County Executives of America Conference

Brown Partners with Albany County Visitor's Bureau, Hilton Garden Inn, Albany and County Executives at County Executives of America Conference

August 12, 2015

A day-long conference held today by Albany County Executive McCoy at the Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center provided a great opportunity for county executives across New York State to discuss issues that they all face. As Vice President of the Northeast Region of County Executives of America (CEA), McCoy hosted the session and was joined by Michael Griffin, CEA Executive Director.

McCoy gave a presentation on crude oil transportation and community safety, emphasizing concerns he has about issues that have yet to be resolved including that trains need to be required to have financial assurance, and that all routes carrying flammable liquids should have Positive Train Control. .

“We may be from different parts of the state but many of us are dealing with crude oil being transported across our counties,” said McCoy. “Not all of them could join me for the summit on crude oil transportation I hosted in June and I wanted to make sure they learned what I did from the experts who spoke. Unfortunately, as these brave responders pointed out, these disasters could happen in just about any county, which is why it is important that we all take steps towards safer measures.”

“We came here to talk about issues that apply to all counties,” said Michael Griffin. “We came to talk about issues that are universal. Whether that is protecting our community’s environment, caring for the elderly, serving those less fortunate, or providing for our youth’s futures, these are all topics affecting each and every county.”

Presentations were also shared by the Director of the NYS Office for the Aging Corinda Crossdale and Executive Director of the NYS Commission on Indigent Legal Services William Leahy.

County Executives of America (CEA) is the only non-partisan association dedicated specifically to chief elected county officials and has spent over 40 years helping county leaders reach their goals. This CEA conference has been done in partnership with assistance from the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center and Brown’s Transportation.

Open Positions! Apply today!

Brown Coach is looking for a Heavy Truck & Bus Mechanic. Prospective employee must be able to obtain  CDL B with passenger endorsement and pass DOT physical with drug screen. We have a fleet of around 25 motorcoaches and mini buses. Employees must have own tools. Electrical, Diagnostic and Air Conditioning experience a plus. Benefits available and salary will be based on experience. Apply in person Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm or call to set up an appointment at Brown Coach, 50 Venner Road, Amsterdam NY 12010.


Brown Coach has immediate openings for full-time and part-time positions available for Motorcoach Drivers - apply in our office in Amsterdam, NY. 

Our sister company, Upstate Transit of Saratoga, has an immediate need for Motorcoach Drivers. 

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A CDL is desired but we will train the right individual 

Do you fit the following criteria as a driver?

  • Are you at least 21 years old?
  • Have you had a vehicle driver's license for at least 3 years?
  • Do you have a clean driving record?
  • Are you a U.S. Citizen or do you have a permanent visa?
  • Do you enjoy meeting people?
  • Do you love to travel?

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2015 Motorcoach Operator of the Year

Brown Coach of Amsterdam, NY, was named Metro Magazine’s “2015 Motorcoach Operator of the Year.” Metro is one of the oldest and largest magazines in the world devoted entirely to the public transportation industry, especially its motorcoach and transit industry segments. Metro General Manager James Blue presented Robert and Stephen Brown, Brown Coach President and Vice President, respectively, with the award at the UMA (United Motorcoach Association) Expo in January in New Orleans. 

Brown Coach and its affiliate company, Upstate Transit of Saratoga LLC, which the brothers purchased in 2005, have a combined fleet of 49 motorcoaches providing charter, commuter and tour services. Their focus is primarily on the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canadian provinces. Additionally, they also have 3 school bus companies with a combined total of 225 school buses as well as Brown Tours and Upstate Tours, which offer motorcoach tours to destinations all over the U.S.

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Ron Ward receives NCAA Championship Ring

Ron Ward of Johnstown, a motorcoach driver for Brown Coach of Amsterdam, received the thrill of a lifetime when he received an NCAA ring rewarding him for his 30 years as the driver of 2014 NCAA Ice Hockey Champions Union College of Schenectady.Ward received a diamond/ruby-encrusted ring with his name on it in a lighted box etched with his name on it during a presentation from Union Head Hockey Coach Rick Bennett on the bus from Union College to RPI on Halloween.Bennett told Ward, “I’ve got something for you and you deserve this,” amid the Dutchmen cheering him on. Last year, in the Dutchmen’s bid for the NCAA title, they rode in their “lucky bus” #108 (a Prevost) with Ward at the helm. Union College won its first hockey title by defeating Minnesota 7-4 on April 13th.

Ward noted that he’s received hats and shirts while serving several Union College coaches over the years but never expected anything quite like this, adding, “It’s HUGE!” He began his career with Brown Coach in 1983. Brown began serving as the Official Carrier of the Union College Hockey Team in 1984. Ron has traveled more than 200,000 miles with the Union Hockey Team.

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Our New Bus #112

We received our newest bus at the end of July 2014, a 2014 Prevost H3-45 motorcoach. This 56-passenger luxury bus features four spacious luggage bays, Satellite TV & Wi-Fi (by request only), 110 outlets behind each seat, lavatory and 3-point harness seatbelts.  In addition, the bus has comfy armrests/footrests, a digital destination sign and on board intercom.