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May 2005



Ah, the fresh scents of spring! Isn't this time of year just wonderful? My favorite season, for sure. But I digress! Still too many things to accomplish, and EVERY ONE for all of YOU, the Members and this great Society.

By the time you read this message, the EXPO will be behind us. I'm sure we'll be able to say just how successful it was and I hope the weather cooperated for the sake of those with "outside" spots.

Our second seminar is also behind us. That one was on Air Brakes. Our next seminar, should there be one, will be in the fall, my "other" favorite season, and it will be on brakes as well, with a test and Certification on successful completion.

The next event on our calendar will be the May election of officers. There is a second slate this year, as happens on occasion. This is one of "those times" when two factions seem to have different ideas about how the Society should be lead. By this time, I believe you know where our administration is headed. Before you make an educated choice, please, make sure you know where their administration wants to lead you. Then, and only then, will you be choosing for yourself and for your best interests. I'm certain that if every eligible voter makes his or her choice wisely, that the Society will be well served.

The Kiddy Picnic is set for May and I hope to see you all there, with all the kids that are dear to you. For them, this is the highlight of our year. Memories last a lifetime, and my kids are now bringing "their kids" because of the times they had so many years ago. If you haven't’ve just gotta' come out for this one. We've ordered weather that is in the low to mid 70's, so it will be a beautiful day.

Since this may be one of my last messages to you all, let me take this time to point out some of this administration's accomplishments. To date, we have had very interesting and informative presentations, and the turnout has been very gratifying to say the least. We have had a successful 10,000 Brick event, and the one of the most successful Journals in our history. We have had two well-attended seminars on electric and air brakes, and each was free to our Members and their technicians. We have had our EXPO, and I'm sure each attendee will attest that it was a pretty good showing and the house was "chock full". We anticipate a few new Members as a result of it. Our picnic will be the success it always has been, I'm sure, and I hope you come out to enjoy it with us.

It has been a "banner year" for us, in that with the assistance of a "few good men" we now have a viable Student Member program that will be self-sustaining rather than a drain on our Treasury. Kudos to all who have given...yet help propel this organization forward. Your generosity is most appreciated. the men behind the program, Frank "Cheech" Almona and Prof Bob Lagnese, the Society is forever in your debt, as this one idea has shed new light on the future for us all.

And so, there you have it in a nutshell. This is what has been happening, even if you weren't watching closely and in spite of the grief you witnessed in the beginning of the year. We are truly..."all in this together", and I hope you have come to believe me. ALL of our efforts have been in YOUR behalf...for this great Society. I certainly hope you have enjoyed the fruits of our labor and that your grace us with another year to see just what else we can accomplish for you. We surely would appreciate your vote.

In any event, please come out and share the joy of the season and the rest of our fiscal year with us. Thanks for the opportunity to serve this organization.


The following Bylaw change proposals have been submitted and will be mailed to all eligible voting Members for your vote:

Bylaw change proposal 1:

Article III
Reword to read:
2G. Student Fleet Supervisor: shall include those that are bona fide students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate or vocational program specializing in the automotive industry. Membership in this grade shall be limited to the year prior to the students expected graduation from an approved program. The student must maintain a passing grade for the required course curriculum to remain a Student Member in good standing. Grade transcripts shall be reviewed at the end of each semester. The number of Student Members shall be limited to (20) twenty percent of Member grade. This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or affect the Member/Associate Member ratio. Student Membership in the Society limited to one year after graduation or upon termination of studies without graduation. The Student Fleet Supervisor may request a transfer to any other grade of Membership he/she is qualified for upon graduation or termination of studies.

Bylaw change proposal 2:

Bylaw V Meetings

Delete the first paragraph, last sentence “The December meeting is to be the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.”

Bylaw change proposal 3:

Bylaw VI, #3
Reword to read:
3. Members may vote in person or by proxy. Proxy must be by mail, addressed to the Secretary.

Bylaw change proposal 4:

Bylaw VI, #8
Reword to read:
8. Voting may commence at the opening of the meeting after the cocktail hour.

Bylaw change proposal 5:

Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees



Add the following to the 2nd paragraph after the first sentence:

Scholarships to be awarded in the following order: Member, Member’s spouse, Member’s children, and Member’s grandchildren. Any remaining scholarships would then be awarded to Member’s nieces and nephews.

Proxy ballots have been mailed out to all eligible voting Members and if you are voting by proxy, mail them to the Society addressed to the Secretary, Pat Cohen P.O. Box 260018 Bellerose, NY 11426 to be received no later than the day of the May meeting, May 18, 2005.


I have a correction to the web site for the NYPD -

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 114
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 40
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Student Members 12
Total Membership 186

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 – 66, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions – 64, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 - 1/97
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 April meeting:
Members 61
Guests 17
Total 78


The May General Meeting is only two weeks or so away. This is last General Meeting before our summer break.

