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February 2010


The Scholarship Awards Dinner was a great success!

We had a wonderful evening while honoring our Member of the Year, Mark Kodner.  I only wish that more of our Members could have been there to join in the celebration.
Our Spotlight Supplier at our January General Meeting, Jersey City Ford was a great success as well!  I have taken note that more and more members are showing up for our General Meetings earlier so as to mingle with other Members as well as asking questions of the Spotlight Supplier.  This is great to see!
In closing, I would like to see everyone at the next General Meeting, February 17, 2010 and would also like to congratulate Leonard Huffmire on being the Society of Fleet Supervisors’ Member of the Year 2010.


The Society’s next general meeting is February 17th and I am looking forward to seeing you all there. We are at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY through the May meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.

Please remember that we are offering the “Spotlight Supplier” program to anyone who is interested in displaying their wares at a meeting.  You also receive a full page ad in our monthly Newsletter.  Please contact me or Richie Chan.

We thank our January Spotlight Supplier, Jersey City Ford Lincoln Mercury, represented by Vincent Durante, Service Director, Alan Gitlin, Business Relationship Manager, Alex Maglio, Principle, Tom McManus, Parts Manager and Christina Alongi, Ford Service Representative.  They were on hand to answer any questions about Ford Sales, Service and Parts, Fleet Maintenance and had many handouts for our Membership.


We are still accepting Bylaw change proposals in writing for the 2010 Constitution and Bylaws up to and including the March Meeting.  Please send me your change proposals in writing by email or regular mail.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw XIII     Annual Golf Outing Proceeds

1.    (60) Sixty percent of all proceeds from our Annual Golf Outing will be used to fund either or any of our scholarship awards and educational expenses as determined by a majority vote of our Executive Board. (Amended 5/17/00)

2.    The remaining (40) forty percent will be placed into a fund to be used to subsidize the Members' cost of the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and the Kiddy Picnic.  The Executive Board will determine the amount to be subsidized for each of these two functions. (Amended 5/17/00)


2nd notice dues letters have been mailed out on February 1.  If you haven’t received your dues letter, please contact me as we may not have your current address.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    107
Life Members     19
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    36
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    4
Total Membership    172

Attendance at the February meeting:
Members    42
Guests    26
Total    68

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Member Robert Lagnese – 103, 1/97 –
Honorary Member Bill Misita – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member George Pastor – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member Leonard Huffmire – 56, 11/02 –
Member John Cigna – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Life Member Nuno Tardo – 48, 1/02 –1/08
Member Robert Spiotto – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Member Pat De Martino – 44, 10/90 – 2/96


Barriers to Commercialization Still Exist For Hybrid Truck Industry
Hybrid drive-train technology has the potential to improve fuel economy by 20 to 50 percent on medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The technology can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming pollutants by the same percentage. With such benefits to the trucking industry, why is the hybrid truck industry still in an early stage, almost 10 years behind the market introduction of passenger hybrids?

According to The Hybrid Commercial Vehicles Report, published by SupplierBusiness, an IHS Global Insight Company, all the major truck manufacturers and hybrid system developers in the U.S. are on board with the technology. Many have prototypes or are developing hybrid models. In addition, many fleets have shown interest in using hybrid trucks, with adoption from FedEx Express, UPS and Coca Cola, to name a few. The hybrid truck industry has grown from only 200 vehicles in 2006 to an expected 5,000 in 2010, the report says.

But not enough fleets have adopted the technology to keep costs down and kick commercialization of hybrid technology into full gear. The SupplierBusiness report says that in order to reduce the price premium to an acceptance level, each manufacturer would need sales to range from 5,000 to 8,000 units per year. Currently, fleet sales are in the 500 to 1,000 range per year for each manufacturer.

There is some hope: "Government support may help resolve this cost dilemma by providing consistent, long term help with the costs faced by both manufacturers and truck buyers,” the report says.

