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Asked if the city is prepared to go as long as the last school bus strike in 1979 which lasted 14 weeks, Walcott said on WINS Radio, “This will go however long it goes. We have systems in place to support our parents and students.”

Walcott, who was making the rounds of radio and television news shows Wednesday morning, told WNBC-TV there were no talks scheduled.

“We’re not negotiating. They want us to do something illegal. We can’t do that at all. We’re always open for communication … It’s not our responsibility and job to negotiate. They work for private companies.”

“How is it illegal to provide the most experienced drivers and matrons in the school buses?” Cordiello asked Tuesday.

The contracts expire June 30.