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November 2008


I was very pleased at the turn out for our October meeting. I do apologize for the few meetings with date changes that we made but unfortunately we had no choice.

As the weather is changing and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I would like to remind everyone that our Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner is drawing near. November is our last meeting until the Scholarships Awards Dinner so please see Tom Munno, our Special Activities Chairman, for your reservations and 10,000 Bricks raffle tickets Please send in your checks early as we must pay the catering hall a week prior to the event.

In closing I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.


Please remember that the November meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Immaculate Conception Center. Our schedule will return to our normal third Wednesday of the month for January, February and March.

It was good to see a turn out of seven students at the October meeting. We are going to try to get our student program back on track. If anyone has any jobs available for any of our students, please contact me to get them placed.

We are in search of a location for the EXPO and if anyone has a location to suggest, please let me know.


We are accepting Bylaw change proposals in writing. The deadline to submit any Bylaw change proposal is the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw II - Duties of Officers

The executive power in the Society is vested in the President, who shall preside at all meetings. He shall have the power to call special meetings of the Committees or the Society at his/her discretion. With the approval of the majority of the other Members of the Executive Committee, he shall appoint Officers to fill vacancies until the May meeting. He shall be ex-officio Member of all Committees and shall have general supervision of all activities.

The First Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or when requested by him to do so. The Second Vice President shall perform the duties of the First Vice President and for the Secretary in his/her absence or as requested by the President.

The Secretary shall record the minutes of all minutes of the Society, conduct all correspondence and perform all duties incidental to his/her office. He/she is obligated to turn over all records and minutes of the office of Secretary to the incoming elected President at the time of his/her installation.

The Treasurer shall receive, acknowledge and deposit all funds and sign all checks and contracts authorized by the Executive Committee. He shall submit a monthly statement at the monthly meeting. He shall, at the May meeting submit an audited report of the funds of the Society for the year expiring April 30.

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We have a new addition to our Internet Directory from a new Associate Member Suffolk Auto Glass and can be viewed at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 106
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 36
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 7
Total Membership 173

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, SUNY Farmingdale – 93, 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 –1/08
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Member Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. – 46, 11/02 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96

Attendance at the October meeting:
Members 48
Guests 21
Total 69



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

It’s now the beginning of November and the deadline to place your Journal Ads and Upgrades is less than a month away. Summer and fall have both come and gone and your chance to place your Journal Ad is quickly fading as well.

This year’s member commitment, support and contribution to the 2008 Society of Fleet Supervisors Journal honoring our most worthy Member of the Year, Michael Cordiello, has been slow to materialize. We are far behind those monetary goals that were set last year and the few years previous.

This comes as no surprise to the Committee as we know that times may be hard for some of us. We are asking our Membership to some how, some way; make their voices heard and rise to the occasion of celebrating the Society and Mike Cordiello for the great work that he has done on our behalf.

Pick up your phone, call your vendors, call your customers and ask them to place a Journal Ad. You will come to find that in most cases the hardest part of getting that Journal Ad commitment is picking up the phone and making the call.

The time to stop procrastinating is NOW!

Take the few minutes needed to fill out the Journal Ad Form contained within this Newsletter and send it to the address listed, or call me, Mark Kodner any time during normal business hours or email me. But no matter how you contact me, just do it!

Support the Committee, honor Mike Cordiello, make the commitment and purchase or upgrade your Journal Ad.

We, the Journal Ad Committee, thank our great Membership for their continued support, in advance.


Federal Funds to Pay for Seat Belts in School Buses
New federal rules will make the nation’s 474,000 school buses safer by requiring higher seat backs, mandating lap and shoulder belts on small school buses, and setting safety standards for seat belts on large school buses, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced.

"Even though riding in school buses is the safest form of travel in America today, any accident is still a tragedy," Peters said. "Taken together, these steps are designed with a single purpose, making children safer."

Peters said the new rule requires all new school buses in America to be equipped with 24-inch-high seat backs, instead of the 20-inch-high seat backs required today. Higher seat backs will help prevent taller and heavier children from being thrown over the seat in a crash, decreasing the chance of injury to them and the children in front of them.

She added that all new school buses weighing less than five tons will be required to have three-point seat belts. She noted that the lap and shoulder belts better protect children in small buses, adding that smaller school buses are more vulnerable because they don’t absorb shock as well as larger buses.

Peters said the federal government also was setting new standards for seat belts on large school buses. Standards will improve seat belt safety and help lower the cost of installing the belts. She cautioned, however, that to school, which is statistically more dangerous.

"The last thing we want to do is force parents to choose other, less safe ways of getting their children to school," she said. That is why she said the federal government also would begin allowing school districts to use federal seat belts on larger buses can limit capacity and force more students to walk or ride in cars highway safety funds to pay for the cost of installing belts.

"No school district should have to choose between books and safety," said Deputy Transportation Secretary Thomas Barrett, who outlined the new school bus rules during a visit to a Deatsville, Ala. elementary school with the state's governor, Bob Riley.

