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February 2006


The month of January got off to a great start for the Society of Fleet Supervisors.

Our first event of 2006, the Scholarship Awards Dinner was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. In addition to awarding the Scholarships help our students pursue their higher education pursuits, our 2006 Member of the Year, Mr. Frank Carpenter , was introduced by his good friend and colleague  Mark Kodner . Frank, I once again congratulate you as a truly deserving individual. Associate Member Thomas Munno's table pooled together, won the Ten Thousand Bricks Raffle, and as a true friend to the Society, generously donated one thousand dollars back to support the Golf Outing.

The January meeting followed soon afterward and the Society's Program Chairperson  Bob Gartman gave the program.  Bob was magnificent in his presentation. It captured the attention of all the Members and it was truly one of the few times you could have heard a pin drop during a presentation. Bob thanks again for a great job.

In February our program will be given by Caterpillar on new engine emissions technology, a must see for all Members. 

See you there. 


Our monthly meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn through the May 2006 meeting.

Time is really flying by and our EXPO on Wednesday, April 26 is coming fast. We are moving along very rapidly filling exhibit tables and vehicles. Many vendors took advantage of the $25 discount that was offered for registering before January. Don't get left out as I expect this year's EXPO to be among the best shows we've ever had.


We are accepting Bylaw Change Proposals in writing up to and including the March 2006 meeting. Time is running out soon to submit any proposals.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Article IX

1. 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 Fleet Supervisor shall have no vote at any meeting or in the election of Officers of the Society, as so defined by the Bylaws VI Elections, par. #6. (Amended 5/19/93)

Article X

1. All Members in time of hardship will be dealt with equally. The Executive Committee, under the President, shall be the final interpreter and make available a sum of ($250.00) two hundred fifty dollars. In addition any Member who becomes disabled or cannot work due to physical condition can have his/her dues deferred for the length of his/her disability, but the dues deferment is to be reviewed by the Executive Committee yearly.


We have an addition to our growing Internet Directory ? Member Vincent Cinotti of City Island Yacht Sales invites you to visit their web site at

Our present Membership is comprised of:

Members 119
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 14
Total Membership 200

Current consecutive attendance records are:

Bill Misita , Retired ? 99 , 9/92 ? 2/05
Robert Lagnese , Farmingdale University ? 71 , 1/97 -
George Pastor , H. John Davis, Inc. ? 70 , 5/94 ? 5/03
Carl Orza , Advanced Fleet Maintenance ? 69 , 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
Robert Spiotto , Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. ? 34 , 11/01 -

Attendance at the January meeting:

Members 47
Guests 13
Total 60


Your generosity and unwavering commitment to the Society of Fleet Supervisors and to the 2005 Journal celebrating the Member of the Year, Bill McVeigh , is very much appreciated. With your support, you helped put together a Journal befitting such a worthy Member of the Year.

This year I need your help in celebrating another worthy Member of the Year, Frank Carpenter . Frank has been an unwavering Member of the Society whose commitment may be equaled but not surpassed in his dedication to the Society.

This year however, unlike last year, I find myself in a very precarious situation for the Member of the Year is my friend and boss as well. Therefore, I need to ask you all to be at least as generous and gracious as you were last year so that we can again put together a Journal honoring such a worthy Member as Frank Carpenter and so that I may continue my employ. Knowing this, I begin ten months of pleading and begging for both your support for the 2006 Journal celebrating our Member of the Year, Frank Carpenter and for my job.

I hope you see the urgency in speaking to your vendors and asking them to place an ad in our Journal. It's an inexpensive way to reach many people in our field and a way to show your support for our great Society and Member of the Year, Frank Carpenter . I am sure you'll all agree.


Truck Route Changes

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall announced a series of truck route improvements for the Hunts Point area of the South Bronx. All of these improvements are chiefly designed to further separate trucks from entering the residential section of the peninsula.

“We have been working diligently in the Hunts Point community since 1998,” Commissioner Weinshall said. “Many trucks enter Hunts Point from the Bruckner and the George Washington Bridge and other major roadways to do business at the food markets. Our key is to keep them away from the central core of the Hunts Point peninsula, where residents live, and where schools and playgrounds are located.”

Effective Wednesday morning, July 21, truck drivers will no longer have access to Garrison Avenue, between Tiffany Street and Bryant Avenue – as well as Hunts Point Avenue, between the Bruckner Boulevard and Garrison Avenue. Community residents told the Department of Transportation that some trucks have used Garrison Avenue and have driven through more residential areas en route to the food markets. Therefore, for trucks traveling from the south – the recommended truck route to the food markets will be Leggett Avenue. For trucks traveling from the north, the recommended truck route will be Tiffany Street.

