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February 2005



While it might not seem possible, we are already looking at the end of our year. It is right around the corner in terms of our meetings, but much remains to be done. In the next few months, we plan, and will have, several training seminars for you, our Members. I have been told that we've had training in the past, but nobody showed up! Well, we certainly can't make you show up, but we do hope you CHOOSE to take advantage. The Seminars will be for Members and their technicians, and SO FAR, will be free of charge.

Our first attempt will be on heavy-duty electrics, starting, charging, multiple battery systems and electronics. In the near future, we will do an event on heavy-duty brake systems and failure diagnosis. I'm working on one for engine trouble shooting and failure diagnosis, but if you would like to see something in particular, let me know and we'll do our best to get it. We're doing our level best to make this year the way our founding fathers intended the Society to be…for you, the Members to be better equipped to do your jobs. Come join us for each of these events.

Thanks to Frank "Cheech" Almona for his Student Member Subsidy Program. He has agreed to lend his ability to the effort and it already is showing an effect. In the course of the meeting in January, we managed…in just three donations, to amass an incredible $1550.00 towards our goal. Thanks go out to one "old reliable" Member and two brand new inductees. Look to our Meeting Highlights report to see who.

Our thanks go out, once again, to Mark Kodner for an outstanding Journal honoring Nick Markatos, and to Mike Cordiello, our "junior" committeeman, for a magnificent Scholarship Awards Dinner and an effective Bricks event. While we still had some bricks tickets left, he made a wonderful showing for a "first ever" attempt. Please take a moment to thank him when you see him.

Please come out and join us for the meetings. Without you, the MEMBERS, we have no reason to exist. Please come and support your fellow supervisors. Remember…we're all in this together!!!


Our monthly meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn through the May meeting. Our EXPO on April 27th will also be held at the New Hyde Park Inn.


Time is running out for submitting any Bylaw change proposals. Please remember that any proposal must be submitted in writing no later than the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw VII Term of Office

1. The Officers elected at each May meeting shall hold office for (1) one year and may be eligible for re-election unless disqualified. No Officer shall be eligible to succeed himself in that office after serving (2) two terms except as Secretary and Treasurer.


Pictures from the 2004 Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and the 2004 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship recipients are posted on our web site for viewing.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 123
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 42
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Student Members 0
Total Membership 186

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 98, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 70, 5/94 - 5/03
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University - 63, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 61, 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 January meeting:
Members 49
Guests 11
Total 60


A training seminar will be given on Heavy, Medium and Light Duty Truck Electrical Fundamentals free of charge for any of our Members and their technicians. The seminar will be conducted at New York Automotive and Diesel Institute's training facility located at 178 -18 Liberty Ave. Jamaica, New York on February 19, 2005 starting at 9:00 A.M. to noon. Seating is limited to 40 attendees so reserve your spot by sending names by email to [email protected] or fax to Attention: Mike Natoli, with the names of attendees along with company name, contact name, and phone number to (516) 792-7349.


Last years Journal was a huge success because of the support and generosity of our Members, vendors, friends and family of our Member of the Year Nick Markatos.

It is not too early to be thinking of this years Journal and offering the same support and honor to the 2005 Member of the year, Bill McVeigh. Lets tell Bill how much his efforts are appreciated by the Society by making this year's Journal even bigger and better than last year's!


The New Hazmat Rules

In the far-reaching wake of 9/11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been revising and implementing rules for airport screening, cargo planes and shipping containers. Road transport of hazardous materials, including anything from gasoline to asphalt cement to ammonia, is no exception.

With roughly 3.5 million truckers transporting an estimated 800,000 shipments of hazardous materials throughout the US every day, trucking companies will have to spend some time and effort to create security plans that specifically address their companies' climates -- the kind of hazardous material they usually carry and the destinations where their truckers unload the material.

