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February 2009


With the holidays behind us and a new President in the White House, we have a lot of work ahead of us. The Society needs your help in an effort to succeed in the future. I am asking for all of our Members to assist in bringing in new members. As always I know our membership is capable of this and more. We have many things to achieve in the coming year and I am confident you will be up to the task.

I would like to close by thanking everyone who attended the Scholarship Awards Dinner for their support. Being presented this past year as the Member of the Year has been an unbelievable honor.

Thank you again for your unbelievable support.


This is a reminder that our meeting schedule for February and March are held on our regular third Wednesday of the month. April will be held on the third Thursday of the month and May will be held on the Third Tuesday of the month.


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 IV Duties of Standing Committees

Scholarship: This Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and a minimum of (4) four Members. The Committee shall have the responsibility to interview candidates and decide who is eligible to be the recipient of any scholarship awards. At the February Executive Board meeting, the Executive Board will determine the amount and number of scholarships to be awarded that year. The decision made at the February meeting is final and cannot be changed for that year. (Amended 5/19/99)


To be eligible for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship fund, individuals must have completed (1) one year of training at a school of higher learning in a field of study that will help the Society perpetuate itself. The Hank Hasiwar Scholarship awards will be made at the October meeting. (Amended 5/21/97)


These scholarships would be awarded to eligible students who are related to any Member of the Society who is in good standing and who attends at least (15) of our regular monthly meetings or Executive Board meetings during the (3) three consecutive years prior to the cut off date of all applications, which is the November general Membership meeting. Members of the Society who have completed (20) twenty years as a Member in good standing and continue to be a Member in good standing, but have relocated to another area that prohibits his/her attending Membership meetings will still qualify for scholarship eligibility. The same will apply to Members voted Life or Honorary Membership. This change to take effect on January 1, 2005. (Amended 5/14/08)

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)

Each individual must be a high school graduate and may apply for a maximum of (2) two scholarships while enrolled in any continuing education program, undergraduate or graduate study and no more than (3) scholarships per family in less than (5) five consecutive years. (Amended 5/14/08)

When the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available awards the award will be given on a raffle basis at our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, and the check will be paid to the order of the school and mailed to the applicant. (Amended 5/17/00)

It will be incumbent upon the Member to provide the Executive Board and the Scholarship Committee with documentation showing the undisputed relationship of the applicant. The Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee must provide to the Executive Board a complete list of the applicants and proof of eligibility for each applicant. Any incomplete application will be rejected with no discussion. In a case where a Member applicant has previously received a scholarship(s), the Chairperson must provide to the Executive Board a list of dates and numbers of previously awarded scholarships. All this information must be provided to the Executive Board at the December Executive Board meeting and prior to the final decision. (Amended 5/19/99)

Journal: This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (2) two or more Members shall be responsible for organizing and expediting the Society Journal.

Newsletter Editor: This Committee consisting of the Editor and (1) one Member will publish and distribute the monthly Newsletter. (Added 5/18/94)

Data Services: This Committee consisting of a Chairperson will collect and store any information pertaining to the roster, dues, attendance and any other information as so provided by the other standing committees. (Added 5/18/94)

Apprentice Membership: This Committee shall consist of a Chairperson, who is an Apprentice Member, shall be responsible for encouraging Apprentice Membership. This Chairperson shall attend the Executive Board meetings for the purpose of disseminating information to the Apprentice Members of the Society. Members of this Committee shall have no vote at the Executive Board meetings. (Added 5/18/94)

Golf Outing: This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (2) two or more Members shall report on the Golf Outing for the Society. Records pertaining to donations, moneys received or expended shall be recorded on a computer system with a printout of the final cost available to the Executive Board. (Added 5/17/06)


We have a new website added to our Members Internet Directory to check out for Senior Care Emergency Medical Services at, New York City Business Solutions Transportation at and Westchester Crankshaft at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 107
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 37
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 7
Total Membership 175

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired - 99, 9/92 - 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, SUNY Farmingdale - 95, 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 Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. - 48, 11/02 -
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. - 47, 11/01 -9/07
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96

Attendance at the January meeting:
Members 45
Guests 14
Total 59


Energy Inefficient

From plug-in cars to carbon capture to wind farms linked to "intelligent" power grids, many of the solutions pitched to restructure the country's energy system and confront global warming rely on a faith in high tech: we expect, or at least hope, that an Apollo project, the energy equivalent of the revolution or some other burst of creative genius will engineer the problem away.

