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March 2005



Thank you for venturing out the evening of our February meeting. While it turned out to be a dry night, it surely didn't start out that way. Thanks again, to all that came out.

It's hard to imagine that our year is soon coming to an end and it won't be long now. In the next few months, we have lots to accomplish and the push is on. Will you be a part of it?

Immediately, we are preparing our EXPO 2005, to be held April 27th, right at the New Hyde Park Inn. We're looking for vendors to take tables and show their wares to YOU and others who are being invited as I write this message. Will you help by "talking' it up" in your own circles? Lets do our level best to help make this Expo one of our best attended. There will be an abundance of tickets, free for the taking. We're asking you to take some and hand them out to other folks in the industry AND to explain why they should come.

Shortly thereafter, we will have our annual "Kiddy Party" at Eisenhower Park. If you've never been to one of these, ask one of our "older" Members for the "skinny" on a really great day of good friends...gooooood foooood, and good fun! It starts at 10 AM and goes until 5 PM, with music, food, games, food, laughter, food ...and did I mention food? The kids come away with a day to remember for the rest of their lives as well as a bushel full of toys and games. You'll hear more for soon. Stay tuned.

Remember....we're all in this together. Help us out won't you? Thanks.

Yup, lots to accomplish yet, so come on out and join in! Without YOU, the Member, this is all for naught. PARTICIPATE !!!


This is the last call for Bylaw change proposals. Deadline to submit any proposal is the March meeting on March 16th. Your proposal must be submitted in writing.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article II Objective and Aims

To promote efficient fleet operation through the exchange of ideas and experiences in the selection and training of personnel, supervisory technique, maintenance, production, safety, labor relations, plant layouts, supplies and equipment, insurance and other related subjects; to improve Members' prestige and image through training, education, public relations, projects and exposure to all facets of transportation.


Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 123
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Student Members 7
Total Membership 194

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 99, 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 - 64, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 62, 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 February meeting:
Members 49
Guests 24
Total 73


Our first training seminar is now in the record books. 12 men attended on Saturday, Feb 19th from 9 AM to just after noon at the NY Automotive and Diesel Institute on Liberty Ave. in Jamaica. We covered a broad range of items affecting the electrical systems of our commercial vehicles and how to properly confront and diagnose them correctly. We covered vehicles from all vocations and all types of vehicles from tractors to trailers to school buses and the like and the discussion was intense and instructional. Everyone in attendance got something out of it, as well as a sturdy canvas bag courtesy of the founder of the school, Mr. John Campanella. He has graciously offered the use of the school to us for other events, if it is available at the time.

Don't miss the next opportunity to sign up your techs. After this showing, seats will surely go quickly. As the saying goes: "Snooze and you lose"!


I know that it is not just me that seems to think that this year is moving along at a very quick pace. It's hard to believe that March has arrived already. I am hoping that we don't let too much of the year go by before we make a commitment to either upgrade an Associate Member ad or contact one of your vendors and ask them to purchase a Journal ad; advertising dollars very well spent.

Making this year's Journal bigger and better than last years Journal will further show our 2005 Member of the Year Bill McVeigh how much his efforts in our Society are appreciated.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the Journal Ad Form contained in this Newsletter. Make the commitment and send your checks to me at the address listed on the form.


U.S. DOT Launches Two New Agencies

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta yesterday announced the creation of two new agencies at the U.S. Department of Transportation - one to focus on innovation and research and the other on pipeline and hazardous materials safety. The new agencies will begin operating Feb. 20, a week before the deadline set by Congress. The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) were authorized on Nov. 30, 2004 when President Bush signed the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act. "These new agencies will help the Department focus on two critical priorities for our nation's transportation system -- innovation and safety," Secretary Mineta said.

RITA reflects how important research and technology are to our core mission, while the creation of PHMSA will continue and strengthen our commitment to safety. RITA will be dedicated to the advancement of the department's priorities for innovation and research in transportation technologies and concepts.

PHMSA will oversee the safety of the more than 800,000 daily shipments of hazardous materials in the United States and the 64 percent of the nation's energy that is transported by pipelines.

