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June 2009


I would like to start by saying on behalf of myself and the Executive Board, thank you for having confidence in us and allowing us to serve you for another year.

Although I look forward to serving the Membership for the upcoming year, I must tell you that we need your help in keeping the success the Society has enjoyed for so long.

We presently have openings on various committees and we are in need of your assistance at our upcoming events.

As always, I know that our members will rise to the occasion.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Kiddy Picnic on June 7th, 2009 at Eisenhower Park and at our Golf Outing on June 22 at The Towers Country Club.

Be safe and have a great summer.


We are off for the summer months and will resume our meeting schedule on the third Wednesday of the month starting in September at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, NY though the May 2010 meeting.

Sorry we were not able to hold the May Mini Fair as scheduled but due to the economic times, we only had a few table signed up to exhibit and the committee felt that it was not the type of event that we would want to hold. Hopefully with an upturn in the economy going into next year will be more conducive to holding an EXPO or Mini Fair that meets our standards.

Starting with the September 2009 meeting dinner charges will increase from $30.00 to $35.00 for Members and from $40.00 to $45.00 for guests. Student dinner charges and Life Member dinner charges will remain the same.


Two Bylaw change proposals were voted upon by 40 eligible voting Members and the results of the Bylaw change proposals are as follows:

Bylaw change proposal #1: Passed with the vote of 37 FOR, 3 AGAINST
Article III Membership
Section 2G Student Fleet Supervisor

Delete the second sentence in the section:

Membership in this grade shall be limited to the year prior to the students expected graduation from an approved program.

Bylaw change proposal #2: Defeated with the vote of 19 FOR, 21 AGAINST
Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees


Add the following to the 2nd paragraph after the first sentence:

Scholarships to be awarded in the following order: Member, Member's spouse, Member's children, and Member's grandchildren. Any remaining scholarships would then be awarded to Member's nieces and nephews.


The Society has secured some discounts on a few online merchants for our membership.

You can save 10% at Online Orders: go to and enter code: "SFSI". Your discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

You can also save 10% at Online Orders: go to Enter Corporate Code "SFSI" at last step of the checkout process in the "Corporate Code" box within the Billing Information field. Note: The code will not work in the Promo Code/Source Code Field.

You can save 10% at Cherry Moon Farms. Online Orders: go to Enter Corporate Code "SFSI" in the "Corporate ID" box in the Payment Information field at checkout.

You can save 10% at Secret Spoon Sweets. Online Orders: go to Enter Corporate Code "SFSI" at checkout.

Phone Orders for all of the above vendors: 1-800-210-2279 and mention Corporate Code "SFSI"

A new constitution and roster will be printed at the end of July. If you have a change of address, employment, work address, any phone number changes please send them to me before the end of July.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 106
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 34
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 7
Total Membership 171

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired - 99, 9/92 - 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, SUNY Farmingdale - 99, 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 Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. - 52, 11/02 -
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 Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96

Attendance at the May meeting:
Members 48
Guests 12
Total 60


Diesel Diagnostics / Computerized Engine Controls

Before plugging in the scan tool and throwing new parts at the engine, let's take a look at the basics. First we need to start with a plan, or process, to diagnose the problem.

Step One: Talk to the customer. Find out exactly what the complaint is. Ask what the vehicle was doing when the problem first occurred, or was first noticed. For example, was the customer towing a heavy load or driving in stop-and-go traffic with no load? Did the problem come on suddenly or gradually?

Step Two: Verify the problem. Test drive the vehicle and try to re-create the reported problem. If possible, take the customer along to get a better idea of the nature of the complaint.

Step Three: Open the hood and do a visual inspection of the maintenance items. Check the oil and air filter. Check the fuel level. Drain some fuel to check for water, gas, dirt, or other obvious signs of contamination. Look for fuel leaks. Inspect the turbo and the air inlet plumbing. Make sure all clamps are tight. Look for loose or broken electrical connectors. Make sure the battery terminals are clean and the connections are tight. If it's a starting or charging problem, do a battery load test. If you find any problems, correct them first so that you can eliminate them as potential problems later during the diagnostic process.