Although we are ahead of last year’s Journal Ad total for the same period last year, we have a long road to travel to meet or break last year’s final total of revenue generated by Journal Ad sales. Our most worthy Member of the Year, Bill McVeigh is certainly a person held in high regard by all of our membership and is a person that should be celebrated as such. I know that the generosity of our Society Members will rise to meet the occasion.

Please continue to show your support for our Member of the Year and our Society by upgrading your Associate Ad or by asking your vendors and friends to honor Bill by purchasing a Journal Ad in his honor.

Thanks for your continued support.


All passenger cars will have tire pressure monitoring systems beginning with the 2006 model year according to a new motor vehicle safety standard by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.)
The regulation will require that manufacturers install a system that can detect when one or more of the vehicle’s tires are 25 percent or more below the recommended inflation pressure.
Phase-in of the new regulation will begin Sept. 1, 2005. All new 4-wheeled vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less must be equipped with the monitoring system by the 2008 model year.
According to NHTSA, under-inflated tires can adversely affect fuel economy, lead to skidding and loss of control and hydroplaning on wet surfaces. It can also increase stopping distance and the likelihood of tire failures.
NHTSA estimates that about 120 lives a year will be saved when all new vehicles are equipped with the tire pressure monitoring systems. In addition, consumers should see improved fuel economy and increased tire life. The manufacturers’ average cost per vehicle is estimated to be between $48.44 and $69.89, depending on the technology used.
The tire pressure monitoring system was required by Congress when it enacted the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2000. The new regulation can be found at:

April 22, 2005
House Passes Energy Bill; Next Step, the Senate

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives approved a broad energy bill by a 249 to 183 margin. The next step for the bill is the Senate, where hearings may take place next month. The Senate failed to pass energy legislation in the last Congress by one vote.

Some of the provisions of the Republican-written bill:

• Provide $8.1 billion in tax breaks for energy producers

• Provide $2 billion in royalty relief to oil and gas industry over 10 years for research on ways to recover oil and gas from extremely deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico

• Give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission clear authority to override states and local officials in locating LNG import terminals

• Expand daylight saving time by two months (the first Saturday in March through the last Sunday in November)

• Open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling

• Require mandatory reliability standards for electric power lines, instead of industry self regulation

• Provide product liability protection for makers of MTBE against lawsuits stemming from the gasoline additive contaminating drinking water (this provision was retained by a 219-213 vote)

• Provide a tax credit of 20 percent up to $2,000 for homeowners who install more energy-efficient windows, doors and improved insulation

• Provide consumer tax credits for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles


Member Hank Gaiss of North Shore Safety Institute of Brooklyn and Northport, NY gave a very informative program on OSHA’s top ten violations and offered many tips for dealing with an OSHA inspection before, during and after the inspection.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Associate Member Michael Cafiero.


Inducted at the April meeting:
William Schneider, Maintenance Manager for Atlantic Express, Inc. of Jamaica, NY as a Member. Bill oversees the maintenance, DOT inspections and property management for locations in Jamaica, NY and the Bronx, NY. He oversees a school bus fleet of over 1,000 vehicles.


The Nominating Committee has selected its slate of Officers for the 2005/2006 term:
President – William McVeigh, Atlantic Express, Inc.
1st Vice President – Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express, Inc.
2nd Vice President – Michael Cafiero, Petro, Inc.
Treasurer – Frank Carpenter – We Transport/Towne Bus
Secretary – Robert Lagnese – Farmingdale University

Member Louis Balazs nominated from the floor a slate of Officers for the 2005/2006 term:
President – Dennis Madden, Motive Engines
1st Vice President – Pat De Martino, Con Edison
2nd Vice President – Michael Natoli, KeySpan Energy
Treasurer – Frank Carpenter – We Transport/Towne Bus
Secretary – Robert Lagnese – Farmingdale University


Our program schedule is:
May: Mike Williams of Cornerstone Truck Equip, cryogenics for brake and clutch parts
September: Mondial Automotive, Leece Neville
October: KeySpan, alternative fuels


I have spoken to Life Member Henry Consiglio recently and he is doing well down in Florida. Henry says “Hi” to all the Membership and hopes one day to get to a meeting when he is back up north.


Applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship are available at any time on our web site.

Please take the time and carefully read the Bylaw change proposal that concerns the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship and be sure to vote your opinion at the May meeting.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Tom Stagnitta’s wife, Geraldine, who is recovering from surgery.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member George Ferraro’s wife, Lorraine, who is recovering from an injury.

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
6/9 Robert Gartman
6/10 Julie Domante (Peter)
6/13 Judi Blane (Mitchell)
6/13 Showky Kaldawy
6/20 Susan Pastor (George)
6/24 Richard Chan
6/24 Blanca Nunez (Juan)
6/25 Marie Milack (Steven)
6/26 Robert Spiotto
6/28 John Iannotta
6/29 Barbara Clark (Mitchell)
6/29 Leonard Huffmire

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