Additional truck routes will be provided in the following non-residential streets:
• Bryant Avenue between Bruckner Boulevard and Garrison Avenue
• Oak Point Avenue between Barry Street to and Halleck Street
• Barry Street between Leggett Avenue and Oak Point Avenue
• Dupont Street between Leggett Avenue and Oak Point Avenue
• Truxton Street between Leggett Avenue and Oak Point Avenue

Real-Time Traffic Cameras

Twenty-two of DOT's traffic cameras, showing live traffic conditions at major locations, now can be seen on City Drive Live on NYC TV, the television network of the City of New York, on Channel 93 (72 for Cablevision Subscribers) all day, every day.

Visitors to the DOT web pages also can access these cameras to view real-time traffic movements. The Advanced Traveler Information System provides both streaming video and frequently updated still images from locations in the five boroughs.

To access streaming video and stills, we recommend a minimum of 56K modem capability. In addition, the Real Player plug-in must be used for streaming video. If you do not have Real Player, you may download it free from the Advanced Traveler Information System introduction page.

At times when demand is high, video streaming may not be available to each visitor. If you cannot receive a video stream, you will be redirected to a still photo of the location, which is updated every few minutes. Please try again at a later time to access the video stream. To manage the demand, you will be able to access each video stream for a maximum of 3 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes of every hour. After that time, you will be able to access only still web cam images.

Safety Improvements Now Underway on NY Route 112 in Medford
NYSDOT Project Will Improve Motorist Safety and Access to Businesses

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Regional Director Subi Chakraborti today announced that $190,000 in roadway safety improvements are now underway on NY Route 112 (Medford Road) between Long Island Avenue and Waverly Avenue in Medford, Suffolk County.

“The NYSDOT is pleased to work with Senator Caesar Trunzo, Assemblywoman Eddington, and the local community to provide new travel safety features on NY Route 112 that will help provide better protection for motorists and improved access to the local businesses along this busy corridor,” Chakraborti said.

New York State to Provide "OSCAR" System for Motor Carriers:
Agencies Partner to Offer Web-Based Credentialing, Registration System

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Raymond P. Martinez, New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Arthur J. Roth and New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph H. Boardman today announced that truck and bus companies in New York State will now be able to go online and apply for up to four credentials at one time with a system known as OSCAR (One-Stop Credentialing and Registration System).

The OSCAR web-based program is designed to offer a motor carrier the ability to apply for up to four credentials at one time: an International Registration Plan (IRP) registration from DMV, Highway Use Tax (HUT) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) permits from NYS Department of Tax and Finance and a Single State Registration credential from the NYS Department of Transportation. These State agencies have worked together on an Interagency Motor Carrier Task Force along with members of the State Police, Thruway Authority, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the New York State Motor Truck Association to design and pilot this system with funding provided by the State and the I-95 Corridor Coalition.


Programs Committee Chairman Robert Gartman presented the January program on Accident and Fraud prevention. This very interesting and informative presentation gave our Members some insight into how to prevent fraudulent lawsuits after traffic accidents. Bob states that while using the techniques presented, his employer has seen a dramatic reduction in after accident lawsuits.

A great big thanks to Associate Member Tom Munno who donated $1,000.00 from part of his share of the 10,000 Bricks Raffle to the 2006 Golf Outing. The donation will be utilized to sponsor the dinner and beverage station.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Robert Lagnese who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


Congratulations to Member James McElwee who has been elected to Life Member grade.


February's presenter will be Mark Voorhees, the NE Region Sales Mgr On-Highway Engines, from Caterpillar Inc. Mark will be speaking about Caterpillar's unique solution to the 2007 emissions standard and how it will affect the on-highway market.


We received a letter from Life Member Ken Wyman:
Hi Rich & Mike,

What does a retired SFS member do? I have been promising to write this for a year. Cathy and I have been in North Carolina 10 years now and this year I will hit the big 70th birthday. Fortunately, we are in good health and I still ride 10 to 15 miles a day on a trail bike. I am active in many areas and find little time left each day.

One of my first involvements is traveling the rivers and creeks in this area and doing environmental observations and water testing. Since this takes in hundreds of miles of creeks and backwater swamps (they are now called wetlands, not swamps) I get to look at many potential fishing spots. Unfortunately, we have some unfriendly critters around here and you learn quickly to watch out for your self. Cottonmouth and Copperhead snakes are the most prevalent and the Cottonmouth is the nastiest. Occasionally I come upon a gator in the backwaters but they are not very aggressive if you are not. Over the years, I have seen the water quality deteriorate some but unfortunately, that is generally the result of increased building and population.

