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$5,000 reward offered in latest swastika vandalism at LIRR's Cedarhurst station

The platform at the Cedarhurst train station on

The platform at the Cedarhurst train station on Jan. 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

In response to a second swastika being etched into a glass panel at the Long Island Rail Road's Cedarhurst station, Nassau County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

The new swastika was discovered Monday -- just three days after the LIRR replaced the same glass panel because it had also been vandalized by the anti-Semitic symbol.

In a Wednesday news release, Crime Stoppers asked anyone who can identify the person or people involved, or who can share other information, to call 800-244-8477. Alternatively, people can call Metropolitan Transportation Authority police detectives at 516-222-6501.

"Residents do not have to reveal their identity to help solve this crime," the release said.

"While the MTA Police have full jurisdiction over crimes that occur on Long Island Rail Road platforms, the Nassau County Police Department has offered assistance as it is alarming that Cedarhurst residents have been subjected to several hateful symbols on MTA properties," said County Executive Edward Mangano in a statement.

Nassau police, looking to partner with MTA officers, are making resources available that include "increased marked cars; uniformed officers; plainclothes detectives; and remotely monitored video surveillance cameras on station platforms," the release said.

Commuters Monday found the swastika etched into a clear wall of an enclosed shelter on the westbound platform of the station, located in a neighborhood with a large Orthodox Jewish population.

The LIRR had just replaced the glass pane Friday, after removing it on Jan. 2 because another swastika had been scratched into it. An arrest was made in that case.

Railroad spokesman Salvatore Arena said that, "as always, the LIRR moved quickly on both occasions to remove the offensive material" and that MTA police are investigating both incidents.

Monday, Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) repeated his call for the LIRR to install security cameras at the station to catch vandals in the act.

Arena said the LIRR will conduct a "security assessment" at Cedarhurst to determine what measures are warranted.

With Alfonso A. Castillo


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