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June 2007


Another year has come to a close. The Golf Outing is only a few days away and I expect it will be another success. One again my thanks go out to Member Nick Markatos and his committee for their efforts.

I would like the thanks the membership for their support in the recent elections. Over the past year there have been lessons learned and obstacles to overcome and with the knowledge of the past I expect to fore fill your expectations and improve the strength and credibility of the Society.

As you all know there are some changes to the Executive Board for next year so I would like to thanks those who are stepping down for their dedication, you did make a difference. I would like to thank those who are stepping up because you are desperately needed. And to those returning Board Members, THANKS.

I do need to ask for help one more time. There is much to do as so few to do it so anyone with a little time and would like to give us a hand, please give me a call. There is never too many, I will find you a job to do.

Enjoy your summer, see you in September.


Just a reminder that we are off for the summer months and will meet again in September. Enjoy your summer and stay safe and well.


For any Bylaw to be accepted, a 66.6% majority of the votes are required for acceptance. I thank all those who took time to cast their votes. These are the results of the voting at the May meeting:

Bylaw Change Proposal 1
Rewrite Article III, section 2C to read:
2C. Honorary: Associate Members whose representative has at least (15) fifteen years Membership and has completely retired from active participation in business may be voted to Honorary Membership in the Society.

This Bylaw has PASSED by a vote of 86.3% for.

Bylaw Change Proposal 2
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.

This Bylaw was DEFEATED by a vote of 56.8% for.

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We have two new additions to our web site directory from new Member Clement Drummond of the Bronx Community College at and new Associate Member Matthew Konig of Amsoil Products at

If anyone has changes to their home address, phone number or employment, please get your information to me to update. A new roster will be printed over the summer for distribution in September.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 111
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 41
Honorary Members 4
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 18
Total Membership 194

Attendance at the May meeting:
Members 45
Guests 6
Total 51

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 83, 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 Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 46, 11/01 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 44, 3/97 –
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


I would like to first start out by showing my appreciation to President Lenny Huffmire, the Society of Fleet Supervisors Executive Board and its Members for the opportunity to serve as your 1st Vice President. I feel it is a great honor to be chosen for this position.

Recently I have set up a email address for the propose of gathering information from the Members of the Society to express their interest in what issues they would like addressed in upcoming newsletters by the Educational Committee. The email address is [email protected] It is my hope to use the information gathered from the Members to better serve the needs and concerns of our Members.


The Journal Ad Committee hopes that all our Members and their families enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September at our next General Meeting.

We would also like to remind you that although the deadline to place your Journal Ad is about five months off, it's not too early to make your commitment. We have a long road of Journal Ad's to travel to meet the success of last year’s Journal.

John Costantin, the 2007 Member of the Year, deserves our Members acknowledgement for his years of unselfish giving to our great Society. Placing an ad in the 2007 Journal shows your thanks to John as well as your support to the Society allowing us to continue the great work that we do.

So, please take a minute or two and make your voice heard by filling out a Journal Ad Form (contained in this Newsletter) and sending it to the address noted on the bottom of the form.

May I remind you that your payment does NOT have to accompany your commitment. We would be happy to bill you at a later date that you select (as long as it is no later than November, 2007). All you have to do is write that request on the Journal Ad Form.

As always, thanks for your support and see you in September!


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.

The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) has responded to a bill introduced by Florida State Senator Victor Crist that would prohibit the use of retreaded tires on most commercial vehicles on Florida highways. The state bill, S912, “prohibits the use of recapped or re-treaded tires on truck tractors, pole trailers, or semi-trailers operated on public roads, streets, or highways of this state.” If approved, the ban would take effect Jul. 1, 2007.

TRIB acknowledged some concerns legislators and citizens may have over the large amount of tire debris found on Florida highways. Much of the tire debris on highways comes from tires that have never been retreaded, but rather that are under-inflated, overloaded, mismatched on dual wheel positions, or misaligned. Many other states are moving in the opposite direction by encouraging retreads. A federal executive order (13149) mandates the use of retread tires on most federal fleet vehicles and California just awarded a $75,000 grant to TRIB to promote the use of re-treaded tires on public sector vehicles throughout that state.

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.

New Jersey Legislature - 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."

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


Regional Manager for The PENRAY Companies, Inc., Mr. Joe Long, presented the May program. Mr. Long spoke about the many different types of engine coolants which are available to the industry. He also spoke about cooling system problem solutions through an understanding of cooling system requirements.

The newly elected slate of Society Officers for 2007/2008 was announced.
President Leonard Huffmire Atlantic Express
1st Vice President John Donato NY Metro Peterbilt
2nd Vice President Michael Cafiero Petro, Inc.
Treasurer Frank Carpenter We Transport/Towne Bus
Secretary Brian Marksohn We Transport/Towne Bus

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was retired Member Nicholas Pavlides.


Last month was the end of our Membership Drive and was successful with 12 new Members added to our ranks. Our winner of the $250.00 prize is Member Frank Carpenter who brought in five new Members into the Society

I would like to thank all who have participated in the Membership Drive and would like to see us continue to recommend new Members.

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.

