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May 2009


With May being our last meeting, I would like to wish a safe and enjoyable summer.

Don't forget that our May Mini Fair is at this month's meeting and is at no cost to our Associate Members so call for a table now.

Our next event is the Kiddy Picnic on June 7th at Eisenhower Park. It should be a great day as always.

In conclusion, I look forward to serving the membership for the upcoming year and I am honored the membership would see me fit to serve them again as President of this great organization.

Thank you in advance for your support.


This is just a reminder that the May meeting is on the third Tuesday, May 19th at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, NY.

The 2009 May Mini Fair will be held on the same night as the meeting. This May Mini Fair is free to our Associate Members first, then our Members and if there is any tables open we will open them up to the public. Please contact Richie Chan at 347.866.0208 or me at 718.388.0426 for details and reserving a table.

We are booked at the Immaculate Conception Center for our meetings from September 2009 through May 2010.


The following are the proposed Bylaw changes submitted this year to be voted upon at the May meeting:

Bylaw change proposal #1:
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.

*The Bylaws Committee and the Executive Board recommends voting FOR this proposal.

Bylaw change proposal #2:
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 Bylaws Committee has no recommendation for this proposal and the Executive Board recommends voting AGAINST this proposal.


We are looking for sponsor ads for our website. If you would like to place an ad, please contact me at [email protected]

We also need pictures of our Members' fleets to be showcased on our website. If you have any pictures of your fleet, please forward them to me.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 104
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 34
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 2
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 7
Total Membership 168

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired - 99, 9/92 - 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, SUNY Farmingdale - 98, 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. - 51, 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 April meeting:
Members 46
Guests 14
Total 60


If you are thinking of hiring summer employees for your transportation business and would like to give a college student an opportunity. Please fax your information to Vincenzo Rigaglia at Bronx Community College's automotive program (fax 718.289.6403 or call 718 289.5367). We will post your information on our Job Openings Board for the students to see.

Please supply the Name of Employer, Location, Hours, Salary, License, and Contact Information.


The 22nd Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2009 at the Towers Country Club, Floral Park, NY. Breakfast will be served from 10:30 - 12:00 and a shot gun start at 12:30. There will be a putting and chipping contest before tee off. We are looking for donations and sponsors. The Golf Outing application is included in this newsletter and also available for download on our website at Please send in your Golf Outing application no later than Monday, June 8, 2009.


The May General Meeting is only two weeks or so away. This is last General Meeting before our summer break. I need to make all our Members aware that we have a long road to travel to meet last years final total of revenue generated by Journal Ad sales.

Our most worthy Member of the Year, Mark Kodner is certainly a person held in high regard by all our membership and is a person that should be celebrated as such.

Please continue to show your support for our Member of the Year and our Society by upgrading your Associate Ad and by asking your vendors and friends to honor Mark by purchasing a Journal Ad in his honor. Although there are many more miles to go before we match last years total, I am certain that the generosity of our Society Members will rise to meet the occasion as they always do!

Thanks for your continued support and have a wonderful and safe summer.


EPA Clears Way for Far-Reaching Emission Limits
By declaring that industrial greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health and well-being, the Environmental Protection Agency has paved the way for broad new regulations to reduce carbon dioxide and other planet-heating gases, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The EPA's proposed finding could lead to major restrictions that affect cars and trucks, which account for nearly a quarter of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and utilities, which are responsible for more than a third, the L.A. Times reported. Virtually all major areas of the economy could be affected, including oil, chemicals, cement, steel, forestry and large-scale farming.

The proposed EPA finding contrasts sharply with the Bush administration, which cast doubt on the science behind climate change and took steps to delay government intervention. The finding also signals to other nations that the U.S. is willing to cut its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Diplomats are preparing for a December gathering in Copenhagen to negotiate a new treaty on climate change.

The proposed EPA finding also puts pressure on Congress to advance major climate change legislation. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills, CA), co-author of a bill to create a national market to cap emissions and allow trading of credits, praised the EPA action but said it would be up to Congress to "break our dependence on foreign sources of energy and help transform our economy," the Times reported.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said addressing the climate-change issue would "create millions of green jobs and end our country's dependence on foreign oil." But opponents of such regulation warn that it will further damage a struggling economy. The House's top-ranking Republican, Rep. John A. Boehner of Ohio, called the EPA's finding "a backdoor attempt to enact a national energy tax."

