New full-time faculty and staff members at CUNY have 30 days from the effective date of their appointment to choose a retirement program, and the choice is irrevocable. If no choice is filed within 30 days, the law mandates that the member be assigned to the New York Teachers' Retirement System (TRS). For an overview, go to the Pension section of the website. In particular, see the Choosing a Pension.
Part-time faculty and staff members don’t have a similar deadline, but waiting to sign up for pension benefits may mean leaving retirement money on the table. See Part-Time Pension Benefits.
Veteran full-timers: help reach out! Please reach out to your new colleagues, alerting them to deadline and pointing them to relevant information on the website.