Bus company moving to Plainview gets tax breaks

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A seller of school buses wants to consolidate its Long Island and Westchester operations in Plainview, bringing 37 jobs to the Island, officials said this week.

J.P. Bus & Truck Repair Ltd. plans to purchase a 13,000-square-foot building and land at 155 Terminal Dr. that once was used for automobile auctions.

The $2.4-million project will bring under one roof operations that are now split between Port Washington and the Westchester County community of Elmsford.

J.P., which does business as Bird Bus Sales, primarily sells and services school buses, according to chief executive Robert Reichenbach, a Manhasset resident.

The Plainview location, he said, would allow customers to buy parts and have buses repaired "without having to cross a bridge." Ninety percent of his sales are to school districts in New York City and in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency voted Wednesday to support J.P.'s expansion with a $19,406 sales-tax exemption and $13,650 off the mortgage recording tax. The company's property taxes will be frozen for 10 years and then increase by 1.66 percent in each of the next five years.

Reichenbach said he would add 37 jobs to his current Nassau payroll of seven. Records show that workers earn, on average, $50,000 per year, excluding benefits.

J.P. specializes in Blue Bird school buses and commercial buses. Besides elementary and secondary schools, its customers include assisted living centers, churches and day care centers.

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