Announcements » Newsletter » Archive » 2010 » June 2010

June 2010


I am sorry that I missed our last meeting of the year but it could not be helped.  Thank you for your understanding.  To my understanding, our newly elected President did an outstanding job.

I am hoping to see everyone at our Kiddy Picnic at Eisenhower Park on Sunday, June 6, 2010.  After that, it’s our Annual Golf Outing at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park on June 21st, the day after Father’s Day.

In closing, I would like to say it has been an unbelievable experience and a great honor to serve as for the last two years.  This Society is made up of a lot of sincerely dedicated individuals and I am definitely proud to be associated with them.

If for any reason I do not see any of you at either event, I wish you and your family a great summer and be safe.


This year went by very fast and it is time for our summer break.  Please remember there is no June meeting and we will resume our General Meetings in September at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, NY.

Have a great summer and be safe!


Ballots have been cast and the results are:
Bylaw change proposal #1 – Article III section 1A, 1B, 2A approved by 43 for, 5 against.
Bylaw change proposal #2 – Bylaw IV defeated by 18 for, 30 against.

Thank you to all who took the time to cast your vote.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article III

1.     The Membership of the Society shall be composed of (8) eight grades; Member, Associate, Editorial, Honorary, Life, Apprentice Fleet Supervisor, Student Fleet Supervisor and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).  (Amended 5/19/04)

1A.    Member Grade: for the purpose of eligibility to run for President: Member, Associate Member, Editorial and Life Members.  An Associate Member must have served at least five years on the Executive Board to be eligible to run for President.  (Amended 5/19/10)

1B.    Member Grade: for the purpose of eligibility to vote, determine percentage of Associate/Member ratio, Member grade will include Member, Editorial and Life Members.

2.    Member: those actively engaged in the direction, supervision, control, operation, maintenance, of a fleet of motor vehicles; such as a Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Director of Operations, Director of Fleet Safety or Fleet Safety Engineer and/or Specialists, Consultant (service only) or those solely responsible for service of vehicles within a factory branch or a bonafide factory distributor not actively participating in sales.  Any person who is an owner of vehicles in a fleet operation cannot qualify as a Member.

2A.     Associate: shall include those who offer and contribute either service, information, materials or parts through sales to the transportation industry and related services.  It shall be noted that the company not the individual is the member.  In the event that an individual representing an Associate Member is elected President and leaves their company while their term is active, that individual shall be permitted to continue serve to the end of their term.  (Amended 5/19/10)

2B.    Editorial: those Associated with trade periodicals, papers, and magazines.

2C.    Honorary: Associate Members whose representative has at least (15) fifteen years Membership and has completely retired from active participation in business may be voted to Honorary Membership in the Society.  (Amended 5/16/07)

2D.    Life: Members who have completed over (20) twenty years active participation in the Society and retired may be voted to Life Membership in the Society.


We have opened the Newsletter for advertising by non-members.  Ads in the Newsletter for non-members are $450.00 for a quarter page ad to run for 10 issues from September through June or $45.00 for single issue.  We also have opened the Website for advertising by non-members.  Page sponsor ads are $120.00 per year starting from September through June.  Please see me if you are interested in placing an ad.

Our Newsletter, the Fleet Street Journal, is going GREEN!  The Newsletter is now available on our website in pdf form and can be downloaded for your perusal.  Anyone who wishes to receive the Newsletter by email and help defray the cost of the Newsletter for the Society may do so by letting me know.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members    97
Life Members     19
Editorial Members     0
Associate Members    34
Honorary Members    3
Original Equipment Manufacturer    2
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors    0
Student Members    9
Total Membership    164

Attendance at the May meeting:
Members    48
Guests    15
Total    63

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Member Robert Lagnese – 107, 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 – 60, 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


National Express rolls out new maintenance programs
National Express Corp. has instituted an updated certification and standards system for its maintenance operations, known as PMx, or Preventive Maintenance Excellence, with a focus on improving efficiency and productivity.

Warrenville, Ill.-based National Express Corp. has instituted an updated certification and standards system for its maintenance operations, with a focus on improving efficiency and productivity.  The system, which is a part of the company’s Fleet Excellence program (Fx), is known as PMx, or Preventive Maintenance Excellence.

With a staff of about 500 mechanics nationwide, National Express gathered personnel involved with maintenance and spent several months with this focus group analyzing preventive maintenance processes and creating a set of best practices.  “Our opportunity was to leverage their experience across 500 people,” said Greg Miller, senior vice president of fleet operations.  “We’re trying to promote the concept of predictable maintenance.”

In addition to standardizing inspection methods and preventive maintenance, Miller said National Express revised its contracts with school bus manufacturers to require involvement in their quality assurance processes to share knowledge on bus maintenance and improve vehicle reliability.

