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October 2006


The attendance for the September meeting was good and I would like to thank all those who attended. I would like to thank Member Steve Justice from Allison Transmission for his presentation on Hybrid vehicle. It was very informative.

As I look to the future, the Society needs our Members, old and new to attend the meeting. In the Society’s Constitution, Article II, Objective and Aims, it states” To promote efficient fleet operation through the exchange of ideas and experiences (etc.)”. I know that we all lead busy lives but the Society is built on the Membership and their ideas and experiences, which is a valuable asset that can never be replaced.

The next meeting is October 18 and I would like to see everyone make an extra effort to attend because this is your organization and it needs YOU.


We are back at the New Hyde Park Inn and we will be in the ballroom for the October meeting.

Start thinking about the EXPO. It’s only October but we have exhibitor reservations already on the books. Use the EXPO application included in this Newsletter or you can download an application from our web site.

Do we have a Student Member willing to step up and be a committee chairman to represent the Student Membership? If you are interested, please contact Member Prof. Lagnese or myself at (718) 388-0426.


We are now accepting Bylaw change proposals for 2007 in writing. Any proposal must be submitted in writing by the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw V Meetings

Meetings of the Society shall be held on the third Wednesday of each month. Legal holidays, June, July and August may be excepted. Regular monthly meetings to be held in September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May. (Amended 5/18/05)

Newly elected Officers will assume the duties of their office the third Wednesday in June. The formal installation of newly elected Officers will be held at the September regular meeting.

Executive meetings of the Society shall be held according to section III of the Bylaws. (5) Five Members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at these meetings.

The order of business at the May meeting shall be as follows:

1. Reading of the minutes
2. Report of the Secretary
3. Report of the Treasurer
4. Report of the Standing Committees
5. Report of the Special Committees
6. Report of election results
7. Report of the President
(Amended 5/16/01)

(20) Twenty Members present at a meeting of the Society shall constitute a quorum. (5) Five Members of the Executive Committee at a meeting regularly called shall constitute a quorum. The order of a business meeting shall be as follows:

1. Reading of the minutes
2. Secretary's report
3. Treasurer's report
4. Report of Standing Committees
5. Report of Special Committees
6. Unfinished business
7. New business
8. Presentation of program
9. Adjournment

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2006 Constitution and Rosters will be available at the October meeting. If you wish to receive your copy in the mail, please let me know.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 111
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 40
Honorary Members 4
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 18
Total Membership 194

Attendance at the September meeting:
Members 58
Guests 7
Total 65

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 76, 1/97 –
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
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
Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 39, 11/01 –
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00
Nuno Tardo, Retired – 36, 3/97 – 10/01


I would like to inform the Members of the Society of Fleet Supervisors about an organization located in Bayshore, NY named Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition. In October, they are holding their 10th annual “Advancing the Choice” event on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY. This is a free event for anyone interested in attending. This event is designed to introduce alternative and renewable fuels and reinforce the Clean Cities message to fleet owners in the Nassau and Suffolk areas.

This organization is sponsored by the US Department of Energy and supports public and private organizations that deploy alternative fuel vehicles and build supporting infrastructures. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Andria Adler, the Program Coordinator for Clean Cities. She informed me that the organization has been growing strongly year after year and that the events such as the “Advancing the Choice” had over 150 attendees last year and is expected to bring more this year. The Clean Cities Coalition is still taking applications for sponsors. If any of our Members are interested in promoting or participating in this event, Andria can be reached at (631) 969-3700 or by email at [email protected] If anyone would like to learn more about this organization, the web site is


It is hard to believe that we are quickly nearing the deadline (November 29), for Journal Ads saluting our 2006 Member of the Year, Frank Carpenter.

Because of the generosity of our Membership, last year’s Journal was a huge success.

We encourage all our Associate Members to upgrade their Journal Ads and take the time to ask their vendors to join us in honoring our much-deserved 2006 Member of the Year. When you upgrade an existing ad or purchase a new ad, you are helping to solidify your commitment to our great Society and its Members.

Time and time again, our Membership has stepped up to the plate and shown what they are made of. There is no doubt that we will make this year’s Journal the success that last year’s was.

Let’s tell Frank and the Society how much we appreciate them by making a commitment to the 2006 Journal honoring our Member of the Year.

Please take a minute or two to fill out the enclosed Journal Ad Form and send it to the address listed at the bottom of the form.

Thanking you one and all for your support


Hi everyone. By the time you read this I will have already made my first jump! Yes, that’s right I’m going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 feet. Hope to see everyone at the next meeting. Do we have any other jumpers out there? Let me know.


New CDL regulation: on and after September 1, 2006 the NYSDMV (New York State Department of Motor Vehicles) cannot issue a 10 – day temporary CDL when you pass a CDL skills (road) test.

Federal regulations require the NYSDMV to check both the National Driver Register and the Commercial Driver License Information System before the NYSDMV can issue a CDL.

If you pass a CDL skills test on or after September 1, 2006, you must wait at least seven days after the skills test, and then go to a DMV office to amend your driver’s license to a CDL. Until your CDL is issued, you continue to hold only a CDL permit, and must comply with all restrictions and limitations of the permit.


OSHA will be conducting a data check and records audit on 250 establishments. The companies will be chosen from approximately 125,000 general industry establishments within the scope of the OSHA data initiative. The audits help the agency verify the accuracy of the data employers submit, as well as the accuracy of the injury and illness records on which the ODI (OSHA Data Initiative) submission is based.