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Obviously, game-changing technologies will play a big role in cutting America's consumption of fossil fuels. They will also be essential to achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that most scientists think will be necessary to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. But as it frames its strategy to deal with both problems, the Obama administration cannot overlook the low-hanging fruit - the gains to be had from making existing technologies more efficient.

The plain truth is that the United States is an inefficient user of energy. For each dollar of economic product, the United States spews more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than 75 of 107 countries tracked in the indicators of the International Energy Agency. Those doing better include not only cutting-edge nations like Japan but low-tech countries like Thailand and Mexico.

True, energy efficiency has improved, especially in states like California. But American drivers, households and businesses still use more energy than those in most other rich countries to do the same thing. The United States spends more energy to produce a ton of cement clinker than Canada, Mexico and even China. It is one of the most energy-intensive makers of pulp and paper, emitting more than three times as much carbon dioxide per ton as Brazil and twice as much as South Korea.

Per-capita carbon dioxide emissions by households in the United States and Canada are the highest in the world - in part because of bigger homes. And the energy efficiency of electricity production from fossil fuels is lower in the United States than in most rich countries and some poor ones, mainly because of the higher share of coal in the mix.

Transportation tells the same story. The United States uses the most energy per passenger mile among the 18 rich economies surveyed by the energy agency. In 2006, the American auto fleet used, on average, a little less than five gallons of gas to travel 100 miles. The Irish went the same distance with under four gallons, the Italians with less than three, basically because they use smaller cars that get better mileage.

The Union of Concerned Scientists points out that switching from an S.U.V. that gets 14 miles per gallon to one that gets 16 would save the same amount of fuel as swapping a 35-mile-a-gallon car for a 51-m.p.g. new generation gas-sipper. This is not an argument for more S.U.V.'s. It simply shows that we can wring savings from modest efficiency gains in products we already use.

A study by McKinsey & Company last year argued that most of the carbon abatement needed between now and 2030 could be achieved with existing technologies, things like insulating homes, improving fuel efficiency, and switching to concentrated laundry detergents to reduce packaging and transport costs. Merely improving transmissions would vastly increase fuel economy.

A quantum jump in energy efficiency will still require political leadership. Cheap energy has kept America from making the necessary investments. Yet they must be made; neither the country nor the atmosphere can wait for high tech to ride to the rescue. NY Times Published: January 18, 2009


We, the Journal Committee, would like to once again express our thanks to those that contributed to the 2008 Journal which honored our Member of the Year, Mike Cordiello. Through your generosity, you have helped us to assemble yet another successful Journal.

As you know, our Member of the Year for 2008 is Mark Kodner. Mark has been the Journal Committee Chairman since 2003 and has served as Vice President of the Society of Fleet Supervisors. Over the past five years, Mark along with his Committee members have put together some of the most successful Journals in the Society's history. Through his efforts and the help of his Committee Members, Mark and his team have worked tirelessly on behalf of our great Society. Mark is most worthy of this honor that has been bestowed upon him and I know that our membership will honor Mark accordingly with your support. It's never too early to start placing your ad in the 2009 Journal honoring Mark.

As the new Journal Committee Chairman, I have some big shoes to fill and, with your help, we will make this year's Journal the best yet!


Other Industry News

What Really Caused Those Skyrocketing Oil Prices?
Remember last summer and fall when fuel prices seemed to be reaching for the moon, climbing faster and faster to more than $4 per gallon? The cause of the record-high spikes for this ubiquitously vital material was the good, old-fashioned economic principle: supply and demand.

The awakening "slumbering giants" of China and India economies, we were told, were accelerating the demand for oil and petroleum-based products, in addition to the ever-increasing thirst for the "black gold" here in the U.S. and other developed countries. Crude oil prices rising from $69 to nearly $150 in less than a year? Supply and demand's your answer.

In the midst of public angst and prospects of shelling out $5-plus per gallon of the precious liquid, at least one Wall Street banker testified in Congressional hearings that the high energy prices were "fundamentally a result of supply and demand."

Sounded reasonable to me, based on my limited knowledge economics from college courses.

Last Sunday, however, a CBS 60 Minutes segment blew that notion out of the water. A far more likely culprit in the oil price frenzy, as some experts in the field tried to signal, were speculators who had entered the field of commodities and oil futures in a big way. Hedge funds and investment banks like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and J.P. Morgan facilitated investor demand for commodities and oil futures, Michael Greenberger, former director of trading for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission told 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft. And those same banks "made billions investing hundreds of billions of dollars of their clients' money," said Greenberger.