Funding the Upcharge
?The cost of a hybrid vehicle is a large barrier to market adoption among fleets. For example, commercial vehicles need considerably larger and heavier battery packs to support an electric hybrid solution, and these batteries can represent a considerable upcharge.
?This is where government funding comes into play. Several states offer incentives under Clean Cities' initiatives, including New York, California, Texas and Colorado. The California Air Resources Board created the California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, which hands out vouchers ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 to fleets that purchase and use medium- and heavy-duty hybrid vehicles in California. A federal tax credit offers up to $7,500 for plug-in electrics. In addition, the new U.S. stimulus bill includes funding aimed at alternative fuel and clean vehicles, according to the report. "Within the U.S. significant funding that is likely to support the purchase of medium- and heavy-duty trucks is now emerging at both state and national level," the report said. For a non-edited article:

The 2010 Society of Fleet Supervisors Golf Outing will take place, Monday, June 21, 2010 at the North Shore Towers Golf Course in Floral Park, Queens.  As usual, this event will take place on the Monday following Father’s Day.

We Need Your Help!  We Need Your Support!

This Golf Outing is a major revenue source for our Society.  Its success is critical to sustain the Society's health and existence.

We need our Membership to solicit sponsorship for this event so that we don't repeat last year’s poor turnout!

It's never too early to make your commitment!  Please call me at 718.886.4020 to place your reservations.


We, the Journal Committee, would like to once again express our thanks to those that contributed to the 2009 Journal which honored our Member of the Year, Mark Kodner.  Through your generosity, you have helped us to assemble yet another successful Journal.

As you know, our Member of the Year for 2010 is Leonard Huffmire.  Leonard has been an active Member of our Society since 2002.  He has served as President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and currently as an Advisor to the Executive Board of the Society of Fleet Supervisors.  Over the past eight (8) years, Leonard has worked tirelessly on behalf of our Society.

Leonard is a most worthy and fitting recipient of this honor that has been bestowed upon him and I know that our Membership will honor Leonard accordingly with your support.

It's never too early to start placing your ad in the 2010 Journal honoring the Society’s Member of the Year, Leonard Huffmire.


DOT Updates National Road Safety Standards
U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood on Dec. 16 released a major update to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The manual, administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) since 1971, sets the standards for road safety throughout the country.

"These new and updated standards will help make our nation's roads and bridges safer for drivers, construction workers and pedestrians alike," LaHood said.

The MUTCD is the national standard for all traffic control devices, including traffic signs, pavement markings, signals and any other devices used to regulate, warn or guide traffic. Ensuring uniformity of traffic control devices across the nation -- from their messages and placement to their sizes, shapes and colors -- helps to reduce crashes and traffic congestion. This is the first comprehensive update to the manual since 2003.

The MUTCD's 2009 edition features many new and updated requirements, ranging from changes in highway signs and bike lanes to the color of high-visibility garments worn by road workers. Most changes are a result of extensive research; however, seven changes stem from recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board. This is the largest number of NTSB recommendations adopted by the MUTCD at one time.

"Adopting the lessons learned in recent years will help make roads safer for everyone," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.

By requiring better pavement markings that can increase bike lane safety, and extending walk times for pedestrians at crosswalks, the updated MUTCD furthers the "complete streets" concept -- an effort long championed by the FHWA to ensure roads accommodate all types of travel, not just automobiles.

Among the other new provisions in the MUTCD:
Replacing highway signs with brighter, larger and more legible ones that are easier to understand at freeway speeds. States will begin using the newer signs as existing ones wear out.
Adding different lane markings for lanes that do not continue beyond an intersection or interchange to give drivers more warning that they need to move out of the lane if they don't intend to turn.
Expanding the use of flashing yellow arrow signals at some intersections to give a clearer indication that drivers can turn left after yielding to any opposing traffic.
Changing the formula used to calculate crosswalk times to give walkers more time.  
Identifying electronic toll collection lanes with purple signs -- the first time purple has been sanctioned for use on highway signs.
Adding overhead lane-use control signs to reduce confusion among drivers in unfamiliar multi-lane roadways.

Safety Requirements for New Truck, Bus Companies Raised
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this month began enforcing its New Entrant Safety Assurance Process rule, which requires newly registered truck and bus companies to meet stricter safety requirements.

This final rule raises the compliance standards for passing new entrant safety audits and requires that new carriers correct safety deficiencies before being granted permanent registration.

"This new rule helps to ensure that only the safest carriers can enter the industry and continue to operate on our roadways," said Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "By strengthening the new entrant process, our agency supports new carriers as they establish and maintain critical safety management controls that enable them to operate in full compliance with federal safety regulations."

