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March 2008


Spring is around the corner and there are a few great events on the schedule. The next event is the Society Expo which is scheduled for the end of April. Don’t forget to book your tables.

The Expo is followed by the Kiddy Picnic and the Annual Golf Outing. So make a note on your calendar so you don’t miss them.

We are creeping to the end of another year but we still need your help. Once again I am reaching out to the Members for volunteers to help with the committees and events. The Society needs your help.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting in March.


Not much to report except that we are at the Immaculate Conception Center for the regular meetings through May 2008.

Mark your calendar for the 2008 EXPO which is scheduled for the third Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Contact me at 718.388.0426 for your exhibit table reservation or use the application from our web site. Table reservations are starting to come in so don’t hesitate to send in your application!


Last call for Bylaw change proposals! The deadline to submit any Bylaw change proposal is at the March meeting on March 19, 2008.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article VIII

1. The Constitution may be amended at the May meeting by a (2/3) two-thirds vote and/or by voting by proxy of the Member grade. Any proposed change must be submitted in writing by the March meeting. The proposed 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. Only a Member of Member grade in good standing may submit an Article change proposal. (Amended 5/17/00)


Third and final dues notices will be mailed to all unpaid membership on March 1, 2008.

Our Internet Directory is growing. Please check out these web sites of our Members – Gen Serve Inc.; Hendrickson Truck Center and Transcare

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 112
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 18
Total Membership 195

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 88, 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
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 48, 1/02 –1/07
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. – 41, 11/02 –

Attendance at the February meeting:
Members 44
Guests 10
Total 54


In an effort to provide quality training for our membership, listed below are some cost effect training programs that are designed to expand your knowledge. The classes are conducted by Certified Automotive Trainers (CAT) and held in Melville Long Island in a comfortable training room. Prior to scheduling the workshops a survey was taken of automotive business owners and technicians on their preferences on attending. The results were that people would rather attend two evenings or a Sunday. Many of the attendees said that their companies were providing tuition reimbursement so they may attend. Included in the cost of registration are the student materials and dinner or lunch. If you are paying from your own pocket, check with your accountant for the educational tax deduction on work related expenses.

Tom Munno of Double Check Electric attended the Toyota / Lexus Hybrid training program. Tom said, “The training was excellent and covered the complete Hybrid system … It was comprehensive and relevant”.

Automotive Technical Workshops

Hybrid Systems – Honda, General Motors and Ford
This workshop covers the hybrid features on Honda, General Motors and Ford. Your instructor will lead you through each hybrid system. Service procedures vary from each manufacturer regarding: High Voltage Battery, Regenerative Braking, Air Conditioning, Transaxle and electric power steering.
Cost $295
March 11 & 13 Two Evenings Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Also Sunday March 9th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Automotive Air Conditioning (Jump start the Air Conditioning Season)
This workshop is conducted by the Air Conditioning Doctor who has 40 years of repair shop experience and has trained hundreds of technicians. The Dr. will cover theory of refrigeration, electrical, diagnosis and repair of various systems. Includes recovery / recycling of refrigerants, safety and environmental regulations. Includes ASE Refrigerant & Recycling test review. The Workshop is designed for experienced and newcomers. Cost $295.00
March 25 & 27 Two Evenings Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 6th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hybrid – Toyota / Lexus
This workshop is specifically designed to jump start your knowledge on Toyota / Lexus Hybrid vehicles and take the fear out of working on high voltage technology. Toyota / Lexus hybrids operate on minimum of 201.6 volts and can be boosted 600 volts on full acceleration. Cost $295.00
April 22nd &24th Two Evenings Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sponsored by Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association
Reserve your seat by calling 631.755.5550

Please send your check to Long Island Gasoline Retailer Association Training Center and indicate the class you would like to attend.

Training Location:
Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association Training Center
270 Spagnoli Rd, Melville, NY 11747



I would like to take this opportunity to ask our Membership to show their support for this year’s Member of the Year, Mike Cordiello. Mike is always working hard on behalf of the Society whether it's the Kiddy Picnic or the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner. He is a well respected Member of the Society of Fleet Supervisors and most deserving of this great Award. Let's honor Mike as such by showing our support through the purchase of Journal Ads.

As I always say, Journal Ads are an inexpensive way of advertising as well as the best way to honor our Member of the Year, Mike and show support for our great Society. Although there are many months before the deadline, it's never too early to start the "Journal Ad" ball rolling for this year’s 2008 Member of the Year, Mike Cordiello.