“We said, for you to do business with us, we want to be included in that process,” Miller said.  At press time, the company was scheduled to meet with its No. 1 supplier for such discussions.

Miller said that under the PMx system, mechanics are encouraged to offer feedback as to what criteria or problems should be included in the procedure.  “We’re reviewing every single failure through a semi-automated process through our fleet management system,” Miller explained.  Failures are then scored on preventability, and the resulting data is analyzed for any evidence of trends that point to a need for action, Miller said.

The data allow operations to regularly quantify vehicle availability and adherence to maintenance standards.  “We measure on a weekly basis,” Miller said.  “I can tell you that every single element that we measure has increased.  Productivity, at a minimal level, has increased by 20 percent,” Miller said.

Beginning in January, National Express also implemented what it calls Gold Seal Certification for its maintenance operations.  “We combined all of the elements that represent fleet excellence in a balanced score card, and then we come up with an overall score.  If facilities can maintain a score of 95 percent or above for four out of six consecutive months, they become gold certified,” Miller said.

In addition, the shop must meet with the approval of its local customers, who verify whether expectations were met.  “Lastly they have to have passed at least one of our external reviews or audits,” Miller said.  Gold-certified shops are recognized in the company’s internal newsletter, Express Press.


Just a reminder that our Annual Golf Outing is on Monday, June 21st at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park, NY, the day after Father’s Day.  If you have made a commitment to play, please send in your check.  If you would like to play, please call me ASAP at (718) 886-4020.


DOT, EPA Set Aggressive National Standards for Fuel Economy and First Ever Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels For Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

Responding to one of the first major directives of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today jointly established historic new federal rules that set the first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards and will significantly increase the fuel economy of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States.  The rules could potentially save the average buyer of a 2016 model year car $3,000 over the life of the vehicle and, nationally, will conserve about 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the lives of the vehicles covered.

This action is one important step in fulfilling the Obama Administration’s commitment to moving towards a clean energy, climate friendly economy.

“These historic new standards set ambitious, but achievable, fuel economy requirements for the automotive industry that will also encourage new and emerging technologies,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We will be helping American motorists save money at the pump, while putting less pollution in the air.”

"This is a significant step towards cleaner air and energy efficiency, and an important example of how our economic and environmental priorities go hand-in-hand," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.  "By working together with industry and capitalizing on our capacity for innovation, we've developed a clean cars program that is a win for automakers and drivers, a win for innovators and entrepreneurs, and a win for our planet."    

DOT and EPA received more than 130,000 public comments on the September 2009 proposed rules, with overwhelming support for the strong national policy.  Manufacturers will be able to build a single, light-duty national fleet that satisfies all federal requirements as well as the standards of California and other states.  The collaboration of federal agencies also allows for clearer rules for all automakers, instead of three standards (DOT, EPA, and a state standard).

Today’s final rules, issued by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and EPA, establish increasingly stringent fuel economy standards under NHTSA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy program and greenhouse gas emission standards under the Clean Air Act for 2012 through 2016 model-year vehicles.

Starting with 2012 model year vehicles, the rules together require automakers to improve fleet-wide fuel economy and reduce fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions by approximately five percent every year.  NHTSA has established fuel economy standards that strengthen each year reaching an estimated 34.1 mpg for the combined industry-wide fleet for model year 2016.

Because credits for air-conditioning improvements can be used to meet the EPA standards, but not the NHTSA standards, the EPA standards require that by the 2016 model-year, manufacturers must achieve a combined average vehicle emission level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile.  The EPA standard would be equivalent to 35.5 miles per gallon if all reductions came from fuel economy improvements.

Specifically, the new National Program:

Reduces carbon dioxide emissions by about 960 million metric tons over the lifetime of the vehicles regulated, equivalent to taking 50 million cars and light trucks off the road in 2030.
Conserves about 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the vehicles regulated.
Enables the average car buyer of a 2016 model year vehicle to enjoy a net savings of $3,000 over the lifetime of the vehicle, as upfront technology costs are offset by lower fuel costs
“We are delivering on our mission and President Obama’s call for a strong and coordinated national policy for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for motor vehicles, and we will do so in a way that does not compromise safety,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

“These are the first national standards ever to address climate change,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy.  “Over the coming years, America will witness an amazing leap forward in vehicle technologies, delivering fuel efficiency that will save us money and protect the environment.”

The joint final regulation achieves the goal set by President Obama to develop a National Program to establish federal standards that meet the needs of the states and the nation as a whole to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  President Obama first announced the effort last May with a broad coalition of automakers, the United Auto Workers, States, and the environmental community.

