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Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline Approved by Committee; Moves to House Floor

sema-action-network-banner-end-unfair-auto-laws-300x600Legislation (H.B. 471) to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved on a 23 – 3 vote by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.  Currently, the state requires that “All gasoline sold or offered for sale to ultimate consumers in this Commonwealth must contain at least 10% cellulosic ethanol by volume . . .”  After a stop in the Appropriations Committee, the bill will then be considered in a vote by all House members.

Please Contact All Members of the Pennsylvania House (List Below) Immediately to Request Support for H.B. 471

  • H.B. 471 recognizes that ethanol fuels cause problems with fuel pumps, fuel gauges, as well as other engine performance issues, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used.  Current high performance specialty parts along with pre-model year 2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion.
  • H.B. 471 acknowledges that ethanol has been shown to decrease fuel mileage.
  • H.B. 471 recognizes that the life span of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact all House members to request support for H.B. 471

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives

To e-mail all Representatives, copy and paste the email address blocks below as four separate emails:

lacosta@pahouse.netwadolph@pahousegop.commbaker@pahousegop.com;
bbarbin@pahouse.netsbarrar@pahousegop.comkbenninghoff@pahousegop.com;
LWBishop@pahouse.netrbizz@pahouse.netsbloom@pahousegop.com;
kboback@pahousegop.combboyle@pahouse.netkboyle@pahouse.net;
mbradfor@pahouse.nettbriggs@pahouse.netvbrown@pahouse.net;
rbrown@pahousegop.commbrownlee@pahouse.netfburns@pahouse.net;
TCaltagi@pahouse.netMCarroll@pahouse.netmcauser@pahousegop.com;
jchristi@pahousegop.comMCohen@pahouse.netsconklin@pahouse.net;
bcorbin@pahousegop.comdcosta@pahouse.netPCosta@pahouse.net;
jcox@pahousegop.comACruz@pahouse.netbcutler@pahousegop.com;
PDaley@pahouse.netmjdaley@pahouse.netmdavidson@pahouse.net;
tdavis@pahouse.netjdawkins@pahouse.netgday@pahousegop.com;
mdean@pahouse.netddeasy@pahouse.netpdelissio@pahouse.net;
sdelozie@pahousegop.comTDeLuca@pahouse.netFDermody@pahouse.net;
rdiamond@pahousegop.comgdigirol@pahousegop.commdonatuc@pahouse.net;
mdriscoll@pahouse.netgdunbar@pahousegop.comcdush@pahousegop.com;
bellis@pahousegop.comjemrick@pahousegop.com

henglish@pahousegop.comeevankov@pahousegop.comDEvans@pahouse.net;
geverett@pahousegop.comFFabrizio@pahouse.netffarina@pahouse.net;
ffarry@pahousegop.commfee@pahousegop.commflynn@pahouse.net;
DFrankel@pahouse.netRFreeman@pahouse.netmgabler@pahousegop.com;
egainey@pahouse.netJGallowa@pahouse.netMGergely@pahouse.net;
JGibbons@pahouse.netmgillen@pahousegop.comkgillesp@pahousegop.com;
mgingric@pahousegop.comrgodshal@pahousegop.comNGoodman@pahouse.net;
kgreiner@pahousegop.comggrell@pahousegop.comsgrove@pahousegop.com;
jhackett@Pahouse.commhahn@pahousegop.comMHanna@pahouse.net;
THarhai@pahouse.netjharhart@pahousegop.comPHarkins@pahouse.net;
kharper@pahousegop.comaharris@pahousegop.comjharris@pahouse.net;
dheffley@pahousegop.comshelm@pahousegop.comthenness@pahousegop.com;
dhickern@pahousegop.comrirvin@pahousegop.comrljames@pahousegop.com;
bjozwiak@pahousegop.comwkampf@pahousegop.comakaufer@pahousegop.com;
rkauffman@pahousegop.comSkavulich@pahouse.netfkeller@pahousegop.com;
mkeller@pahousegop.comWKeller@pahouse.nettkillion@pahousegop.com;
pkim@pahouse.net

