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There are 36 Building Departments in Westchester County, New York, Otsego-Delaware-Schoharie-Greene BOCES (Otsego-Northern Catskills) Dr. 2026. Rockland Community College & Rockland BOCES, Nyack, NY 10960. April 9, Friday, Registration Starts. sun, June 30, Wednesday, Registration Ends. sun, July 7, Wednesday, Class Starts.

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Rockland BOCES to save taxpayers $700K by selling programs to NJ schools

A law allowing New York's Boards of Cooperative Educational Services to continue selling their programs and services to out-of-state schools will save Rockland taxpayers about $700,000 during the next academic year, officials said Tuesday.

The authorization permits 37 BOCES statewide to use revenue generated through their programs to help reduce costs and enhance services in their respective districts, according to state Sen. David Carlucci (D-New City) and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern), the legislation's sponsors.

ROCKLAND BOCES-built DeLorean roars off the auction block

ROCKLAND: Big smiles as 22 graduate from BOCES' Jesse J. Kaplan School

Rockland BOCES serves between 35 and 40 Career and Technical Education Center students from New Jersey high schools, who take programs like culinary arts, cyber security, criminal justice, welding, automotive technology and digital design.

Similar instruction doesn't exist in New Jersey, according to Rockland BOCES Chief Operating Officer Mary Jean Marsico.

“As a result, Rockland BOCES has been highly successful in lessening the burden on Rockland County taxpayers by drawing revenue from sources beyond our state border," Marsico said in a statement.

Rockland BOCES also serves New Jersey students in its special education programs and at the Hudson Valley P-TECH school in Piermont.

The profits generated by out-of-state students are reinvested into Rockland BOCES, which serves all eight of the county's public school districts.


ROCKLAND BOCES rooted in the community Adult Education COURSES Fall / Winter 2015.2016

Rockland Boces

Rockland Boces is ranked 1,004th out of 1,339 ranked schools in New York, for total students on lunch assistance.

The percentage of Rockland Boces students on free and reduced lunch assistance (15.1%) is significantly lower than the state average of 48.3%. This may indicate that the area has a lower level of poverty than the state average.

Students at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Families with incomes between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible for reduced price meals. Schools may not charge more than 40¢ for reduced-price lunches, nor more than 30¢ for reduced-price breakfasts. Students from families with incomes at or below 130% of the federal poverty level are eligible for free meals.

For 2014, a family of two needs to make an annual income below $20,449 to be eligible for free meals or below $29,100 for reduced price meals. A family of four needs to make an annual income below $31,005 for free meals or $44,122 for reduced price meals.


Nassau Inter-County Express

NICE logo.svg
NICE 1916 bus runs on N20G on Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY.jpg

A Nassau Inter-County Express eastbound n20G bus at its first stop, Flushing–Main Street

ParentNassau County, New York (fleet ownership)
Commenced operation1973 (MSBA)
January 1, 2012 (NICE)
Ceased operationDecember 31, 2011 (MSBA)
Headquarters700 Commercial Avenue
Garden City, NY
LocaleNassau County, New York
Service areaMost of Nassau County (except for northern Town of Oyster Bay), parts of Queens and Suffolk County
Service typeLocal bus
Routes36 (plus two shuttle routes)
Hubs4 major bus hubs, 33 LIRR stations, and 5 New York City Subway stations
Fleet~ 295 fixed-route, 122 Able Ride
Daily ridership84,969 (weekday 2017)[1]
Fuel typeCNG (fixed-route)
Diesel (Able-Ride)

The Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) is the local bus system serving Nassau County, New York. It also serves parts of western Suffolk County, New York as well as eastern portions of the New York City borough of Queens. It was formerly operated under the name of MTA Long Island Bus, the trading name of the Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority, a division of MTA Regional Bus Operations. In 2011, the owner, Nassau County, decided to outsource the system to a private operator, the French multinational corporation, Veolia Transport (now Transdev), due to a funding dispute with the MTA.[2]


Private companies (pre-1973)[edit]

The MTA began operating Nassau County bus service in 1973 under the name Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority, through the merging of 11 private operators (routes in italics have been discontinued):

