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October 2008


I was glad to see everyone at our first meeting of the year. The turn out was a little light but I understand because of the date change and some of our Members might have had prior commitments.

Don Aull and Bob Crandall had brought in a very interesting program by Delco Remy on the design changes in their line of alternators and starters.

As you all know we have our Annual Scholarship Awards coming up in January and our new committee Chairman Tom Munno has sold over 100 of our 10,000 Bricks raffle tickets. Please see Tom for your lucky ticket before they are all gone.

Once again, I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our October meeting. We will be awarding the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships to three Automotive Technology students that night. The Society needs your support so please make every effort to attend.


You all know by now that there are four dates for our monthly meetings that have been changed from the 3rd Wednesday of the month. In our search for a new location for our meetings that could provide us with parking, a central location and an affordable price, we did not get to book the Immaculate Conception Center in time to secure the 3rd Wednesday of the month for our meetings. We also were not successful in finding a place that meets all of our requirements. We had no choice but to make some date changes to the September, November, April and May meetings. All other meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. If you know of a location that is a potential meeting place, let me know so I can check it out. With that said, our October meeting is on the October 15, the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Immaculate Conception Center.


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

Please note that there is an error in the 2008 Constitution and Bylaws for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship under Bylaw IV. The 2nd paragraph from the 2007 Constitution and Bylaws was omitted when printed and has not changed from last year. The missing paragraph reads:
The Members are entitled to enroll (2) two applicants if the student is their child or grandchild, or (1) one applicant if the student is his/her self, spouse, niece or nephew. In order to give a fair chance to all eligible Members, only one scholarship per family can be awarded each year. (Amended 5/19/99)

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw I Membership

1. This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (4) four Members determine the qualifications of the applicant for Membership in the Society.

This Committee shall meet to consider all new applicants and reclassification of present Members. A minimum of (3) three Members shall be in attendance at such meeting before action can be taken.

The Chairperson of this Committee shall obtain information pertinent to the qualifications of all applicants from (3) three references, (1) one of whom shall be the sponsor. Any Member who shall be subject to review for reclassification shall be notified in writing by the Chairperson of the Membership Committee prior to any presentation to the full Membership. He shall have the right to present his/her facts before the Membership Committee as well as the Executive Committee. When all information is obtained and considered, the recommendation of this Committee shall then be submitted to the Executive Committee for action. Following this, acceptance and grade of Membership shall be presented at a regular meeting for action by Members.

2. Any delinquent Member may be dropped. Any Member may be dropped for unbecoming conduct, upon vote of (2/3) two thirds of the entire Executive Committee, but only after the charges against said Member have been formally preferred, sent to him in writing, and an opportunity to be heard thereon has been granted.

3. Effective January 1, 1977, any Member who changes job classification shall be subject to review by the Membership Committee. A Member who has worked in a Fleet Supervisors capacity for at least (20) twenty or more years shall not be subject to re-classification. Any change in Membership will become effective the following fiscal year and said Member will be subject to the dues as solicited in bylaw ix dues for that classification.

4. The Associate Member has the right to have a substitute represent him/her at a maximum of (3) three regular meetings per year. The substitute must be employed by the same company as the Associate.

5. When an Associate Member resigns from the Society, the company for which that person works is likewise removed from the roster. The Executive Board, may, however, extend the courtesy to the company to suggest a replacement for the former Member. The new candidate must fill out an application and meet all requirements for Membership. In the event that the Executive Board approves the new Member, that person will be admitted to the Society immediately, avoiding being placed on a waiting list for Membership. This will not affect the ration of our Membership.

5A. Former Associate Members who have resigned or had their membership terminated shall be excluded from attending regular meetings. Former Members may request reinstatement as per current membership requirements, subject to approval by the Executive Board. (Added 5/17/06)

6. The Associate Members’ dues will include a monthly Newsletter advertisement, a full page ad in the Journal and a Golf Outing hole sponsorship. (Added 5/17/95)

6A. For those Associate Members joining after June, their dues shall include a full-page ad in the Journal and (1/2) one half year (5 issues) of monthly Newsletter advertisements. (Added 5/15/96)

7. The OEM Members’ dues will include a monthly Newsletter advertisement, a full-page ad in the Journal and a Golf Outing hole sponsorship (Amended 5/17/00)

7A. For those OEM Members joining after June, their dues shall include a full-page ad in the Journal and (1/2) one half year (5 issues) of monthly Newsletter advertisements.

8. Life Members will be able to attend the regular monthly meetings at no charge. (Added 5/21/97)


2008 Constitution, Bylaws and Rosters will be available at the October meeting. If you would like your copy mailed to you, please let me know.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 106
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 35
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 7
Total Membership 172

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 92, 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. – 45, 11/02 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96

Attendance at the September meeting:
Members 50
Guests 9
Total 59


The Journal Committee needs your H-E-L-P!!!

