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  • 2015 NYS School Bus Safety Competition Winners
    said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bob Pape Not only are they the best of the best they demonstrated what matters most to all of us involved in pupil transportation providers putting student safety first More than 100 drivers took part in the competition Each competed in a specific school bus division from large type C and D buses to smaller type A vans The day began with a written exam on school bus safety and then went throughout the afternoon with driver s testing their skills in a variety of hands on situations from vehicle inspection to loading and unloading students to turning and stopping railroad crossings and more Here are this year s winners in each category Conventional Bus Type C 1st Mitchell Mattison Monticello CSD 2nd Vicki DelVecchio First Student Pine Bush 3rd Cheryl Wyman Monticello CSD 4th Robert Tomassi Chestnut Ridge Transportation Hillburn 5th Joanne Wright Baumann Small Bus Van Type A 1st John Moore Suffolk Transportation 2nd James J Baumer WE Transport 3rd Djymi Aide Chestnut Ridge Transportation Spring Valley 4th Lakisha Thomas Baumann 5th Donna Brown Suffolk Transportation Type D 1st Manuel Beltran Croton Harmon School District 2nd Bill Vivian First Student Rochester 3rd Daniel Farley Quality Bus Service 4th Thor Hendrickson Durham School Services 5th Jose Torres WE Transport Rookie of the year Lakisha Thomas Baumann The drivers who competed are to be commended not just for taking part in the event but for the work they do each and every day in bringing our kids to school safely Pape concluded The winners and drivers who finished near the top set an example for other drivers to follow by raising the bar for safe student transportation The winners can choose to participate in the National School Transportation Association NSTA International School

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news/competitionwinners2015.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Annual School Bus Safety Competition
    for the over one million children we transport to school every day said New York School Bus Contractors Association President Bob Pape This is a day where the best school bus drivers in the state have their daily driving skills put to the test By sharing their knowledge and competing in this event they become even better drivers and that helps make the ride even safer for the children we transport on our school buses More than 100 drivers will take part in the competition Each will compete in a specific school bus division including large type C and D buses to smaller type A vans The day begins with a written exam on school bus safety at 8 15 AM and goes throughout the afternoon with driver s testing their skills with a variety of hands on situations from vehicle inspection to loading and unloading students to turning and stopping railroad crossings and more Not only is the event extremely competitive with a focus on student safety it s an incredible amount of fun for everyone involved said Pape You can be certain that drivers that do well or finish near or at the top of the competition are

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news/safety_competition2015.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Untitled Document
    from school is the single most important thing we do said Robert Pape President of the New York School Bus Contractors Association Operation Safe Stop along with NYAPT and the Governor s Traffic Safety Committee s leadership are critical in helping us provide that safe ride We re proud to assist in this effort to inform the public of the importance in obeying all school bus safety traffic laws along

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news-nysbca-supports-22nd-annual-operation-safe-stop-day.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Untitled Document
    Bus Contractors Association brought its message of Safety Security and Savings to the annual New York Council of School Superintendents Winter Summit Held at the Hilton in Albany March 8 10 the Summit brought together over 500 New York School Superintendents principals and other key school administrators in an educational informational and networking convention The New York School Bus Contractors Association had an informational booth set up in Ballroom A

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  • Untitled Document
    the classroom New York s school bus contractors provide safe reliable pupil transportation services for nearly 60 percent of the 2 3 million children each day We do this with nearly 30 000 school buses School bus contractors currently help reduce pupil transportation costs in New York by more than 200 million dollars each year School Districts like Manhasset on Long Island are saving over 1 million a year money they are putting back into the classroom Over the past few years Governor Cuomo has challenged our school districts to find ways to become more efficient The 2 property tax cap has put tight fiscal restraints on school districts and the Governor s push to freeze property taxes has put further pressure school districts to control spending Even amid the Governor s record funding proposals for education the New York State United Teachers union points out that many of our schools receive fewer tax dollars than they did just six years ago So the question becomes what else can be done to help school districts reduce costs Well we have a simple solution exempt school buses from the state and local sales tax it s a single budget initiative that will help taxpayers and our cash strapped school districts save an estimated 14 million per year Currently the State of New York and our school districts pay as a portion of their transportation contracts the state and local sales tax on the purchase of every school bus used by private operators You heard me correctly the unfortunate reality is that school districts that utilize private school bus contractors currently pay as a portion of their transportation contracts the state and local sales tax The state then reimburses the school district for a portion of the expense while the local property