U.S. Judge: Police Need No Warrant To Track With GPS

A federal court in upstate New York has ruled that police can legally attach a Global Positioning System device to a vehicle without a warrant.

U.S. Judge David Hurd in Utica ruled that a Hell's Angels member and defense attorney accused of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine had "no expectation of privacy in the whereabouts of his vehicle on a public roadway."

"Law enforcement personnel could have conducted a visual surveillance of the vehicle as it traveled on the public highways," Hurd wrote. "Your movements on a highway aren't private," said U.S. Attorney David Grable, who successfully prosecuted the case.

Privacy and civil liberties advocates say the ruling could make it possible for police to attach devices to any vehicles they care to without reasonable suspicion of a crime.


Our program presenter had to cancel due to an emergency but Nick Siviglia of Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. filled in and made a presentation on their refrigerated body and Johnson Bodies. We thank Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. for sponsoring the cocktail hour and also thank Johnson Bodies for the two $50 gift certificates raffled and won by Richard Aiello of Hub Spring & Fleet Services and Gary Capek of Convoy Heavy Duty Truck Parts.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Robert Johanson of We Transport/Town Bus.


Inducted at the February meeting:
· Anthony Cavuoto, President of Freeport Transmissions Inc. D/B/A Delta Transmissions of Freeport, NY as an Associate Member. Anthony is the owner of an Allison Transmission dealership.
· Peter Glasser, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.
· Ran Karp, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.
· Anthony McDonald, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.
· Christopher Pelc, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.
· Jozefko Przemyslaw, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.
· Alin Szabo, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.
Daniel Vazquez, Student at Farmingdale State University, Farmingdale, NY as a Student Member.


This is a list of programs we have scheduled for our meetings up to September. A few people have come to me at meetings and asked put on future presentations but I have not received any of their info. Please email me at [email protected] if you would like to schedule which meeting you can do a presentation.
· March: East Penn Manufacturing/Deka Batteries
· April: North Shore Safety Institute, OSHA Dirty Dozen
· May: Mike Williams, Cornerstone Truck Equip, Cryogenics For Brake and Clutch Parts
September: Mondial Automotive/Leece Neville


We are accepting applications for the six available 2005 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships being offered. As you are all aware, this scholarship benefits the Member and his family. Eligible family members are the Member, the Member's spouse, the Member's children, the Member's grandchildren, the Member's nieces and nephews. The Member's attendance requirement to be eligible for this scholarship in effect as of January 1, 2005 is the attending of a total of 15 meetings during the past three years. This period will cover the calendar years of 2003, 2004 and 2005 for the current scholarships. Applications are available from our web site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No Internet access? Call me at (718) 388-0426 and I will mail you an application.


Our next event is the Kiddy Picnic coming up in May. Please check next month's Special Activities report for all the details of the Kiddy Picnic.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Frank Carpenter's wife, Josephine, who is recuperating from knee surgery.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Mark Kodner and family on the passing of his sister-in-law at the end of January.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Robert Logan and family on the passing of his brother, Richard, at the beginning of February.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Honorary Member William Misita and family on the passing of his mother-in-law, Florence E. Phillips on February 14, 2005. Mrs. Phillips was the wife of the late Honorary Member Alfred Phillips who was one of the founding Members of the Society.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
4/2 Phyllis Kodner (Mark)
4/4 Anna Provisiero (Ralph)
4/6 Josephine Logan (Robert)
4/7 Ivan Crandon
4/10 Kuen-Ah Polanco (James)
4/12 Richard Fevang
4/12 Michael Schuler
4/14 Ruth Dutot (Phil)
4/14 Marion Taub (Alan)
4/20 Gino Arbasetti
4/22 Stephen Dardzinski
4/23 Richard Sciortino
4/23 Nuno Tardo
4/25 Mortimer O'Sullivan
4/25 Cynthia Ottesen (William)
4/26 Jennifer Mucciacciaro (Mario)
4/27 Tom Mitrakos
4/30 Robert Johanson

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