The clock is ticking and time is swiftly running out to place an ad in the 2008 Society of Fleet Supervisors Journal honoring our most worthy Member of The Year, Michael Cordiello. Once again, let me reiterate that we are far behind the total ad dollars that we had last year at this time.

The Journal Ad Committee is counting on our Members’ generosity and is expecting that they will rise to the occasion of celebrating our Member of the Year, Mike Cordiello who has time and time again given of himself unselfishly for the good of our Society.

Let’s show Mike how much we appreciate his efforts and honor him and support The Society by either purchasing a Journal Ad or Upgrading your Journal Ad if you are an Associate Member.

I know that our membership will not let us down.

Email your Journal Commitments, Journal Ad Requests and Journal Ad Forms to [email protected] or call me @ 917 734-4692 or 516 322-4366.

Thank You for your anticipated support!




New Jersey inspectors ensure school buses are safe for travel

Sharon Harrington, chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), recently joined its School Bus Inspection Unit during a scheduled inspection of the Jackson Township Board of Education’s fleet.

The unit inspects all New Jersey-registered vehicles used for school transportation — including school buses, small school vehicles, dual-purpose vehicles and summer camp vehicles — at approximately 1,300 inspection locations twice a year. MVC inspectors check over 180 items on each vehicle, in addition to reviewing gas, diesel, emissions, maintenance records and daily driver reports.

“It is because of our commitment to the safety of the state’s students that the MVC has one of the most stringent school bus inspection programs in the country,” Harrington said. “Our program combines Department of Education and federal requirements, as well as particular items the MVC feels are important to monitor. It is due to our meticulous inspection process that parents can rest assured that both minor and major defects will be detected.”

The School Bus Inspection Unit also performs monthly, unannounced inspections with the New Jersey police department as part of the state’s School Bus Task Force to ensure that bus companies and school districts are keeping accurate records and completing regular maintenance on their buses in the months between the MVC’s visits.

In 2005, the MVC developed a system on its Website that allows the public to access school bus inspection records. Parents can obtain up to two years worth of inspection data for their child’s school bus.

In related news, data compiled for a recent Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll suggests that some New Jersey residents are concerned about statewide school bus driver training and school bus maintenance.

According to the poll, about 14 percent of residents felt that all or most buses currently on the road have serious mechanical or maintenance problems. Thirty-five percent felt that some school buses have these problems while 36 percent said that only a few or none of the buses are in need of repair.

With regard to driver training, 50 percent of respondents agreed that school bus drivers receive enough training to effectively handle traffic and road hazards, while 27 percent disagreed. Moreover, 40 percent of residents felt that bus drivers receive enough training to handle distractions caused by their passengers, while 36 percent of respondents disagreed.

Interestingly, the poll also found that parents whose children take buses to school are less likely than other residents to feel that drivers are adequately trained to deal with road hazards (42 percent agreed, 35 percent disagreed) and distractions (32 percent agreed, 44 percent disagreed).

Over 1,000 New Jersey residents were questioned for the poll, which was conducted via telephone by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in July.

Automakers Ready ‘Clean Diesel’ Push in U.S.

Heading to the United States is a new breed of clean and quiet engines that can meet even strict emissions standards in California and New York, according In Europe, diesel vehicles hold some 50 percent of the market, but Mike Omotoso, senior manager at J.D. Power & Associates, said diesel models account for only two percent of new light-vehicle sales a year in the United States. That, however, is about to change, he said, estimating that the figure will rise to 10 percent by 2015.
German automakers are leading the charge, as Volkswagen of America launched its Jetta TDI earlier this year, and Audi soon will offer a diesel Q7 SUV. Mercedes-Benz USA will launch its newest BlueTec diesel vehicle, an E-Class sedan, next month, and BMW’s first clean-diesel product launch in the United States, the X5 SUV, is coming later this year, followed by a version of its best-selling model, the 3 Series sedan, in January.

But those carmakers will have to change this country’s views on diesels to succeed. Americans see diesel vehicles as slow, smelly, and loud, according to Jack Pitney, VP-marketing for BMW of North America. “We have huge perceptual barriers with diesel launches. There’s a tremendous opportunity for us but also a real education challenge,” he said.

And while diesel provides about 30 percent better fuel economy than gasoline, it costs more. Gasoline averaged $3.64 a gallon on Sept. 8, and diesel was $4.05 in the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration.

In 2010, Ford Motor Co. will start offering a clean-diesel version of its light-duty F-150 pickup but not of small cars, a spokesman said. Ford would have to charge too much for small diesel cars in the United States because the engines are made in Europe, and the exchange rate boosts the cost here.

Mercedes-Benz USA is rolling out print ads in October titles for the G-Class, R-Class, and M-Class with its second-generation BlueTec diesel, carrying the theme “Blue is the new green.”

