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October 2007


September meeting is in the books. Our new meeting location at the Immaculate Conception Center did an outstanding job with the arrangements. Although there was a little confusion on how to get in the hall I am sure this will be old hack before to long.

We are creeping up to the annual Society Scholarship dinner which is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2008 so jot it in your calendar so you don’t miss the event. Don’t forget to get your Brick Tickets which will be available at the October meeting.

The October meeting presentation will be presented by Member Mike Calise on the use of defibrillators for medical emergencies. This should be something that you won’t want to miss.

Once again I am looking for help. If you can spare some time we can use you. Looking forward to seeing everyone ant the next meeting.


So tell me how you liked the new meeting place. Everyone there had good comments about the food and arrangements. If anyone has a menu request please call me. We are offered a vast menu that we can select from. Please join us at the October meeting to check it out yourself.

Next month, please remember to go to the North parking lot by making a left turn when you get to the building. You enter through the North Entrance doors and proceed upstairs and follow the signs.


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

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw XIV Accountant Services (Added 5/20/92)

1. The Executive Committee shall retain the services of an accountant each year at or about the January Board meeting, to file all governmental responsibilities for the Society. (Amended 5/17/06)

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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 September meeting:
Members 68
Guests 9
Total 77

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 84, 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 –
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 45, 3/97 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00


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The Journal Committee desperately needs your HELP! The clock is ticking and the time is swiftly passing.

The Deadline for placing a Journal Ad honoring our most worthy Member of the Year, John Costantin, is quickly approaching. There is less than two (2) months remaining to make your commitment and let your voice be heard that you salute our Member of the Year and strongly support our GREAT Society of Fleet Supervisors and the work that we do!

We are far behind last years effort and are counting on the generosity and the loyalty of our Members to once again step up to the plate and show that we are thankful for all the great work that John Costantin has done as a Member and honor him appropriately.

It is widely known that Journal Ads, while being an inexpensive form of advertising, show all Members of the Society that we are proud to be a part of the team.

So please before time runs out, speak to your vendors, fill out a Journal Ad Form and make a commitment to the Society of Fleet Supervisors. Let's HELP to make this years Journal honoring John Costantin even more successful than last years Journal.

Thanking you all in advance for your anticipated support!


Biodiesel Board Reaches Out to Trucking Industry
The National Biodiesel Board has launched a pair of efforts aimed at reaching out to the trucking industry and to those who want to “go green,” according to the Web site www/ In late-August, the board partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a program called “Grow & Go,” which will help connect shippers who want to ship green with truckers who use biodiesel.

The program, part of the EPA’s Smartway Transport Partnership, is designed to promote the use of biodiesel by getting at least 50 percent of the partners in the program to use renewable fuels by 2020.

The Biodiesel Board has also launched another service that will help truckers who want to find out where they can stop to fill up with biodiesel.

The locations of retailers across the country that sell biodiesel will now be available on ProMiles XF truck routing and mileage software. The software is available on CD and features address-to-address truck routing. Fueling locations are marked along the routes so truckers who want to use biodiesel can plan accordingly.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Issues Unified Carrier Registration Rule
Private and for-hire truck fleets are covered by a rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

On August 24, the FMCSA issued a final rule that establishes initial fees for 2007 and a fee bracket structure for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) agreement, which applies to both for hire and private truck fleets. The fee structure calls for a six-tier system of fees ranging from $39 a year for companies with two or fewer trucks to $37,500 for companies with more than 1,000 trucks.

The UCR replaces the Single State Registration System (SSRS). The purpose of the UCR is to facilitate individual state requirements for the registration and collection of fees from interstate motor carriers. One important change from the old SSRS system to the new UCR is that under the UCR, private carriers as well as for-hire carriers must pay the registration fee.

GPS Thievery on the Rise
Global Positioning Systems, satellite-based navigational systems, have increased in availability over the past few years, and as they become more accessible thieves are taking advantage of increased opportunity.

In Islip, NY, according to Newsday, 55 GPS devices were stolen from town trucks over the past week. The trucks were parked overnight in locked and fenced highway department vehicle yards. The stolen units retail for $50-$75 each, an official reported. The units make it possible to monitor vehicle speed, location and direction.

The Star-Telegram reported that in Fort Worth, Texas, thieves are grabbing GPS devices at such an overwhelming rate that police are recommending drivers stop leaving them in their cars.

Over the past two months, around 10 units have been stolen each week, according to police. Since the beginning of this year, about 268 units have been reported stolen in Fort Worth.

