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2021 CONVENTION AGENDA

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NYSBCA's 67th Annual Convention | October 15-17, 2021 | TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

A special thank you to our Convention Sponsors. Without your support, this convention would not be possible. Thank you for supporting our 67th Annual Convention that brings our members together to hear industry updates, share knowledge, and network with colleagues.

The sponsorship list is as of 9/16/21. Updates will be made as sponsorships are received. Click Here to become a sponsor and support our Annual Convention.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021

  • VACCINATION/MASK TWA HOTEL POLICY: Vaccination is required by the hotel. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination via an app or the vaccination card. Masks are NOT required at this time.


  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM      REGISTRATION

  • Kick-off convention and registration sponsors: 

    • Goosetown Communications | Audiovisual Underwriting
    • P.A. Post Agency, LLC  | Convention Name Tags
    • Suffolk County Communications Inc. | Media Sponsor
    • Unique Electric Solutions | Convention Printing
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM      NYSBCA BOARD of DIRECTORS MEETING

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM      WELCOME RECEPTION & ENTERTAINMENT (more to come on what kind of entertainment...stay tuned!)

    Sponsored by the Blue Bird Corporation Team: Bird Bus Sales | New York Bus Sales

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021

7:00 AM - 1:00 PM      REGISTRATION

Saturday general, speaker, and beverage sponsors: 

  • All Points Bus Parts | All Day Beverages
  • First Light Safety Products | General Sponsor
  • Gatekeeper Systems | Workshop Speakers
  • GovDeals | General Sponsor
  • Pro-Vision | Workshop Speakers

  • REI | General Sponsorship
  • Safe Fleet/Seon | General Sponsorship
  • SEA Electric | General Sponsorship
  • TranSubro, Inc. | Workshop Speakers
  • Zonar | General Sponsorship

    7:00 AM - 8:15 AM     SET-UP | SUPPLIER SHOUT-OUT TABLE DISPLAY

    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM     BREAKFAST BUFFET

    Breakfast Sponsored by the Thomas Built Buses Distributors, Inc. Team:

    • Nesco Bus & Truck Sales, Inc. | Matthews Buses, Inc.

    ATTENDEES: Please take a moment to engage our Suppliers/Vendors at their table displays during our breaks to learn more about their product or services.  We appreciate their support of the convention.

    8:15 AM – 4:30 PM     SUPPLIER SHOUT-OUT TABLE DISPLAY

    Thank you to all the suppliers/vendors that supported our convention as a sponsor. This gives you an opportunity to network with our contractor members, share your product/services with our group, and hear industry professionals.

    8:30 AM - 8:35 AM     NYSBCA President’s Welcome

    Corey J. Muirhead, President, NYSBCA and Executive Vice President, Logan Bus Company Inc. & Affiliates

    8:35 AM - 8:45 AM     New York State Legislative Updates

    Brad Gerstman, Esq., Partner, Attorney and Lobbyist, Gotham Government Relations and Nicole Epstein, Senior Associate, Gotham Government Relations LLC


    8:45 AM - 9:30 AM     A View from Washington – Issues Impacting Private School Bus Contractors

    PRESENTER: Becky Bentson Weber, NYSTA Lobbyist, Managing Director, Prime Policy Group, Washington, DC

    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   NYSDOT Updates

    PRESENTER: Marc Berger, Director, Passenger Carrier Safety Bureau, NYS Department of Transportation, Albany, NY
    [ NYSDOT will provide updates on all matters pertinent to the school bus industry. ]

    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EV Fleet Infrastructure - Charging Do's and Don'ts

    PRESENTER: Roger M. Slotkin, Senior Advisor, Amply Power, Inc., Mountain View, CA
    [ The world is going E.V.! Be it your car at home, last-mile delivery, public transport, or (of course) Electric School bus fleets. A size-able investment (considerably more than ICE ) the success of which will be determined to a great extent by sharp reductions in maintenance and downtime, significantly lower cost of "fuel," inherent advantages to the health and welfare of our students, drivers, and staff as well as our community. One of the most costly line items in this paradigm shift to electric is the cost of electric charging itself! The key to success in controlling this significant expense is the how what and where of when you charge. This session will delve into the reality of utility costs for electricity, the peaks and valleys of the cost of electricity, the science behind E.V. charge optimization, and proven methods and technologies to ensure a complete state of charge - minimized costs and maximum battery life. ]


    10:30 AM                    TABLE DISPLAYS & COFFEE BREAK

    Coffee break sponsored by: Trans Tech

    ATTENDEES: Please take a moment to engage our Suppliers/Vendors at their table displays during our breaks to learn more about their product or services.  We appreciate their support of the convention.

    10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements and Updates

    PRESENTER: Brian Temperine, Division Administrator New York, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) *invited (Please note a representative from FMCSA will present if Mr. Temperine cannot attend.)
    [ The federally mandated Entry Level Driver Training requirements are scheduled to go into effect in February of 2022.  Hear updates and what you need to know. ]


    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Student Ridership - Preventing the Lost Child and Critical Ridership Reporting

    PRESENTER: Andy Gall, Account Manager, Synovia Solutions subsidiary of CalAmp, Indianapolis, IN
    [ We will discuss how providing your drivers with information to make educated decisions to ensure pupil transportation follows the plan.  Ridership Verification alerts the driver when the passenger action is outside the plan, allowing the driver to respond before a crisis.  We will then review critical reporting tools to analyze ridership data.  This information is used to help plan better routes, file for Medicate reimbursement, and quickly respond to contact tracing requests. ]