The first-generation BlueTec, which was first marketed in 2006 as part of the E-Class line, could be sold in only 43 states due to stricter emissions rules elsewhere. Mercedes-Benz also introduced an earlier-generation diesel, the CDI, in its three trucks in late 2007.


We thank Pat Brilly, Northeast Regional Manager, Heavy Duty Systems of Remy Inc. for a very informative presentation on new technology from Delco Remy’s alternators and starters.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Eric Rosario of Atlantic Express.


If you haven’t noticed we have a lot of new faces of Members now on the Executive Board. This is a great opportunity to get some new ideas and concepts on what should be done to build the Society and become a stronger power in the automotive field. We urge all Members to take part in the committees.

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:
Glenn Schneider, President of Islandwide Auto Truck Collision Ltd. of Huntington, NY as an Associate Member. Glenn oversees an auto and truck collision repair shop and has been in the industry since 1979. He has been a business owner since 1989.

Members on the move:
Member John Dozis is now with MV Transportation of Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY as the Director of Maintenance for a 600 vehicle fleet.
Member Garry Raff is now with Hallahan Truck Center of Holtsville, NY as a Service Writer.


The meeting on September 9, 2008 was a good start and surprising that we had a good turn out for such a short notice to the date change. Richie Chan certainly made sure everybody got thee message. We heard from Pat Brilly, Northeast Regional Manager of Delco Remy, on the latest in starter technology and he did a great job and had everybody’s attention. He brought up some very good points and ways to reduce the maintenance costs that are eating away at many company’s profits.

For the month of October, we have a very special guest from a division of New York City called NYC Business Solutions. Doug Cotter, Deputy Director of NYC Business Solutions and others will be there to introduce to the transportation and trucking industry a program that will ease some concerns and aid in making our fleets more profitable. The Bloomberg Administration has launched this first of its kind initiative in NYC based on successful models around the country. This initiative will offer uncommon opportunity for businesses to take advantage of professional human resources and other services at no cost.

If you are a manager, owner or anyway involved with a trucking or transportation fleet you should not miss this meeting. A special effort should be made to bring any or all personnel involved to here what is being offered. Things surrounding Hiring of employees, Employee training, Professional development, HR Consulting and Business Services are just some of the programs offered.

This would also be a great time to bring a quest that you know will benefit from this program. You will not be disappointed in the presentation. If there was any time for a program to come along to help in such hard financial times this is it. Any company looking to save money, hire educated employees or just get help in staying alive in such an unforgiving industry this program for that company.

Please do your best to attend, bring all the questions you want answered and reap the benefits of this helping hand in the trucking and transportation industry. The NYC Business Solutions program needs to here from the industry so that they can start programs to aid in troublesome areas of operation. Let’s show them that we accept their help


I received a call from Honorary Member Alan Taub and he says that he and wife Marion did some traveling to Spain and Aruba. Alan says if you are ever in Florida, please stop by. He hopes to attend a meeting this fall to see everyone and to say hello.

I also received a letter from Life Member Henry Consiglio who is well now after a knee replacement. He says he has a cruise planned for him and Marge in January and hopes they will be able to make this one. He keeps up to date with the Society by reading the Fleet Street Journal each month and wishes he was able to attend a meeting. Henry sends his best to all the Members that remember him and that he really misses them and the Society.

For all the Members who remember our retirees, why don’t you give them a call, write a letter or an send them an email just to say hello and to see how they are doing? A call from an old acquaintance can really brighten up the day for them.


At the October meeting, we will be awarding three $1,000.00 Hank Hasiwar Scholarships to students studying for degrees in the automotive field. Please come to the meeting to join us in presenting these scholarships to these well deserving students who may one day join our ranks.

The Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship has eight $2,000.00 scholarships to award to our Members and their family members. Due to the change in the Bylaws that allow an individual a second scholarship you may want to consider submitting a scholarship application. If you have not submitted your application, the deadline is the November meeting. Please remember you do have an attendance obligation of attending 15 meetings in the last three years to be eligible.


It was good to see everyone again. I would like to thank Mike Bruce, Bobby Spiotto and Marty Vavrinec for coming forward to be on my committee. If anyone needs Brick Tickets, please call me or anyone on the committee. The Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner is on Saturday, January 10, 2009. Should anyone have any suggestions or comments, please call me at (516) 510-2301 or you can email me at [email protected]


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Tom Probst of Hendrickson Fleet Services who suffered a heart attack in mid August.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Dennis Madden of Motive Engines who had knee surgery on August 29, 2008.

Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Julia Macaluso and family on the passing of Life Member Salvatore Macaluso who lost his fight with cancer at the beginning of September. Sal was 81 years old, loved reading the Fleet St. Journal and always talked about the Society.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
11/03 Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/04 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/05 Ismael Acevedo
11/08 George Ferraro
11/08 Edna Williams (Edward)
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 Deras Marksohn (Brian)



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