NHTSA and EPA expect automobile manufacturers will meet these standards by more widespread adoption of conventional technologies that are already in commercial use, such as more efficient engines, transmissions, tires, aerodynamics, and materials, as well as improvements in air conditioning systems.  Although the standards can be met with conventional technologies, EPA and NHTSA also expect that some manufacturers may choose to pursue more advanced fuel-saving technologies like hybrid vehicles clean diesel engines, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and electric vehicles.

In conjunction with the United States, Canada is also announcing Light Duty Vehicle GHG-Emissions regulations today.  U.S. EPA and NHTSA have worked closely with Environment Canada to ensure a common North American approach.

Climate change is the single greatest long-term global environmental challenge.  Cars, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks are responsible for almost 60 percent of all U.S. transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions


We thank John Mefford of Dimensions/Sensata Technologies of St. Paul, MN for their presentation on DC to AC power inverters and sponsoring the Cocktail Hour.

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


Inducted at the May meeting:
Eric Spivack - Operations Manager for CBT Para Transit of Brooklyn, NY inducted as a Member.  Eric oversees the entire operation, hiring, firing, payroll and accounts receivable.  He oversees 100 Para Transit vehicles and has 30 years experience in the school bus industry.


The Society wishes to extend its appreciation to John Mefford and the folks at Dimension Inverters for the presentation at the May General Meeting and for generously sponsoring the meeting’s cocktail hour.

In addition, we would like to thank Riegel Resources for their support as out Spotlight Supplier.

In the next few weeks, I will be working with other Members of the Society in order to organize a special presentation for the September meeting, which, is our first general meeting after the summer break.  Please watch your newsletter for details later this summer and plan to join us on September 15th.

Best wishes to all the Members for a safe and memorable summer.  See you in the fall!


We are accepting Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications for 2010 and have received three applications to date.  Please remember that there is a meeting attendance obligation that you must meet in order to be eligible for one of the six scholarships available this year.  Applications are available to download from our website or you may get them by contacting me at 516.643.2530.


The Kiddy Picnic is set for Sunday, June 6, 2010 - Parking Lot #5, Cherry Section in Eisenhower Park.  We should all have a good time.  Let's hope for good weather.

Thank you for all of your help.  I hope to see everyone there.  

Have a great summer and see you in September!


No news is good news on the welfare of our Members.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
07/09    Thomas Stagnitta
07/10    Sandy Dozis (John)
07/11    George Pastor
07/14    Clement Drummond
08/21    Margaret Consiglio (Henry)
07/21    Thomas Stagnitta (Life Member)
07/22    Laura Arbasetti (Gino)
07/22    Betty Johanson (Robert)
07/22    Sally Ann Logerfo (John)
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)
08/07    Daniel Coranoto
08/08    Mary Ann Spiotto (Robert)
08/12    Albert Buehler Jr.
08/12    Greg Lent
08/13    Joseph Calderaro Jr.
08/13    James Fisher
08/14    Josephine Carpenter (Frank)
08/15    Leonard Ferrara
08/18    Garry Raff
08/20    Carole Costantin (John)
08/21    Anne Marie Mastros (Loucas)
08/24    Sue Ebert (Edgar)
08/23    Kathy Zaragoza (Nestor)
08/24    Wendy Crandall (Robert)
08/27    Eva Mandel (Martin)
08/29    Kenneth Wyman
09/02    Michael Gulli
09/03    Donna Lent (Greg)
09/05    James Mastellone
09/06    Dina Morris (Kenny)
09/08    Avi Mordekovich
09/11    Shirley Rosario (Eric)
09/14    Mitchell Blane
09/14    Rose Cain (Harold)
09/14    Robert Maher
09/19    Peter Clark
09/20    Kathy Iannotta (John)
09/21    Alfred Klingbeil
09/22    Lou Kane
09/23    Francis Dejana (Peter)
09/23    Michael Iannizzi
09/25    Yolanda Calderaro (Joseph)
09/25    Lynn Cordiello (Michael)
09/27    Marilyn Gibbons (Dennis)
09/26    Jeffrey Kaye
09/28    Peter Dejana
09/29    Teddy Moustakas
09/30    Lisa Ann Aull (Donald)
09/30    John Dozis
09/30    Kathy Orza (Carl)


Life Member Michael Iannizzi’s granddaughter, Carolann Cotton has been reminiscing with old memories of attending all the Kiddy Picnics and her first one attended was the Picnic on the Beach in Bayville, NY  She even remembers attending the June Outing at Friar Tuck Inn in Catskill, NY playing bocce ball and going out on the paddle boats.  Carolann was a recipient of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc Scholarship in 2005.  She is now 25 yrs. old and will be getting married in 2011.  Congratulations Mike!

Page loaded in 0.0334 seconds.