OSHA inspections were up in 2005. OSHA issued more citations for willful violations in 2005 than in any previous year. It conducted 38,714 inspections, exceeding its goal of 37,000. In addition, there were more un-programmed inspections, more inspections resulting from employee complaints, and more inspections based on referrals from other agencies.

In 2005, a case involving a work related injury that occurred 14 years earlier was finally settled. While the outcome was in favor of the employer, the company spent a lot of time and money to defend, among other things, its safety incentive program and injury reporting procedures.

So be careful how you implement safety incentive programs and workers compensation reporting procedures. Neither of these should in any way discourage employees from reporting injuries. Always apply your policies uniformly and consistently-you never know when you’re going to need them to support your safety position in a lawsuit.

Have you checked your eyewash stations and eyewash bottles expiration dates? Each bottle should be examined for contamination. The cap should be on tight and not show signs of tampering. The bottle should be wiped clean of dust and dirt and the bottle itself must not have an expired date. If the date has come and gone the eyewash bottle should be replaced. Plumbed in systems should be checked for proper operation and drainage. All eyewash stations should be clear of debris and shop equipment. Easy access should be provided. If a worker needing to use an eyewash station trips over debris in front or around the station what do you think will happen?


When inflating light duty truck tires which have deflated while in use (up to 20%), a rupture can occur known as a “zipper rupture”. This is named so because of the sound the sidewall makes when it rips open. We have already had a technician sent to the emergency room because of an exploding tire. Fortunately, he is ok. I heard the tire explode, it was loud! Next month I will provide an update on this situation. We are currently talking and meeting with the manufacturer. He is recommending removal of the tire from the wheel for a visual internal inspection of the tire for any signs of excessive sidewall wear or damage from under-inflation while in use. Notify your drivers and technicians to stand away from any tire being inflated. Use of a tire inflation device with a long hose is highly recommended!


The Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association (LIGRA) will be holding its annual trade show at the Millridge Cottage in Jericho NY. from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm October 12, 2006. It’s a great show, good food too!

Mike’s TIPS

It’s flu season! Time to get a flu shot. Protect you and your family. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness with fever, cough, muscle aches, and sore throat. Every year, more than 2,500 New Yorkers die of flu and pneumonia.

A flu shot is just as important as any other life-saving medication. You need this year’s flu shot for this year’s flu. Last year’s shot will not protect you now.

Flu shots are available from October through June. The sooner you get one; the quicker you’ll be protected.



Member Steve Justice of Allison Transmission presented the September program on the current state of hybrid vehicle technology. Steve’s presentation included both the advantages and disadvantages of the various hybrid systems available now and in the future. Other topics covered in the presentation included emissions reductions, regenerative braking and improved fuel economy all of which can be accomplished with hybrid vehicle technology.

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


Thank you to Member Mike Cafiero for filling in for me at the September meeting.

Congratulations to Associate Member Alan Klebanoff who has retired from the industry and has been elected to Honorary Member status.

Inducted at the September meeting:
Victor Araujo, Fleet Manager, of Professional Transit of Jamaica, NY as a Member. Victor supervises ten mechanics and oversees the maintenance and parts room for a 125 vehicle Access-a-Ride transit fleet. He has over 20 years experience in running large fleet maintenance shops.

Asif Chowdhury of Farmingdale University as a Student Member.

Mariusz Czaplicki of Farmingdale University as a Student Member.

John Kantor of Farmingdale University as a Student Member.

Members on the move:
Member Bill D’Emic is once again back with Big Apple Ford of Middle Village, NY as the Truck Manager.


OEM membership will follow tradition in reaching out to truck and bus OEMs, but this year we are also looking forward to a reach out program involving smaller OEMs in select prosperous industries such as emergency and rescue.


Please join us at the October meeting as we award three students from Farmingdale University with $1,000.00 Hank Hasiwar Scholarships.

Have we received your application for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships? What are you waiting for? The school year has started and the application deadline is the November meeting. Just remember to meet your attendance requirement of 15 meetings in a three-year period to be eligible.


Our scheduled presenter for the October meeting had to cancel at the time of this Newsletter going to press. Please bear with us as we are in the process of confirming a replacement program presenter.

Kris Iyer from Fidelity Investments will be giving a presentation on investing and what it can do for our futures.


I received a letter from Life Member Joe Valenti and he is doing well. He hopes to make it up to the October meeting and will be traveling to Italy and Sicily in November.

I’m looking forward to hear from the rest of our Life Members that have moved out of the area so get out your pen and write!


It was good to see Member John Collura at the September meeting. John undergone heart surgery and received a pacemaker and stents in the beginning of August.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Dennis Madden who is recovering from heart surgery in August and mid September.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
11/3 Karen Kearney (Raymond)
11/3 Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/4 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/4 Peter Glasser
11/5 Ismael Acevedo
11/8 George Ferraro
11/8 Edna Williams (Edward)
11/15 Thomas Munno
11/17 Dianne Kearney (Peter)
11/22 Peter Plate
11/24 Ralph Provisiero
11/26 Nancy Misita (William)
11/26 Fred Provenzano
11/29 James Dejana
11/29 Kirk Lombardi
11/29 Deras Marksohn (Brian)

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