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Newsletters

We have updated the format of the newsletter with a fresh new look. In addition to that, we now have 2 different newsletters, one for our Active members and the other, specifically geared to the interests of our Retiree members. Feel free to check out both editions if you wish to do so, regardless of where you are in your BERS journey. Older editions can be found under Archived newsletters.

Active Member Newsletters

Active Member Fall 2023

  • Roth, Roth, Baby!
  • Understanding how part-time service is calculated
  • Loan repayment
  • A new affordable way to travel
  • Employee incentives
  • 2024 TDA brochure is now available
Newsletter - Active Member Fall 2023

Active Member Summer 2023

  • Include BERS in your vacation plans
  • New MSS features
  • Union contracts ratified
  • Do you have unclaimed funds at BERS?
  • From sunscreen to sunglasses - Keeping yourself safe in the Summer
  • Your legal name
  • Review yout retirement goals
  • The key to success is preparation
  • Security tips to help protect you
  • Come get social with us
Newsletter - Active Member Summer 2023

Active Member Spring 2023

  • Outstanding loans at retirement
  • Retirement on the mind?
  • BERS financial reports issued
  • 5 steps to a healthy retirement
  • So who you gonna call?
  • BERS under the microscope
Newsletter - Active Member Spring 2023

Active Member January 2023

  • Member Self-Service registration is back!
  • Are you saving enough?
  • What is BERS?
  • Most common job titles of BERS members
  • New position, new retirement system?
  • Plan Recap: Chapter 504: 27 Year Age 55 Early Retirement Program (UFT 55/27)
  • New year, new location
  • Want to make an investment change to your 2023 TDA contributions?
  • Come get social with us!
  • Annual statement mailing
  • Member vesting and health benefits eligibility
Newsletter - Active Member January 2023

Active Member Summer 2022

  • Letter from the Executive Director
  • Updates for members and re-employed retirees
  • Keep your beneficiary information up to date
  • Step up your savings
  • Remember to check your pay stubs regularly
  • Silver Stars program
  • Outstanding loans at retirement
  • BERS membership statistics of 6/1/2022
  • 101 BERS investment policy
  • Assigning authority to designate your beneficiaries
  • Connect with us through social media
Newsletter - Active Member Summer 2022

Retiree Member Newsletters

Retiree Member Fall 2023

  • COLA
  • Are you ready to go paperless? Sign up for EFT today!
  • A new affordable way to travel
  • Loan repayment
  • Required Minimum Distribution updates
  • Life Affidavit mailing
  • Let’s be friends
Newsletter - Retiree Member Newsletter Fall 2023

Retiree Member Summer 2023

  • Farmers' Market Food Nutrition Program - Department of Aging NYC
  • New MSS features
  • Do you have unclaimed funds at BERS?
  • Union contracts ratified
  • Affidavit of life
  • Security tips to help protect you
  • Come get social with us
Newsletter - Retiree Member Newsletter Summer 2023

Retiree Member Spring 2023

  • Medicare & BERS!
  • 4 things every retired person should do
  • So who you gonna call?
  • Looking for something to keep you busy?
  • Member Self-Service registration is back!
  • Let's be friends, connect with us
  • BERS Financial Reports issued
  • BERS under the microscope
Newsletter - Retiree Member Newsletter Spring 2023

Retiree Member January 2023

  • BERS pension payroll calendar 2023
  • Are you ready to go paperless? Sign up for EFT today!
  • Keep an eye on your mailbox, important documents are on their way!
  • Understanding the Required Minimum Distribution rules
  • Member Self-Service registration is back!
  • New year, new location
  • Cost-of-Living Adjustments
  • Silver Stars
Newsletter - Retiree Member Newsletter January 2023

Archived Newsletters

BERS WORDS Summer 2021

  • Letter from the Executive Director
  • RMD information
  • Watching from the sidelines
  • Future paths away from city service
  • Retirement on the mind?
  • BERS by the numbers
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Summer 2021

BERS WORDS Spring 2020

  • Letter from the Executive Director
  • Requests for statements, 1099R, award letters, and income verification
  • Retirement during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The CARES Act and you
  • Temporary loan relief for all members
  • How disability cases will be handled during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • An update regarding Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)
  • A notice about your Tax Deferred Annuity investments
  • Update your personal information
  • Death benefits
  • Keep your beneficiaries up to date
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Spring 2020

BERS WORDS Fall 2019

  • 2020 TDA savings limits
  • Returning to work after service retirement
  • News from the Chief Actuary
  • Economic and market comment
  • Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increases for 2020
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Fall 2019

BERS WORDS Fall 2018

  • 2019 TDA brochure is now available
  • Domestic Relations Orders (DROs)
  • Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increases for 2019
  • Required Minimum Distributions
  • BERS account statements
  • Returning to work after service retirement
  • Sign up for your BERS Member Self Service (MSS) account
  • Questions and answers
  • Understanding how part-time service is calculated
  • We want your updates
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Fall 2018

BERS WORDS Spring 2018

  • Pension payment calendar
  • Outstanding loans at retirement
  • Spring is the perfect time to…
  • Updating beneficiary information
  • Holiday schedule
  • BERS financial reports issued
  • Questions and answers
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Spring 2018

BERS WORDS Fall 2017

  • Letter from the Executive Director
  • Disability retirement applications
  • 2018 TDA savings limits
  • How to set up and access your bers online account
  • 2017 Required Minimum Distributions
  • Parking just got easier with the PARKNYC app
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Fall 2017

BERS WORDS Spring 2017

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony held in honor of BERS office renovations
  • Major change for the upcoming june semi-annual member statement of accounts
  • BERS has a new telephone number
  • Retirement season is just around the corner
  • A snapshot of the BERS membership in numbers
  • Transferring your membership to another New York State or New York City retirement system
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Spring 2017

BERS WORDS Winter 2017

  • The BERS office — a work in progress
  • 2016 1099-R forms issued
  • BERS financial reports issued
  • Understanding the different distribution codes for 1099-Rs
  • Questions and answers
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Winter 2017

BERS WORDS Fall 2016

  • Extended deadline for notice of participation in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup operations
  • 2017 TDA savings program
  • New kiosk on the block
  • TDA options at retirement
  • TDA hardship withdrawals
  • BERS is committed to its members
  • Questions and answers
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Fall 2016

BERS WORDS Summer 2016

  • Military service purchase laws revised
  • Benefits of membership
  • Include BERS in your vacation plans
  • Your legal name
  • Understanding pension arrears
  • Pension benefit payment eft and check mailing dates
  • Questions and answers
Newsletter - BERS WORDS Summer 2016