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Massapequa School District Hires Lawyer in Bus Company Bankruptcy

Atlantic Express reportedly set to close by end of the year.

Atlantic Express Bus File Photo
Atlantic Express Bus File Photo
The Massapequa School District has  hired a lawyer to contend with the bankruptcy of their school bus provider, a school spokeswoman said.

The district voted Klestadt & Winters, LLP,a New York City based firm to represent their interest in the Bankruptcy of Atlantic Express Transportation Corp.

Atlantic Express, a Staten Island based company, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last month and had threatened to cease operations if they couldn't come to a contract agreement with their employees.

The union representing the company's employees voted against the contract offer last week and a spokeswoman for Atlantic Express told the Staten Island Advance that they will start to ell all of their assets.

The company had previously sent a letter to employees stating that they will shut down on December 31, according to the Advance.

Klestadt & Winters is a firm that specializes in creditor's rights in bankruptcy cases, according to the firm's website.
Bob December 10, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Gotta love those unions.
robert harison December 10, 2013 at 08:35 AM
This was always a lowlife company.hope gone for good.and as for union's they are in it just for themselfs not the workers .
Cosmo December 10, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Why did we need to hire a lawyer? Did we prepay for the year? We need to hire a new company, but why are we a creditor?
Sammy Dee December 11, 2013 at 09:54 AM
To all you haters: If you didn't see the offered contract and know the games this company had been playing with the workers then you have no business in commenting negatively towards the workers... First of all AE offered a one sided contract with zero room for compromise, if it were only a pay deduction that would have been tolerable but unfortunately this company wanted all and more-- they were not only slashing wages, benefits, vacation etc... But they even stipulated in this offered contract that by signing it the workers would be releasing the company of all liability of the back pay they are owed and which a court recently ordered the company to repay the workers... And the fact that the company didn't come back with a counter offer only confirms what everyone suspected, that the company was going to go out of business REGARDLESS but they wanted the workers to sign this contract so it would make it easier for them to liquidate their assets and make it more desirable for other companies to bid on their routes at auction without the responsibility of having to reimburse this debt... So get informed and then comment... Ignorance is NOT bliss... You really think that it was the desire of the workers to close down this company with no reason when they have their own families to feed?! If the majority didn't accept this contract it's because they knew it was a lost case any way they voted...
robert harison December 11, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Sammy read befor you react.I said the company was no good and always was not the workers.
Linda Connors December 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM
The issue with the City drivers is totally different than the Long Island drivers, we have no issue, other than who will be our new boss. :)
Linda Connors December 12, 2013 at 05:04 PM
and now we know:):):):)
Jason December 14, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Being a AE Courtesy Bus driver we soon will find out (Monday) I Linda is privy please let us know?
Jason December 14, 2013 at 01:37 PM
They always mention labor costs per say.......... Might I remind everyone here on LI we Atlantic Express school bus drivers do not have sick days or personal days, are only off when the school are closed and only paid when they are open. We get 11 paid holidays and do not get paid for the numerous half days, Jewish holidays,snow days etc. To blame this debacle on the workers is a insult and a travesty. Might I remind everyone that the superintendents make upwards of 500k plus generous pensions and perks as does the entire Board of Education workers. Those contractors such as lunchroom aides and school bus drivers etc get the spoils. (leftovers) Note that this, as well as much budget breaking issues leave the school kids to suffer as well as put thousands out of work. The only winners year after year are the Board of Education at the expense of the students. If anyone noticed we are not graduating rocket scientists in the past 20 years, scholastically going from #1 to #14 in math and sciences and further down the ladder to # 28 in academics overall.
Linda Connors December 14, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Jason, I am not sure who is taking over Courtesy,( I have heard a rumor about courtesy ), I just know for sure about my yard and one other and I am pleased and happy to still have a job, good luck to all in the Long Island yards and I hope for us all to have a job :)
Jason December 15, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Thanks Linda, Glad you guys are happy and don't suffer any pay losses. Good Luck and Happy Holidays ;)
Linda Connors December 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
@ Jason ,http://www.nasdaq.com/article/atlantic-express-receives-three-more-sale-approvals-20131218-00716

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