Barrett noted that a phone call from the governor to Peters following a November 2006 bus crash in Huntsville helped prompt the new rule. "The fact that there are so few fatalities on buses every year is little solace for a grieving parent or a saddened governor," Barrett said.

Suppliers thank President for signing anti-counterfeit legislation
Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), expressed gratitude to the President for quickly signing recently passed anti-counterfeiting legislation into law.

The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act of 2008, originally introduced in the Senate by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) and passed by the Senate on Sept. 26 and the House on Sept. 28, will strengthen the nation’s trademark and copyright laws while initiating an important study requested by MEMA on future needs of manufacturers concerning IP protection.

“This legislation will go a long way to address protection of intellectual property,” McKenna says. “More importantly, it recognizes the unique needs of manufacturers and provides for a Government Accountability Office study to address possible solutions. We are very grateful to the President and to Congress for moving this important issue forward.”

According to recent studies, motor vehicle suppliers employ 783,100 in the United States and contribute to 4.5 million domestic jobs. Suppliers provide 70 percent of the content of U.S.-built cars and trucks. Suppliers manufacture the parts and technology used in the production of more than 11 million new cars and trucks produced each year, and the aftermarket products necessary to repair and maintain more than 247 million vehicles on the road today. For more information on the motor vehicle parts supplier industry, visit or

U.S. Congress Extends Biodiesel Tax Credit
U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 into law Oct. 3, shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation with a 263 to 171 vote, according to Biodiesel Magazine. The U.S. Senate approved the bill Oct. 1 by a vote of 74 to 25.

The legislation extends the biodiesel tax credits through Dec. 31, 2009, and qualifies all biodiesel for a $1 per gallon tax credit, including biodiesel made from non-virgin feedstocks, such as yellow grease. Prior legislation limited the tax credit for biodiesel manufactured from non-virgin feedstocks to $0.50 per gallon. The act modified the definition of renewable diesel, eliminating the requirement that the fuel had to be produced using a thermal depolymerization process, including biomass fuel that qualifies as a renewable jet fuel under U.S. Department of Defense military specifications and excluding fuel derived from co-processing biomass with a non-biomass feedstock.

In addition, the law closes the splash and dash loophole, which allowed foreign-produced biodiesel to enter the U.S., be splash-blended to claim tax incentives, and then shipped to a third country for use


TRW's Cognitive Safety Technologies Help Automakers Meet CAFE and NHTSA Requirements
To support automakers in their pursuit of manufacturing vehicles that meet rising Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-test ratings, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is combining advanced 'cognitive' technologies from its portfolio to help make vehicles safer, more fuel efficient, and environmentally friendly.

TRW's safety systems combine active and passive safety technologies with electronic and sensing capabilities, such as a video camera technology integrated with electric power steering to provide guidance and haptic lane feedback to help keep drivers in their lane. It is these "smart" technologies that TRW describes as "cognitive safety systems." The integration of these intelligent technologies helps mitigate the impact of accidents and provide tangible safety benefits to drivers and passengers, while also helping automakers differentiate their vehicles.

"TRW engineers work closely with our customers to develop cognitive safety technologies that facilitate fuel economy, reduce emissions, and meet safety regulations, such as NHTSA's proposed crash-test ratings," said Peter Lake, executive vice president of TRW. "We are committed to producing safety systems, such as our electronic stability control and lane departure warning systems, so that we are in line with vehicle manufacturers' needs and consumer demands. We aim to make vehicles smarter to help keep people safer."

To help automakers meet their CO2 emissions goals, TRW offers a range of fuel-saving and hybrid-enabling technologies, including electrically powered steering, slip control boost — a fully integrated electronic stability control and brake actuation system — and lightweight components. While they are not intended exclusively for hybrid vehicles, these technologies can facilitate the transition from gasoline and diesel to hybrid-electric vehicles and other powertrains.

To help consumers evaluate vehicle safety, NHTSA's upcoming ruling will combine front-crash, side-crash, and rollover ratings into a single rating of up to five stars. Under the new requirement, active safety technologies, such as electronic stability control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning systems — systems that TRW manufactures — will be listed on vehicle stickers to inform consumers whether the technologies are available on the vehicle as standard or optional equipment.

"We are pleased that this mandate will not only help make consumers aware of these active safety features that help mitigate accidents, but will also allow us to continue our commitment to helping customers with the challenges they face in today's automotive industry," Lake said.

2009 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available Online
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have unveiled the 2009 Fuel Economy Guide, which can be downloaded at

"With the new Fuel Economy Guide in hand, Americans now have the information they need to buy greener and cleaner cars and trucks," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "This valuable guide can help jump start any search for a better, more efficient automobile."

Included in the 2009 fuel economy leaders are diesel vehicles. Each vehicle listing in the Fuel Economy Guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost. The online guide includes an interactive feature that allows consumers to insert their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate.