At the same time, according to government reports, demand for oil was falling. A recent report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Kroft, concluded the basic fundamentals of supply and demand "could not have been responsible for last year's run-up in oil prices." U.S. Department of Energy statistics also demonstrated that "if the markets had been working properly, the price of oil should have been going down, not up."

The "only thing that makes sense that lifted the price" of oil was the influx of huge amounts of money in the oil market, Greenberger said.

So what was really going on was a speculative bubble - like the bubble in housing prices or the high-tech industry some years back. And American consumers and businesses were paying the price, literally.

How was this bubble allowed? Kroft's reporting pointed to deregulation in the futures market. And who was the biggest player in pushing that deregulation in the early 2000s? Greenberger identified a company whose name is now synonymous with corporate manipulation and greed - Enron.

The full 60 Minutes segment is worth viewing. Reporter Kroft did a good job discussing the basic elements of a complex issue and explaining why oil prices tumbled with the stock market last fall. If you didn't catch the original broadcast, it's worth checking it out online:
Cindy Brauer, Automotive January 16, 2009

Nearly 800 Trucking Companies Out of Business Due to Recession
Few occupations feel every jolt along the nation's economic highway as deeply as trucking. Although the American Trucking Associations reported a slight rise in business in November, the previous month was the worst October for hauling cargo by truck in five years. And October is normally the busiest month on the road for the holiday season.

A total of 785 trucking companies with a combined fleet of about 39,000 trucks went out of business in the third quarter, bringing the number of company trucks idled in the first nine months of 2008 to more than 127,000, or 6.5 percent of the industry, reported Donald Broughton, trucking analyst and managing director of Avondale Partners.

The tough times have pushed many drivers who had been on company payrolls out to compete for cargo business with the nation's independent owner-operator drivers, who were already struggling.

Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, estimates that the industry probably lost work for about 100,000 drivers in the first half of 2008 when diesel prices were at record highs.

Spencer added that requirements such as work hour regulations are making it more difficult for the average driver to survive. Work-hour regulations allow for 11 hours of driving followed by a requirement of at least eight hours of sleep, which many truckers find difficult to do all at once. In addition, more states such as California are adopting tougher environmental regulations that require drivers to use the newest, cleanest and most expensive rigs.

Spencer noted that the group's average member is 50 years old, has been driving for about 20 years, owns 1.8 trucks, has no medical insurance or retirement plan and clears about $40,000 annually after taxes.
Business Fleet News January 8, 2009

Navistar Sees Higher 2009 & 2010 Truck Demand
Truck and engine maker Navistar International Corp. said it expects a slight rebound in North American truck sales this year and a bigger one in 2010, sending its shares up 13 percent, according to Reuters.

"We do believe that 2010, instead of being a trough year, will be a lot higher than 2009," Chief Executive Daniel Ustian said on a conference call with analysts.

Navistar shares initially fell after the company issued an earnings forecast and said the industry was still challenged heading into 2009. But on the conference call it said its forecast included up to $3 per share in pension-related costs, reflecting the recent stock market selloff.

Navistar said it expects fiscal 2009 earnings of $5.10 to $5.60 per share on sales of $15 billion to $16 billion.

It said it expects a pick-up in North American retail sales of heavy-duty trucks this year and next, after a year that was one of the weakest for the industry in more than three decades.

It expects industry wide U.S. and Canadian retail sales of heavy-duty trucks and school buses to total 244,000 to 256,000 vehicles this fiscal year. Sales were 244,100 vehicles in fiscal 2008, it said.

"The only people buying trucks are the stronger companies -- the larger fleets (are) buying trucks," Ustian said. "The small guy is not buying. He can't get money."

Navistar said it can partly offset weak industry volumes by gaining market share, cutting costs, introducing more efficient engines, and expanding in the military truck market. It said it wins more than 80 percent of the military contracts on which it bids.

Ustian said aging fleets and falling diesel prices may support truck demand, and the company is pushing for legislation that would bring diesel fuel prices down to parity with gasoline.
Nick Zieminski, Reuters January 5, 2009


Our thanks go out to Marc Berger and Jonathan Nicastro, Supervising Motor Carrier Investigators for the Dept. of Transportation, State of New York, Office of Safety & Security, Motor Carrier Compliance Bureau for their presentation on motor carrier regulations, inspections and Q & A.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Robert Crandall, NYC Dept. of Sanitation who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.


