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Retiring from Nassau County government can be a very good thing.

Of the state’s 100 largest annual pensions, 26 are paid to retired Nassau employees – the most money paid to Long Islanders being Robert M. Newbert’s $176,550, according to the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

Empire’s searchable database includes 342,543 retirees.

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One can find retired state legislators like Suffolk Legis. Tom Barraga (R-West Islip), whose pension is $49,047, and former governors Mario Cuomo ($54,962) and George Pataki ($101,200).

Only the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with 27 people, has more pensioners on the top-100 list than Nassau. Suffolk County has four.

For the database click here.