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March 2009


By the turn out at our February meeting, it is great to see how dedicated a membership we have. We had a packed crowd on a holiday week and I am proud of our membership.

I want you to know that your Executive Board and I are always working hard to get you an informative presentation while trying to keep costs down and quality up.

I look forward to hopefully another great turnout for our March meeting.


The March meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18th at the Immaculate Conception Center.

Our EXPO this year will be a mini Expo scheduled for the same day as our May meeting on Tuesday, May 19th. Because of the down turn in the economy there will be no charge for exhibit tables for our Associate Members. We need to hear from our Associate Members if they plan on having an exhibit table no later than Tuesday, May 5th. We will open up exhibit tables for $50.00 to the public after May 5th. Exhibit tables are limited to 20 tables. Regular meeting dinner charges will apply to all attendees. You can contact Richie Chan at 347.866.0208 or me at 718.388.0426 for further information.


This is the last call for any Bylaw change proposals. The deadline to submit any proposal is the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Bylaw V Meetings

Meetings of the Society shall be held on the third Wednesday of each month. Legal holidays, June, July and August may be excepted. Regular monthly meetings to be held in September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May. (Amended 5/18/05)

Newly elected Officers will assume the duties of their office the third Wednesday in June. The formal installation of newly elected Officers will be held at the September regular meeting.

Executive meetings of the Society shall be held according to section III of the Bylaws. (5) Five Members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at these meetings.

The order of business at the May meeting shall be as follows:

Reading of the minutes
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer
Report of the Standing Committees
Report of the Special Committees
Report of election results
Report of the President
(Amended 5/16/01)(20) Twenty Members present at a meeting of the Society shall constitute a quorum. (5) Five Members of the Executive Committee at a meeting regularly called shall constitute a quorum. The order of a business meeting shall be as follows:

Reading of the minutes
Secretary's report
Treasurer's report
Report of Standing Committees
Report of Special Committees
Unfinished business
New business
Presentation of program


Associate Member Peter Kearney of Axel Protection informs us of a change of business address to 90-24 161st St. Jamaica, NY 11432.

Pictures from the 2008 Scholarships Awards Dinner are up on the Society's web site for viewing.

Our web site has been re-designed and I hope you will take a few minutes to check it out. We are looking for pictures from our members' fleets to use and showcase on the web site. If you have any pictures that you would like show, please forward them to me at [email protected]

3rd and final notice dues letters have been mailed on March 1, 2009. Please pay your annual dues promptly to avoid having your membership cancelled.

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 - 96, 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
Member Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. - 49, 11/02 -
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 February meeting:
Members 47
Guests 22
Total 69


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The Journal Committee congratulates Mark Kodner on being named the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors' Member of the Year.
Although, we of the Journal Ad Committee realize that the deadline to submit those ads and upgrades are over eight months away, we'd like to remind you that it's never too soon to secure your spot in the 2009 Journal.  Don't wait, don't procrastinate!  Make your voice heard and place your Journal Ad Commitment NOW!
Mark Kodner, our most worthy honoree has given our Society much of his time and effort and it is our time to show him and the Society of Fleet Supervisors that we are grateful for his efforts.

So please, take the time to fill out a Journal Ad Form that has been included in this Newsletter and mail it in today.

Thanking you once again for your anticipated cooperation and generosity.


DOE reports on fuel cell school bus developments
February 6, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In December, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its Fuel Cell School Buses Report to Congress, fulfilling requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The report examines the potential for a fuel cell school bus development and demonstration program and assesses the process for converting natural gas infrastructure to support the use of fuel cell school buses.

In the report, the DOE said it finds that cost and durability remain critical barriers to transportation fuel cell technology readiness and that a fuel cell transit bus program, already in operation, can provide a path toward the future development and use of fuel cell school buses.

According to the report, "Although DOE is not directly pursuing a fuel cell school bus program at this time, it supports several activities that will affect the development of a future market for fuel cell school buses," including the DOE's Hydrogen Program and Hydrogen Learning Demonstration and the Federal Transit Administration's National Fuel Cell Bus Program.

Economic Stimulus Provides Funding for Fleets
President Obama has signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which includes significant funds for fleets, according to the NAFA Fleet Management Association. Included are a $300 million for Diesel Emission Reduction Act grants; $300 million to establish a grant program through the Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program; and $300 million for acquisition of vehicles by the federal fleet.

The funding is expected to move on a very fast implementation timeline.

Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) makes fleets eligible for $20-30K or more toward the purchase of each new hybrid medium duty or heavy duty truck, and fleets may purchase multiple trucks.

EPA expects to issue competitive announcements for the DERA funds in late February 2009. NAFA advises visiting often for important updates and competition schedule information. EPA expects a 30-day application period for all competitive announcements.

This funding is limited to public and non-profit fleets. A private fleet would have to partner with a non- profit, for example a private bus company for a school district would need to have the school district apply for the funds.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
Verified and/or certified retrofit technologies and engines by EPA or CARB. See (select Verified Technology List).
Emerging technologies by USEPA. See (select Emerging Technology List).
Engine Repowers, Engine Rebuilds, or Engine Replacements (engine sent to be remanufactured or scrapped).
EPA-verified Idle Reduction technologies (e.g. Auxiliary Power Units, Truck Stop Electrification).
Cleaner fuels.

EPA advises that prospective grant applicants should begin preparations now for the upcoming competitions by completing the following steps prior to the competition announcements:
Assess diesel fleets and identify eligible vehicles.
Establish eligible partnerships.
Prepare fleet and proposal descriptions.
Evaluate public health benefits, costs effectiveness, and emission reductions of the proposed project.
Review prior DERA competitive announcements.
Clean Cities

NAFA advises contacting the local Clean Cities Program immediately and visiting for updates. The application deadline may be the end of March 2009.

The economic stimulus provides $300,000,000 to establish a grant program through the DOE Clean Cities Program to encourage the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles or other emerging electric vehicle technologies. This grant program may provide up to 30 geographically dispersed project grants. Grant recipients include state governments, local governments, metropolitan transportation authorities, air pollution control districts, and private or nonprofit entities. These grants may be used for the acquisition of alternative fueled vehicles, fuel cell vehicles or hybrid vehicles, including buses for public transportation and ground support vehicles at public airports. The installation or acquisition of infrastructure necessary to directly support an alternative fueled vehicle, fuel cell vehicle, or hybrid vehicle project funded by the grant is also eligible.

Federal Fleet

According to NAFA, federal agencies are strongly urged to use the funds to purchase plug-in hybrids. Vehicles must be replaced on at least a one-for-one basis. Each vehicle purchased must have a higher fuel economy, as measured by EPA, than the vehicle being replaced and the overall government-purchased vehicles must have an improved fuel economy at least 10 percent greater than the vehicles being replaced.

Other Industry News

Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Up in 2008-CY
Increased prices for replacement tires and higher labor rates were the driving factors in fleet car maintenance costs rising 5 percent for the 2008-calendar year compared to 2007. Results are based on data from a fleet passenger car maintenance study conducted by GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services of 70,374 passenger cars during the 12-month period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2008.

Tire expenses continued to increase in 2008 in reaction to the higher cost of oil, a key ingredient in manufacturing tires. The trend to larger 17- and 18-inch wheel sizes also added to replacement tire expenses.

In addition, labor rates continued to rise in the automotive service industry due to rising internal business costs, higher skill set demanded of technicians, and parts delays.

Overall preventive maintenance (PM) expenses remained flat in calendar-year 2008 compared to 2007, with the PM incident rate also declining as fleets increased adoption of extended oil change intervals recommended by several OEMs and oil life monitoring systems - resulting in fewer PM repair shop visits, less driver downtime, and lower overall PM costs.

Though the incident of catastrophic expenses for powertrain failures has decreased across the board among commercial fleets, the increase in powertrain warranties by OEMs may result in higher maintenance costs for fleets.

Despite rising maintenance costs, the overall increase in vehicle quality for 2008 has helped offset other maintenance cost increases.

Survey Reveals Dramatic Highway Fatality Reduction
A survey from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that deaths on U.S. roadways declined significantly in 2008.

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia provided preliminary data. Of those, 40 states and D.C. indicated a decline in fatalities, while four indicated an increase. Overall, the average decline was 10.7 percent.

Most surprising about the survey was that many states saw a percentage decline in fatalities higher than their percentage decline in vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Most states are not yet able to release an indication of VMT from 2008. Notably, however, of the 19 states that indicated a decline in fatalities and provided an estimate of VMT, 17 reported their fatality percentage decline was more than the percentage decline in VMT- in most cases double, triple or even quadruple the decline in VMT.

What does this all mean? GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha interprets the numbers to mean that a variety of factors may have contributed to the declines in 2008.

"Clearly, the high gas prices in the first part of the year and the difficult economy in the second half caused people to drive less, thus reducing fatalities," Harsha said. "However, there's more occurring here than just economic factors."