The proposed "endangerment finding," which would be finalized after a 60-day comment period, was spurred by a 2007 Supreme Court decision that ordered the EPA to review scientific evidence for regulating climate-altering gases under the Clean Air Act, according to the L.A. Times. If Congress failed to pass legislation, the agency could move forward on its own.

President Obama has said he wants the U.S. to slash greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by mid-century to prevent the worst effects of climate change, including heat waves, flooding, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, water shortages and the widespread extinction of wildlife and plant species.

The EPA has yet to make a decision on whether to grant California's petition to proceed with its rules to cut carbon dioxide pollution from automobile tailpipes. The agency is set to make a decision by June 30. With restructuring of the auto industry under negotiation, carmakers argue the decision on California's auto rules should be postponed. If it is not, 13 other states and the District of Columbia have committed to adopting California rules. That would essentially require a major increase in fuel efficiency across 40 percent of the U.S. car market, the Times reported.



Member Richard Chan presented Member Leonard Huffmire with a special recognition award for reaching the 50 consecutive meeting attendance milestone.

We thank Peter Ruiz of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Clean Air Program, Technical Services and Clean Air on his presentation on New York State Motor Vehicle Inspections.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Mitchell Blane of Hub Truck Rental.


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:
• Audra Fordin, Fleet Supervisor, of Great Bear Auto and Body of Flushing, NY as a Member. Audra is responsible for the quality control, customer satisfaction and the daily operation of an auto and truck repair facility with a six vehicle fleet and six technicians. She is the 4th generation in her family in the automotive industry.

• Maureen Prainito, Commercial Account Executive, of Petro, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY as an Associate Member. Maureen is responsible for the sales of heating oil, diesel fuel and gasoline. She has 10 years prior experience with Madison Oil.


The Nominating Committee proposes the following slate of Officers for the 2009/2010 term:

President - Michael Cordiello
1st Vice President - Albert Buehler Jr.
2nd Vice President - Michael Cafiero
Treasurer - Frank Carpenter
Secretary - Vanessa Mercado

There were no opposing slates nominated from the floor.


The May meeting program will be presented by Vincent Picciarelli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, for Foley Services of Glastonbury, CT on drug testing programs.


We are accepting applications for the 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. Please remember that you have an attendance requirement of 15 meetings in the three year period up to and including the November 2009 meeting to be eligible for one of six $1,000.00 scholarships available this year. Scholarship applications are available on our web site at


The Kiddy Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at Eisenhower Park, Holly Section, Parking Lot 5 in East Meadow, NY. Please send in your reservations as soon as possible so we can buy enough toys for all the kids. The application is available to download on our website at All reservations must be in no later than Friday, May 15.

Thank you to the following for their donation pledges to the Kiddy Picnic:
Frank Carpenter - $300.00
Amsoil Products - $100.00
CDM Fleet Services Inc. - $100.00

Thank you once again to all those who have donated to the Kiddy Picnic. We have a pledged total of $3,218.00. Anyone wishing to donate to the Kiddy Picnic can contact me at (516) 510-2301 or by email to [email protected]


Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Member Dennis Madden on the passing of his brother, Brian, on April 16, 2009.

Congratulations to Life Member Carl Orza and wife, Cathy, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on May 3.

We have a belated Happy Birthday wish from 04/06 to send to Josephine Logan (Robert) and apologize for the omission in the March Newsletter.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
06/01 Ann Marie Iannizzi (Michael)
06/02 Harold Cain
06/02 Patricia Scheider (William)
06/05 Rosalie Sciortino (Richard)
06/06 Michael Cordiello
06/07 Kathy Hart (Floyd)
06/08 Steven Milack
06/09 Robert Gartman
06/10 Julie Domante (Peter)
06/13 Judi Blane (Mitchell)
06/13 Showky Kaldawy
06/20 Susan Pastor (George)
06/23 Jack Lawson
06/23 William Mirabella
06/24 Richard Chan
06/24 Blanca Nunez (Juan)
06/24 Keith Skinner
06/25 Marie Milack (Steven)
06/26 Robert Spiotto
06/28 George Hallahan Jr.
06/28 John Iannotta
06/29 Barbara Clark (Mitchell)
06/29 Leonard Huffmire

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