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jknowles@pahousegop.combkortz@pahouse.netNKotik@pahouse.net;
tkrieger@pahousegop.comjlawrence@pahousegop.comMLongiet@pahouse.net;
rmackenzie@pahousegop.comjmaher@pahousegop.comTMahoney@pahouse.net;
smajor@pahousegop.comdmaloney@pahousegop.comJMarkose@pahouse.net;
jmarshall@pahousegop.comrmarsico@pahousegop.comkmasser@pahousegop.gom;
rmatzie@pahouse.netsmccarte@pahouse.netjmcginnis@pahousegop.com;
dmcneill@pahouse.netsmentzer@pahousegop.comdmetcalf@pahousegop.com;
cmetzgar@pahousegop.comNickMicc@pahousegop.comdmillard@pahousegop.com;
DMiller@pahouse.netbmiller@pahousegop.comdmilne@pahousegop.com;
dmoul@pahousegop.comgmullery@pahouse.nettmurt@pahousegop.com;
mmustio@pahousegop.comtnesbit@pahousegop.combneuman@pahouse.net;
MOBrien@pahouse.netboneill@pahousegop.comdoberlan@pahousegop.com;
jortitay@pahousegop.comCParker@pahouse.netEPashinski@pahouse.net;
jpayne@pahousegop.commpeifer@pahousegop.comJPetrarc@pahouse.net;
spetri@pahousegop.comtpickett@pahousegop.comjpyle@pahousegop.com;
tquigley@pahousegop.com

mquinn@pahousegop.comjrader@pahousegop.comklrapp@pahousegop.com;
aravenstahl@pahouse.netHReadsha@pahouse.netdreed@pahousegop.com;
mreese@pahousegop.commregan@pahousegop.combroae@pahousegop.com;
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JSabatin@pahouse.netrsaccone@pahousegop.comCSainato@pahouse.net;
SSamuels@pahouse.nettsankey@pahousegop.comssantars@pahouse.net;
jsantora@pahousegop.comssaylor@pahousegop.compschemel@pahousegop.com;
lculver@pahousegop.commschloss@pahouse.netKschreiber@pahouse.net;
pschweyer@pahouse.netjsimmons@pahousegop.combsims@pahouse.net;
psnyder@pahouse.netcsonney@pahousegop.comcstaats@pahousegop.com;
tstephen@pahousegop.commsturla@pahouse.netwtallman@pahousegop.com;
jtaylor@pahousegop.comCThomas@pahouse.netmtobash@pahousegop.com;
MToepel@pahousegop.comttoohil@pahousegop.comjtopper@pahousegop.com;
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gvitali@pahouse.netjward@pahousegop.comRWaters@pahouse.net;
kwatson@pahousegop.comJWheatle@pahouse.netRYoungbl@pahouse.net

See Post from SEMA at http://www.semasan.com/page.asp?content=aa_2015PA3&g=SEMAGA&utm_source=ET&utm_medium=email&
utm_content=49976297&utm_campaign=DrivingForce


August 17, 2015 in Car Shows
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U.S. Congress Introduces Bill to Reform Ethanol Mandate

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U.S. Congress Introduces Bill to Reform Ethanol Mandate

Legislation (HR 704) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit the sale of E15 (gasoline that is 15% ethanol) and eliminate the federal Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) mandate that 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol be blended into the U.S. fuel supply each year. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 to achieve the law’s artificial mandate. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to older vehicles.
Please Contact Your Member of Congress (contact information below) to Request Support for HR 704

Ethanol can cause metal corrosion and dissolve certain plastics and rubbers, especially in older vehicles that were not constructed with ethanol-compatible materials.
HR 704 would eliminate the unrealistic mandates imposed under the RFS such as requiring refiners to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022.
HR 704 would prohibit the sale of E15 gas in order to help meet the artificial RFS deadlines.
HR 704 would protect older vehicles from the risks posed by E15.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact your Member of Congress in Washington, DC immediately to request their support for RFS reform. Please email a copy of your letter to Eric Snyder at erics@sema.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow automotive enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Click here to find your U.S. Member of Congress:   Congress Look Up
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June 14, 2015 in Automotive Legislation
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New York Bill to Provide Single Plate Option for Motor Vehicles Reintroduced