Inducted at the May meeting:

Clement Drummond, Director of Automotive Technology at Bronx Community College, New York as a Member. Clement is responsible for the development and providing the curriculum for automotive education for a student base of 165. Clement was a former Member of the Society and has 32 years of experience as a Natural Gas Vehicle Manager for KeySpan Energy.

Matthew Konig, Direct Jobber for Amsoil Products of Superior, WI as an Associate Member. Matt recommends, advises and sells Amsoil synthetic lubricants, filtration systems and other related after market products to various auto, truck, industrial and marine markets. He has 30 years of personal use, and sales experience with Amsoil Products. He has attended several lubrication courses offered by the Society of Lubrication Engineering, SAE and others. He has held positions on the Board of Directors with some of these Societies.


Our fall schedule is:

Our program will be presented by Ed Hall, Business Development Manager for Cummins in reference to their Fleet Guard line of filters and the advantages of using their product line along with quality control issues. Fleet Guard will be sponsoring the cocktail hour

At this time we are looking for someone to host the program & sponsor the cocktail hour

Our program will be presented by Randy Shotland Financial Services Professional from New York Life. The program will pertain to retirement options and life insurance which could be tax deductible. New York Life will be sponsoring the cocktail hour


I spoke with Life Member Joe Valenti who is enjoying the sun and retired in New Jersey. He is traveling the world and seeing the places he had only dreamed about. He said he misses the guys at the Society and hopes all the guys are well. He will be back in New Jersey sometime in September and hopes to make a meeting to see everyone.

I would like to hear from all the rest of the retired Members and you can e-mail me at [email protected]


Summer is upon us and many students are graduating from high school and will be going to college in the fall. If you have a family member that will be attending college in the fall, this is a great time to submit your Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship application for them. We have 13 Society Scholarships to award this year to our Members and family members so why not become a recipient? Please get your applications in as soon as possible so I can start the reviewing process. Don’t forget about your attendance obligation to be eligible for one of these scholarships. Not sure if you will qualify? You can send a message to either me or Member Richie Chan and we will check the records for you.

Interviews for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships have been scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at Farmingdale University. We have three $1,000.00 scholarships to award. Interested in being on the Scholarship Committee? Please give me a call at (718) 388-0426.


I hope everyone enjoyed the picnic and that everyone has a great summer.


Our Welfare & Employment Chairman, John Costantin is a bit under the weather as of late with a back injury. We send our get well and speedy recovery wishes and John says he should be back on the job shortly.

I wish all a safe and wonderful summer!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

7/1 Donna Sauchelli (Edward)
7/8 George Oristano (Linda McCabe)
7/9 Thomas Stagnitta
7/10 Sandy Dozis (John)
7/11 Maria Carpenter (Joseph)
7/11 George Pastor
7/12 Frank Fontana
7/13 Penelope Angelopoulos (Prodromos)
7/14 Patricia Dardzinski (Steve)
7/20 Margaret Consiglio (Henry)
7/21 Thomas Stagnitta (retired)
7/22 Laura Arbasetti (Gino)
7/22 Betty Johanson (Robert)
7/22 Sally Ann Logerfo (John)
7/26 Michael Rogers
7/28 Anne O’Sullivan (Mortimer)
7/29 Patricia Cohen
8/1 Ann Bruce (Michael)
8/1 Diana Cavuoto (Anthony)
8/1 Dennis Meehan
8/2 Liz Maher (Robert)
8/3 Anne Madden (Dennis)
8/5 Kathleen Meehan (Dennis)
8/6 Lori Vavrinec (Marty)
8/7 Daniel Coranoto
8/8 Sherrie Fauci (Robert)
8/8 Mary Ann Spiotto (Robert)
8/12 Albert Buehler Jr.
8/12 Greg Lent
8/12 Cindy White (Joseph)
8/13 Linda McCabe
8/13 Joseph Calderaro Jr.
8/13 James Fisher
8/14 Josephine Carpenter (Frank)
8/15 Leonard Ferraro
8/18 Garry Raff
8/20 Carole Costantin (John)
8/21 Anne Marie Mastros (Loucas)
8/23 Sue Ebert (Edgar)
8/23 Kathy Zaragoza (Nestor)
8/24 Wendy Crandall (Robert)
8/27 Eva Mandel (Martin)
8/28 Peter Pepe
8/28 Elena Shopis (John)
8/29 Kenneth Wyman
9/3 Donna Lent (Greg)
9/3 Angela Schuler (Michael)
9/5 James Mastellone
9/8 Avi Mordekovich
9/11 Shirley Rosario (Eric)
9/14 Mitchell Blane
9/14 Robert Maher
9/16 Ann Marie Araujo (Victor)
9/19 Peter Clark
9/20 Kathy Iannotta (John)
9/21 Alfred Klingbeil
9/22 David Findley
9/23 Francis Dejana (Peter)
9/23 Michael Iannizzi
9/25 Yolanda Calderaro (Joseph)
9/25 Lynn Cordiello (Michael)
9/26 Jeffrey Kaye
9/27 Marilyn Gibbons (Dennis)
9/28 Peter Dejana
9/29 Teddy Moustakas
9/29 Donald Schneider
9/30 Lisa Ann Aull (Don)
9/30 John Dozis
9/30 Vincent Gulotta
9/30 Kathy Orza (Carl)


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