Summer Seminar Information

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11 Dec 2017, 07:56
Hello everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know that at the last Board meeting elections were held for the officers of our Head Mechanics Association. The board meeting took place at Mathews Bus Sales in Dansville, NY on Dec 1st. These are voted on every 2 years.
Members present were,
Jason Johnson
Peter Marini
Robert Boyce
David Giles
Kevin Dattler
Keith Sutliff

Election results are as follows:

President- Jason Johnson
Motion made by Peter Marini, second by Keith Sutliff- all in favor YES

Vice President- Peter Marini
Motion made by Robert Boyce, second by Keith Sutliff- all in favor-YES

Secretary- Robert Boyce
Motion made by Keith Sutliff, second by David Giles- all in favor-YES

Treasurer- Dan Elderbroom
Motion made by Keith Sutliff, second by Kevin Dattler- all in favor-Yes

Capital Chapter Meeting 10-30-2017 14 Nov 2017, 11:37
Hello everyone,

Please open the attachment I added on the Capital Chapter meeting I was at on Oct 30th. There is a lot of good information that needs to get out to all of the districts. The meeting was with DOT on issues and new things going on.
Have a great day and be safe!!
Your President
Jason Johnson

Western Chapter HMA
27 Sep 2017, 07:01
Hello everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know I have started to visit the local chapters in the state. First on my list was the Western chapter. They had a great turnout at Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew, Ny! Bob from Pembroke did an excellent job with the meeting as expected. I had the chance to chat with everyone on several key issues, and it was a great response from all of them. They hit on several topics, such as Electronic DVIR’s, DOT Inspectors new IPODS, Brake certifications, and warranty concerns. Joe Basil Chevrolet put on an excellent presentation on county bids for School districts and helped answer a lot of questions. Hats off to the Western Chapter. I will keep you updated as I will be visiting 2 different chapters in the month of October!

Thanks again,
You’re President:
Jason Johnson
607-259-7250 or

PETER MARINI "GARAGE STAR" 31 Aug 2017, 09:04
I wanted to take this time and say how awesome it is to see one of our fellow Head Mechanics on the School transportation news magazine. Mr. Marini was under the Garage stars section, and is well deserving of it. It has been a privilege of mine to work with and know him on a personal basis and I guarantee he is most deserving of this recognition. Hats of To Mr. Marini, and if you want to congratulate him, his email is
In case you didn't know he is also your VP of NY Head Mechanics Association. He is a wealth of knowledge and a great asset to our organization!!

Jason Johnson
President of NY head Mechanics Association

Ford Transit RECALL
04 Aug 2017, 09:32
From Rusty Seastrum at DOT
Please read below and open the attachment.

It has been brought to my attention that some of the older vehicles covered by the attached recall are now being found with the drive shaft joint component significantly cracked.

Typically it is our procedure to allow the recall process to run its course, however, the older vehicles should have been repaired. Therefore, if components are found as having a significant crack then the vehicle should be placed out-of-service until repaired.

If the component is only showing preliminary signs of cracking on a vehicle with relatively low mileage then the operator should only be advised of the recall and given reasonable time to have the repair done under the recall process.

Please advise your staff.

2017 Summer Seminar classes 08 May 2017, 08:44
Here is the list of Seminar classes we will be having this year

Class 1- Cummins
Topics- Familiarization,after treatment, and Maintenance of all Cummins engines. Including the new single catalyst system on the new engine. They will also be discussing in detail Cummins new perspective on the Bus Market with their engines. They are now devoting a group of people to just the bus market for issues that we are having.

Presenters- Jack Szalka
Mike Sarro

Class 2- DOT
Topic- A update to all school Districts on new technology DOT inspectors will be using for inspections and answers to general questions you may have during your inspection process

Presenter- Mike Nuber

Class 3- Continental Tire-
Topic- Tires are our Friends.
Will be discussing issues with tire wear, causes of wear problems, tire monitoring, and suitable tread style for Bus applications. Question and answer session to follow

Presenter- Conrad Jenke
Tracy Kline

Class 4- Snap-O...     [Read full article]

15 Dec 2016, 07:43
Hi folks,
Just wanted to give the good news that our next summer seminar date is set up. It will be July 13th 2017. More news is to come. Please put the date in your calendar!! The countdown is on..
Your President,
Jason Johnson

I wanted to give everyone an update on my last partners meeting held in Albany on Dec 8th, 2016

Updates were on:

Bus net system
Retirement of inspectors
Larry Scotto accepting a new position
DOT profiles
Seat belt initiative
accessories added to bus that may not be in compliance with DOT

Bus Net system- 1. As of right now it is still in the works. They are looking at a prototype in the next couple weeks to try.
2. after that more internal testing
3. Then they will move on to field staff training and working the bugs out of system
4. fine tuning
5. There thoughts were to go live with the new version sometime late next year 2017

New System info:
Web based system inspection program
Inspectors will use a Ipad mini 4
Inspections will be scheduled via email notifications
No more paper inspections
After inspection completed, the reports will be electronically transmitted by email and eventually via new portal.
:Something's to think about:
All school districts must a have a ...     [Read full article]

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