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Legislation (A.B. 3671) to authorize the owner of a motor vehicle, for a $50 annual fee, to display a single license plate on the rear of the vehicle was reintroduced.  The bill will be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Assembly Transportation Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Request Support for A.B. 3671

  • A.B. 3671 allows owners to choose the option of a single plate for an annual $50 fee.
  • A.B. 3671 would help protect the aesthetic contours of certain vehicles and relieve vehicle owners of the burden and expense of having to create mounting holes on some original bumpers.
  • A.B. 3671 would save money, conserve resources and bring New York in line with other comparable states that are moving to a single plate requirement.
  • The funds collected under the bill would be used to help provide emergency services.
DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the New York Assembly Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for A.B. 3671.    
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
New York Assembly Transportation Committee
 
To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:
Assemblymember David Gantt (Chair)
Phone: 518-455-5606
Assemblymember Joseph Borelli
Phone: 518-455-4495
Assemblymember Edward Braunstein
Phone: 518-455-5425
Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi
Phone: 518-455-5454
Assemblymember Harry Bronson
Phone: 518-455-4527
Assemblymember John Ceretto
Phone: 518-455-5514
Assemblymember Marcos Crespo
Phone: 518-455-5514
Assemblymember Michael Cusick
Phone: 518-455-5526
Assemblymember Michael DenDekker
Phone: 518-455-4545
Assemblymember David DiPietro
Phone: 518-455-5314
Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
Phone: 518-455-5431
Assemblymember Chad Lupinacci
Phone: 518-455-5732
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis
Phone: 518-455-5716
Assemblymember David McDonough
Phone: 518-455-4633
Assemblymember Bill Nojay
Phone: 518-455-5662
Assemblymember N. Nick Perry
Phone: 518-455-4166
Assemblymember Samuel Roberts
Phone: 518-455-5383
Assemblymember Michelle Schimel
Phone: 518-455-5192
Assemblymember Frank Skartados
Phone: 518-455-5762
Assemblymember James Skoufis
Phone: 518-455-5441
Assemblymember Phil Steck
Phone: 518-455-5931
Assemblymember Fred Thiele, Jr.
Phone: 518-455-5997

March 16, 2015 in Automotive Legislation
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New York Reintroduces Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee

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Legislation has been reintroduced in the New York Assembly (A.B. 4459) to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration.  The bill has been referred to the New York Assembly Transportation Committee for consideration.

We Urge You to Contact Assembly Transportation Committee Members (List Attached) Immediately to Request Their Support for A.B. 4459 

  • The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector’s item and used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses.
  • Under current New York law, a historical motor vehicle is either a vehicle manufactured more than 25 years ago or one which has unique characteristics and which is determined to be of historical, classic or exhibition value.
  • The $100 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $28.75.
DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the New York Assembly Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for A.B. 4459.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.
New York Assembly Transportation Committee
 
To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:
Assemblymember David Gantt (Chair)
Phone: 518-455-5606
Assemblymember Joseph Borelli
Phone: 518-455-4495
Assemblymember Edward Braunstein
Phone: 518-455-5425
Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi
Phone: 518-455-5454
Assemblymember Harry Bronson
Phone: 518-455-4527
Assemblymember John Ceretto
Phone: 518-455-5514
Assemblymember Marcos Crespo
Phone: 518-455-5514
Assemblymember Michael Cusick
Phone: 518-455-5526
Assemblymember Michael DenDekker
Phone: 518-455-4545
Assemblymember David DiPietro
Phone: 518-455-5314
Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
Phone: 518-455-5431
Assemblymember Chad Lupinacci
Phone: 518-455-5732
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis
Phone: 518-455-5716
Assemblymember David McDonough
Phone: 518-455-4633
Assemblymember Bill Nojay
Phone: 518-455-5662
Assemblymember N. Nick Perry
Phone: 518-455-4166
Assemblymember Samuel Roberts
Phone: 518-455-5383
Assemblymember Michelle Schimel
Phone: 518-455-5192
Assemblymember Frank Skartados
Phone: 518-455-5762
Assemblymember James Skoufis
Phone: 518-455-5441
Assemblymember Phil Steck
Phone: 518-455-5931
Assemblymember Fred Thiele, Jr.
Phone: 518-455-5997

March 16, 2015 in Automotive Legislation
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Federal Legislation Would Require Study of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Rule

Legislation (HR 999) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).  The proposed CPSC rule includes restrictive lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements that could potentially limit vehicle use.  The NAS would study whether the requirements are necessary or actually undermine ROV capabilities and intended uses.  The bill would postpone further action on the CPSC’s proposed rule pending the analysis.

