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State moving to recover money from retiree in pension case

The state comptroller’s office is moving to recover $19,840 from Vito Dagnello, the retired head of Suffolk’s correction officers union, who was working two local government jobs and exceeded the $30,000 he is allowed to collect under state law while taking a state pension, said Tania Lopez, a department spokeswoman.

Dagnello, 57, of Nesconset made more than $39,500 last year, working as a $24,660-a-year aide to Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) and earning $15,000 working as a security guard for the Smithtown School District, according to county Civil Service records.

Under state law, those younger than 65 who are receiving a state pension are limited to earning $30,000 annually from a state or local government agency unless they get a waiver from the state Civil Service Commission.

Dagnello, who retired Jan. 31, 2015, receives a pension of $84,834 a year, and said he was unaware of any problem since he does not pay into the retirement system in the school job.


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