    11:15 AM - 11:30 AM School Transportation's Role in Combating Human Trafficking

    PRESENTER: Lexi Higgins, BOTL Program Specialist, Truckers Against Trafficking, Englewood, CO
    [ Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) is on a mission to train every member of the school transportation industry to combat human trafficking in their everyday job. Learn more about the issue of child sex trafficking and why schools and school transportation can be important partners in preventing and interrupting this crime. Additionally, explore the free, industry-specific training materials available through BOTL and understand BOTL's recommendations for how to best empower your drivers and staff on this issue. ]


    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Breaking Up is Hard to Do

    PRESENTER: Richard​ Landau, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C., White Plains, NY
    [ Or so goes the song.  The same is true when your organization has decided to end the work relationship with an employee.  Nothing results in more litigation - - EEOC claims/NYSDHR charges/Grievances and Arbitrations - - than the termination process.  This presentation will focus on how your company can best take an employee through the delicate process of being told that it is time to part ways, and avoid some grievous errors, to help prevent a contentious or litigious departure. ]

    1:00 PM – 1:15 PM     NYSBCA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    ATTENDEES: Please take a moment to engage our Suppliers/Vendors at their table displays during our breaks to learn more about their product or services.  We appreciate their support of the convention.

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   WORKING LUNCH & FIVE MINUTES of FAME

    Lunch Sponsored by the Thomas Built Buses Distributors, Inc. Team:

    • Matthews Buses, Inc. | Nesco Bus & Truck Sales, Inc.,

    Hear from the following companies* and find out more about their products:

    • AMPLY Power
    • Gatekeeper Systems
    • Goosetown Communications
    • Pro-Vision
    • Unique Electric Solutions
    • Bird Bus Sales
    • Leonard Bus Sales
    • Matthews Buses, Inc.
    • Nesco Bus & Truck Sales, Inc.
    • New York Bus Sales
    • Truck King International

    *Companies as of 9/16/21. An updated list will be provided.


    1:15 PM – 4:15 PM     GENERAL SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS


    1:15 PM - 1:45 PM      VW Settlement - Electric School Bus Incentives

    PRESENTER: James Symon P.E., Heavy Duty Vehicle Section Chief, NYSDEC, Albany, NY
    [ NYSDEC will give an update on electric school bus incentive funding sourced from the V.W. Settlement and made available through the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP). ]

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM      Clean School Bus Funding through NYTVIP

    PRESENTER: Benjamin Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART, Brooklyn, NY
    [ The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP), administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), makes it easier for fleets to adopt clean vehicles while removing the oldest, dirtiest diesel engines from New York roads. NYTVIP provides vouchers, or point-of-sale discounts, to help bus fleets across New York State purchase or lease all-electric or alternative-fuel buses and scrap a similar older diesel bus. This session will provide information on the amounts of funding that are available for school buses through NYTVIP, eligible school bus models, how to determine if you qualify for funding, and how to apply for funding through the program. ]

    2:15 PM - 2:45 PM      School Bus Transportation Security Initiatives

    PRESENTERS: Lawrence King, Supervisory Inspector, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration, Jamaica, NY and Lesley Walters, Field Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration, Jamaica, NY
    [ The Transportation Security Administration's Surface Transportation Security Program seeks to enhance school bus transportation security by partnering with companies to strengthen security postures.  This presentation will provide an overview of several non-regulatory initiatives that are available free of charge. ]

    2:45 PM                       TABLE DISPLAYS & COFFEE BREAK

    Coffee break sponsored by: AMPLY Power

    *ATTENDEES: Please take a moment to engage our Suppliers/Vendors at their table displays during our breaks to learn more about their product or services.  We appreciate their support of the convention.


      3:00 PM - 3:30 PM      19-A Updates / The 19-A Electronic Record Review Process

      PRESENTER: Tracey Wheaton, Motor Vehicle Program Manager, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Albany, NY and Kenneth Degnan, Upstate T&I Coordinator, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Albany NY
      [ DMV will give you the most up to date information regarding 19-A changes, State and Federal legislation (including ELDT) as well as run through the Electronic Record Review process to make sure you have all the information you need to secure an acceptable review. ]

      3:30 PM - 4:00 PM      State Education Department - Transportation Update

      PRESENTER: Paul Overbaugh, Director of Pupil Transportation, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY
      [ Join us for the last session of the day to hear important updates on the creation of SED's computer program, including contracts, transportation aided items/services, and driver, monitor, and attendant files.  Learn about the new PTU website and hear about the new Master Instructor course beginning in February 2022 and ending in February 2023. Lastly, Mr. Overbaugh will bring you up-to-date on the state’s Pupil Transportation Unit. ]

      4:00 PM - 4:15 PM      Commissioner's Advisory Committee Update

      PRESENTERS: Paul Overbaugh, Director of Pupil Transportation, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY and Paul Mori, Senior Manager, Huntington Coach, Huntington Station, NY
      [ The new physical performance test video will be shown, and an informative update will be provided by the two Pauls' who may even provide some comedic relief or at least leave you with a smile? ]

      6:30 PM - 8:30 PM      ANNUAL AWARDS RECEPTION & DINNER

      Awards Dinner Sponsored by the I.C. Bus Team:

      • Leonard Bus Sales | Truck King International

      CLICK HERE to nominate someone deserving to be recognized at our Awards Dinner.

      New York School Bus Contractors Association Award

      > DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD


      Heart of the Industry Awards

      > DRIVER OF THE YEAR

      > OFF-ROAD EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR


      Roger Weeks Scholarship Award

      > NEW YORK'S CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD


      8:30 PM      ADJOURNMENT

      SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021

      DEPARTURE – Safe travels home!

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