  • Bee-Line, Inc. (N1, N4, N6, N2*, N3) and subsidiaries:
    • Rockville Centre Bus (N15, N16, N14, N17*)
    • Utility Lines (N19; extended to Patchogue along current S40 Suffolk Transit route)
    • Stage Coach Lines (N71, N73, N74, and earlier N70): Note: The N70 under Stage Coach was a loop route from Hempstead to Levittown, Bellmore, Wantagh, and back to Hempstead.
      • Mid-Island Transit (N78, N79, N80, N81): This operator was acquired by Stage Coach, which would be acquired by Bee-Line. Also operated by this operator was a route from today's Broadway Mall to Oyster Bay.
  • Schenck Transportation (N20, N21, N22, N23, N24, N25, N26, N27, N45, N51) and previously acquired:
    • Nassau Bus Line (N31, N32, N33)
    • Universal Auto Bus (N57 and N58)
  • Jerusalem Avenue Bus Line (N54, N55, N53)
  • Hempstead Bus Corporation (N35, N36, N37 [merged into N35], N40, N41, N47, N48, N49)
  • Roosevelt Bus Line (N62)
  • Branch Bus Corporation (N69; transferred to Long Beach in 1984)
  • Hendrickson Bus Corporation (N67, discontinued January 1975)

(*) denotes original bus routes that are now community shuttle routes

MTA Long Island Bus[edit]

Former Long Island Bus logo used under MTA ownership from 1998 to 2011.

In the 1980s, the N28, N46, N50 (all discontinued) and N70 (as an N72 branch) were instituted as new routes, with the N20 extended to Hicksville. The 1990s saw the creation of a shuttle around Roosevelt Field (N93, now discontinued), two shuttles designed to take customers from train stations to work sites (the N94 and N95, both discontinued), and a service connecting Nassau County to JFK Airport (the N91, now discontinued), with the 2000s seeing a Merrick shuttle (now discontinued) and the N8 (now discontinued) and N43 routes being created.

In 2007, Long Island Bus averaged over 109,000 weekday riders, many of which include customers connecting to other MTA services in the region. By 2011, the MTA had averaged 101,981 weekday riders by the time of the agency's exit from operating the service.

Privatization and NICE[edit]

Further information: Ed Mangano § Issues with Long Island Bus

In 2010, the future of MTA Long Island Bus became uncertain, as the MTA threatened drastic cuts due to Nassau County's disproportionately small contributions to the operation. For the past decade, the MTA has provided a unique subsidy (of $24 million in 2011 and over $140 million since 2000) to the Nassau County bus system that the other New York City suburban county bus systems have not received.[3] The county's contribution was $9.1 million per year out of a total budget of $133.1 million, and the MTA desired that this contribution increase to $26 million.[3] Critics have noted that Westchester County subsidized its similarly-sized Bee-Line Bus System service by $33 million/year, and that Suffolk subsidizes its substantially smaller Suffolk County Transit system by $24 million/year.[3] The county hoped to reduce its contribution from $9.1 million to $4.1 million by using a private contractor;[4] the planned county contribution was later decreased to $2.5 million/year.[5]

By March 2011, the MTA—citing Nassau's refusal to pay its contracted amount—proposed a set of major service reductions which would have eliminated over half of the routes, with the greatest impact on southeastern Nassau County, eliminating all routes operating south of Hempstead Turnpike and east of the Meadowbrook State Parkway (except for the N71).[6] After reviewing the service cut plans, County Executive Ed Mangano considered severing ties with the MTA and privatizing the Long Island Bus system.[7] A temporary reprieve, via additional state funding, would have sustained service through the end of 2011.[8] However, on April 27, 2011, the MTA voted to cease all bus service in Nassau County after the end of 2011. Mangano then announced that he had retained Veolia Transport to operate the system beginning in 2012 through a public-private partnership pending legislative approval.[9][10] On November 10, 2011, Veolia and Mangano announced that the service was going to be renamed Nassau Inter-County Express (or NICE), upon Veolia's takeover of the system. All buses, including Able-Ride vehicles, would be painted into a new paint scheme to reflect the change.[2] On December 12, 2011, the legislature unanimously approved the Veolia contract, which was subsequently approved by the state-controlled Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on December 22, 2011. Veolia began operations January 1, 2012. This Veolia plan was the subject of heated county public hearings in which Long Island Bus riders and employees criticized the plan.[11][12]

In February 2012, Veolia announced service cuts and adjustments to take effect in April 2012. While there were no route cancellations planned, just over $7 million in cuts to existing routes were planned, with service reductions and route concentrations planned for routes primarily serving northern and eastern Nassau County, beginning in spring 2012, with resources redirected towards busier routes.[5] These cuts ultimately included decreased service on 30 routes, including elimination of weekend service and decreased midday service on seven routes.[13] These cuts were criticized as occurring too soon, only six weeks after starting service.[14] The Long Island Bus Rider's Union, a transit advocacy group, sharply criticized the cuts, claiming that "the announcements of service adjustments on the [NICE bus] website were very unclear", that service to many health care and social service centers was cut, and that "many of the NICE bus service cuts appear to be in low income communities where more people rely on buses to get to work and to access the few available health care centers that serve their needs."[15]

