Mineola History Society fights to save buildings in danger of being demolished

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Members of the Mineola Historical Society are pushing to save three buildings that are standing in the way of the Long Island Rail Road's third track expansion project.

The Nassau Tower, the brick substation next to it and the South Station House are all in danger of being demolished almost 100 years after they were built.

"Things are coming down one by one in Mineola and we'd like to preserve them," says Thomas Murtha, of the Mineola Historical Society.

Members of the historical society say the buildings are important to Long Island's history and although they support the expansion project, they don't want to see the Nassau Tower completely destroyed.

In a statement to News 12, the LIRR said in part: "These LIRR-owned structures must be removed to improve station access. This will result in better service."

The historical society is hoping to work with the LIRR to designate the buildings as historical places or move the tower, build a replica of the station house and use the substation as a visitor's center.

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