Inducted at the January meeting:
Marco Albanese, President of Westchester Crankshaft in E. Elmhurst, NY as an Associate Member. Westchester Crankshaft is a remanufacturer of light and heavy duty engines.

Douglas Cotter, Deputy Director of New York City Business Solutions - Transportation in Jamaica, NY as a Member. Douglas oversees the staff in bringing together key shareholders in transportation to address industry needs.

Members on the move:

Member Prodromos Angelopoulos is now the Assistant Manager for MV Transportation, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY.

Member Douglas Calder is now the Director of Fleet Maintenance for Senior Care Emergency Medical Services of Brooklyn, NY.

Member Raymond Kearney is now the Fleet Manager of 85 vehicles for Powerhouse Maintenance Inc. of Islip, NY.


The February program will be presented by the US EPA on SmartWaySM - an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options.

In its simplest form, the SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. However, the impact of the brand is much greater as the SmartWay brand signifies a partnership among government, business and consumers to protect our environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve our air quality for future generations.

All of EPA SmartWay transportation programs result in significant, measurable air quality and/or greenhouse gas improvements while maintaining or improving current levels of other emissions and/or pollutants.

Our schedule of programs up to the June break will have General Motors Corporation presenting in March, April will be presented by Cummins Power Systems and May will be presented by NYS DOT on motor vehicle inspections.

If anyone has a program to present or a program they would be interested in hearing, please contact me at (631) 475-8220 or by email at [email protected]


Congratulations to our 2008 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship recipients:
Nicholas Cafiero, son of Michael Cafiero, attending Quinnipiac University
Jonathan Dong, nephew of Richard Chan, attending Fordham University
Dennis Hyer, grandson of Anthony Falconiere, attending College of Staten Island
Caitlin Maher, niece of George Ferraro, attending Bloomsburg University
Ryan Markatos, nephew of Nicholas Markatos, attending Manhattan College
Kaitlyn O'Neill, daughter of James O'Neill, attending Manhattan College
Michael Schiliro, grandson of John Collura, attending Cornell University
Robert Snyder, son of Robert Snyder, attending College of Staten Island

We are now accepting applications for the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships. The amount and number of scholarships available will be determined at the February Executive Board meeting and announced at the February general meeting.


The Scholarship Awards Dinner was a total success and all 200 bricks were sold. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out.

The winner of the 10,000 Bricks was Tom Feely and the winning ticket was sold by Nick Markatos, congratulations.

Our next event will be the Kiddy Picnic in June. Anyone wishing to volunteer and help out with the event can call me at (516) 510-2301. Thank you.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Mark Kodner and family on the passing of his brother-in-law, Vincent on January 17, 2009.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Keith Skinner who underwent knee surgery on January 22, 2009

We have a job opening at Suffolk County Water who is looking for a Transportation Fleet Specialist (Provisional). The ideal candidate will have experience in processing invoices, work and purchase orders, inventory control, preventative maintenance programs, reviewing fuel records, general office functions including data entry, must have the ability to multitask in the day-to-day operation of a busy office and mechanic shop, must be able to function in a fast paced team environment that includes being able to effectively respond to questions from managers and outside vendors. This candidate should have past business experience and be able to demonstrate a high level of computer skills within the Microsoft environment including EXCE and in database management. DMV, SAP and automotive experience a plus. Salary up to 50K based upon experience and education. Please go to for more information.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

03/01 Michael Calise
03/01 Grace Snyder (Robert)
03/03 Joseph Perin
03/05 Nestor Zaragoza
03/07 Emilia Bisciotti (Robert)
03/07 Alan Taub
03/08 Joseph Milea
03/08 Mauretta Scano (Michael)
03/10 Frank Almona
03/11 Roger Dent
03/11 Michael Scano
03/15 Donna Ferrara (Leonard)
03/18 Don Aull
03/20 Marianne Perin (Joseph)
03/21 Susan Bellack (Larry)
03/22 Dolly Taddeo (Pasquale)
03/29 Bill D'Emic
03/29 Ronald Gulmi
03/30 Patricia Raff (Garry)
03/30 William Schneider
03/31 Cynthia Roskop (Dennis)

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