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May 2002


The April program put on by Greg Fisher of G. M. Powertrain was very interesting and gave us some insight of what is available now, and what will be coming in the future. Today's electronic engines and transmissions are an engineering marvel; the light and medium trucks of today are like driving an automobile. The power and braking capabilities of a matched powertrain is something we have never seen before and it's only the beginning. The future of alternative fuel powertrains is something we will all have to deal with, and I think it will be an exciting journey. The concept in electric vehicles is amazing, some with enough standby power to supply your home in an emergency. I want to thank Bruno Truck Sales for sponsoring the cocktail hour and program.

Our EXPO on April 24, at The New Hyde Park Inn was extremely successful. We saw a lot of new faces, both visitors and exhibitors; the weather was perfect for the outdoor displays, the prizes raffled off by Bobby G were great. A BIG THANK YOU to Cheech and his committee, and our Associate Members, for a fantastic job.

The Nominating Committee announced the slate of officers for 2002/2003, the proposed Bylaw changes were read, and will be voted on at the May meeting - please make sure you attend, or Mail in your proxy ballot.

Our next event is the Kiddy Party on Sunday, May 19th at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. Pat DeMartino and his committee as busy setting up the activities for the day, and he must know how many will be attending, so get in touch with him. Mike Iannizzi did a great job of getting more pledges to support the Kiddy Party, and I want to thank everyone for their donations.

The 15th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC at the INWOOD COUNTRY CLUB is scheduled for Monday, June 17th, 2002. Please make your reservations early by contacting Pat De Martino, Bill Ross, or Carl Orza for more info.

I look forward to seeing you all at our May meeting.


What can I say! Our EXPO at the New Hyde Park Inn was a raving success! This event was sold out with 54 exhibitor booths and 9 vehicles on display. The EXPO was packed from the opening bell with a steady flow of attendees throughout the evening. I wish to thank all our sponsors and those who donated gifts for the door prizes. Thank you to all our Members who worked so hard to put this event together - Carl Aronin, Bob Crandall, Richie Chan, John Costantin, Pat De Martino, Richie Fevang, Bobby Glass, Tim Harte, Bob Lagnese, Jack Lawson, Bill McVeigh, Carl Orza and Bill Ross. Thank you also goes out to the staff at the New Hyde Park Inn for all their help.

The May meeting will be at the New Hyde Park Inn. This will be a regular meeting with elections and Bylaw change proposals to be voted upon this night.


The following proposal has been submitted and will be voted upon at the May meeting:

PROPOSAL #1 Bylaw IX, Dues and Initiation Fee

Reword: Bylaw IX, Dues and Initiation Fee line #2 & line #4 to read:

2. Member dues - ($50.00) fifty dollars annually
4. Apprentice Fleet Supervisor - ($50.00) fifty dollars annually

The Bylaws Committee and the Executive Board recommends a vote FOR this proposal.

Due to rising costs in our efforts to meet our financial responsibilities, the Executive Board is impelled to seek an increase in the annual dues for its Members and Apprentices. Please note that the annual dues for the Members and Apprentices have not risen since 1990.

You should have received your Proxy Ballot in the mail by now. Please bring your ballot to the May meeting or sign and mail your ballot if you are not going to vote in person at the May meeting. We must receive your ballot by May 15th to be valid.


Our Society of Fleet Supervisors web site is now set up with a visitor counter. We have had over 3,100 visitors since our inception back in September 2001. For those who already have an ad on a sponsored page, we thank you for your support. 3,100 targeted customers potentially could have seen your ad. We also have had visitors from Poland, France and Canada view our site.

For those not already on board and who may be interested in sponsoring a page with your company's ad, we have the following pages open:

Our Goals
Current Officers
Past Officers
Past Members of the Year
Past Newsletters
Hank Hasiwar Scholarship
Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship
Member Links
Related Links

Your ad would be a 500 x 50 pixel ad at the top of the page. If you have a web site, we will also hot link your ad to your web site. Cost for the ad is $50.00 for one year plus a one time $50.00 set up fee. If you are interested in sponsoring a page, please contact me.

Please visit the web site of our Members from Prime Lube the next time you are surfing the 'Net at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 129
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2

Total Membership 193

Attendance at the April Meeting
Members 46
Guests 13
Total 59

Current consecutive attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 78, 9/92 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 63, 5/94 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 43, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Retired - 41, 3/97 -
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. - 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Nuno Tardo, Retired - 36, 3/97 - 10/01
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


Greg Fisher, Powertrain instructor for General Motors Power Train Division had an informative presentation for us on the future designs and technology at General Motors. Thank you to Bruno Truck Sales, who sponsored the cocktail hour.

President Richie Fevang read a letter from Exxon thanking the Society for their donation of $5,000, which was collected from the Membership and Exxon tripled this amount so the Society donated $20,000 to the September 11th funds.

Michael Cordiello of Logan Bus was the winner of $50.00 in the BIG DRAW. He donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


The Journal Committee needs your help! We are looking for a few Members to stand up and lend a hand to solicit Journal Ads. As you all know, the Journal is a huge fundraiser for us and has helped the Society keep all its function costs down to a minimum for all its Members. Ask a vendor or two that you deal with if they would place an ad in our Journal. It doesn't hurt to ask and every ad we get helps.