Many of the thefts have occurred in apartment and hotel parking lots. Thieves will break car door locks, smash windows or simply reach through an open window to covet the device, and cops say it only takes a few seconds.

N.Y. passes school bus anti-idling legislation
Gov. Eliot Spitzer recently signed legislation that limits the amount of time school buses can idle on or near school grounds.

The bill requires the state's commissioner of education to issue regulations that require certain school districts, particularly those that contain many students who have asthma, to minimize school bus idling while parked on school grounds or in front of schools. Buses can idle as necessary, however, for heating, mechanical and emergency purposes.

"Idling school buses expose children and others to harmful diesel exhaust," Spitzer said. "Promoting clear air in our school yards is critically important, and I thank the bill's sponsors for their advocacy on behalf of this vital public health initiative."

State law currently prohibits trucks and buses from idling for more than five consecutive minutes. This bill authorizes the commissioner of education to require that drivers turn off their buses while waiting for students to load or unload.

It also stipulates that the commissioner must implement the regulations by July 1, 2008.

Overweight Trucks Damage Infrastructure
More than a half-million overweight trucks are allowed onto the nation’s roads and bridges — an increasingly routine practice that some officials say is putting dangerous wear and tear on an already groaning infrastructure, according to the Associated Press. And some experts warn that the practice of issuing state permits that allow trucks to exceed the usual weight limits can weaken steel and concrete, something that investigators say may have contributed to the Minneapolis bridge collapse Aug. 1 that killed 13 people.

In 2000, Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge collapsed when steel girders cracked. Several factors were blamed for the collapse, including a significant number of heavy trucks, some over the normal weight limit that routinely traveled over the bridge.

The weight limit for nearly all interstate highways is 40 tons. According to a government study, one 40-ton truck does as much damage to the road as 9,600 cars. But permits frequently allow vehicles to exceed that amount by two tons in Texas and sometimes as much as 85 tons in Nevada. Some states grant one-time permits that allow trucks to be considerably heavier, the AP report said.

Many state officials say the have no choice but to issue overweight-load permits because they are carrying out the laws passed by the legislature. In the vast majority of cases, a single truck can safely pass over a sound bridge, even if the rig is over the posted weight limit. But the cumulative effect of stress on the steel and concrete can eventually prove deadly.

Many states charge fees ranging from $12 to $1,000 for overweight-load permits, depending on the weight of the load. In theory, those fees are supposed to offset the damage done to the highways. Texas, for example, granted nearly 39,000 such permits in the past year, generating $7.5 million, most of which was divided among the state’s 254 counties for road maintenance.

States allowed more than 500,000 overweight trucks to traverse the nation’s bridges and highways at will in the past year, according to an AP review of figures in all 50 states. Those permits were good for an entire year. While 10 states do not issue yearlong permits, all states hand out shorter-term permits good for a few days, weeks or months. Those add up to more than 1.8 million permits not included in the AP’s count.

California is more cautious with its overweight permits. Truckers in California, where about 23,000 single-trip permits are issued annually, must request permission to travel on a specified route for each trip. California transportation officials said they perform an extensive review to ensure the load can safely travel on the requested highways without damaging pavement and bridges. Often, truckers are required to reduce their loads.

But in Colorado, where almost 21,000 permits are issued annually, truckers are given a map with their overweight permits showing how much weight bridges around the state can handle. Drivers there operate on the honor system, and officials say they have no way of knowing if drivers are taking bridges appropriate for their loads.

The AP report further stated that a recent federal finding that 18 percent of the nation’s bridges either do not have weight limits posted or incorrectly calculated the weight limits that are posted. Also, a recent federal study classified 26 percent of the nation’s bridges as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

In the year before the Minneapolis disaster, the cause of which is still under investigation, the state Transportation Department granted permits for 48 overweight loads, including construction cranes and supplies weighing as much as 72 1/2 tons. The bridge had been categorized as structurally deficient, one of over 73,000 U.S. bridges with that designation last year.

Official calls for faster background checks
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called for improvements to the criminal background check system for school bus drivers.
Following an audit of the state’s bus driver licensing program, DiNapoli said that quicker and more efficient methods should be used to check new bus drivers, who can be behind the wheel for up to three months while the checks are being conducted.

The comptroller recommended that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) use digital fingerprint technology and make other improvements to the licensing program.

The audit, which covers the period of April 2002 to February 2006, found that the DMV was already using fingerprint-scanning technology to perform criminal history searches for drivers transporting hazardous materials. The results from this checking method are received almost immediately.