This situation brought on another involvement. Most folks think that everyone in North Carolina carries a gun and I must say that is probably true if you spend any time on the rivers or in the woods. After my first encounter with a Cottonmouth, I became a believer in handgun possession.

NC is a right to carry state and I proceeded to get a concealed carry permit (although it is legal to walk around with a weapon hanging off your side) I am now licensed to carry concealed in 29 states. By the way, the concealed permits became available about 15 years ago in Craven County and have produced some surprising results. We have virtually zero burglaries in our town because most houses have a gun in them and almost no muggings because you don't know if the little old lady you are trying to rob will pull put a 45 semi-auto instead of her wallet out of her purse. The very good news is at least in this county we have never had a bad shooting by a civilian and the overall crime rate is down about 24%.

The training in shooting has allowed me to join the Craven County Law Enforcement Officers Association and now I do competition Trap and Handgun shooting. This year being my finest as I won the Turkey Shoot trophy this year, there is something very rewarding about out shooting the Rednecks, not bad for a 69 year old.

I am also Treasurer of CCLEOA (Craven County Law Enforcement Officers Association - Y'all be careful when you drive through my county), Logistics Director for the Trent Woods NC CERT (Community Emergency Response team), a member of the NC CISM (Critical Incident Response team), and last but not least a member of the CCDC (Crystal Coast Disaster Coalition).

For fun, there is good freshwater fishing, excellent saltwater fishing about 30 miles down river. Most people with small boats 23' and under trailer them so that when you go fishing you just decide what and where you want to fish for and take them to the launching ramp in that area, launching ramps are free. There is great deer and bear hunting locally. The deer are especially plentiful with the average local hunter taking 4 to six a year. I know they are plentiful, I hit one with Cathy's car a few years back and damn near killed myself and totaled the car. While I am not a golfer, there are about 12 to 15 golf courses in a 15-mile radius of me.

This year I am retired from New York Telephone Co. 20 Years. I made myself a promise to come up to one of the SFS meetings this year but I am not yet sure which one.

If you get down this way, let me know. We only 85 miles east of 95 and are adjacent to New Bern, one of the most historic cities in the state.

Give my regards to everyone,



Congratulations to the following recipients of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship:
• Daniel Collura, grandson of Member John Collura, attending Gettysburg College
• Nicole Cordiello, daughter of Member Michael Cordiello, attending Nassau Community College
• Carolann Cotton, granddaughter of Life Member Michael Iannizzi, attending SUNY, Stony Brook
• Jonathan Dong, nephew of Member Richard Chan, attending Fordham University
• Jenna Fishoff, granddaughter of Member John Costantin, attending Grossmont College
• Christopher Murtha, nephew of Member Leonard Huffmire, attending Kings College

I must apologize for any inconvenience that may have occurred because of the slight problem we had with the scholarship checks that were sent to our recipients. By now, all the scholarship checks should have been corrected.

We are accepting applications for the 2006 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. As you all know, this scholarship benefits our Members and their family members in their educational endeavors. Please remember you must fulfill your attendance obligations of 15 meetings during the three years ending at the November 2006 meeting to be eligible.


Well, I hope everyone had an enjoyable evening at the Scholarship Awards Dinner. If you weren’t able to make it, you missed out on a great time! We had a few changes this year that included a live band and some changes in the lay out of the room and menu.

This year’s winner of the 10,000 Bricks Raffle was Associate Member Tom Munno and employees of Double Check Electric’s table # 16. Congratulations, it was well deserved.

Also chosen, as the Member of the Year was Member Frank Carpenter who as we all know is a very dedicated and hard working Member.

As of now, we have booked the 2006 Scholarships Awards Dinner again at Leonard’s of Great Neck for January 13, 2007. I hope to see you there.

We will be setting the date shortly for the Annual Kiddy Picnic and for those who haven’t been to one, we have a great time. Stay tuned for details.


Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Associate Member Samuel Blakley Jr. and family on the loss of his father, Samuel Blakley Sr., who passed away in early January.

Get-well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Keith Skinner who is recovering from a collapsed lung and pneumonia in early January.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

3/1 Michael Calise
3/1 Grace Snyder (Robert)
3/3 Joseph Perin
3/5 Nestor Zaragoza
3/6 Janet Natale
3/2 Emilia Bisciotti (Robert)
3/7 Alan Taub
3/8 Joseph Milea
3/10 Frank Almona
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)
3/2 Dolly Taddeo (Pasquale)
3/29 Bill D’Emic
3/29 Ronald Gulmi
3/29 Salvatore Macaluso
3/30 Patricia Raff (Gary)
3/30 William Schneider
3/30 Taras Vysotskyy
3/31 Cynthia Roskop (Dennis)

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