Please Contact Your U.S. Representative in Congress (contact information below) to Request Support for HR 999

  • ROVs are currently subject to an industry standard developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), and supported by the SAN and many other organizations and companies.
  • HR 999 would place a hold on a proposed mandatory rule issued by the CPSC pending a study by the NAS.
  • HR 999 recognizes that the industry standard has been effective at protecting riders.
  • HR 999 recognizes that an industry standard allow more flexibility than a government mandate for future design changes to safely provide the level of performance that is expected by ROV enthusiasts.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact your U.S. Representative in Washington, DC immediately to request their support for HR 999.  Please email a copy of your letter to Eric Snyder at erics@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow ROV enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby!  Thank you for your assistance.

Click here to find your U.S. Representative: http://semasan.com/lookup.asp?g=semaga


March 16, 2015 in Automotive Legislation
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SAN Urgent Legislative ALERT: Legislation Introduced in US Senate to Prevent Sale of E15 Gasoline!

Hi All!

We are in need of contacting each of our US Senators in regards to having them vote to approve  this new legislation introduced in the US Senate to Prevent The Sale E-15 Gasoline.   The E-10 Gasoline is already causing problems with our Collector Vehicles Fuel Systems and  from all Reports E-15 will further damage/corrode those same fuel systems even further.  Please join this effort by  contacting your US Senators in an effort to stop this from accelerating additional damage to our vehicles!

Thanks

Don Holton
Member of SEMA Action Network (SAN)

To view this email as a web page, please follow this link
 

Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate to Prevent Sale of E15 Gasoline

Legislation (S. 344) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the introduction of gasoline containing over 10% ethanol into the marketplace. Over a year ago, the EPA raised the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline from 10% (E10) to 15% (E15) and the fuel may soon appear at a gas station near you.

We Urge You to Contact Your U.S. Senators to Request Their Support for S. 344

  • Ethanol increases water formation that can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber.  Older cars and certain high performance specialty parts are not constructed with corrosion-resistant materials or able to tolerate the higher temperatures at which E15 may burn.
  • The EPA made it “illegal” to put E15 in pre-2001 vehicles.  However, the EPA is willing to risk destruction of the vehicle/parts by relying solely on a gas pump label cautioning motorists not to misfuel their older vehicles.  The EPA estimates that there are over 70 million such vehicles in harm’s way, along with millions more boats, lawnmowers and other gas-powered engine products.
  • Auto enthusiasts have complained for years about damage caused by E10, which is now in over 90% of gas sold in the U.S.  Ethanol has time to damage the engine, fuel line, fuel tank and exhaust systems when classic cars are infrequently driven and increases the risk of corrosion by 50 percent.
  • S. 344 would prevent the sale of E15 and therefore protect automotive enthusiasts from the negative effects of increased ethanol content in gasoline.

DON’T DELAY!  Contact your Senators immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support of S. 344.  To identify your U.S. Senators, click here:http://semasan.com/lookup.asp?g=semaga

Please e-mail a copy of your e-mail to Dan Sadowski at dans@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

February 28, 2013 in Automotive Legislation
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SAN Urgent Legislative ALERT: Bill introduced in U.S. House of Representatives to STOP SALE OF E15 Gasoline Pending Scientific Analysis

Hi ALL

We need to contact our Congressman and request their support in voting for a Bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to STOP THE SALE OF E-15 Gasoline pending Scientific Analysis of Same!  The E-10 Fuel is already causing problems with our Collector Vehicles Fuel Systems and  from all Reports E-15 will further damage/corrode those same fuel systems even further.  Please join this effort in contacting your Congressman!