Training and Background Checks

Under Rule HM-232, issued in March 2003, businesses must conduct "security awareness training" for Hazmat employees by March 24, 2006; new employees must be trained within 90 days effective now. Trucking companies must file their security plans with the TSA. Truckers who transport hazardous materials must attend security awareness courses (usually three days in length) and receive certificates that specifically indicate they are in compliance with HM-232.

In another rule endorsed by the US Patriot Act, drivers must undergo background checks, including fingerprinting by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The deadline for states to enforce mandatory fingerprinting is April 1, 2004, according to Darrin Kayser, a TSA spokesman. "Drivers must self-report if they have felonies listed under the Patriot Act," he says. These felonies include murder, bribery, illegal substance transport, immigration violations, unlawful possession of firearms, lack of valid US citizenship and identity fraud. A "not guilty by reason of insanity" will probably squash a Hazmat endorsement, too. Under the rule, background checks by the FBI may also be conducted. Truckers must renew their Hazmat endorsements every five years.

See this link for Frequently Asked Questions


John Dennehy, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications for Espar Heater Systems of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, presented an informative program on the latest news about anti-idling legislation from the federal, state and local agencies that affect our fleets. Also covered was the latest news in enforcement implementation strategies and alternative heating systems that could reduce engine idling time. Espar also provided a working fuel fired heating unit for demonstration purposes. We thank Espar for sponsoring our cocktail hour and also thank them for their free raffle of hats, travel mug, USB memory key tag, notepad & pen set and Swiss Army watch.

Members Frank Almona and Robert Lagnese spoke on our new Student Member grade and our aim was to attract post secondary school automotive students into the Society. Frank states we all need mechanics and supervisors and if we can't get new blood into our organization and industry, our Society will be doomed. There are students in Farmingdale State University now that want to be part of our organization but funds for extra curricular activities such as our Society monthly meetings are limited while they are in school. Cheech and Bob came up with an idea on how we could fund this program with a Student Member Subsidy Program by obtaining donations from various corporations in the transportation industry and from our Membership itself. If we could pitch in with just a small contribution for these students interested in joining the Society and to attend our meetings, we will have a pool of potential educated leaders for our industry.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Fred Provenzano of Zano Industries. Fred donated his proceeds to the Student Member Subsidy Program to kick it off. Thanks Fred!

A great big thank you goes to new Member Vanessa Mercado of Superior Diesel Tech who donated $500.00 to the Student Member Subsidy Program.

Another great big thank you goes to new Member Michael Ricatto of Red Fleet Haulage/Advanced Fleet Maintenance who donated $1,000.00 to the Student Member Subsidy Program.


Happy New Year to everyone! Please make a note that in last month's new letter, Membership Committee Member Tommy Munno's phone number was incorrect. If you need to contact him, the correct phone number is (718) 937-5342.

February meeting is scheduled to have a large number of students present for induction as Student Members. There has been a great effort put into this program and I urge all Members to attend this meeting in support of this. For those who were unable to attend the January meeting, Frank Almona addressed the Membership asking for help in support for the Student Membership program. What we need is help financially by way of pledges to help off set the cost for each student to attend our meetings. Anyone who could help us with this please contact Frank Almona. Thank you and I am looking forward to seeing you all in February.

Inducted at the January meeting:
· Thomas Almona, Shop Supervisor for All Boro Engine Exchange of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Tom oversees all engine rebuilding and supervises nine rebuilders and one dynamometer technician.
· Daniel Cardone, Supervisor of Carrier Division for Advanced Fleet Maintenance of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Dan oversees maintenance, repairs and installation of Carrier air conditioning equipment and supervises the maintenance, repair and installation of Ricon Lift equipment. Dan supervises two technicians and one helper.
· Vanessa Mercado, Supervisor of Shop for Superior Diesel Tech Inc. of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Vanessa oversees the scheduling of maintenance and repairs and supervises three technicians.
· Michael Ricatto, Director of Operations for Red Fleet Haulage of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Mike oversees full operation for the maintenance and repair of 27 construction waste haulage vehicles.
· Michael Schuler, Allison Transmission Service Specialist for Advanced Fleet Maintenance as a Member. Mickey oversees current transmission service operations on all Allison transmission equipped vehicles serviced by Advanced Fleet Maintenance. He is a 25-year member of the Allison Transmission Guild.