Washington, DC---The U.S. Senate rejected tough new automobile fuel economy requirements on March 13, 2002 and senators approved by a 62-38 vote a more industry-friendly proposal that would direct the Transportation Department to develop new fuel economy rules, but sets no specific increase for the automakers to meet. A provision that would have required automakers to increase their wide gasoline economy to 36 miles per gallon by 2015 came under sharp attack as a threat to the U.S. auto industry and the ability of Americans to choose their vehicles.
Automotive Fleet April 2002

Washington, DC---The Bush administration has suggested it might require vehicle makers to install anti-lock brakes on all vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Industry representatives told the Wall Street Journal that requiring anti-lock brakes alone could cost carmakers more than $600 million. In the U.S., ABS is currently standard on many luxury and mid-price models but costs consumers $300 to $600 as an option on lesser vehicles. However, John Graham, head of the Office of Management and Budget office of information and regulatory affairs, cited insurance industry research that indicates anti-lock brakes can reduce fatal crashes by as much as 9% over several years.
Automotive Fleet April 2002

A law in New York State that requires every single-unit motor vehicle registered in this state, operated for commercial purposes and having a cube style or enclosed walk-in delivery bay, where such delivery bay has a length of eight feet six inches or more, but not exceeding a length of eighteen feet, shall be equipped with a cross-view back-up mirror system, rear video system, rear object detection system, or other device, which enables the driver of the vehicle to detect by means of a visual, or visual and audible warning-indicator, persons and objects located directly behind the vehicle. This law was passed and signed by the New York State Senate, Assembly and the Governor will go into effect on June 29, 2002.


So far, this year has not been very productive in obtaining new Members. We do have a list for Associate Members still waiting to be inducted, but for the Fleet Supervisor its very depressing. The May meeting we hopefully will bring in at least five new Associate Members. Please go out and talk up the Society with all of the Fleet Supervisors that you know. Remember we are still looking for the Apprentice mechanic to come in under the Apprentice Supervisor program.


The Nominating Committee consisting of Frank Almona, Carl Orza, Richard Chan and Robert Spiotto and myself as Chairman have nominated the following slate to run for the 2002/2003 term:

For President - William McVeigh, Atlantic Express, Inc.
For 1st Vice President - Robert Crandall, NYC Dept. of Sanitation
For 2nd Vice President - Michael Cafiero, Petro, Inc.
For Treasurer - William Ross, Sprague Energy, Inc.
For Secretary - Patricia Cohen, retired

There were no opposing slates nominated from the floor.


As the new Programs Committee Chairman, I am looking forward to bringing you the most informative and educational programs available in the industry. Anyone with a program that they would like to present or have a subject they would like us to explore, please contact me at (718) 326-8023 or by email at [email protected].

Our May program will be sponsored by Agar Truck Sales and DaimlerChrysler. The presenter will be Mark Namuth, of DaimlerChrysler vans. He is the North East Regional Sales Manager for DCV. He will discuss the new innovations plus the features and benefits of a quality van product made by DaimlerChrysler that is badged as a Freightliner and distributed by select Freightliner Dealers. This is not your typical Dodge Ram van.


Please submit your Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship application as soon as possible. All applications must be reviewed and verified with the college and we don't want a discrepancy on your application to make you ineligible. Don't forget that you must fore fill your minimum meeting attendance requirement of six out of the eight meetings during the calendar year.


Our annual Kiddy Picnic will be held on Sunday, May 19 at Eisenhower Park (Cherry Picnic area, Parking Lot 5) from 10: AM to 5:00 PM.

The picnic will start with a light breakfast and then a full barbecue. There will be games, activities, prizes and toys for all children.

Members and their families will be free and guests will be $20. All reservations have been finalized, no walk ins on the day of the picnic will be accepted.

Our annual Golf Outing will be held at Inwood Country Club on Monday June 17.

Reservation forms will be available with our newsletter, on the web site and distributed at our next meeting. Please make your reservations early; there will be a limited number of golfers accepted on a first come basis. The deadline for reservations is June 1.

In order to make this outing a success we need sponsors. If anyone is interested in sponsoring our Golf Outing please contact any of our Committee Members.

Golf Committee Members:
Pat De Martino, (718) 904-4688
Carl Orza, (516) 359-5474
Bill Ross, (917) 699-7740


HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

6/1 Ann Marie Iannizzi (Michael)
6/2 Georgios Thomaidis (Valentina)
6/5 Rosalie Sciortino (Richard)
6/6 Michael Cordiello
6/7 Kathy Hart (Floyd)
6/8 Steven Milack
6/10 Julie Domante (Peter)
6/11 James McElhinney
6/13 Judi Blane (Mitch)
6/24 Richard Chan
6/25 Marie Milack (Steven)
6/25 Yayoko Millinger (Paul)
6/26 Robert Spiotto
6/27 Thomas Gelinas


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