Step Four: Now it's time to connect your scan tool. Each scan tool model has unique capabilities, so some tests you can do with one scan tool may not be able to be done with another. Whatever scan tool you're using, you should once again start with the basics - be sure your scan tool has all the latest updates. Check for, and record, DTCs. Take a look at the trip data log. Is the vehicle's software up to date? Check fuel pressures, both actual and desired. Do a cylinder contribution test. Check boost pressure and exhaust back pressure. Do any required re-flash procedures.

Hopefully by conducting the basics first, you'll narrow down the possibilities of what is really causing the problem, and you'll be able to repair the vehicle without installing unnecessary parts. Customers don't want to pay for parts they don't need and your shop doesn't like to pay for them either.

This article written by Dave Biegel of Diesel Injection Service of Windsor WI.


May I remind you that the Golf Outing will take place on June 22 at the Towers Country Club? Please contact Nick Markatos at (718) 886-4020 for golf registration and gift donations.

I hope to see you there!


The Journal Committee hopes that all our Members and their families enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September at our next General Meeting.

We would also like to remind you that although the deadline to place a Journal ad is about five months off, it's not too early to make your commitment. We have a long road to travel to meet the success of last year's Journal.

Mark Kodner, the 2009 Member of the Year deserves our Members acknowledgement for all the hard work he has done on behalf of our Great Society. Placing a Journal ad in the 2009 Journal shows your thanks to Mark as well as your support of the Society and allows us to continue the important work that we do.

So, please take a minute or two and make your voice heard by filling out a Journal ad form (which can be found online) and send it to the address noted on the bottom of the form or call me at the number listed on the form as well.

May I remind you that your payment does not have to accompany your commitment? You can be billed at a later date of your choice (as long as it is before November, 2009). All you have to do is write that request on the Journal ad form.

As always, thanks for your support and see you in September!


Obama to Propose Standards for Emissions, Mileage
The Obama administration will propose on Tuesday, May 19, new federal tailpipe emissions limits and mileage standards, requiring automakers to dramatically raise the fuel efficiency of vehicles by 2016, the Detroit News reported.

The standards would require passenger cars to average 39 miles per gallon and light trucks 30 mpg by 2016. A senior administration official said the plan would boost the average price of a vehicle by $1,300 -- or $600 more than the per-vehicle increase predicted under a Bush administration fuel efficiency proposal, the Detroit News said.

The standards call for automakers to meet a fleet-wide average of 35.5 mpg by 2016. That target is four years ahead of what Congress required in 2007, when it mandated 35 mpg by 2020.

Administration officials estimated that the new requirements would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil and eliminate 900 million metric tons of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent to taking 177 million cars and trucks off the roads.

The administration agreed to impose national emissions rules that are comparable to what California has sought since 2002. Along with 13 other states, California has fought to impose a 30-percent reduction in tailpipe emissions. The plan also gives automakers a single national standard and provides technical changes in California's rules that will put them in harmony with federal fuel economy requirements.

General Motors Corp. President and CEO Fritz Henderson, Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, Chrysler Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli, Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche, Toyota's top U.S. executive Jim Lentz and UAW President Ron Gettelfinger are expected be at the White House today when President Barack Obama announces the deal. Top executives from Honda and Volkswagen AG will also attend, along with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the Detroit News reported.

"What's significant about the announcement is it launches a new beginning, an era of cooperation," said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the group that represents Detroit's Big Three automakers, Toyota, Daimler and six other automakers.

NHTSA to Require Seat Belts on Buses
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, May 18, told Congress that the agency plans to begin requiring safety belts on commercial buses, the Detroit News reported.

The issue of safety belts on buses has drawn considerable attention in recent years because of a number of high-profile fatal commercial bus accidents. Those include a 2007 accident that left seven people dead when a bus carrying the Bluffton (Ohio) University baseball team rolled over. The National Transportation Safety Board later concluded that confusing highway signs and driver error contributed to the accident. Investigators said the bus driver, who also died in the crash, mistook an exit ramp for a regular highway lane.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made bus safety a top priority, and he will meet with NTSB later this week to discuss the issue, said Kathleen Higgins, an NTSB member.