Thank you for your anticipated generosity and continued support.


Pressure Mounts on EPA to Reconsider Denial of California Emissions Waiver
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has introduced legislation that would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant California a waiver under the Clean Air Act to cut global warming pollution from motor vehicles. The measure has a number of co-sponsors, including Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL).

"Effectively tackling global warming demands bold and innovative solutions, and given the failure of this Administration to act, California should be allowed to pioneer. I commend Chairman Boxer for her leadership on this bill and on working to eliminate the damaging consequences of climate change around the world." - Senator Obama
Senator Boxer said, "Administrator Johnson's decision to deny the waiver was not supported by the facts, by the law, by the science, or by precedent. I will use every available tool to ensure that California and the nation are able to reduce the pollution that causes global warming. One of those tools is legislation that essentially overturns Mr. Johnson's actions."

The bill introduced today directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to grant California's request for the waiver, which will allow California to implement its greenhouse gas emissions standards for motor vehicles. The waiver will also permit other states to adopt California's emissions standards.

Fifteen states have adopted California's standards, or are in the process of adopting them. Another four are moving toward adopting the California standards. All together, those 19 states represent more than 152,000,000 Americans - a majority of the U.S. population. States that have adopted California Motor Vehicle GHG Standards (as of end of 2007) are shaded dark green; states considering adopting the standards are shaded light green.

In mid-December, EPA denied the state's request for a waiver under the Clean Air Act to require a 30% reduction in CO2 from new vehicles by 2016. Automakers have opposed the California law, although last month they lost a federal lawsuit contesting the statute itself. The EPA says federal measures enacted last month to raise average light vehicle fuel economy standards by 40% to 35 mpg by 2020 are a better answer to reducing CO2 emissions.

States sue EPA
Since the EPA ruling, California and 15 other states have filed a lawsuit to overturn the EPA decision not to allow California to enforce its own limits on auto emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). In addition, five environmental groups filed a similar lawsuit in the same U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

California contends that the agency failed to provide legal justification for the decision. Among the states joining California in the lawsuit are a dozen that have passed laws mirroring California's emission standard, but also have been blocked by the EPA decision. These states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Arizona, Delaware and Illinois also are part of the lawsuit. Source: AAIA.

Aftermarket Associations sue CARB
A coalition of 10 state and national aftermarket trade associations have filed legal action against the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the Superior Court of the state of California for Los Angeles County. The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association are among the associations filing the lawsuit.

"It is outrageous that the Bush Administration chose to block the efforts of New York, California and many other states that want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. Chairman Boxer's continued oversight on this issue is critically important, and I am proud to join with her in introducing legislation to overturn EPA's wrong-headed decision and allow states to move forward on global warming." - Senator Clinton
The lawsuit challenges anti-competitive regulations promulgated by CARB would require car companies to extend emissions warranties for parts found defective by emissions warranty information reporting requirements. In addition, they claim that CARB produced no proof that the extended emissions warranties are actually effective in providing incentives to the car companies to build more durable emissions systems.

Furthermore, they say that CARB has no data that indicates whether warranties are as effective in moving the motorist to obtain needed emissions-related repairs, according to the coalition. The current emissions warranty is for three years/50,000 miles on all emissions-related components and seven years/70,000 miles for high-priced emissions-related repairs. CARB wishes to extend the warranty to 10 years/120,000 miles for most cars. Source: AAIA.

Transportation Dept. Proposes New Vehicle Roof-Strength Testing
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a modification of its proposed new roof crush standard, requesting public input on whether both sides of a vehicle roof should be tested to meet minimum forces.

If adopted, the two-sided testing would require manufacturers to design vehicle roofs that withstand at least 2.5 times the weight of the vehicle on both sides of the roof as an alternative to testing just one side. A proposal, announced in August 2005, would require automakers to build vehicle roofs to withstand a force equal to 2.5 times the vehicle weight, as applied to only one side. The proposed roof strengthening would apply to vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds.

"Rollover crashes are among the most violent events on America's highways, and although they constitute a relatively small number of overall crashes, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths --- approximately 10,000 a year," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters. "This proposal will build on our efforts to improve vehicle safety, will save lives and will protect people from injury."

Peters noted that the amended roof crush proposal is part of an effort to reduce rollover fatalities and injuries, and includes mandating new technologies such as electronic stability control, which can save an estimated 9,600 lives a year, as well as stronger door locks. She also noted that using seat belts remains the most effective way to prevent fatalities and injuries in all types of crashes, including rollovers.