Under the new requirements, a newly registered truck or bus company will automatically fail its safety audit if violations of any one of 16 essential federal regulations are discovered. These regulations cover controlled substances and alcohol testing, hours-of-service rules, driver qualifications, vehicle condition and carrier insurance responsibility.

Failure to pass a new entrant safety audit may result in revocation of a carrier's registration, unless that carrier takes corrective action within a time period established by FMCSA.

Additionally, if certain violations are discovered during roadside inspections, the new carrier may be subject to an expedited safety audit or a compliance review that can result in fines or an out-of-service order.

For more information on the New Entrant Safety Assurance Process rule, visit the FMCSA website at


Our thanks go out to Pete Desidario of Vehicle Tracking Solutions who presented a very informative program on GPS vehicle tracking and historical reporting solutions to lower fuel costs, reduce overtime pay, boost profits, and increase employee productivity.  We thank them once again for sponsoring our Cocktail Hour.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Eric Kraus of Mondial Automotive.


The Membership Committee and Executive Board have approved the following candidates for Membership and they are waiting to be inducted by the Membership:
Paul Chernosky of Ferrara Building Materials as a Member
John Schoeder of CleanCo Distributors as an Associate Member

We are also reviewing the following candidates for Membership at this time:
Anthony Borsello of Atlantic Express
Cory Meklibbin of Stevens Ford

If you have someone that you think can benefit as a Member of the Society, please contact me for a Membership Application or you may down load an application from our web site under Community/Applications.


Please join us for the February 17th SFSNY general meeting.

This month’s program will be of particular interest to any fleet utilizing Ford Powerstroke Diesels.  Our guest speaker will be Jim Brown of Blue Diamond, the joint venture between Navistar (International) and Ford Motor Company.  Jim is Blue Diamond’s regional manager and among other things, an expert on the care and maintenance of both the 6.0 and 6.4 Ford Diesel engines.  Jim will be discussing common concerns with regard to these engines.  I have been to several of Jim’s training seminars and each time I learn something new.  Please join us and bring your questions and concerns to this informative presentation.

I would like to mention that we have several spots open for programs this spring.   Please email me at [email protected] or call me at (631) 258-6611 if you would like to either present a program or if you have a topic you think would be interesting to our members.  I’d be more than happy to try to put it together.

Thanks. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in February.


Congratulations to the following 2009 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship recipients:
Addison Drummond attending Baruch College, son of Member Clement Drummond
Christopher Harte attending SUNY Farmingdale, son of Member Tim Harte
Nicole Hyer attending College of Staten Island, granddaughter of Life Member Anthony Falconiere
Steven Merenda attending Fashion Institute of Technology, son of Associate Member Richard Merenda
Robert Snyder attending SUNY Delhi University, son of Member Robert Snyder
Amanda Torres attending SUNY Oneonta, niece of Member William McVeigh

To date the Society of Fleet Supervisors have awarded in excess of $189,000.00 in scholarships to automotive students and to our Members and their families.

We are now accepting applications for the 2010 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship.  The number and amount of the scholarships available will be determined at the February Executive Board meeting and announced at the February General meeting.

Our 2009 Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipient is reported in the January 7, 2010 Bronx Times Reporter:


On January 9th, we held our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.  It was a total success.  We sold all two hundred (200) Brick tickets.   Thank you to everyone who helped out.

Congratulations to our Brick raffle winners:
10,000 Bricks – Member Larry Musella, ticket # 171 sold by Member Lenny Huffmire
1,000 Bricks – Ann & Richard Vizzini, ticket # 006
500 Bricks – Kathy Orza, ticket #097


Congratulations to Member Robert Lagnese on the birth of his first grandson, Michael Carmine Lagnese, of son Thomas and daughter-in-law Danielle on December 27, 2009.  Michael weighed in at nine pounds, fifteen ounces.

Congratulations to Member Douglas Cotter and wife, Nanette, on the birth of their daughter, Sean Francia Cotter, on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 and weighed in at eight pounds and one half ounce.

Congratulations to Life Member George Ferraro on the birth of his grandson, Jayden James Ferraro, of son James and daughter-in-law Tara on January 17, 2010.  Jayden weighed in at eight pounds, eleven ounces.

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    Donald 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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