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April 2005



Well boys and girls, our Expo is just around the corner. Can we count on you to come out, share the exhibits with us, and help "pump" the numbers in attendance? You know, the exhibitors spend some "serious dough" coming to our shows, and if there were little or no turnout, why would they want to bother??? You can help show YOUR support of the organization by taking the, MAKING the time to come out. This is all for YOU, the Member, and believe me when I tell you that many, many hours of time have been spent by the committee trying to make this an event you can be proud of. We'd like you to come on over, with a friend or two, and share in the festivities. We know you'll be glad you did.

The following weekend, on Sat., April 30, from 9 AM to 12 Noon, at the NY Automotive and Diesel Institute, located at 178-18 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, a seminar on Air Brakes will be sponsored by the Society for the Members and their technicians, on a first come first served basis. We began with 40 seats on Wednesday, March 17, but before the meeting was over, 20 of those were gone. Be there or be square, so sign up with Mike Natoli at [email protected] Don't wait. We'll attempt to do one more before we break for summer, and we're working diligently to get something you'll support.

The next order of business will be the election and if the ringing in my ears is correct, you'll have choices to make there as well. However, we need you to come out and vote or to send in your proxy. If you don't care enough to vote, someone may wind up voting in your place. Would you like that to happen? Take the time and mail back your proxy if you don't intend to be there that evening, and "thanks", either way.

The next to last event will be the Kiddy Picnic, and if you've ever been to one, then I needn't say more. However, if you haven't been yet, well then...shame on you. Mike Cordiello and the group are planning a "helluva" time. This is the best ever gathering for your kids and grandkids, and it’s all FREE to Members and THEIR families. You JUST HAVE to come to one and you'll know. It’s all fun, all day, and it’s all for the kids! Don't miss it.

The final event will be the Golf Outing and if it’s anything like last year, it'll be pure perfection. Were you there? I managed to have the longest drive, (didn’t really think it would "hold" when Steve Justice got there, but it did) and took away a nice trophy, too. The day was a "10", the golf was great and the party and the food...well, magnificent! I sure hope we see you there, too.

It’s been a long year, for sure, but it’s coming to the end. Stay tuned, now, 'cause the next two months are sure to be interesting and lots of fun!


Submitting Bylaw change proposals has ended for this year. Voting for Officers and all Bylaw change proposals will take place at the May meeting. All eligible voting Members will receive a ballot in the mail by May 1, 2005. If you are going to vote by mail, you must sign the ballot.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw VI Elections

1. The election of Officers shall be conducted at the May meeting.

2. At the March meeting, the President shall oversee the formation of a Nominating Committee. This Committee will consist of (5) five Members as follows: a Chairperson, who will be the immediate past President or a past President if the immediate past President is unable, unwilling or unavailable to accept this position for whatever reason; (2) two former Executive Board Members and (2) two full Members. The Nominating Committee Members will be chosen by the Nominating Committee Chairperson. This Committee shall prepare a slate of Officers for presentation to the regular meeting in April. Other candidates may be nominated from the floor at this time. The Secretary shall send the report of the nominations with the notice of the May meeting. To be eligible for nomination for the Office of President, any Member grade must be or have at some previous time, served as an Officer and/or Member of the Executive Committee for a full term.

3. Members may vote in person or by proxy. Proxy may also be by mail, addressed to the Secretary.

4. No candidate may be proposed without his/her consent.

5. Voting may be by acclamation. If there is more than (1) one candidate for office, the election for that office shall be by secret ballot. The votes shall be counted by (2) two tellers who shall be named by the chair.

6. The full voting powers shall be vested in the Member grade of the Society. The Associate grade Member shall have (1) one vote at a regular meeting only, but shall have no vote at the May meeting or in the election of Officers of the Society. The Apprentice Feet Supervisor shall have no vote at any meeting or in the election of Officers of the Society. Only those Members shall be entitled to vote whose dues are paid for the current year, as so defined by the Bylaws VI Elections, par. #6.


Honorary Member William Misita’s consecutive attendance record has come to a halt at 99 ending with the completion of the February meeting. Bill was stuck in Delaware and just could not make it up to New York for his 100th meeting. I don’t know if it will ever happen but right now that leaves only Members Bob Lagnese and Carl Orza to catch up and pass Bill’s record.