Ron Medford, the acting top official at NHTSA, told the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection that the agency also plans to propose mandatory safety belts on motor coaches this year and finalize the requirement after a period of public comment, the Detroit News reported.

Since 1998, the NTSB has investigated 33 motor coach accidents involving the ejection of 255 passengers.

Congress is considering reauthorization of the four-year surface transportation bill. This legislation typically includes major auto safety requirements.


Chrysler Requesting Iacocca to Return Car
Under bankruptcy law, Chrysler can no longer provide former executives with vehicles - including past CEO Lee Iacocca, reported FOX Business.

Iacocca currently has a minivan and a Chrysler 300 furnished by the company, according to FOX.

FOX Business obtained a letter sent to former Chrysler executives and directors, in which the company requests that they either buy the vehicles they're currently driving at fair market value or turn in the vehicles. Iacocca's office confirmed it received the letter, reported FOX.

Iacocca, a former Ford Motor executive, became CEO of Chrysler in 1979, and subsequently turned around the company with the help of $1.5 billion in loan guarantees from the federal government. Chrysler paid off the loans in 1983, a full seven years early, and to this day that episode is regarded as one of the greatest corporate turnarounds of the past several decades, according to FOX.

Iacocca retired from Chrysler in 1992.

Green Fleet: Grassoline Biofuel Myths & Realities
In the world after oil, cellulosic ethanol is among the more promising biofuel alternatives - despite some prevalent myths to the contrary. The age of oil is ending. Even if we could afford to borrow more than $1 billion per day indefinitely to import oil, we just can't afford the cost of our oil addiction in terms of national security dangers, environmental damage, and economic losses. Biofuels are among a small handful of petroleum alternatives that can simultaneously provide enhanced national security, environmental improvements, and opportunities for broad-based economic growth.

Unfortunately, many myths and misconceptions exist about biofuels. I will deal with some of the myths about ethanol, by far the dominant current biofuel.

Ethanol Production Background
All fuel (and sippin') ethanol is the same. It is made by fermentation of sugars. The sugars can come from sugar cane (Brazil) or from corn grain (U.S.).

"Second-generation" (cellulosic) ethanol will be produced from the sugars in plant cell walls. It can be made from virtually anything derived from a plant, including wood chips, urban waste, straw, crop wastes, hay and yard trimmings, etc. We can even grow "energy crops," such as trees (willow and poplar are promising species) and highly productive grasses such as switch grass and Miscanthus, for energy content and ethanol conversion.

Maybe a more picturesque and accurate name for cellulosic ethanol is "grassoline." Got the image in your mind? Your lawn clippings turned into fuel for your car? Yes, that's right.

Now let's deal with the four myths.

Myth #1: People are going to go hungry
The idea of turning corn into ethanol conjures up visions of cars taking grain out of hungry people's mouths. Actually, well over 70 percent of the grain we grow is used to feed animals, not people. We really don't "grow food." We grow animal feed instead, and then we eat the meat, milk, eggs, cheese, etc. the animals produce.

We have about 800 million acres of cropland and animal pasture in this country, about 500 million of which produce animal feed, not food consumed directly by human beings. If you want to increase grain supplies (and decrease grain prices, thereby putting a lot of poor Third World farmers out of business), then become a strict vegetarian.

This issue of "food versus fuel" requires facts and logic, not emotionalism. A $3 box of corn flakes has about 5 cents worth of corn. Increased corn prices affect the cost of a few things at the store, but the cost of fuel to move all those groceries around affects the price of literally everything. Converting some surplus grain into ethanol will help hold down food prices. Actually, the use of corn to make ethanol is self-limiting. Increased demand for corn will cause prices to rise to the point where it will no longer be economical to produce ethanol from corn.

Increased ethanol production and the accompanying increase in corn prices from about $2.20 per bushel a few years ago to around $3.50 or so per bushel in 2008 was good. First, many of our rural communities near ethanol plants enjoyed a prosperity they had not seen in a long time. Second, many poor farmers around the world were able to get more money for their products, and thus provide better for their families.