In 2013, the NICE bus system obtained a "windfall" from increased New York State (but not Nassau County) aid of $5 million and $3 million from a fare increase for MetroCard bus riders.[16]

In March 2014, the NICE bus system faced another $3.3 million budget deficit.[16] At that time, the bus system expected "an increase of state aid — its largest revenue stream — of $1.2 million."[16]

On October 31, 2014, the Nassau County legislature adopted a 2015 budget that will increase Nassau County's contribution to NICE bus from $2.6 million to $4.6 million in 2015 and promised not to raise fares outside of MetroCard fare increases (MetroCard is controlled by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority).[17] This new $4.6 million contribution was hailed as a victory for Nassau County bus riders, although it will still leave NICE bus with a $6 million operating deficit.[17][18] However, on December 11, 2014, Nassau County executive Ed Mangano proposed cutting $4 million from Nassau County's NICE bus contribution (in addition to cuts to numerous other Nassau County services) to replace the $30 million that will be lost after the shutdown of Nassau County's controversial school speed zone cameras.[19]

On January 17, 2016, NICE eliminated fifteen routes due to a budget deficit and low ridership and restructured three other routes.[20]

On June 27, 2016, NICE restored service on two routes (n80/81) and restored two others (n14, n17) as shuttles.[21]

On September 6, 2016, NICE restored service on one route (n51) and restored three others (original n2, n62, n73) as shuttles.

In December 2016 NICE announced a $12 million budget shortfall for FY2017 and warned of additional service cuts. These cuts were proposed to the Transit Advisory Committee, but failed to pass. A more severe sets of cuts was passed in February, eliminating ten routes and reducing four more.[22] Many of these routes were the ones restored in 2016. Additional last minute state funding allowed service on three routes to be saved.[23]

In July 2018, a multi-year plan to restructure and improve service on the system was released for public comment. Improvements include a more developed frequency network, restoration of former services, and express buses to Manhattan.[24]


The current fare is $2.75 ($1.35 for seniors and disabled customers) with a MetroCard (including unlimited cards) or coins. Students with ID receive a discount of $0.25 from the base fare. Dollar bills are not accepted on any NICE fixed-route buses. Transfers are available upon request with coins, and are included automatically with MetroCard. The transfers are valid for two hours and can be used on two connecting NICE bus routes; no round-trips nor stopovers. They are also valid on Suffolk County Transit, Long Beach Bus, Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) or MTA New York City Transit, with the following restrictions:

  • Transfers to non-MetroCard buses are with coins only.
  • Transfers to the New York City Subway, or New York City Bus or MTA Bus express service, are available with MetroCard only (express buses require additional fare).
  • Transfers from Suffolk Transit, Huntington Area Rapid Transit (HART) or Long Beach Bus require payment of a $0.25 fare.[25]

The Able-Ride paratransit fare is $3.75, payable in Able-Ride tickets or exact fare.

Bus depots[edit]

The Rockville Centre Bus Depot in September 2012. Note the MTAlogo is painted over.

Nassau Inter-County Express has two operating depots, one each for its fixed route and paratransit operations, as well as an additional depot that was closed in 2017.


Mitchel Field Depot (CNG)[edit]

The Mitchel Field Depot (marked Senator Norman J. Levy Transit Facility on older buses and on the building itself) is located at 700 Commercial Avenue in Uniondale, and is the headquarters and central garage for Nassau Inter-County Express fixed route service. The garage is named after the Mitchel Air Force Base that operated there from 1918 until 1961. All routes are dispatched from this garage. It handles both 60ft articulated buses and 40ft buses.[26]

Stewart Avenue Depot (Able-Ride)[edit]

The Stewart Avenue Depot is located at 947 Stewart Avenue in East Garden City. All Able-Ride Nassau County shared-ride ADA paratransit service is dispatched from this garage.


