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February 2001


January's meeting was a great start of the New Year. The program that Pat Cohen put together was very informative for all of us. The subject of Diversity in the workplace is a growing concern for all supervisors, managers, and their employers. The presenter, Ms. Wilhelmenia Wilkins, Manager of Diversity for KeySpan Energy Services, did an excellent job educating us of what we must be aware of in today’s changing work environment.

With more women coming into our industry, it is a subject that has become very important. The quiz that was part of the program, showed us where we need to adhere to new operational techniques, to avoid future legal problems. Recent cases have shown that individuals, as well as companies, can be held liable for these types of violations, and the settlements can be quite costly.

I received very good feedback from the Members, concerning the subject of the program, and I feel we should seek future programs of this nature, to help us in the every day operations of our facilities.

We continue to look for programs to help us do our job better. If you have any ideas for a subject you would like to see, please contact Don Aull.

The May EXPO is not too far off. Frank Almona has the arrangements at Leonard's of Great Neck pretty much set up; the date is May 16, 2001. We need help from all our Members, especially our Associate Members; promoting the EXPO to everyone you come in contact with. Free tickets will be mailed to all Members in the near future. We would like to see all our Members and new faces at the EXPO. You can contact Frank for your display booth or vehicle display needs.

I will see you on February 21st.


We are at the New Hyde Park Inn for the General Meetings through the April meeting.

The 2001 May Expo will be upon us soon. It’s set up for Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at Leonard’s of Great Neck, Great Neck, NY. It is the same place we were at in 2000. The EXPO will be a free event for all Members. Free admission will be offered to non-members with a free admission ticket. All Members will be sent free admission tickets to distribute to co-workers, associates and anyone would be interested in attending our EXPO. Admission for non-members would be $5.00 at the door without the free admission ticket. Tickets will be mailed out to Members late March/early April. We will be serving free food and will have free drawings for door prizes throughout the night. We have extended the hours of the EXPO to start at 3:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM. This event will be better than last year’s event! I have been receiving calls for display booth reservations already. Reserve your display booth now. We are limited to 75 display booths and approximately 15 vehicle displays. This event will be a sell out. Locations of display booths will again be on a first come, first served basis. Call me at (718) 821-4096 for more details.


It is getting close to the deadline for submitting any Bylaw change proposals. Please remember that all proposals must be submitted in writing no later than the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution:

Article X Hardship
All Members in time of hardship will be dealt with equally. The Executive Committee, under the President, shall be the final interpreter and make available a sum of ($250.00) two hundred fifty dollars. In addition any Member who becomes disabled or cannot work due to physical condition can have his/her dues deferred for the length of his/her disability, but the dues deferment is to be reviewed by the Executive Committee yearly.


Our list of websites from our Membership is growing. I’ve added the websites for our Members at the N.Y.C. Dept. of Sanitation at, N.Y.C. Dept. of Transportation at and the N.Y.C. Police Dept. at If I’ve missed anyone, please send me your web address and I will get it posted in the Newsletter and get it linked on our Society’s website.

Our present Membership is comprised of:

Members 147
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 54
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 6

Total Membership 225

Attendance at the January meeting:
Members 60
Guests 24
Total 84

Current consecutive attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 68, 9/92 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
George Pastor, Petro Inc. - 53, 5/94 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. - 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Bill Ross, RAD Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 33, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Gabrielli Truck Sales - 31, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 31, 3/97 -


Diversity Consultant, Whilomenia Wilkins, gave and excellent presentation on Gender Diversity. She answered many questions from the audience and statistics of the cost to companies in this area will be distributed at the February meeting. Ms. Wilkins can be reached at 516-292-1702 if you have further questions.

Having this type of education program is unusual for Society General Meetings, however, it was very well received by the Membership and programs similar to this can be planned in the future. Ms. Wilkins agreed to return for future presentations on Human Resource Issues and the Society can secure other types of programs based on the needs of the Members. If you have any suggestions for this type of educational program, contact Pat Cohen at 516-485-0717 or [email protected]


Our January program by Whilomenia Wilkins of KeySpan Energy on gender diversity stirred up a great discussion with the Membership. With more and more women entering our industry, we must all act appropriately in the workplace.

Sheldon Wertman was the winner of $50.00 in the BIG DRAW.


I need input from the Membership. The Annual Journal has always been attractive and informative, but as most projects there is always room for improvement.

