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  • news-ed-hearing-testimony-2016
    more state aid makes one thing perfectly clear the angst surrounding funding for education isn t going away any time soon However there are a couple of state budget initiatives supported by the New York School Bus Contractors Association that would help school districts stabilize their budgets and save some money The first would allow school districts that use school transportation contractors to utilize the Employment Cost Index ECI instead of the Consumer Price Index CPI when renewing their school transportation contracts Since the ECI is a less volatile economic predictor than the CPI it will help school districts level their transportation budgets and allow school bus contractors to better manage the costs associated with the labor intensive realities of school transportation Ensuring school bus drivers and other school transportation employees are compensated fairly benefits everyone because a stable and experienced workforce is essential for overall school bus safety Another legislative solution will eliminate the sales taxes on school buses School districts and the state pay this tax as part of their transportation contracts which makes no sense especially when private coach buses have been exempt from sales tax since the mid 90s These state budget initiatives allow savings to

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news-letter-to-the-editor-buffalo-news.html (2016-04-27)
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  • news-ed-hearing-testimony-2016
    around 3 but today CPI creates serious problems for contract extensions because it has hit zero more times than we can withstand in the last few years It s impossible to run a business honor labor contracts and maintain our fleets with a zero percent increase on an annual basis This year the number is hovering near zero again creating a very difficult situation Our costs continue to increase while the CPI is in a downward trajectory Healthcare costs have skyrocketed over the last decade going up 6 per year on average while the CPI is dropping to near zero The CPI measures the buying habits of people associated with the cost of food housing apparel recreation etc none of which are cost factors in school transportation contracts The CPI is just not an appropriate index for a school transportation company our industry is not based on the cost of food or recreation it is based predominantly on labor 65 of our costs are labor we need an index that factors in labor Quite simply the CPI no longer works for school transportation This year we are proposing the legislature and governor empower school districts to use the Employment Cost Index or ECI instead of the CPI The Employment Cost Index details the cost of labor for businesses in the US economy and like the CPI is prepared by the US Dept of Labor s Bureau of Labor Statistics The failure of the CPI as an economic indicator for the school transportation industry was forecasted by Pace University by in 1998 A study done by Pace University found that using the CPI index for school transportation contract extension caps was economically infeasible and recommended legislative action to reform the practice of capping contract extensions on the CPI It is almost twenty years later and things have only gotten worse The Pace University study predicted our current situation We are beginning to see companies struggle and even file for bankruptcy as one of New York s largest school transportation providers did in 2013 it later went out of business Some companies are using school buses longer than they should and many companies are unable to increase wages or invest in necessary equipment Switching from the Consumer Price Index to the Employment Cost Index for school transportation is the smart thing to do for our school districts labor and school bus operators The New York State legislature is on a 20 year cycle when it comes to improving the law for school transportation services 1976 marked the passage of the current law that allows the CPI to be used for school transportation contract extensions 1996 was the year the legislature and Governor passed the Request for Proposal law allowing schools to use RFP s for school transportation services and here we are today 2016 20 years later and faced with decades of an aging and outdated method for determining contract extension caps 2016 is the year to finally fix this problem It

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news-nysbca-Ed-Hearing-Testimony-2016.html (2016-04-27)
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  • NYSBCA attends NYSSBA convention
    School Boards Association Annual Convention and Education Expo in New York City Held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on October 18 20 the convention brought together hundreds of school board members and school administrators from all over the state for an informational educational and networking expo The New York School Bus Contractors Association had an informational booth set up in the main Metropolitan ballroom Newly elected NYSBCA

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/schoolboards.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Untitled Document
    Funke and John Flanagan An estimated 50 000 motorists illegally pass stopped school buses each school day in New York State and during the student safety initiative Operation Safe Stop Day held last April 16th a reported one thousand tickets were issued to drivers who illegally passed stopped school buses Although drivers ticketed for a first offense currently face up to a 400 fine a 5 point penalty on their drivers license and up to 30 days in jail it s clear that these penalties do not go far enough Senator Funke s Bill S 2978 sponsored in the State Assembly by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski A 7130 increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the first time from a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 400 to a minimum of 400 and a maximum of 750 for a second time from a minimum of 600 and a maximum of 750 to a minimum of 950 and a maximum of 1150 and for a third time within a three year period from a minimum of 750 and a maximum of 1000 to a minimum of 1150 to a maximum of 1500 Funke s Bill also requires that a person who injures someone while passing a school bus be charged with aggravated vehicular assault and if a person is killed in the incident requires a charge of criminally negligent homicide In addition the New York School Bus Contractors Association strongly supports passage of New York Senator John Flanagan s bill S 2147 that would require all school bus drivers to be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing Currently only 10 percent of school bus drivers employed by a motor carrier are subjected to random drug and alcohol testing and drivers of buses that carry less than

