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Concerns rise over state’s electric bus mandate: Finger Lakes school, elected officials say they have issues

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Concerns are growing over New York’s mandate that all buses purchased by 2027 must be zero-emission. While some districts are transitioning, others are struggling with the change.

Gananda Central School District did not include electric buses in their recent budget. Superintendent Shawn Van Scoy highlighted the high cost, saying, “EV buses cost over $400,000, and we don’t qualify for prioritized grants.”


State Sen. Jeremy Cooney emphasizes the importance of meeting climate goals, while Sen. Pamela Helming calls the mandate’s timeline unrealistic and costly. NYSERDA offers support to districts through the New York Bus Incentive Program, providing $500 million to reduce upfront costs for EV buses and infrastructure.