To view this email as a web page, please follow this link
 

Bill Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives to Stop Sale of E15 Gas Pending Scientific Analysis

SEMA-supported legislation (HR 875) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives directing the National Academies to conduct a scientific assessment on how gasoline blended with 15 to 20 percent ethanol (E15 and E20) may impact gasoline-powered engines, vehicles and related equipment.  The analysis would consider a variety of issues including tailpipe and evaporative emissions, impact on OBD systems, materials compatibility and fuel efficiency.  The National Academies would have 18 months to conduct its analysis, during which time sales of E15 blended gas would be halted.   HR 875 has been assigned to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for consideration.  The Committee passed a similar bill last year but no further action took place.  The U.S. Senate is currently considering another SEMA-supported bill (S. 344) to ban sales of E15.

We Urge You to Contact Your Congressional Representative to Request Support for H.R. 875

  • H.R. 875 acknowledges that E15 causes corrosion with incompatible parts.  Ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber.  The EPA allows use of E15 in 2001 and newer vehicles, but agreed to make it “illegal to fuel pre-2001 vehicles” with E15.  A required warning label on the gasoline pump will not protect consumers from accidentally misfueling these vehicles/engines.
  • H.R. 875 prevents the EPA from permitting the sale of E15 before the report from the National Academies has been submitted to the House Science Committee.
  • H.R. 875 potentially protects millions of vehicles and engines that can be harmed from E15.  The EPA was premature in permitting the sale since it is still unclear how E15 impacts tailpipe and evaporative emissions, OBD systems, materials compatibility and fuel efficiency.
DON’T DELAY!  Click here to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to request support for H.R. 875.  Under Federal Officials, Identify Your Congressional District Representative: http://semasan.com/lookup.asp?g=semaga

For more information, contact Dan Sadowski at dans@sema.org


February 28, 2013 in Automotive Legislation
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New York – SAN Legislative Alert: One Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee

NY State has reintroduced a Bill to provide for a “One-Time” Historic Vehicle Registration Fee!

Please take a moment and read about this Bill found in the SAN Legislative Alert listed below!  Also please take a Moment to visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) and see all they are doing to help our hobbyists with legislative action across these United States!  Please also consider becoming connected to and joining SAN, it is FREE and a great tool for the hobbyist to stay on top of Legislative Action regarding the Entire Car Hobby!

http://www.semasan.com/page.asp?content=startpage&g=semaga

 

 

New York Reintroduces Bill to Provide for One-Time Historic Vehicle Registration Fee

Legislation has been reintroduced in the New York Senate (S.B. 1899) to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration.  The bill has been referred to the New York Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.  The bill was approved by the full Senate last session, but died in the Assembly when the legislature adjourned for the year.

We Urge You to Contact Senate Transportation Committee Members (List Attached) Immediately to Request Their Support for S.B. 1899

  • The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector’s item and used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses.
  • Under current New York law, a historical motor vehicle is either a vehicle manufactured more than 25 years ago or one which has unique characteristics and which is determined to be of historical, classic or exhibition value.
  • The $100 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $28.75.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the New York Senate Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for S.B. 1899.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

New York Senate Transportation Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

fuschill@nysenate.goveadams@senate.state.ny.us;
diaz@senate.state.ny.usdilan@nysenate.gov;
kennedy@nysenate.govlarkin@senate.state.ny.us;
maziarz@nysenate.govnozzolio@nysenate.gov;
perkins@senate.state.ny.usranz@senate.state.ny.us;
robach@nysenate.govmasmith@senate.state.ny.us;
squadron@nysenate.govstavisky@senate.state.ny.us;
valesky@senate.state.ny.us;cyoung@senate.state.ny.us;
zeldin@nysenate.gov

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (Chair)
Phone: 516-882-0630
Email: fuschill@nysenate.gov

Senator Eric Adams
Phone: 518-455-2431
Email: eadams@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Ruben Diaz
Phone: 518-455-2511
Email: diaz@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan
Phone: 518-455-2177
Email: dilan@nysenate.gov

