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Nassau Comptroller George Maragos has appointed a Glen Cove Republican activist to be his deputy comptroller for audits and special projects.

Paul Meli, a lawyer and Glen Cove Republican leader, replaces Joy Watson, who was recently appointed to the district court bench. Meli, who starts Thursday, will make the same $130,000-a-year salary that she did, a Maragos spokesman said.

Meli has twice run unsuccessfully against Ralph Suozzi for the job of Glen Cove’s mayor. Meli could not be reached Tuesday.

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Maragos, a Republican running for re-election this fall, said in a press release that Meli brings 32 years of legal experience to his new job. “Paul will strengthen the comptroller’s audit functions, which is critical to controlling costs throughout county government and ensuring that county funds are well spent,” Maragos said.

The release said Meli was senior trial counsel and Long Island managing attorney for the law firm of Cuomo LLC. The firm includes Matthew Cuomo, a cousin of Democratic governor Andrew M. Cuomo.