The new total is just over $194 billion. The report called the decline “slight," even though the drop likely means that employers will need to contribute more to the fund.
Last month, a Pew Charitable Trust study on state pension systems in 2018 said New York’s retirement funds are among the highest in the country, but has a history of fluctuating employer costs.
The study recommended that states should try to pay off pension debt and plan for lower long-term investment returns.
DiNapoli said “volatility and uncertainty will persist” until the pandemic is over. He said a stock market boom before the pandemic and the state’s recovery since has already helped the state recover much of its losses.