Fuel economy estimates now include the revised test methods implemented in model year 2008. These revised tests better reflect real-world driving conditions and habits, including higher highway speed limits and use of accessories such as air conditioning.

For the first time, the Fuel Economy Guide is available to mobile users (, and is readily accessible from a mobile device, smart phone, or personal digital assistant (PDA).


Thank you to Doug Cotter, Deputy Director and Carl Sparacino, Business Services Manager of NYC Business Solutions Transportation for presenting a program on how NYC Business Solutions Transportation can help businesses in the Transportation Industry in the five boroughs. Launched by the Bloomberg Administration, they are dedicated to helping businesses by providing our Members with business services at no cost in hiring, employee training, professional development, Human Resources consulting and other customized business services.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Jason Fisher of SUNY Farmingdale.


We still are looking for potential Members and have not received many candidates in the last few months. Please we need you help in recommending potential candidates to increase our Membership and support the Society.

I encourage all members to speak to their co- workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society. If anyone is interested they can contact me for a membership application.

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 to me or Richard Chan.

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

Inducted at the September meeting:
Sal Azzariti, President of Suffolk Auto Glass of Islip Terrace, NY as an Associate Member. Sal handles the day to day operations of the auto glass business. They operate a fleet of ten vehicles.


I’d like to introduce myself as the latest OEM committee chairman. If you’re like me then you probably have asked yourself what the OEM committee does. To see what the society definition is check the by-laws. As for me, I wish to use this position to take your problems, concerns and questions to the Original Equipment Manufacturers and to establish on-going relations with the OEMs to further the goals of the Society. We are stronger in our unity relating to the OEMs as a Society then as individual companies. To discuss legitimate OEM related issues Members can reach me via cell phone (516) 448-1971 or e-mail at [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you


Last month’s program, presented by Carl Sparacino of the NYC Business Solutions brought attention to a new initiative by the Bloomberg administration to improve the transportation industry in New York City. The initiative Mr. Sparacino spoke of offers valuable assistance and resources to the businesses within New York City involved in transportation. The services and resources offered to our industry and the members of the Society by the NYC Business Solutions agency is a real opportunity and I recommend that individually and perhaps collectively the members of the Society contact the NYCBS for more information. I can assist in setting up appointment for those interested.

November promises to be another new and interesting presentation, one that focuses on a very important yet surprisingly misunderstood area of vehicle maintenance. Ask yourself, how often has an axle housing been ruined, or a wheel end come off during operation due to a wheel bearing failure? How often does your organization inspect wheel bearings? Is it often enough? One failure is too often and too much of a risk in this litigation frenzied environment. Perhaps these failures go unrecognized, or are considered acceptable. Stan Chiswell from Stemco/Kaiser will discuss the misinformation and mistakes we all make with wheel bearing adjustments and maintenance. He will also introduce a ream-less king pin bushing quick kit from Kysor. The Brake Service Group is the sponsor of the cocktail hour. This program will be pertinent, informative and introduce new innovative products that we will all benefit from. I urge as many of our Members to make an effort to attend this month’s meeting, support the Society and most importantly have a good time with your Society brethren.


I heard from Life Member Joe Valenti and he says Joan and him are doing well. He has been spending his weekends with his grandchildren watching them play ice hockey and soccer all over New Jersey. Joe states that last year his oldest grandson and wife gifted him with twin girls and this past April his other grandson and wife gifted him with twin girls. He has a total of five great grandchildren now. Joe says hello to all the Membership.

I’d like to hear from the rest of our retirees in the coming months. Please drop me a line even if it is just to say hello.


The November meeting marks the last day that Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications can be submitted. We have eight $2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded this year. Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to meet before you are eligible for one of the scholarships.

Thank you to Member Mike Cafiero for filling in for me at the October meeting to present the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships of $1,000.00 each to John Conforti, SUNY Farmingdale, Jigeesh Shah, SUNY Farmingdale and Faith Xikis, Bronx Community College.

To date, the Society of Fleet Supervisors have awarded over $138,000.00 in scholarships to students in the automotive field of study and to our Members and their families.


This is just a reminder that the Annual Scholarship Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2009. We are running out of time, so please call or email me for tables. I can be reached by phone @ (516) 510-2301 or by email at [email protected] The Brick Tickets are selling fast so get yours soon. Don't miss out!


No news is good news on the welfare of our Membership.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
12/01 Donna Calder (Douglas)
12/02 Tara Musella (Lawrence)
12/05 Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/08 John Costantin
12/08 Sybil Fisher (James)
12/12 Floyd Hart
12/13 Margo Clarke (Stanley)
12/13 Dennis Madden
12/13 Nardine Yopp (Richard)
12/15 Lawrence Straker
12/18 Robin Gartman (Robert)
12/18 Debbie McVeigh (William)
12/18 Robert Snyder
12/19 Karen Natoli (Michael)
12/21 Anthony Cavuoto
12/21 William McVeigh
12/25 Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/28 Roy Burgin
12/30 Nancy Plate (Peter)



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