While you are on the Internet, please stop by the web sites of our newest Members from the NYPD at and Rosco, Inc. at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 124
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 42
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Student Members 12
Total Membership 199

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 65, 1/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 - 1/97
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions – 63, 3/97 -
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
Nuno Tardo, Retired – 36, 3/97 – 10/01
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy – 33, 11/95 - 1/00

Attendance at the March meeting:
Members 65
Guests 17
Total 82


Our next Technician Seminar will be April 30, 2005. This will be an Air Brake Clinic covering Theory of operation of the Air system and components, Foundation brake inspection, proper adjustment, and testing. Once again, Mr. Campenella will be our gracious host who offered the use of New York Automotive and Diesel Institute located at 178-18 Liberty Ave., Jamaica, NY 11433. The clinic will start at 9:00 A.M. and run until noon. This will be free to our members and their technicians on a first come first serve. Seating is limited to 40 so sign up early. Any one interested please contact Mike Natoli with the attendees names via E-Mail [email protected], or you can send by fax to (516) 792 -7349.


It's not too early to get your Journal ads in to honor this year's recipient. Let's make this year's Journal honoring Bill McVeigh the best one to date. Please use the journal ad application supplied in this issue of the Newsletter or you can download one from our web site.


$284 Bln. Measure Includes Two Hours-of-Service Rule Changes
A House panel approved a six-year, $284 billion highway bill late Wednesday (3/2/05), clearing the way for the measure to move to the House floor next week.

“The American people deserve solutions to the problems of congestion, crumbling roads and delayed shipments of freight,” said Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

In addition to passing the measure, the panel also approved two changes related to truck driver hours-of-service rules.

The first exempted agricultural drivers from HOS rules during planting and harvest seasons as long as they were traveling within a 100-mile radius.

The second, proposed by Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), would place drivers working for television or movie production under HOS rules in place prior to the current rules, which were enacted in January 2004.

The committee did not address the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's plan to enact the HOS 2004 regulations into law.

A federal court struck down the new HOS rules last summer after they were successfully challenged by Public Citizen and other safety advocacy groups.

The rules will remain in effect until Sept. 30, after Congress intervened and included them in the most recent extension of the highway bill.

Current HOS rules allow 11 hours of driving in a 14 consecutive-hour period, while the previous ones allowed 10 hours of driving in a 15-hour work period, though drivers could log "off-duty" time not counted against the 15 hours.

Young said it was “essential that both houses of congress complete work before the current [highway-bill] extension expires” May 31.

Federal highway spending has been funded by extensions since a $218 billion plan expired in September 2003.

By Transport Topics


Governor George E. Pataki announced that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will expand its Clean School Bus Program, installing control devices to significantly cut harmful diesel emissions on 1,500 to 2,000 New York City school buses. The NYPA program is already providing cleaner fuel for 2,800 school buses in New York City, more than two-thirds of the school buses operating in New York City.

"Expanding this program to retrofit additional buses is another step in the right direction to improve air quality in New York City and protect the health of our school children," Governor Pataki said. "With the assistance of the New York City Department of Education, the Power Authority's Clean School Bus Program is helping to significantly cut diesel emissions that can contribute to asthma and other respiratory illnesses. This initiative is part of our two-pronged approach that is helping to install pollution-reducing technology on existing diesel buses while we seek to ensure that in the future, every new school bus purchased in the State will run on clean fuel."

NYPA has signed an agreement with Lubrizol Engine Control Systems to purchase and install 1,000 diesel oxidation catalysts, the first of which will begin to be installed on buses operating in the Bronx later next month. Lubrizol Engine Control Systems' diesel oxidation catalysts have been certified by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reduce tailpipe emissions on certain bus engine types by 40 percent, when used in conjunction with clean burning ultra low sulfur diesel fuel.

In cooperation with the NYC Department of Education, NYPA signed a long-term agreement to pay the cost differential for purchasing ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. The cleaner-burning fuel supplied by the agreement is already working to reduce emissions by 10 percent on the 2,800 school buses participating in the program. NYPA began funding the transition to cleaner fuel in March 2004.

In addition to the clean fuel agreement with the NYC Department of Education, NYPA has reached separate emission control installation agreements with the major providers of pupil transportation services in New York City: Amboy Bus Company, Jofaz Transportation, Consolidated Bus Transit Inc. and Pioneer Transportation Corporation.