According to Harsha, state highway safety agencies report other factors may have contributed to the fatality reduction, including: gains in seat belt use, stronger state laws and increased enforcement of these laws.

Harsha noted that multiple states have reported experiencing a reduction in driver speeds mainly because drivers want to improve their fuel efficiency. For example, the speed of the average Oregon driver was down more than 1 MPH in 2008.

"This may not sound like a lot, but reducing driver speeds means that more people are surviving crashes," Harsha explained. "Drivers may not slow down to save a life, but clearly they will slow down to save a buck."

Harsha expects more states will use the economic argument to urge drivers to slow down.

GHSA's survey results mirror a December report from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In that report, DOT noted that the federal government projects the number of people killed in traffic crashes to reach a new record low for 2008. Early DOT projections revealed a 10 percent drop in deaths for the first 10 months of 2008.

The GHSA survey was conducted during the week on Jan. 26. States were asked for their percent increase/decrease in fatalities and VMT. Fatality data are preliminary and VMT is based on estimates. Fatality estimates generally were based on data from 12 months in 2008, while VMT estimates were based on 11 months of data.


We thank Reema Loutan, Environmental Engineer, Mobile Source Team of the US Environmental Protection Agency on her interesting program on SmartWaySM - an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options.

In 2004, EPA launched SmartWaySM - an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options. The SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions.  SmartWay signifies a partnership among government, business and consumers to protect our environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve our air quality for future generations. 

EPA believes the quality of the environment is everyone's responsibility; therefore, SmartWay is positioned as a personal choice that can make a difference for the environment. Please check out this site to view the Resources offered to SmartWay Partners.

You can use EPA's models to calculate emissions and fuel savings resulting from several strategies. The SmartWay calculator allows you to compare your costs with various technologies, by letting you enter different values for fuel use, fuel cost, and other critical factors. You can change the numbers and try different combinations of technologies as much as you like.

As part of the stimulus bill, the U.S. EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) for the development of a low-cost loan or lease program to finance the purchase of clean diesel trucks and diesel equipment.  Funding for the program would be approximately $10 to $40 million, but may change. Our goal is to create national, state, or local level low-cost loan or lease programs that would encourage the purchase of vehicles and equipment retrofitted with verified emission control retrofit devices and idle reduction devices for highway, non-road, marine and locomotive fleets.  For further details, please visit for details on the upcoming funding, as well as programs in place from 2008.

You can also contact Reema Loutan ([email protected]) or Jenna Salomone ([email protected]) at the US EPA Region 2 offices for more information on SmartWay.

We were happy to see a couple of old faces at the February meeting including Honorary Member Alan Klebanoff, Life Members John Davis and Keith Skinner in attendance.

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


Our program for the March meeting will be presented by General Motors Corp. Brad F. Beauchamp, Driver Relationship Manager-Team Leader, Fuel Cell Activities will present an overview of the strategy, features and operation of the General Motors Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Pick-Up, Hybrid-Transit Bus, Dual-Mode Hybrid System, Ethanol (E85) Capable, Biodiesel Capable and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles.


I received an email from Life Member Ralph Provisiero and he is enjoying his time in Florida.

I also received a card from retired Member Dan Coranoto who has been traveling with his wife, Maria, to Italy and Austria. He has been keeping busy with politics in New Jersey and in his home town of Lafayette. He hopes to make a meeting this year.

I would like to hear from some of our other retirees who have moved out of the area. Please drop us a note or an email to let us know how you are doing.


We are now accepting applications for the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships. The Executive Board has approved two $1,000.00 scholarships for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships and six $1,000.00 scholarships for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships for 2009.

Please remember that you must meet an attendance obligation of attending 15 meetings in the three year period prior to the deadline of the application filing at the November 2009 meeting to be eligible for any of the scholarships.


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 or email me at [email protected] Thank you.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Associate Member Nick Markatos who underwent hip surgery in mid February.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
4/2 Phyllis Kodner (Mark)
4/4 Anna Provisiero (Ralph)
4/6 Ruth Dutot (Phil)
4/11 John Donato
4/12 Richard Fevang
4/12 Michael Schuler
4/14 Marion Taub (Alan)
4/16 Carmen Ceville (Antonio)
4/20 Gino Arbasetti
4/23 Richard Sciortino
4/23 Nuno Tardo
4/25 Mortimer O'Sullivan
4/26 Jennifer Mucciacciaro (Mario)
4/30 Robert Johanson

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