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Founded in 1965, Leonard Bus Sales is a third generation family-owned company and recognized leader in the distribution and support of quality, environmentally-friendly school buses.  Our commitment to passenger safety and determination to give our customers the best is what drives us to provide industry-leading buses and award-winning customer support.  Striving to give our customers the best support in the industry is no easy task; it takes a team of professionals committed to excellence who are willing to go above and beyond. 

Leonard Bus Sales gives you the confidence that comes with a family tradition built on decades of award-winning customer support. Confidence comes from our complete line of environmentally-friendly, fully integrated IC Bus™ brand school buses and Trans Tech’s durable, innovative Type-A school bus designs.  Confidence comes from the Leonard Bus Sales “one-stop-shop” customer and vehicle support, cost-saving fleet management services, and our ability to provide service and parts for every make and model bus.  Drive with confidence knowing Leonard Bus Sales will be with you every step of the way.

Earning and maintaining your trust means giving you the best customer support in the industry. At Leonard Bus Sales that is a responsibility we fully embrace.


The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) is New York’s premier provider of property and casualty insurance for school districts and BOCES. Our insurance programs are custom- built and designed specifically for K–12 schools and BOCES across New York State. NYSIR is a fully licensed not-for-profit insurance company that treats its subscribers like family. These subscribers get five key benefits:

  • Stable coverage and pricing
  • Long-term cost containment
  • Services and claims coverage that is proactive and partnership-based
  • An unwavering focus on managing and reducing risks
  • An excellent financial record documented by consistently strong ratings


Commitment to quality, service and value.

Founded in 1967 by Robert and Justine Matthews, the company has four locations throughout New York State - Ballston Spa, Dansville, Poughkeepsie, and Syracuse.   

Our success has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of our employees.  As we surpass 50 years in business, we have renewed our commitment to being a leader in the school bus and commercial transportation industry.  Our continued success comes from our simple core value, handed down from Robert Matthews, and infused in all that we do at Matthews. Matthews Buses has grown through our commitment to quality, service, and value.


Our Company

In 1987 Nesco Bus Maintenance was formed to bridge the gap between school bus dealers, existing fleets, and the ever changing vehicle equipment needs.

I began my career in the school bus industry with A.R.A over forty-five years ago. My Director of Maintenance positions escalated from serving a mid-size family operated school bus company to serving the third largest fleet in the United States.

Our many years of experience will offer a fresh evaluation of your current and future needs

Nestor Zaragoza



Blue Bird buses have led the transportation industry for over 80 years with their hallmark safety, comfort, and design innovation.

New York Bus Sales is a full-service dealership, offering expert technical support for all of the buses we sell. We have been specializing in quality customer service since 1950—if you have a transportation need, we have your solution.

In 2014, Blue Bird recognized New York Bus Sales for leadership in alternative fuel buses. Please see our propane autogas buses, available in the Vision and Micro Bird models for school and commercial use.

The mission statement of New York Bus Sales is to provide safe, dependable transportation vehicles for our customers with courteous and professional service to meet their needs. Understanding our customer's objectives is what guides us toward providing practical and economical solutions to their problems.


First Light Safety Products is a leading manufacturer in safety equipment for the school bus and transportation industry, specializing in LED technology.

Our innovative, patent-pending illumination technology makes commuting safer by enabling the school bus to be seen at greater distances, multiple angles, all times of the day, and in dangerous weather conditions; resulting in improved motorist recognition and awareness of the school bus.



Our passion is empowering our clients.

From financial management and property taxes to courts and education, we create, deliver and support software solutions and services that make it easier for local governments and schools to manage their complex, day-to-day business functions. We have a unique vantage point due to our singular focus on serving the public sector with a broad product portfolio.

From the courtroom to the classroom, Tyler’s products serve as the backbone for core business functions in the public sector. We are dedicated to helping our local government and school clients streamline the many aspects of their financial management, court case, property tax, public safety, citizen services, public records and education systems.

However, our commitment goes well beyond delivering solutions that work for our public sector clients. It’s about consistently delivering value for employees and shareholders as well.

Our deep industry knowledge comes from our staff — many of whom held public sector positions prior to joining Tyler. They understand what clients want and need to operate more efficiently because they’ve been there. They transfer their subject matter expertise to new employees who in turn become experts themselves, eventually passing it along to others.

With this knowledge and experience — along with focused innovation and an earnest commitment to our clients — we are positioned better than anyone to anticipate and address the changing technology needs of the public sector.


Bird Bus Sales & Service is the full service dealer of Blue Bird products in lower New York. We cater to all transportation needs of school districts, government agencies, bus contractors and much more. Parts, sales, and service; Bird Bus is the name you can TRUST. We know that you have high expectations, and as a dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards every time!”

Factory Direct Bus Sales was founded in order to meet the needs of local bus contractors, school districts, charter, limousine and para-transit companies, hotel shuttles, park and rides, church buses and more. We are a national dealer who has been serving the New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester county areas for 18 years. We deliver a reduced cost of control and friendly support with our buses that blows our competitors away!  Factory Direct Bus Sales was founded in 1997 to sell, service, and supply parts for bus contractors locally and nationally. At Factory Direct Bus Sales we value each of our customers and treat their needs with the utmost concern.


Transfinder Corporation was founded in 1988. Based in Schenectady, New York, the birthplace of innovation, Transfinder is a leader in logistics software, providing intelligent solutions to schools, municipalities and adult care facilities.

Transfinder develops routing, scheduling and fleet maintenance solutions for optimal transportation logistics.


To provide superior value for our clients by delivering faster, safer and smarter solutions. Transfinder has built the safest, most efficient transportation management and communication solutions designed for school districts and municipal governments and their stakeholders. Transfinder combines its superior solutions with its award-winning service, establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with every client that is built upon respect, confidence, integrity and mutual trust.


Used extensively by more than 2,000 school districts and municipalities in 47 states, Transfinder is the industry leader in several states, including Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Mississippi, New York, and Texas. The company also holds approved vendor status in Idaho and Illinois.

Recognized as one of the easiest and most intuitive tools for transportation routing, scheduling, planning and communications, Transfinder’s solutions enable school districts to provide:

Safe, efficient, and cost-effective student transportation;

Seamless GPS integration;

School Bus Routing;

Comprehensive field trip management;

Districtwide communications;

School Bus Camera integration; and

Online outreach to parents and the community.


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With over 150 combined years of experience and service, the Auto-jet team is committed to responsiveness and consistency. Count on Auto-jet's knowledgeable staff to meet your specifications, on time and on budget.

  • Single source for exhaust, radiators, DPFs, EGRs, fuel tanks and more
  • 30,000+ parts in stock
  • Same-day shipping on most exhaust parts
  • Custom bending and fabrication
  • All makes and models, dating back to 1970
  • Factory-direct pricing – no middle man
  • Direct-dial for hassle-free service
  • Product sold in all 50 states
  • All steel made in America
  • State-of-the-art mandrel school bus exhaust tube benders

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