Rockville Centre Depot (CNG)[edit]

The Rockville Centre Bus Depot is located at 50 Banks Avenue in Rockville Centre.[26] This garage was originally the home of Bee Line, Inc, and was closed in 2017 as part of a cost-cutting move. It is now used as a storage garage for older NICE buses. The future of this Depot is currently unknown at this time.[22]


All fixed-route NICE buses are ADA compliant, CNG-fueled, and semi low-floor. All buses are also equipped with "smart bus" technology from Woodbury-based Clever Devices Ltd., which includes automated onboard route and stop announcements. However, Nassau Inter-County Express has recently hired Clever Devices again to replace its original "smart bus" system in most of the fleet with new on-board units and software that use GPS data to calculate the next stop announcements instead of odometer-based data with the older system. The new system will also provide maintenance with vehicle diagnostics data and provide customers and dispatchers alike with real-time bus location data accessible online (akin to MTA Bus Time).

Active bus fleet[edit]

Fixed-route fleet[edit]

Photo Builder and
model name
Model year Length Numbers
Active units
Roosevelt Av Lippmann Plaza td (2018-05-22) 20.jpgOrion Bus Industries
Orion VII 07.501
Next Generation[27]
2008-2009 40 ft (12 m) 1700-1799
(100 buses)
1719, 1722 , 1728-1729, 1737, 1741, 1753, 1756-1757, 1763-1764, 1766, 1769-1770, 1773, 1776-1777, 1779, 1782, 1784, 1785, 1786-1792, 1795, 1797, 1798
(28 buses)
N16j 1823.jpg2010-2011 1800-1839
(40 buses)
1800-1803, 1805-1839
(39 buses)
Orion 7 1870.jpgOrion Bus Industries
Orion VII 07.501
EPA10 "Third Generation"[28]
2012-2013 1840-1884
(45 buses)
(45 buses)
1956 bike rack n43.jpgNew Flyer
XN40 Xcelsior
2015-2016 1885-1964
(80 buses)
(80 buses)
1969 n88.jpgNew Flyer
XN60 Xcelsior
2016 60 ft (18 m) 1965-1969
(5 buses)
(5 buses)
1972 n40.jpgNew Flyer
XN40 Xcelsior
2019 40 ft (12 m) 1970-1979
(10 buses)
(10 buses)
Xn40 1991.jpg2021 1980-1999
(20 buses)
(20 buses)
2021 Gillig BRT+ 2006.jpgGillig
BRT Plus
(80 buses)
under delivery
(62 buses)

Paratransit fleet[edit]

All NICE Paratransit buses use diesel fuel.

Photo Builder and
model name
Model year Length Numbers
Nassau Inter-County Express ARBOC Spirit of Freedom SOF29 2290.jpgARBOC Specialty Vehicles
Spirit of Mobility
cutaway van
2015-2016 26 ft (7.9 m) 2290-2297
(8 buses)
2366 ford.jpgFord Transit 350 HD minibus 2019 2340-2390
(51 buses)

Future bus fleet[edit]

NICE Bus has awarded New Flyer bus industries with a contract to build six 40-foot battery-electric XE40 buses with an option for 30 additional units. Additionally, 2 further option orders for Gillig Advantage BRT Plus CNGs are expected to be exercised to replace all remaining 2010-2011 Orion VII NG CNGs and (40 units) all 2012-13 Orion VII EPA10 3G CNGs (45 units).[29]


Main article: List of bus routes in Nassau County, New York

NICE runs fixed-route service on 35 routes, plus two shuttles, servicing the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead, and the southern part of Oyster Bay, along with parts of the cities of Long Beach and Glen Cove. Non-shuttle routes are designated "n" for Nassau County, with service provided daily (although not all routes operate 7 days a week), and 24-hour service provided on the n4 Merrick Road and n6 Hempstead Turnpike routes.