Members on the move:
· Member Dennis Roskop is now the Shop Manager for We Transport / Town Bus of Bayshore, NY. Dennis supervises 215 vehicles in the school bus fleet.


Johnson Bodies will present our February program. We thank Frank Siviglia & Co. Inc. for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

Our program for March has been rescheduled for the May meeting. I am looking for suggestions for programs for the March and April meetings. Please give me a call at (631) 544-9004 if you would like to present a program to the Membership.


Congratulations to the following recipients of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship awards for 2004:
Diana Begy, niece of Member George Ferraro, attending Suffolk County Community College
Joseph Bisceglie, grandson of Life Member Anthony Falconiere, attending Adelphi University
Katherine Chan, daughter of Member Richard Chan, attending New York University
Andrea Ciminelli, granddaughter of Life Member Pasquale Taddeo, attending SUNY Cortland
Joseph Domante, son of Member Peter Domante, attending Wagner College
Cassandra Klebanoff, daughter of Associate Member Alan Klebanoff, attending University at Albany
Katie McVeigh, daughter of Member William McVeigh, attending University at Albany
Anthony Natoli, son of Member Michael Natoli, attending Nassau Community College
We wish you the best of luck in your scholastic endeavors.

We are accepting applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship for 2005. Please remember your new attendance requirement of 15 meetings in the prior three-year period ending November 2005 to be eligible this year for a scholarship.


Well I hope you all had a wonderful time at the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner. I was glad to see that so many of you could make it. As you may know this is my first time on the Special Activities Committee so I was very anxious to make it a great time for all.

I would like to thank some of the Members who came through for me when I needed them most. A very sincere and special thanks go out to Frank (Cheech) Almona, Michael Iannizzi, Carl Orza & Bill McVeigh. Also a very worthy congratulation goes out to Nick Markatos, our 2004 Member of the Year and also to Bill McVeigh, our 2005 Member of the Year. Thank you again.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Associate Member Nick Markatos and family on the loss of his uncle in early January.

Congratulations to Member Robert and Mary Ann Spiotto on the birth of their first grandson, Nicholas Robert Spiotto, born on December 10, 2004. Nicholas weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19".

Congratulations to Member Frank Almona on becoming a grandfather with his first granddaughter, Leandra Rodriquez, born on December 30, 2004. Leandra weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
3/3 Joseph Perin
3/5 Nestor Zaragoza
3/6 Manet Natale (Anthony)
3/7 Alan Taub
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
3/13 Michael Bradley
3/18 Don Aull
3/20 Marianne Perin (Joseph)
3/21 Susan Bellack (Larry)
3/22 Dolly Taddeo (Pasquale)
3/29 Bill D'Emic
3/29 Ronald Gulmi
3/29 Salvatore Macaluso
3/30 Patricia Raff (Garry)
3/31 Cynthia Roskop (Dennis)


Check out the January issue of Fleet Owner Magazine that has an article on New York City DOT's 2,600-vehicle fleet and Member Jack Lawson on page 54.


Dennis Meehan of Commercial Vehicle Consultants, Inc. has decided that after 45 years in our industry covering every aspect from repair and maintenance to recruiting, legal and consulting he is going to retire.

Most members know that Dennis spent 20 years with Mack Trucks, Inc. in NYC and then 8 years with Hertz/Penske Truck Leasing before starting his own business in 1987.

If there are any members who think they can do all the services that Dennis did (see and want to start their own business CVC is for sale.

In order to preserve the reputation of CVC only those with the qualifications, expertise and determination to succeed should contact Dennis at 201-670-6554.

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