In response to the audit, DMV officials agreed that scanning technology would increase efficiency in the school bus program and that the agency would work toward implementing it.

State law allows bus drivers to transport children for up to 90 days while their backgrounds are being checked.

“Someone with a criminal background driving a school bus for even 90 minutes is too long, never mind 90 days,” DiNapoli said. “We have the technology to make this process faster and protect our kids better.”

States Free To Adopt California's Stringent Tailpipe Emissions Laws
The U.S. District Court of Vermont have ruled in favor of the State of Vermont and environmental groups in the case of Green Mountain Plymouth Dodge Jeep v. Crombie (George Crombie is the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources). This major decision means that states are free to adopt California's more stringent tailpipe laws that control greenhouse gases from cars.

Vermont had adopted a regulation that is identical to California's. Under the Clean Air Act, California may set more stringent limits than the federal government on automobile tailpipe emissions and other states may adopt California's more stringent standards. The decision was challenged in a case filed in federal court by automakers General Motors and Daimler Chrysler, along with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers against the state of Vermont.

The cases sought to strike down Vermont's state regulation of greenhouse gases from automobiles. The automakers contended that the state law is preempted by the federal fuel economy law and that it is impossible to regulate carbon dioxide from motor vehicles without regulating fuel economy, which only the federal government can do.

Judge William K. Sessions, Chief Judge U.S. District Court, issued a 244-page opinion in which he outlined his considerations, which included:
* In Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court recognized for the first time the phenomenon of global warming and its potentially catastrophic effects upon our environment and concluded that EPA has the authority to monitor and regulate such emissions under Section 202 of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
* This authority derives from EPA's responsibility to protect the public health and welfare, a responsibility it shares with each of the states.
* Section 209(b) of the CAA permits California to adopt its own emissions standards, and EPA to grant waivers from preemption under the CAA's Section 209(a).

"The Court is therefore presented with a provision adopted by the states of California and Vermont, and approved by EPA," Judge Sessions wrote in his ruling. He added, "On this issue, the automotive industry bears the burden of proving the [state] regulations are beyond their ability to meet." He concluded that the automakers had failed to do so, and therefore granted judgment against the automakers claims that the state law is preempted by federal foreign policy.



The New York Motor Truck Association Golf Outing raffle winner was Member John Donato.

Thank you to Associate Member Matt Konig of Amsoil Products for donating a case of penetrating oil that was raffled and won by Member Richard Chan.

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


We are still looking for new Members. I encourage all Members to speak to their co- workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society.

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 Richard Chan.

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

Thank you very much


Some discussions have taken place about the dues for an OEM Member and whether reducing the dues may help attract new OEM members. Peter Plate will be working on proposed new language for board consideration.


The program for the September meeting was scheduled to be given by Ed Hall Business Development Manager for Cummins Metropower on their Fleet Guard line of products. As I stated at the meeting that night Ed’s daughter was in a serious car accident that day and he was unable to present the program. For all interested she is doing well but the car was totaled. Cummins will still sponsor the cocktail hour for the September meeting and would like to reschedule their presentation for a future meeting.

The October presentation will be given by Member Mike Calise on the AED AND CPR techniques which everybody should know how to do. The cocktail hour will be sponsored by Drive Train Truck Parts.

Programs are already scheduled into the new year so if anyone is interested in presenting a program or knows anyone that is interested to present a program contact me as soon as possible.


It was good to see some retirees that we seldom see at the September meeting. Life Member William Misita drove all the way up from Delaware just to attend the meeting. Member Patricia Cohen, our former Secretary, was also in attendance. A great big surprise to me was having Life Member Ralph Provisiero in attendance. Ralph is 90 years old now. Also in attendance was Member Frank Fontana who I offer my apologies for failing to acknowledge his presence at the meeting. I hope all the old timers keep coming to our meetings.


We received another two applications for a total of six applications for this year’s 13 available Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship awards. Please send in your applications as our deadline is approaching fast. The November meeting marks the last day a scholarship application can be submitted. Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to fill before you are eligible for a scholarship.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member William Holt who is recuperating from a gall stone operation.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Francine Tepper, wife of Associate Member Steve Tepper, who is recovering from surgery and a hospital stay.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
11/3 Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/4 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/4 Peter Gasser
11/5 Ismael Acevedo
11/8 George Ferraro
11/8 Edna Williams
11/13 Lawrence Musella Jr.
11/15 Thomas Munno
11/17 Dianne Kearney (Peter)
11/18 Eric Rosario
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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