NICE routes operating to Jamaica and Flushing, Queens operate closed-door service in Queens (that is, local service is not provided solely for travel within Queens; appropriate MTA bus services must be used instead). There are two exceptions to this: the n24, where one side of Jericho Turnpike/Jamaica Avenue is in New York City, but the other side of the street is in the Town of Hempstead (eastbound drop-off begins at 225th Street, where state maintenance of Jamaica Avenue begins, and westbound pickups occur as far west as 239th Street); and the n31/n32 and n33, which operate open-door in a portion of Far Rockaway where no other bus service is available. In addition, the n33 operates closed-door within the City of Long Beach, where local service is provided by Long Beach Bus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^[1]
  2. ^ abCastillo, Alfonso (November 9, 2011). "LI Bus gets new name, look, operator says". Newsday. Retrieved November 10, 2011.(subscription required)
  3. ^ abcApplebome, Peter (March 27, 2011). "Riders to Lose Buses as Nassau and M.T.A. Battle". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  4. ^"Nassau Bus Riders May Get Reprieve on Service Cuts". The New York Times. April 2, 2011. pp. A17. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  5. ^ ab"Bus Riders' Advocates Oppose Planned Cuts". Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  6. ^Castillo, Alfonso (March 2, 2011). "MTA Long Island bus faces deepest cuts". Newsday. Retrieved April 20, 2011.(subscription required)
  7. ^Castillo, Alfonso (March 16, 2011). "Nassau: Private company to run LI Bus". Newsday. Retrieved March 20, 2011.(subscription required)
  8. ^Maloney, Jennifer (April 1, 2011). "LI Bus saved for 2011 by $8.6M from state". Newsday. Retrieved April 20, 2011.(subscription required)
  9. ^Castillo, Alfonso (April 27, 2011). "MTA vote ends contract to run LI Bus". Newsday. Retrieved April 27, 2011.(subscription required)
  10. ^Castillo, Alfonso (June 10, 2011). "Pick to run LI Bus has D'Amato tie". Newsday. Retrieved June 10, 2011.(subscription required)
  11. ^ALFONSO A. CASTILLO. "Crowd at hearing pans Nassau's LI Bus plan". Newsday. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  12. ^"County hearing gets heated over L.I. Bus - - Nassau County's source for local news, breaking news, sports, entertainment & shopping". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  13. ^Service cuts coming to NICE buses with low ridership.
  14. ^JOYE BROWN. "Too soon for cuts to new Nassau bus system". Newsday. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  15. ^"Long Island Bus Riders' Union". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  16. ^ abcALFONSO A. CASTILLO. "NICE: $3.3M budget gap could spur service cuts". Newsday. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  17. ^ abALFONSO A. CASTILLO. "NICE bus gets $2M bump in 2015 Nassau budget". Newsday. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  18. ^"Long Island Bus Riders' Union". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  19. ^"Nassau Executive Mangano weighs options to replace speed camera revenue". News 12 Long Island. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  20. ^Castillo, Alfonso (January 17, 2016). "NICE cuts 11 bus routes despite rescue bid by Nassau lawmaker". Newsday. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  21. ^Murphy, William (June 24, 2016). "NICE restores four of 11 bus routes it had eliminated". Newsday. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  22. ^ abCastillo, Alfonso (February 16, 2017). "Vote passes to eliminate 10 NICE Bus routes, cut service on 4 others". Newsday. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  23. ^Castillo, Alfonso (March 30, 2017). "Only 3 of 10 NICE bus routes facing cuts may be saved, CEO says". Newsday. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  24. ^"Let's Go! A Multi-Year Transit Vision for Nassau County"(PDF). NICE Bus.
  25. ^ NICE fare policy
  26. ^ abLong Island Bus garages -
  27. ^"MTA Long Island Bus orders Orion VII NG (CNG) buses". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  28. ^Castillo, Alfonso (July 25, 2012). "Nassau buys 45 new buses for NICE fleet". Newsday. Retrieved July 28, 2012.(subscription required)
  29. ^"Procurement". Retrieved May 17, 2021.

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Rockland BOCES School Library System

Rockland BOCES School Library System supports the OPALS resource-sharing, union catalog initiative. Our School Library System provides access and facilitates resource sharing for schools in our learning and teaching communities.

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Rockland BOCES School Library system has also adopted “SEARCH“… an information database management technology that aggregates each school library’s database subscriptions on one page, facilitates single login remote and in-library access, and provides use statistics reports for database used in each school library.

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Rockland BOCES Website

DASA Coordinator for Central Office Rockland BOCES: 

Ana Reluzco ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator At-Large Rockland BOCES: 

Kleo Girandola ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator for Career & Technical Education (CTE):

Kim Bell ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator Liaison for River View High School:

Joyce Mucci ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator for District-Based Programs & Division Office:

Maryclare Farrington ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator for CBI-Tech & High School TASC:

Pam Charles ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator for Tappan Zee High School & District-Based Programs:

Susan Ryan ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator for Jesse J. Kaplan School:

Gianluca DiMuccio ([email protected])

DASA Coordinator for Hilltop School & District-Based Programs:

Christine Ditrano (cditra[email protected])

DASA Coordinator for Hudson Valley P-TECH:

Natasha Shea ([email protected])

*Please check with school administration to confirm that the listed individual is an active coordinator.

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