Thanks go out to William Hirschmann, District Manager, Bruce Hale, Warehouse Sales Supervisor, and Carmine Cagnetti, Sales Representative for East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. of Lyon Station, PA for the informative program on Deka Batteries.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Student Member Ran Karp of Farmingdale University who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


Inducted at the March meeting:
• Michael Calise, Supervisor of Mechanics for the New York Police Department Fleet Services Division located in Woodside, NY as a Member. Michael is the Safety and Training Coordinator for a 7,000-vehicle fleet.
• Peter Plate, Commercial Sales Manager for Rosco, Inc. of Jamaica, NY as an Associate Member. Rosco, Inc. is a manufacturer of truck and bus mirror and visor products.
• Alex Fortunato, automotive student at Farmingdale University as a Student Member.
• Michael Masucci, automotive student at Farmingdale University as a Student Member.
• Dennis Murphy, automotive student at Farmingdale University as a Student Member.
• Justin Ragano, automotive student at Farmingdale University as a Student Member.
• Taras Vysotskyy, automotive student at Farmingdale University as a Student Member.


Our program schedule is:
April: North Shore Safety Institute, OSHA’s Dirty Dozen. Member Hank Gaiss will present a program of OSHA’s top 12 violations:
1. Lack of a written Hazard Communications Program
2. Lack of employee information and training regarding hazard communication
3. Lack of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s)
4. Lack of a formalized Basic Forklift Training Program
5. Lack of an Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tag out)
6. Lack of machine guarding
7. Lack of exposure adjustment
8. Lack of identification of hazardous materials
9. Lack of medical services and first aid
10. Lack of appropriate hazard warnings
11. Lack of guarding for point of operation of machinery
12. Lack of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Poor housekeeping, blocked emergency exits, checks not available in loading bays are some of the other violations commonly cited.

Although the list varies slightly each year, the above are the most sited violations.

May: Mike Williams Cornerstone Truck Equip, Cryogenics for brake and clutch parts
September: Mondial Automotive-Leece Neville
October: KeySpan Energy Alternative Fuels

I am looking for a vendor to do a GPS tracking system program. If anyone wants to see any other presentations, please contact me.


We are accepting scholarship applications for the 2005 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. Applications are available in this issue and can be downloaded from our web site.


As you all know the Kiddy Picnic is to be held on Sunday, May 22 at Eisenhower Park at the Scarlet Oaks picnic area. A reservation form is available in this Newsletter and on our web site. I need your completed picnic reservation forms as soon as possible to order the toys for the children. I hope to see you all there for a great time

I have to give a great big thank you to all the donation pledges that were submitted at the March meeting. Our Members came though for the kids with a whopping total of just shy of $5,000.00! Thanks once again to:
Member Michael Bruce - $100.00
Member Michael Cordiello - $200.00
Member Frank Carpenter - $200.00
Member Vincent Cinotti - $100.00
Member John Dozis - $100.00
Life Member Michael Iannizzi - $200.00
Member Steve Justice - $100.00
Student Member Ran Karp - $50.00
Member Mark Kodner - $100.00
Member William McVeigh - $100.00
Member Mickey Schuler - $100.00
Life Member Nuno Tardo - $100.00
Action Tire - $100.00
Advanced Fleet Maintenance - $1,313.13
American Patriot Glass - $100.00
C.N.R. Refrigeration - $100.00
Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment - $500.00
Drive Train Truck Parts - $500.00
Laban Equipment - $100.00
Logan Bus - $100.00
Mondial Automotive - $200.00
Motive Engines - $100.00
Oceanside Transmissions - $100.00
Superior Diesel Tech - $100.00
Taurus Supply – $100.00
Van Buren Truck Sales - $100.00

The Golf Outing is set for Monday, June 20 at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park. Please use the application in this Newsletter or from our web site and get it to Nick Markatos as soon as possible.


First of all, NO news is GOOD news.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

5/4 Michael Natoli
5/12 Stanley Clarke
5/12 Richard Yopp
5/15 Louis Balazs
5/15 Douglas Calder
5/15 Bruce Rubin
5/16 Ronald Birnbaum
5/16 William Ottesen
5/20 Mitchell Clark
5/24 Florence Lagnese (Robert)
5/25 Steve Justice
5/27 Robert Lagnese
5/28 Richard Pastore
5/28 Irene Tardo (Nuno)


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