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Nassau Comptroller George Maragos apparently is looking for lightning to strike twice.

The Great Neck Republican, a wealthy businessman who won his first race for elected office last November, is exploring a challenge against New York’s senior Sen. Charles Schumer this fall and has been meeting with political leaders across the state to test the waters, sources say.

Some Nassau Republicans attempted to dissuade Maragos, saying he should concentrate on being comptroller for now, sources say. But Maragos is forging ahead with Nassau GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello’s reluctant blessing.

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Maragos could not be reached. Mondello said in a statement, “He’s a great guy doing an outstanding job as comptroller and I think he would do a fine job in any position he was to hold.”

Maragos founded SDS Financial Technologies, a financial services firm that has operated in Manhattan for more than 20 years.