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April 2007


Well, as you all know I must have I spoke to soon and jinxed the weather, because we did get that winter which we thought we missed. I hope everyone were able to weather the storms because spring is in the air.

Again, quick reminders that the 2007 Society Expo is just around the corner so book those tables and distribute the door tickets and help make this another successful event.

The March meeting is behind us and was pleased with the attendance but as usual expect to see many more of you next month. I would like to thank Robert Dininni from Telma Corp. on his informative presentation of the Telma frictionless brake system.


We will be at the INN at New Hyde Park for the April and May meetings.

The EXPO is arriving at the end of the month! Please save the date, Wednesday, April 25 to be there! We will have vendors that will cover the gamut from brakes to engines to fuel to transmissions and more. Mark you calendar and please attend. If you need more admission tickets, please contact either Member Richie Chan or myself.


We are no longer accepting Bylaw change proposals. Proposals that were submitted will be read at the April meeting and mailed to all eligible voting Members by May 1.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw XII Amendments

1. These Bylaws may be amended at any May meeting by a (2/3) two thirds vote and/or voting by proxy of the Member grade. Any proposed Bylaw change must be submitted in writing by the March meeting. The proposed written amendment shall be read at the April meeting and written notice of said amendment shall be mailed to every eligible voting Member (15) fifteen days in advance of the May meeting. Any Bylaws may be suspended at a regular meeting of the Society by a (2/3) two thirds vote of the Members present, for that meeting only. But no permanent alteration or amendment of any Bylaw shall be made except at the time and in the manner prescribed in the preceding paragraph. Only a Member of Member grade in good standing may submit a Bylaw change proposal. (Amended 5/17/00)

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3rd and final dues notices have been sent out and all delinquent Members will be dropped from the roster as of March 31, 2007.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 112
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 42
Honorary Members 4
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 18
Total Membership 197

Attendance at the March meeting:
Members 52
Guests 17
Total 69

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 81, 1/97 –
Member George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 44, 11/01 –
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 42, 3/97 –
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


On April 11th and 12th, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be holding the New York State Truck Safety and Education Conference held in Albany. This 1 ½ day event will feature educational workshops that will keep you up to date with new federal and state rules and regulations. A forum will be provided to anyone interested in receiving more information or need questions answered by the representatives of the agencies that regulate the trucking industry. Anyone wishing to attend this event can contact the NYMTA at (518) 458-9696. The conference fee is $150 per person. If you would like any further information on this event, please visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website at

As a reminder to anyone who would like to participate, the ASE is currently holding registration for the May 2007 test if you or someone you know would like to sign up. You can contact ASE at (703) 669-6600 or visit them on the web at


We are in the midst of putting together the 2007 Journal honoring our most worthy recipient, Member John Costantin, Member of the Year.

John has been a long time Member of our great Society and it is our turn to show John how much we have appreciated all that he has done for the Society by turning out a Journal befitting of his stature.

John has always been there for the Society of Fleet Supervisors and has shown time and time again that his loyalty to our organization is unwavering.

Let me remind you all that the purchase of a Journal Ad (or the upgrading of your Associate Member Ad) is an affordable means of advertising. A Journal Ad is also a way by which you show your gratitude to our 2007 Member of the Year, Member John Costantin and send a message that you are a strong supporter of our Society.

We have seen countless times the generosity of our Members and have no doubt that your generosity will continue.

Thank you John Costantin for being a Member of the Society that we are very proud of and thank you to all our Members for your continued support.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on-board recorder
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will continue to accept public comments about the agency’s proposed on-board recorder rule until Apr. 18. The FMCSA’s proposed rule change would require truck and bus companies with a history of serious violations to install electronic onboard recorders in all of their commercial vehicles for a minimum of two years. The proposed rule also would encourage industry wide use of electronic onboard recorders by providing incentives for voluntary use.

Specifically, the proposal would require the recording of basic information needed to track a driver’s duty status, including: identity of the driver, duty status, date, time and location of the commercial vehicle, and distance traveled. It would also add a new requirement to use global positioning system technology or other location tracking systems to automatically identify the location of the vehicle.

If adopted, FMCSA estimates that within the first two years that the rule is enforced approximately 930 carriers with 17,500 drivers would be required to use electronic onboard recorders.

Ford Motor Co. Recall
Ford Motor Co. has recalled 155,000 pickup trucks and SUVs in order to repair a cruise control switch system that has led to other recalls.

The new recall involves 2003 versions of the F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty truck, the Ford Excursion SUV, and the Lincoln Blackwood pickup truck. None of the diesel-powered vehicles are included in the recall.

Thruway Pothole reporting
Thruway Authority Acting Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn this week reminded New York motorists to report potholes on the state's highway system by calling 1-800-POTHOLE (1-800-768-4653).

"We are committed to enhancing the mobility of New York’s motorists by constantly working to provide safe, efficient and reliable trips through preventive maintenance and repair," Glynn said. "By utilizing 1-800-POTHOLE, motorists can help us locate and repair potholes caused by winter conditions quickly and efficiently to maintain smooth and safe conditions on our roadways."

