Transportation union demands more protections after bus driver attack

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Union officials are demanding better protection for bus drivers after video surveillance caught four teens assaulting a Liberty Lines driver Saturday.

The footage shows the teen boys punching and kicking Burin Sylaj in the Bronx. Sylaj says they threatened to kill him.

Sylaj says the teens ride his bus a few times a week, calling him names, using vulgar language and not paying bus fare.

When the group boarded Saturday, Sylaj told them to pay and asked them to stop threatening him. He says things escalated when he issued that warning.

He says they began throwing various items like drink bottles and phone chargers at him. They left but quickly returned to attack him again.

Sylaj says he tried to defend himself but walked away with pain in his chest, shoulder and back, along with a scratch above his eye.

The Transport Workers Union wants partitions added to Liberty Lines buses for the safety of the operators. Each protective wall would cost up to $3,000.

The union will now put in a formal request to Westchester County Executive George Latimer in hopes of making the change happen.

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