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/SBSW.html (2016-04-27)
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  • 2015 NYSBCA Award Winners
    Year Award is also honored with The Roger Weeks Scholarship Award which includes a 1 000 scholarship made to the Contractor of the Year Award winner s school district of choice This year s Contractor of the Year Award went to Neil Strahl President of Pioneer Transportation Strahl has demonstrated exceptional leadership in running one of the highest ranking New York City school bus companies with over 800 daily routes and with his determination and commitment to safe reliable and quality service he has served as an inspiration to his peers throughout the entire pupil transportation industry It is a tremendous honor to receive the 2015 Contractor of the Year Roger Weeks Scholarship Award from the NYSBCA particularly because it is a recognition by my esteemed peers and colleagues in the New York State school bus transportation industry said Neil Strahl President of Pioneer Transportation Corporation When my father Marty Strahl and his partner Sam Zinder founded Pioneer Transportation in 1972 their vision and mission were very clear to operate a quality safe reliable and leading pupil transportation company that our family and New York City could be proud of Over 43 years later our vision is as strong and clear as ever I am very proud of our industry leadership and high standards and our employees and service to the City of New York I thank the NYSBCA for bestowing on me and Pioneer Transportation their highest honor and I know my father and Sam would be very proud The Distinguished Service Award is presented to the person who has demonstrated an unmatched commitment to the Association s mission to provide the safest most reliable and cost effective student transportation possible This year s Distinguished Service Award recipient is New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright from Harlem New York

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/2015awardwinner.html (2016-04-27)
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  • NEWS School Bus Safety Legislation
    50 000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day and during the student safety initiative Operation Safe Stop Day held last April 16th a reported one thousand tickets were issued to drivers who illegally passed stopped school buses Although drivers ticketed for a first offense currently face up to a 400 fine a 5 point penalty on their drivers license and up to 30 days in jail it s still not enough When that many tickets are issued on a single day during an announced traffic safety initiative it s obvious current penalties do not go far enough and we need to do more to keep our children safe said Pape This is why we continue to strongly support passage of student safety legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Rich Funke Children being transported by school buses deserve to know they are safe especially when entering or exiting their bus said Senator Funke The law is clear when you see a school bus s red flashing lights you must stop no matter where on the roadway the bus is Sadly far too many people ignore the law and put our children at risk each and every day My legislation would crack down with stiffer penalties and make lawbreakers think twice before they choose to put our kids in danger Senator Funke s Bill S 2978 sponsored in the State Assembly by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski A 7130 increases the range of fines for passing a school bus for the first time from a minimum of 250 and a maximum of 400 to a minimum of 400 and a maximum of 750 for a second time from a minimum of 600 and a maximum of 750 to a minimum of 950 and a maximum of 1150 and

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news/back-to-school.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Untitled Document
    The New York School Bus Contractors Association hosted the School Bus Safety Demonstration Day in collaboration with Suffolk Region PTA at Suffolk Transportation Service s Safety and Training Center in Bay Shore NY The event helped parents and school officials better understand the safety features on today s modern school bus as well as the safety training procedures and requirements that school bus drivers must undergo before getting behind the wheel of a school bus The event is part of an ongoing statewide safety initiative to educate people about school bus safety Our top priority as private pupil transportation providers is to ensure the safest ride possible to and from school each day for over one million children in New York State said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bob Pape The safety demonstration event brings New York s premier School Bus safety experts together to share their knowledge and skills with parents and school officials from across the region Safety aspects covered included school bus stop arms on board video cameras and student management on and off the bus child check safety procedures and motion detectors school bus evacuation procedures and a drivers physical performance test At the

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news-schoolbus-video.html (2016-04-27)
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  • NYSBCA's Yellow Bus Newsletter
    and or product The article can be up to approximately 900 words one page of the newsletter In some cases not all articles are chosen to be added to this quarter s the Yellow Bus but they may be used for one of our future issues If your article is relevant to now rather than three months from now we will make our best effort to have it included for

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/Yellow%20Bus%20Newsletter.html (2016-04-27)
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