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November 2007


I would like to thank Member Mike Calise for his presentation at the October meeting. He did a fantastic job and was very informative.

The November meeting was moved up one week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday so I hope you all were able to attend. The arrangements at the Immaculate Conception center are proving to be a good replacement. I hope everyone who hasn’t been able to find time to attend can grab the opportunity next year. You won’t be disappointed.

The Scholarship Award Dinner is around the corner so book your tables and don’t forget your Brick Ticket. Booking tables early will help Member Mike Cordiello with the arrangements so if you know your intend to attend give him a call.

Once again the Executive Board is looking for help. There is much to do and so few to do it, so if you can spare some time and would like to help us in the upcoming year give me a call. We can use the extra hands.


Sorry for the late notice for the meeting date change for the November meeting. We will be meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of November on the 14th. We made the decision that the 3rd Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving would not be beneficial for a quality meeting and we moved the meeting up one week.

We’ve been getting very good reviews on the new meeting place. Great food, great cocktail hour, great meeting place! I hope you are able to come down to a meeting and find out for yourself.

There is no meeting for December and the next meeting is scheduled for January 19th.


We are accepting Bylaw change proposals and have received three Bylaw change proposals to date.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article I

This Society shall be known as the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. of New York

Article II
Objective and Aims

To promote efficient fleet operation through the exchange of ideas and experiences in the selection and training of personnel, supervisory technique, maintenance, production, safety, labor relations, plant layouts, supplies and equipment, insurance and other related subjects; to improve Members’ prestige and image through training, education, public relations, projects and exposure to all facets of transportation.

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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 October meeting:
Members 56
Guests 20
Total 76

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 85, 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. – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 46, 3/97 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


Bronx Community College’s Automotive Technology Internship Program

Bronx Community College is pleased to announce our new Automotive Internship program that is coordinated by Automotive Instructor George Patchoros. The Automotive Technology curriculum, the only one of its kind in The City University, prepares the student for a career in the automotive / transportation industry. Upon completion of this curriculum, the student graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree and is prepared for entry-level positions in various areas of the automotive industry dealing with equipment sales and service, automotive technician, development and testing, service writer, manufacturer representative, insurance appraisal and other specialties.

In an effort to enrich our student’s experience, BCC has created an internship program that is designed to provide practical, professional work experience that solidifies the theory and application of course work in the student’s area of specialty.

The internship provides several advantages to participating companies. The program is an excellent source of both temporary and permanent employees since the organization is given a chance to evaluate prospective employees without making an expensive, long term commitment. Interns become thoroughly grounded in established employer practices while they are still at a formative level in their professional development. Many interns bring fresh ideas and perspectives which can be of considerable value to the company. Of course, students from our automotive technology program should be capable, with reasonable guidance and supervision, of performing productive work right alongside the company’s present employees.

It is easy to get started with our internship program by calling George Patchoros at (718) 289-3213, email him at [email protected], or fax an employment opportunity to (718) 289-6403.


The Journal Ad Committee needs your HELP and we need it NOW!

At the time you are reading this message, the deadline for placing your Journal Ad honoring our most worthy Member of the Year, John Costantin is less than a month away. This year’s Member commitment, support and contribution to the 2007 Society of Fleet Supervisors Journal has been slow to materialize.

We are far behind those monetary goals set at this same time of year for the past three years. We are many thousands of dollars away from those final totals raised over the past three years. I can only stress that the Society of Fleet Supervisors needs your support and by placing an advertisement in this year’s Journal honoring our Member of the Year, John Costantin makes your voice as a member heard loud and clear. I have seen our Members rise to the occasion time and time again and I am urging you not to let your fellow members down. Pick up your phone, call your vendors, call your customers and ask them to place a Journal Ad. You will find that in most cases getting a commitment is not much harder than just asking for it.

The time to stop procrastinating is now! As this Newsletter may get to you after the November meeting, please take the few minutes needed to call me, Mark Kodner @ 516-322-4366 or 917-734-4692 or email me at [email protected] for your ad. No matter which way you contact me, please do.

Let your voice be heard and show your support by either purchasing a Journal Ad or upgrading your Associate Member Journal Ad to the next level. John Costantin should be fittingly honored for his contributions to the Society by showing your appreciation through the placing of a Journal Ad.

Thanking our great Membership for their continued support in advance, we are the Journal Ad Committee


Advocates for Blind Ask That Hybrid Cars Make Some Noise
Hybrid cars are gaining popularity around the United States because they are eco-friendly, but their silent engines are generating criticism from advocates of the blind, according to the Web site

Some people who have lost their sight said the cars can be dangerous because blind people often rely on hearing oncoming traffic. The National Federation of the Blind is lobbying automakers to add noisemakers to their hybrid cars.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has begun incorporating hybrids into its training, teaching students and their dogs to be aware that hybrids can sneak up on them. Officials with the organization said driver awareness could be the most effective solution to the problem.

