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Nassau County officials said 317 workers had filed papers by late Monday to take early retirement, a move that County Executive Edward Mangano hopes will lower payroll costs.

"These better than expected early retirement numbers allow us to reduce costs, right-size government and provide job opportunities for younger generations," Mangano said in a statement. Actually, not too much better, since aides to Mangano had been predicting that at least 300 workers would take the offer.

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A county spokesman said employees can pull back the retirement papers within 7 days and/or change from the county to a slightly different state incentive with 14 days' notice.