What is RPEA?

The Retired Public Employees Association, RPEA, is a powerful advocate for current and future public service retirees. Founded in 1969, RPEA has approximately 30,000 members, including retirees and pre-retirees from New York State and local governments, school districts, public authorities, and their spouses. We are a not-for-profit entity. As New York’s only public retirement advocacy agency, we work exclusively on behalf of public service retirees and deal entirely with protection and enhancement of your retirement benefits. We do not represent those who are still employed, nor do we have affiliations with political parties or candidates, financially or otherwise. We work for you. As a former public employee, you contributed to a system that you trust will provide both financial and medical benefits in retirement. However, you should not take your benefits for granted. The benefits of public retirees are under scrutiny as all levels of government face serious budgetary issues. Your health insurance, Social Security and Medicare benefits are increasingly at risk.

We work vigorously to protect your future Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and other retirement benefits.

  • RPEA has worked exclusively for public service retirees for nearly 50 years.
  • RPEA is a government watchdog and protects the benefits you have earned.
  • Headquartered in Albany, RPEA is a visible and outspoken presence at the state Capitol.
  • Our staff, mostly government retirees, share the same concerns as you.
  • With 19 chapters in New York, Florida and the Carolinas, our membership is 30,000 strong.

Why Do Retirees Need RPEA?

Many who retire from government move on to other jobs, start new careers, relocate, or are able to pursue their hobbies or other interests. Whatever your situation, the retirement income and benefits you earned are absolutely essential to your economic security. You earned your retirement benefits … we protect them. We are the only association that exists solely to protect retiree benefits.


The mission of the Retired Public Employees Association is to protect, promote, develop and improve the pensions and related income, health benefits and quality of life for all present and future public retirees and their beneficiaries through the following means:

For the preservation of the benefits
and rights of retirees

A reliable and accessible resource to address
retirees’ questions and concerns.

To provide retirees with the knowledge
they need to navigate retirement.

Close monitoring of news, legislation and trends
that impact retirees.