California has the highest concentration of hybrids in the nation. None of the major automakers have responded to the lobbying with any changes to their hybrids, the report said.

DriveCam Ranks No. 325 on the 2007 Inc. 500
DriveCam Inc., a global Driver Risk Management company, recently announced that it ranked no. 325 on magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., reporting a three-year sales growth of 828 percent. This is the third consecutive year DriveCam has been named to the list.

DriveCam offers a behavior-based risk mitigation solution that predicts and prevents actual risky driving behaviors likely to result in collisions, and has deep industry expertise working with many types of fleets in several industries, including waste management and sanitation, concrete and construction, transit, para-transit and motor coach, utilities, telecom and services, goods distribution and logistics, as well as government and municipalities.

DriveCam’s exception-based video event recorder is mounted on the windshield behind the rearview mirror and captures sights and sounds inside and outside the vehicle. Exceptional forces such as hard braking, swerving and collision cause the recorder to save the critical seconds immediately before and after the triggered event. Saved events are analyzed and used in ongoing driver coaching programs to improve behavior and mitigate driver risk.

Chrysler Launches Division for Electric, Hybrid Vehicles
Chrysler LLC is setting up an engineering division to design and build electric and hybrid vehicles. Called ENVI, the division will be at Chrysler’s headquarters in suburban Detroit, according to Automotive News.

Chrysler plans to roll out its first two hybrid vehicles, a Dodge Durango and a Chrysler Aspen, in 2009. The hybrids will use a transmission developed in conjunction with General Motors and BMW. Beyond that, Chrysler has not said what it might do in the development of fuel cells.

Before Chrysler became part of DaimlerChrysler a decade ago, the company was developing hybrid technology. It produced a diesel-electric version of the Dodge Ram pickup that was tested by utility companies. But the truck was never offered for sale to consumers.

Chrysler also had an active fuel cell program and built several test vehicles. But that work stopped in 2002 when Chrysler closed its Liberty Technical Center. After that, Daimler engineers in Germany were responsible for the company's fuel cell and hybrid activities, reported Automotive News.

NHTSA Signs Agreement with China on Auto Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week signed an agreement with China to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in the area of motor vehicle safety and to improve enforcement standards.
"We are strengthening the lines of communication and cooperation to improve the safety of vehicles and automotive equipment in both our countries," said NHTSA Administrator Nicole R. Nason. "This agreement will also help us to better enforce our standards."

The bilateral arrangement, formally signed between NHTSA and China's National Development and Reform Commission, sets out a range of cooperative goals, including developing safety standards for automotive equipment and enforcing those standards. The agreement also encourages developing and disseminating consumer information, developing and sharing automotive safety research, and sharing efforts on improving vehicle fuel economy.

After a signing ceremony at the Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Chinese delegation and NHTSA officials exchanged information on requirements and procedures used in both countries to ensure compliance with automotive safety standards, as well as the processes involved in conducting safety investigations and recalling vehicles and motor vehicle equipment.



Our October program was “By a Member for the Members”. Member Michael Calise gave a great presentation on automated external defibrillator (AED) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Our thanks go to Drive Train Truck Parts for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

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


Congratulations to our Hank Hasiwar Scholarship Recipients! We are proud to award $1,000.00 to each of the following students from Farmingdale University:
Harold Claude of East Meadow, NY
William C. Gehrhardt IV of Commack, NY
James J. Matthews of Glen Cove, NY

A great big thank you goes to Member Robert Lagnese for filling in and presenting the scholarships in my absence. I also want to thank Members Dennis Madden and Richie Chan for their help on the Scholarship Committee.

We still have Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship available! The deadline will be the November meeting on November 14th. Please submit your application by that night.


Well, it’s that time of the year again for the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held at Leonard’s of Great Neck on Saturday, January 12, 2008. The cost remains the same at a bargain of $150.00 per couple. It promises to be a great evening with friends and fun. We also have Ten Thousand Bricks Raffle tickets available so get your lucky number today.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Carl Orza who is recuperating from a fall that broke five ribs on October 14th.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Tony Cavuoto who had pacemaker surgery on October 15th.

Congratulations to Member Richie Yopp on the birth of his seventh grandson, Nicholas Pasquale Yopp who weighed in at nine pounds, seven ounces.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
12/1 Donna Calder (Douglas)
12/2 Tara Musella (Lawrence)
12/5 Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/8 John Costantin
12/8 Sybil Fisher (James)
12/12 Floyd Hart
12/13 Margo Clark (Stanley)
12/13 Dennis Madden
12/13 John Shopis
12/13 Nardine Yopp (Richard)
12/15 Lawrence Straker
12/17 Thomas Volpe
12/18 Robin Gartman (Robert)
12/18 Debbie McVeigh (William)
12/18 Robert Snyder
12/19 Karen Natoli (Michael)
12/20 Roy Burgin
12/21 Anthony Cavuoto
12/21 William McVeigh
12/25 Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/30 Nancy Plate (Peter)


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