HEMPSTEAD - Commuters and lawmakers rallied in Hempstead today in hopes of keeping the Long Island Bus service rolling.

Protesters gathered at the Rosa Parks Transit Center to call on Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) to do more to try and spare the system and its workers from cuts.

In July, the MTA says it plans to cut 27 of 49 routes, including Able-Ride services for disabled commuters. The MTA says the county isn't providing enough funding to keep the buses running.

Mangano says he's prepared to form a public-private partnership that will provide service to all riders.

The MTA will hold a public hearing on the proposed cuts at Hofstra University on March 23.

MTA proposes putting the brakes on many LI Bus routes