Cheap, tax-subsidized U.S. grain has long been a key factor undermining agricultural societies around the world. The U.S. taxpayer has also benefited. Most of the tax subsidies paid to corn farmers have disappeared with rising corn prices, saving the U.S. treasury over $7 billion a year


Thank you to Carl Speranza of NYC Business Solutions Transportation for stepping up and presenting a program on NYC Business Solutions' different no cost programs for CDL license training, driver screening, supervisor training and defensive driving.

The Nominating Committee Chairmen, Members William McVeigh and Leonard Huffmire proposed the slate of:
Michael Cordiello - President
Albert Buehler Jr. - 1st Vice President
Michael Cafiero - 2nd Vice President
Frank Carpenter - Treasurer
Vanessa Mercado - Secretary

Secretary Vanessa Mercado cast one vote for the slate for the 2009/2010 term and the slate was accepted with no opposing slate.

The Auditing Committee Chairman Michael Iannizzi reports that the Society's books were audited and all was in order to the penny.

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


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 March meeting:
Mark Valesey, Chairman of the Automotive Technology and Automotive Management Technology Departments at Farmingdale State University as a Member. Mark works with the faculty, college and students to get the best possible results in education. He comes to us with prior experience with Ford Motor Company Field Service Engineering and Training, and is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and is an ASE Certified Master Technician.


The Scholarship Committee has scheduled interviews for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships at Farmingdale State University on Monday, June 1, 2009. Member Robert Lagnese has a line up of eligible students for the committee to interview.

We are accepting applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship at this time. There are six $1,000.00 scholarships available to the Member, spouse, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, nephew and niece. Please remember that you have an attendance obligation to fill before you are eligible for one of the scholarships.


The Kiddy Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 1 at the Holly Section, Parking Lot 5 in Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. A great big thank you goes out to all those who have pledged donations to make this event a success.

Thank you to the following for their donation pledges for toys for the Kiddy Picnic:
Michael Iannizzi - $100.00
Advanced Fleet Maintenance - $500.00
FMI Trucking - $100.00
NYC Business Solutions Transportation - $100.00


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Frank Fontana who is recovering from a two week hospital stay.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Associate Member Robert Fauci who is recovering from surgery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

07/09 Thomas Stagnitta (National Grid)
07/10 Sandy Dozis (John)
07/11 Maria Carpenter (Joseph)
07/11 George Pastor
07/12 Frank Fontana
07/13 Penelope Angelopoulos (Prodromos)
07/14 Clement Drummond
07/20 Margaret Consiglio (Henry)
07/21 Thomas Stagnitta (Retired)
07/22 Laura Arbasetti (Gino)
07/22 Betty Johanson (Robert)
07/22 Sally Ann Logerfo (John)
07/26 Michael Rogers
07/28 Anne O'Sullivan (Mortimer)
07/29 Patricia Cohen
08/01 Ann Bruce (Michael)
08/01 Diana Cavuoto (Anthony)
08/01 Dennis Meehan
08/02 Liz Maher (Robert)
08/03 Anne Madden (Dennis)
08/05 Kathleen Meehan (Dennis)
08/06 Lori Vavrinec (Marty)
08/07 Dan Coranoto
08/08 Sherrie Fauci (Robert)
08/08 Mary Ann Spiotto (Robert)
08/12 Albert Buehler Jr.
08/12 Greg Lent
08/12 Cindy White (Joseph)
08/13 Joseph Calderaro Jr.
08/13 James Fisher
08/14 Josephine Carpenter (Frank)
08/15 Leonard Ferrara
08/18 Garry Raff
08/19 Kenneth Wyman
08/20 Carole Costantin (John)
08/21 Anne Marie Mastros (Loucas)
08/23 Sue Ebert (Edgar)
08/23 Kathy Zaragoza (Nestor)
08/24 Wendy Crandall (Robert)
08/27 Eva Mandel (Martin)

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