Senator Timothy Kennedy
Phone: 518-455-2426
Email:  kennedy@nysenate.gov

Senator William Larkin Jr.
Phone: 518-455-2770
Email: larkin@senate.state.ny.us

Senator George Maziarz
Phone: 518-455-2024
Email: maziarz@nysenate.gov

Senator Michael Nozzolio
Phone: 518-455-2366
Email: nozzolio@nysenate.gov

Senator Bill Perkins
Phone: 518-455-2441
Email: perkins@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
Phone: 518-455-3161
Email: ranz@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Joseph Robach
Phone: 518-455-2909
Email: robach@nysenate.gov

Senator Malcolm Smith
Phone: 518-455-2701
Email: masmith@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Daniel Squadron
Phone: 518-455-2625
Email: squadron@nysenate.gov

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
Phone: 518-455-3461
Email: stavisky@senate.state.ny.us

Senator David Valesky
Phone: 518-455-2838
Email: valesky@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Catherine Young
Phone: 518-455-3563
Email: cyoung@senate.state.ny.us

Senator Lee Zeldin
Phone: 518-455-3570
Email: zeldin@nysenate.gov

It is OUR hobby, let OUR elected officials work for US as WE are all in this together.  

Please pass this information along to your Friends – Family Members and  your Car Clubs and have ALL of your Club members contact the NY State Senators who are on the New York State Senate Transportation Committee!  Their contact information is listed in the SAN Legislative article show above!

Thank You SAN!

Don Holton SAN Member


January 21, 2013 in Automotive Legislation, New York
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The One Millionth Thunderbird

One Millionth ThunderbirdEverything was special about the One Millionth Thunderbird.  Still owned by a member of the International Thunderbird Club (ITC).  There were few items left off the order sheet when this car was completed!  The deluxe hub caps had been disassembled and the inside panel under the fins was painted with the same Special  Gold paint that adorned the exterior as well as the grille and headlight openings.  The Leather Interior Code of K9 indicates White Leather trim with Tobacco appointments complements the Special Gold Paint.  The White Vinyl roof used a unique Odense Grain vinyl and the special White insert side moldings complimented the vinyl roof interior and exterior décor stripping on the sides and hood.   I think that this would make a great candidate to have a Marti Auto Works Deluxe Report completed on this car!

Here is how the VIN Brakes Down      2J87A188951

2 Model Year: 1972

J Assembly Plant: Pico Rivera (Los Angeles, CA)

87 Body: Thunderbird 2 dr Hardtop

A Engine: 429 CI, 224 HP

188951 Assigned Serial Number

The door Certification decal also indicates the special nature of this car.

Production Codes:

Body Color Trim Axle Trans DSO

65K (         ) K9 6 U 714697

Body 65K Body:  Thunderbird 2dr Hardtop

Color (Blank) No Code:  This indicates Special Order Paint

Trim K9 Interior Trim: White Leather with Tobacco appointments

Axle 6 Axle Ratio: 3.00:1 conventional open rear end

Trans U Transmission: C-6 Automatic

DSO 714697 71: District Sales Office:   Los Angles

4697: Domestic Special Order

This car was equipped with the following equipment:

Base Price for the 1972 Thunderbird:  $5,293.00 Production Total 57,814

Vinyl Roof
# produced 57,120
Cornering Lights
Deluxe Wheel Covers
White Sidewall Tires
Glamour Paint Option Group (Includes Hand-Rubbed Metallic Paint, Body and Hood Striping, Color-Keyed Wheel Covers, Silvery Landau “S” Bar Inserts When Vinyl Roof is Ordered)
Tinted Glass
Body Side Moulding with Vinyl Insert
460 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine (SelectAire Conditioner required)
Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Bumper Guards (Rear only?)
Spare Tire Cover
Leather with Vinyl Trim
Power Side Windows
Fingertip Speed Control
Power Seat  6-Way Both Sides
Produced with power seat:  Power Lock Group (Includes Power Trunk Lid Release)
Power Radio Antenna
Automatic Seat Back Release
AM/FM Stereo Radio
Stereosonic Tape System with AM Radio
Trailer Towing Package (Includes Heavy Duty Suspension, Extra Cooling Package, Wiring Harness, High Ratio Axle, and Trailer Towing Decal)
Heavy-Duty Suspension
Reclining Passenger Seat
Tilt Steering Wheel
Electric Rear Window Defroster
SelectAire Conditioner  #produced with Air-Conditioning 57,278
SelectAire Conditioner with Automatic Temperature Control
Deluxe Seat Belts
Body Side Paint Stripes (Included with Glamour Paint Option Group)
Power Trunk Lid Release (Included with Power Lock Group)
Convenience Group (Includes Low Fuel and Door Ajar Warning
Lights; Lights On Warning Light and Buzzer, Dual Overhead
Map Lights; and Engine Compartment Light
Turnpike Convenience Group (Includes Fingertip Speed Control, Reclining Passenger Seat, and Trip Odometer)