I am looking for suggestions on how we can improve the appearance and the quality of the ads, and a plan on how we can solicit more ads.

The Journal is one of the lifelines of the Society and its continual success will help determine the future expansion of our organization.

We are honoring Michael Cafiero as our Member of the Year for 2001. Mike has always been very supportive of the Society and most deserving of this honor. Please lend your support in making this year’s Journal the most successful ever.


New York City To Charge Truckers To Park In Loading Zones
New York City Department of Transportation has put into operation a Pilot Program that charges Truck Drivers for parking while loading and unloading. The program, taking place in Midtown near Times Square, is designed to fight gridlock.

The eighteen (18) month experiment involves using parking meters that charge $1.00 per hour, $3.00 for two (2) hours and $6.00 for three (3) hours. Charges will apply between the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M. to Midnight $.25 per 15 minutes limit of six (6) hours and after midnight free. This is in hope of shifting deliveries to night or early morning hours.

The meters will accept debit cards or coins including the new gold dollar. After purchasing a receipt, the driver must place it on his dashboard in view of the ticketing agents.


Member Michael Cafiero will again serve as the Co-Chairman of the Membership Committee along with Member Stacey Santangelo. If you have any Membership questions or have a candidate you would like to sponsor as a Member, please contact either Mike at (718) 354-3835 or Stacey at (718) 649-8400.

Would you like a night out in Manhattan including dinner and a show for two? Bring in a new Member and be eligible for this prize. Our 2001 Membership Drive is under way and the Member who brings in the most new Members by November 2001 will win the prize. Just ask Jack Lawson - he was our last winner!

If you haven’t paid your 2001 dues by now, your Membership in the Society has been deemed delinquent. Please send in your dues to our Treasurer, Bill Ross as soon as possible.

Members on the move:
· Norman Bald is now with Gen Serve Inc. of Bayshore, NY as the Operations Manager.
· Stanley Pirpinias is now with the New York City Police Dept. in Woodside, NY as an Auto Mechanic.
· Stacey Santangelo is now with Salem Truck Leasing of Brooklyn, NY as the Leasing Coordinator.

Inducted at the January Meeting was:
· Avi Mordekovich, owner of PM Savvy of Garden City, NY as an Associate Member. PM Savvy provides maintenance service for fleets and currently has a fleet maintenance contract for Bell Atlantic’s 3000 vehicles. Avi has extensive experience in the automotive repair industry since 1985.


Our February program will be on ABS brakes for trucks by Meritor Automotive. I am currently working on a scheduling conflict for our March, April and September presenters Dana-Spicer, ThermoKing and GM Corp. Keep sending in your suggestions for programs/presentations.


I received a letter from Pat Aquilina, daughter of Life Member Bill Maher informing us on his welfare. Bill is going on 86 years old and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The only person he remembers most of the time is his wife, Violet, who takes good care of him at home. He is in excellent health and seems to be a happy camper. Pat says they look forward to reading the Fleet Street Journal every month and wishes to keep in touch with all of us in the Society.


Checks for our 2000 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship recipients have been mailed out. If any of the recipients have not received their check by now, please contact me for a replacement check.


Stay tuned for announcements for our upcoming events, the 2001 Kiddy Picnic and 2001 Golf Outing. The dates and locations will be announced at future meetings.


Get well wishes and speedy recovery to Life Member Anthony Falconiere who suffered a heart attack during mid-January.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
3/3 Joseph Perin
3/6 Janet Natale (Anthony)
3/7 Alan Taub
3/8 Edgar Bondy
3/8 Joseph Milea
3/8 Mauretta Scano (Michael)
3/10 Frank Almona
3/10 Peggy McElhinney (James)
3/11 Roger Dent
3/11 Michael Scano
3/12 Leo Brown
3/13 Darlene Jacobi (George)
3/17 Patricia Jacobi (James)
3/18 Donald Aull
3/20 Marianne Perin (Joseph)
3/21 Susan Bellack (Larry)
3/22 Dolly Taddeo (Pasquale)
3/23 William Krauss
3/23 Stephen Martino
3/26 Charlotte Princiotta (Joseph)
3/28 William Ross
3/29 Bill D’Emic
3/29 Ronald Gulmi
3/29 Salvatore Macaluso
3/31 Cynthia Roskop (Dennis)

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