Nicole Nason, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said that the earlier roof crush proposal was being amended because research conducted since August of 2005 indicates that the double-sided testing procedure is now a viable alternative approach to improve vehicle roof strength.

"We want the benefit of public comments on whether the one-sided or double-sided procedure would be the wisest approach to save lives and protect people from serious injury due to contact with collapsed roofs," Nason said. She noted that NHTSA was releasing all the testing the agency has done since August 2005, including a series of one- and two-sided test results, as part of the supplemental proposal.

Nason added that the agency would seek comment over the coming month and a half before making a final decision. She also said that the agency plans to issue a final rule by this summer.

Tougher Seat Belt Laws Proposed in New Jersey
The New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday, Jan. 28, unanimously advanced two proposals seeking to toughen the state's seat belt law.

One proposal would require all passengers in the back seat, regardless of their age, to wear a seat belt. Front-seat passengers are already required to wear seat belts. Fines associated with both violations are $20.

The second proposal would increase fines for drivers who fail to buckle up passengers under the age of 18. A fine of $100 would be imposed for first-time offenders. Subsequent offenses would carry a fine of $250 to $500, according to a Gannett report about the legislation.

The bill is opposed by the New Jersey chapter of the National Motorists Association, which argues that such regulations infringe on a motorist's rights.

The back-seat passenger bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Cumberland), whose son was killed when a drunk driver broadsided his son's car.

In 2006, 113 drivers and 70 passengers involved in fatal accidents were not wearing seat belts, according to statistics from the New Jersey State Police. That's nearly twice as many as those killed who were wearing seat belts.


Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) will raise prices on its Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand passenger, light truck, medium truck, bus, farm and OTR tires up to 8% on March 1, according to Modern Tire Dealer magazine.

Hikes will affect BFNT's replacement, original equipment and export channels.

The continuing unprecedented upward spiral of energy and raw material costs makes this action necessary. This unrelenting escalation of costs is simply not a situation that can be managed through the enhanced efficiencies and increased productivity that we are continually implementing at all levels of our company. As a result, we have no choice but to implement this price increase.


Member Don Aull of Commercial Vehicle Consultants and Chip Hurst of Velvet Touch Brakes presented the program on disc brake technology and materials.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Antonio Ceville of CDM Fleet Service.


Congratulations to Member George Ferraro and Member Richard Chan who were elected to Life Member Status upon their retirement at the end of January.


A great big thank you goes out to Member Don Aull of Commercial Vehicle Consultants and Chip Hurst of Velvet Touch Brakes on presenting a great program at the February meeting on disc brake technology and materials. Thank you to Velvet Touch Brakes for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

The cocktail hour for the March meeting is being sponsored by Prestolite Electric. The program will be given by Jonathan Smith, the Regional Sales manager for Prestolite Electric on the Leece-Neville Line of starters and alternators.

Programs are booked through the May meeting. If anyone is interested in presenting a program or knows someone who is interested, they should get in touch with me to have it scheduled.


For the 2008 scholarship season, the Executive Board has approved the allocation of three $1,000.00 Hank Hasiwar Scholarships and eight $2,000.00 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships for a record total of $19,000.00. I am accepting applications for these scholarships at this time. Applications are available in this Newsletter and at anytime on our web site under the applications tab on the home page.


Our date for the Kiddy Picnic has been set for Sunday, June 1st. We will be at the Peach/Pear sections in parking lot 11 at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. An application is available in this Newsletter and at any time on our web site under the applications tab on the home page. Please note that the cut off date for applying for the Kiddy Picnic is May 1, 2008.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Tim Harte who is recovering from neck surgery.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Keith Bancke of Atlantic Express, Inc. who is recovering from a heart attack and had two stents installed.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Richie Chan who is recovering from back surgery. This was his third back operation and he had two titanium rods installed in his lower back.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Member Joseph Milea and family on the passing of his brother, Carl, 53, from cancer on February

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
04/02 Phyllis Kodner (Mark)
04/04 Anna Provisiero (Ralph)
04/06 Josephine Logan (Robert)
04/11 John Donato
04/12 Richard Fevang
04/12 Michael Schuler
04/14 Marion Taub (Alan)
04/16 Carmen Ceville (Antonio)
04/22 Steve Dardzinski
04/23 Richard Sciortino
04/23 Nuno Tardo
04/25 Mortimer O’Sullivan
04/26 Jennifer Mucciacciaro (Mario)
04/30 Robert Johanson


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