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New swastika found at Cedarhurst LIRR station

The platform at the Cedarhurst train station on

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

A swastika was discovered etched into a glass panel at the Long Island Rail Road's Cedarhurst station Monday -- just three days after the LIRR replaced the same panel because it had also been vandalized by the anti-Semitic symbol.

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.

"Amazingly, there was an even bigger and bolder swastika," said Jeffrey Leb, 36, an Orthodox Jew and Cedarhurst commuter. "Regardless of who is doing it and regardless of their motivation, it just really brings out the fears in many people that they're not safe."

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.

"Swastikas and other symbols of hate have no place in our community -- and the despicable, cowardly criminals who commit acts such as these must be brought immediately to justice," Kaminsky said.

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

In February 2014, MTA Police arrested Cedarhurst yeshiva student Jonathan Schuster, 18, of Far Rockaway, and charged him with several acts of anti-Semitic vandalism at the station, including scrawling swastikas, dating to December 2012.

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