LATHAM, N.Y. — The New York School Bus Contractors Association (NYSBCA) recently presented its Distinguished Service Award to state Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx.
NYSBCA said that the award recognizes commitment to the association’s mission to provide the safest, most reliable, and most cost-effective student transportation possible.
NYSBCA President Bree Allen said that Klein has shown steadfast support for the industry and a passion for safe student transportation.
“Senator Klein is a true champion of student safety, and we are very fortunate to have him as a key ally in the New York State Legislature,” Allen said. “This award is much deserved.”
Klein has been a key advocate for school bus safety bills supported by the NYSBCA, including legislation that would increase the penalties for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus. He is also a supporter of providing a sales tax exemption for school buses and related equipment and items, which NYSBCA said would save taxpayers and school districts money and would strengthen the private pupil transportation industry in New York.
"It’s an honor to receive the New York School Bus Contractors Association’s Distinguished Service Award and to be named their Legislator of the Year,” Klein said. “Safe school transportation will always be a priority, and I look forward to working with NYSBCA and all stakeholders in the upcoming legislative session."
NYSBCA presented the award to Klein at the association’s 2017 convention in Lake George, New York, on Oct. 14.