June 15, 2012 in Thunderbird
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How Does One Get a Retro T-Bird Hardtop from CA to NY?

Relay 01The question:  How does one get a Retro Bird Hardtop from CA to NY without costing an arm and a leg?  The Answer: Have a CA to NY Hardtop relay comprised of various owners heading in the direction you need the top to be moved!  Cost the price of the top, shipping oh such a deal!  I occasionally watch the posts on TBN and TBT and came across this listing for Drew Schmidt’s request to form the Longest top Relay!  Drew made the deal on the top and the rest is now history!

The Mountain Shadow Gray top which was removed by Ford Techs from the Ford Dealership the former owner purchased the car from.  OK’ folks what is wrong with this picture?  Very good… you all got it which apparently the Ford Techs didn’t, they put it on the stand upside down back in 2003 and there it sat upside down and uncared for until 2008 when it was sold to Drew.  As this story goes, the owner traded her car in for something new and the dealership never came back to pick up the top!  Well that starts us off on the Journey.  I have been a member of the Thunderbird Nest since November of 2003 and have seen several of these relays in that time!  I watched as the top was carried from Beverly Hills, CA to Garden Grove CA on a Black 04 owned by a TBN Group Member David Cannioto who carried it the first 48 miles.

The second leg of the trip enlisted the Merlot 94 owned by TBN member Jim Vitatoe who carried it from Garden Grove, CA to Shamrock TX for an additional 1,681 Miles.

TBN’er Bill Green picked up the top from Jim with his Torch Red 02 in Shamrock TX and carried it to the TBN Thunder Bells Wedding of TBN and ITC Members David Applebaum and Jean Kershaw Applebaum and the following ITC 15th Annual Convention in Nashville, TN!  Mileage 820.

This is where Kathy and I got into the mix.  TBN and hopefully soon to be ITC member Drew Schmidt of Lockport NY contacted me on the TBN list and asked if we were interested in helping get the top back from Nashville!  Kathy was a bit skeptical with the MSG top really clashing with our Medium Steel Blue 05 but with minimal resistance she said OK and we were in!

When we arrived the Saturday night before the big ThunderBells Wedding, there in the parking lot stood Bill and many other TBN members all bench racing this and that!  Bill and I met and off came the top to spend some restful nights in the Nashville Holiday Inn Select between Bills room on a lower floor then later in the week we moved it to our room on the 14th (housekeeping must have had a heart attack).  There was quite a stir as spectators in the lobby noted the roof being rolled by and up the elevator.

After the ITC Concours Show on Saturday was in the books, the ITC gave the top  a great send off .  Tin Man was parked under the portico in front of the hotel and the top was moved from the 14th floor where it had been resting comfortably in air-conditioned comfort.  Carefully it was rolled down the hallway then back down the elevator and then back through the lobby with many curious on lookers watching the festivities.  Once outside there were about 30 ITC members taking pictures supervising or assisting as Dwight Good and I carefully landed the MSG top safely and attached it to Tin Man.

We then packed the rack and the rest of our junk in the trunk which was packed beyond belief and Sunday morning we were off for the trip back to NY.  Mileage 899.

The next week Drew and his girlfriend Bridget made the trek down to Corning for a couple days then to Elmira with his Mint Green 04.  We installed the top took a couple pictures and he was off to Lockport for another 157 miles!  A total of 3,605 miles, not counting the elevator trips!


June 7, 2012 in Car Shows, Car Stories, Thunderbird
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