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news-nysbca-responds-to-governors-budget.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Untitled Document
    every school bus purchased by private operators as a portion of their transportation contracts During his testimony for the New York State Joint Legislative Hearing on the 2015 2016 Executive Budget New York School Bus Contractor Association Vice President Mike Martucci said Removing the sales tax from school buses is a simple cost saving solution that will help reduce the cost of student transportation in New York and allow the state to put that savings where it belongs in our classrooms School districts that utilize private school bus contractors pay as a portion of their transportation contracts the costs associated with the state and local sales tax The state then reimburses the school district for the expense of the transportation contract not paid by school district taxpayers Martucci continued The New York State legislature and Governor exempted private coach buses from the sales tax back in the mid 90 s because of the public and environmental benefits of riding a coach bus it seems logical that school buses which produce direct public and environmental benefits should be exempted from state and local sales taxes especially given the fact that there would be no loss in revenue to the State of New York because the state is currently paying the sales taxes on school buses as part of the transportation contracts Transit buses commercial airplanes ferry boats fishing vessels tractors semi trailers and even race horses are excluded from the sales tax yet school buses are still taxed even though New York s school buses are transporting 2 3 million children a day In addition removal of the sales tax on school buses will not lead to any loss of revenue for the state because the state will no longer have to pay the sales tax via transportation aid School Districts

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  • Untitled Document
    which they serve we couldn t be happier to help out these two outstanding organizations Given the positive impact both play in helping so many of our neighbors it was an easy decision to make The Long Island community was hit especially hard this year with record breaking rains in August causing massive flooding which left many homes and businesses destroyed or badly damaged President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Long Island Theresa Regnante We re thrilled to receive the support from the New York School Bus Contractors Association especially during the holiday season when hundreds of families rely on the assistance Half of the money will go towards our Project Warmth program which helps families the elderly and the disabled heat their homes and the other half to help provide children in underserved school districts with school supplies John Corrado President of Suffolk Transportation and Treasurer of the New York School Bus Contractors Association presented the check to the United Way Presenting the check to the Red Cross was Phil Vallone Past President of the New York School Bus Contractors Association and President of Rolling V Transportation On behalf of the American Red Cross I

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/news-new-york-school-bus-contractors-association-donates-over-5000-dollars.html (2016-04-27)
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  • 2016 NYS School Bus Safety Competition
    Cottage NY 10989 on Saturday May 21st The competition is limited to the first 125 entries received All contractor and school district drivers are welcome as long as all other entrance requirements are met The entrance fee for the competition is 45 00 per driver for NYSBCA members and 55 00 for non members and includes lunch Any cancellations on after May 6th are non refundable All payments must be received prior to or the day of the Competition No exceptions Registration opens at 7 15AM All contestants must report to the registration area to receive his her contestant number and t shirt Orientation and a walk through of the course will begin at 8 00AM followed by a written exam beginning at 8 15AM The field competition will begin promptly at 9 00AM for van drivers and 9 30AM for bus drivers In order to qualify for the field competition each contestant s written exam must be completed prior to the start time above Competition vehicles include large conventional school bus type C transit style bus type D and conventional size van type A Contestants will be given a competition number at registration based on the order in which

    Original URL path: http://www.nysbca.com/2016_safety_competition.html (2016-04-27)
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