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Buffalo's school bus situation has apparently improved a lot since a summit in October, helped along by some hefty pay raises by First Student.

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School bus service for Buffalo's elementary school kids has gotten a lot better since Superintendent Kriner Cash and the top two officials of First Student met two weeks ago.

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Most drivers have seen someone ignore the flashing red lights on a school bus. Those violators may not escape penalty as easily as before now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law allowing school districts to install cameras on the stop-arms that swing out from the buses.

Perhaps before the end of the school year, those drivers who race around stopped school buses with the lights on will be on candid camera. The chairs of the two State Legislature Transportation committees have agreed on a bill to let school buses be equipped with cameras to monitor driver behavior and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will sign it.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't even signed Buffalo's speed camera bill into law, but city officials have already decided on the 20 speed zones where the cameras will be watching.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is riding a school bus around New York State to highlight his proposal to allow parents or teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students.

State Senator Catharine Young is hoping this is the year the School Bus Camera Safety Act finally passes in Albany.

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New York State Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) wants to use cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.

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Summer vacation is over for thousands of children across the region and the AAA and local law enforcement are reminding motorists that "School's Open, Drive Carefully."