Motorists can call 1-800-POTHOLE (1-800-768-4653) to report potholes on any state-owned highway, including the Thruway, except in New York City, where motorists can report potholes by dialing 311. Potholes on county or town roads, city and village streets, or private roadways should be reported to the appropriate owner.

Calls received by the hotline are directed to the closest state transportation department or Thruway Authority maintenance facility, from which a maintenance crew will be dispatched as soon as weather conditions and other factors permit.

BusCon 2007. October 1-3, 2007. Navy Pier, Chicago, IL. Come to America’s Biggest Bus Convention – BusCon! Welcome Reception: Monday, October 1. Conference and Expo: October 2-3. For more information, call 800-576-8788, or visit

New Jersey School Bus Safety Act supplement
A bill requiring school bus drivers to inspect buses for any pupils remaining at the end of a run has passed both houses in the New Jersey Legislature this month, and now awaits Gov. Jon Corzine's signature in order to become law. A supplement to the School Bus Safety Act of 2003, the bill would penalize drivers for leaving students behind, incurring a six-month suspension after the first offense.

The driver's license would be permanently revoked in the case of a second offense, or if a child left on a bus is injured as a result of gross negligence on the part of the driver.

Senators Fred Madden and Stephen Sweeney, primary sponsors of the bill, are calling for better hiring practices and training at school districts and bus companies, citing two recent instances of bus driver neglect that occurred within a month of each other.

Two children left on school buses in separate incidents in Glassboro and Vineland, N.J. were later found wandering residential streets in harsh winter weather.

Sweeney says the bill "legislates common sense."

Stricter Truck Safety Standards
Highway safety activists called for stricter truck safety standards in the U.S., including measures to ensure drivers get enough rest before getting behind the wheel.

During a press conference, representatives from the Truck Safety Coalition released state safety rankings and sharply criticized the effectiveness of the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between the Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation and Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT).

In particular, coalition members criticized the Motor Carrier Safety Administration's measures to increase the number of hours a driver can operate a truck by 28 percent since 2003. That number is now as much as 88 hours over an eight-day period. Congress created the Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 1999.

More than 100 people each week die in large truck accidents in the U.S., the Truck Safety Coalition reported. Wyoming, Arkansas and Oklahoma rank as the worst in truck fatalities; Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are the safest. The rankings are based on the number of fatalities per 100,000 residents during 2006.

Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokesmen reached by the Associated Press, however, defended their agency's efforts. They argued that the truck fatality rate is 16 percent lower compared to a decade ago, and that the administration has increased the time off between truck-driving shifts from eight to 10 hours.


Robert Dininni, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Telma Corp., gave a short presentation concerning the fundamentals of Telma’s frictionless braking systems. Mr. Dininni’s presentation explained how the frictionless braking system could save fleets money by increasing brake and tire life. He also spoke of the overall improvement in vehicle safety by significantly decreasing stopping distance.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Justin Umholtz of Farmingdale University.


We are stating to get some response for Membership applications. I thank all of you who have helped bring in a new member and would ask others to participate.

Also, keep in mind about our Membership Drive. Effective October 1, 2006 through May 15, 2007 we have implemented a Membership Drive. Sponsor the most new members inducted during this period and receive a $250.00 American Express Gift Certificate at the May 2007 meeting. Prospective members must be inducted as full Members, Associate Members, or OEM members during the membership drive period. All applications must be submitted for approval prior to the monthly Executive Board Meeting (First Wednesday of the Month). The last application to qualify for this program must be submitted no later than the April 2007 meeting.

Also, we are looking for recommendations for Member of the Month. If you know of anyone who has showed outstanding performance in the Industry you should send their name and contacts to me or Member Richard Chan.

Remember being a Member is important, but we must attend meetings to support the Society.


Please remember that we have 13 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships to award this year. If you have a spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece and nephew or yourself that is attending a school of higher education, consider submitting an application for one of the $1,000.00 scholarships. Just remember to meet your attendance obligation to be eligible.


It’s that time of the year again for our famous Kiddy Picnic. This year we have set the date for Sunday, June 3, 2007 at Eisenhower Park. We will be located in the Cherry section of parking lot 5. As always, I promise a great time for all. Anyone interested in attending can fill out the flyer and fax or mail it to me. I would like to see everyone there. It’s a great day full of games, food and prizes for all the kids and adults alike.


I have nothing to report on the welfare of our Members which is a good sign.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
5/4 Kerry Blumenthal
5/4 Michael Natoli
5/11 Phillip Torres
5/12 Stanley Clarke
5/12 Richard Yopp
5/14 Brian Marksohn
5/15 Louis Balazs
5/15 Douglas Calder
5/15 Joseph Carpenter
5/15 Juan Nunez
5/15 Bruce Rubin
5/16 Ronald Birnbaum
5/20 Mitchell Clark
5/24 Florence Lagnese (Robert)
5/25 Pat De Martino
5/25 Steve Justice
5/27 Robert Lagnese
5/28 Irene Tardo (Nuno)


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