- 2:36 pm - Thu, Nov 3, 2011
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The New York State Labor Department has given notice that 981 Long Island Bus workers could be laid off on New Year’s day. The move is a precautionary step in case suburban Nassau County fails in its effort to privatize a bus line that the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority now runs. But the uncertainty is causing concern among the bus service’s work force, and its 100,000 weekday riders.
The NY MTA has been running Long Island Bus for years. But Nassau County balked last year when the authority asked it to pay $26 million dollars more per year for the service, which the NY MTA says would bring Nassau in line with what Suffolk and Westchester counties pay for similar services.
Instead, Nassau County entered into talks with private company Veolia Transportation to take over the line’s operation. No agreement has been reached.