School bus drivers help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

by Amicia Ramsey

People affected by Hurricane Harvey are still in need. An 18 wheeler truck with a trail full of supplies is on its way now from Clovis to South Texas. Fox 26 your hometown news connection caught up with the truck just before it pulled off Wednesday.

School bus drivers from Clovis Unified School District filled the truck with donations they collected from people throughout the Central Valley. This truck is loaded with everything from baby wipes, diapers, blankets, clothes, cases of water bottles, cooking and pet supplies plus many other items. Bus driver, Ms. Cathy helped organized the pickup and drop off. Ms. Cathy said that the people there lost everything and it took the combined effort of many people to make the truck donation possible. Read More

WATCH: Geneseo PD issues reminder about not passing stopped school buses


Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian is reminding motorists that passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights is a serious offense.

The reminders comes after Osganian, while following a school bus on Lima Road on Tuesday morning, witnessed a violation.

Geneseo School Bus 125 was stopped and accepting passengers when a white Hyundai passed the bus. The driver was stopped and issued a citation for passing the school bus.

“Since school has started last Wednesday, we have taken four reports of vehicles passing school buses,” Osganian said in an email.

The penalty for the traffic violation could include a fine of $250 to $400 and even up to 30 days in jail. Read More




As our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the recent Hurricane Irma and Georgia prepares for its arrival, Blue Bird has contacted us with the following:

Due to upcoming inclement weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irma, all activities for Fort Valley and Macon have been suspended for Monday,September11,2017. Thisappliestoallemployees,both hourly and salaried, located at the main facility, Blue Bird South, Blue Bird West and Macon warehouse.

At this point, we are expecting to resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. We will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide additional updates if necessary.

OUR VIEW: School bus safety rules for all of us

National School Bus Safety Week is planned this year for October 16-20. But we shouldn’t wait.

Let’s start now.

The purpose of National School Bus Safety Week is to get parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and others to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. That shouldn’t be a one-week effort.

Since school resumes Thursday, the safety campaign should begin immediately.

Most drivers know - or should know - that it is illegal to pass a a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing. Flashing red lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.

A school bus preparing to stop will signal so by flashing yellow lights. Motorists may pass at this point, but should do so with extreme caution. In most all cases, the red lights will soon follow.

The law applies on all roadways in New York state, and what many might not know is that that you must stop even if the bus is on the opposite side of a divided highway. New York is one of the only states in the nation where it is illegal for drivers to pass a school bus stopped across a divided road. Read More

As school year nears, a reminder to drive safely


Students head back to Livingston County this week and the Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to do its part to make sure everyone gets to and from school safely.

“As you drive around town, remember, if it has the word school in front of it, you should slow down pay extra attention to it: school zones, school buses, school bus stops and schools kids,” Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said in a statement.

Sheriff’s deputies will be out this week closely monitoring schools and school buses, Dougherty said.

AAA on Tuesday will launch a “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign that aims to help reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

The campaign will encourage public support to help ensure the safety of children traveling to and from school. Read More

School’s Open, Drive Carefully

School’s Open, Drive Carefully
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
10:30 a.m. Press Conference
AAA Penfield
2156 Penfield Road
Penfield, NY 14526
Run of Show:  Note: topics are suggestions – please feel free to share the messages that you most comfortable with.
Elizabeth Carey – AAA PR Director – Welcome and introduce AAA President Tony Spada
Tony Spada – AAA President – Opening Remarks and introduce Senator Robach
Senator Joseph Robach – NYS Senate - addresses the media (topic: protecting young students and anti-cell phone use behind the wheel) and introduces NYS Police Trooper O’Donnell             
Trooper Mark O’Donnell  – NYSP – addresses the media (topic: obeying lights on school buses) and introduces Monroe County Sheriff O’Flynn
Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn – Monroe County Sheriff – addresses the media (topic: fines/penalties for passing a school bus) and introduces County Executive Dinolfo
County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo address the media (topic: touch on school zone safety, pedestrian safety) and introduces DA Doorley
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley addresses the media (topic: violations, prosecution and driver responsibility) and introduces Bill Harvey
Bill Harvey - Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors group - Director of Transportation and Security – addresses the media (topic: bus drivers and crossing guards) and returns the podium to Elizabeth Carey who thanks everyone for taking part including Penfield bus driver who is providing a bus as a visual aid.
ü  Q&A from the media
ü  Photo opportunities with safety patrol, bus, bumper stickers
ü  Individual media interviews
I’m also attaching a press release and media alert so you can familiarize yourself with the School’s Open, Drive Carefully campaign. Feel free to share with the media from your offices or craft additional news releases. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks again for your support. I look forward to seeing you Tuesday!
Elizabeth Carey
Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications
AAA Western and Central New York
716.929.3600 (desk)
716.343.3078 (cell)
716.633.4439 (fax)

Employee Appreciation Picnic


New York Bus Sales will be holding our annual “Employee Appreciation” picnic at our Main Facility in Chittenango on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

We will be closing our Rochester, Ravena and Middletown shops for that day so those employees will have time to travel to Chittenango.

To avoid any inconvenience to our customers, calls to those shops will be directed to our main facility in Chittenango for that day and will resume normally Thursday morning.

Thank You!