial and retirement planning much earlier in their lives. The truth is: No matter how far along you are in your career, careful financial and retirement planning are critical.

NYSTRS' Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) is designed to help members of all ages prepare for retirement. PREP is structured to allow you to tailor the program to fit your needs. Stay for the entire seminar (see the full agenda) or just the modules below that would be of greatest significance to you:

  • NYSTRS Benefits: Your pension, death benefits, and disability coverage. (8:45-9:45 a.m.)
  • Financial Planning: Tax-deferred investments starting early and catching up later. (10-10:45 a.m.)
  • Social Security: Benefits, eligibility rules, and collecting ASAP or at "normal" retirement age. (10:45-11:15 a.m.)
  • Estate Planning: Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills. (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Retirement—A New Beginning: Planning ahead, staying active and healthy, and relocating. (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Filing for Retirement: Resigning vs. retiring, choosing a retirement date, and benefit payment options. (2:40-3:15 p.m.)
  • Retirement Income: Monthly benefit payments, cost-of-living adjustments, and working in retirement. (3:15-3:30 p.m.)

Watch our PREP video to learn how NYSTRS can PREP you for retirement. You may also print the PREP poster and brochure.

Seminars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. There is no fee to attend and your spouse/companion is welcome to attend, but you must make a reservation in advance. (Note: These seminars are not designed for individual retirement counseling.)

Fall 2014 Schedule

Location

Date(s)

Address

Albany Friday, Nov. 14
Wednesday, Dec. 10
NYSTRS Headquarters
10 Corporate Woods Drive
Albany, NY 12211
Buffalo Thursday, Oct. 30 Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway
Amherst, NY 14221
Buffalo Thursday, Dec. 11 Millennium Airport Hotel
2040 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Canton Saturday, Nov. 1 Best Western University Inn
90 East Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
Fishkill Thursday, Dec. 4 Ramada
542 Route 9
Fishkill, NY 12524
Ithaca Saturday, Oct. 25 Ramada
2310 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
L.I. – Melville Thursday, Nov. 13 Melville Marriott
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
L.I. – Plainview Saturday, Dec. 6 Four Points by Sheraton
333 South Service Road
Plainview, NY 11803
L.I. – Ronkonkoma Friday, Nov. 14
Friday, Dec. 5
Courtyard by Marriott
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Mount Kisco Saturday, Nov. 15 Holiday Inn
1 Holiday Inn Drive
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Owego Friday, Nov. 21 Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center
1100 State Route 17C
Owego, NY 13827
Rochester Friday, Oct. 31 Rochester Marriott Airport Hotel
1890 Ridge Road West
Rochester, NY 14615
Rochester Friday, Dec. 12 Radisson Hotel Airport
175 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Syracuse Saturday, Nov. 22 Holiday Inn
441 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088

 

Directions to PREP Sites | Fall 2014 Schedule Flyer

Future Programs

This chart indicates when the schedules of other seasonal programs will be posted here.

Season

Sessions Held

Schedule Posted

Fall

October December

Mid-September

Winter/Spring

February May

Mid-December

Summer

July August

Mid-May

Making a Reservation

There are two ways to make a reservation:

  1. Online using your MyNYSTRS account. After logging into your account, select the "My Tools" tab and then "Schedule Appointments."
  2. By calling NYSTRS at (800) 348-7298, Ext. 6100 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Please provide your:
    • NYSTRS EmplID or Social Security number;
    • Date of birth; and,
    • Home address and telephone number.

If your spouse/companion is attending and is also a member, please have the above information available for him/her as well.

Please bring your most-recent Benefit Profile to the seminar. For the most up-to-date estimate of your retirement benefits, use our online MyNYSTRS Pension Estimator. This tool allows you to create estimates using various retirement dates.

If you make a reservation and subsequently cannot attend, please cancel by calling the number above or via your MyNYSTRS account so your place can be made available to another member.

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