April 2019 - Volume 6, Issue 4
In This Issue
President's Message Remembering Jeff Bader
2019 Scholarship Info • PANYNJ Announcements
Important Dates
President's Message
Jeff Bader's sudden passing on April 4, 2019 dealt a difficult blow to all of us at the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, particularly myself, Executive Director Dick Jones, and the members of our Executive Board. Jeff's commitment and dedication to our organization was unmatched. While his presence in our industry and the impact he had will be felt for a long time, it is his loyal friendship, his diplomacy, and his ever-present willingness to step up and assist others in any way he could that I will miss the most.

I'm honored that the Executive Board has chosen me to lead the organization going forward, and I pledge to carry on Jeff's legacy of strong leadership, dedicated service, and effective advocacy on behalf of the motor carriers who call on the Port of NY & NJ.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Memorial Service for Jeff on April 9th (see below), and to all those who sent messages of sympathy, support, and encouragement during this difficult time.   

-- Lisa Yakomin
President, Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers
Remembering Bi-State President Jeffrey A. Bader
Jeffrey Alan Bader
Sept. 4 1955 - April 4, 2019
On April 4, 2019, the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers lost a valuable member of our team: Jeffrey A. Bader, who served eight consecutive terms as our organization’s President since the Bi-State’s formation in 2002, passed away unexpectedly after a sudden medical event.
In lieu of our April General Meeting, the Executive Board hosted a Memorial Service to honor and celebrate Jeff’s life. More than 100 Bi-State members and stakeholders throughout the port community gathered in Newark, along with Jeff’s family, to remember the many contributions that he made to the intermodal trucking community. Speakers included First Vice President Tom Heimgartner, Zach McCue (aide to Senator Cory Booker), NJ State Assemblyman Bob Auth (District 39), Deputy Port Directory Beth Rooney of the PANYNJ, and Chris Rotondo of the FMCSA. Click here to see photos from the Memorial Service .
LAST CALL - Scholarship Applications Due May 3rd
Applications and information on our 2019 Samuel L. Cunninghame Memorial Scholarship are linked in this newsletter, and have been posted on our website. Deadline for submission has been extended to May 3, 2019.
The annual scholarship is named in honor of our longtime Legislative Relations Director, Sam Cunninghame. Each year, the Bi-State honors Sam’s memory by providing scholarships and mini-grants to deserving college-bound high school seniors and full-time undergraduate students who have a parent or guardian working, as either an employee or independent contractor with a Member Company. Eligibility details and requirements are listed on the Application instructions. The main scholarship award this year will be $1,500.
All applications must be received no later than May 3, 2019. Please contact LisaY@thebistate.com with any questions.

The Cunninghame Scholarship is made possible through donations from our members. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! To donate online, CLICK HERE
At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded this year.
PANYNJ Announces New Port Director & Deputy Director
The Port Authority of NY & NJ recently announced that Sam Ruda will serve as the Director of the Port Department, with Bethann Rooney taking on the role of Deputy Director.  The Bi-State congratulates Sam and Beth on their new roles, and we look forward to working closely with them on issues concerning the intermodal trucking community that serves the Port of NY & NJ. For more information, CLICK HERE .

Monday, September 9, 2019
Galloping Hill Golf Course, Kenilworth, NJ
For more information on Sponsorship Opportunities,
email DJ@thebistate.com or call 973-466-0014
Members: join us for our next General Meeting
Tues, May 14th, 10am
NYSA Training Ctr. Auditorium 1210 Corbin Street, Elizabeth, NJ

We have 3 presentations scheduled for our May meeting:

  • The legal experts at Genova Burns LLC will review the latest info on misclassification and protecting the owner operator model at the PONYNJ. 
  • TRAC Intermodal will make a presentation to provide additional details about their new tire services. 
  • Representatives from Global Container Terminal -Bayonne will offer details on the expansion of their truck appointment system

*Note: Monthly Meetings are open to Bi-State General Members and Allied Members only. For more information on becoming a Member, visit our website, http://www.bistatemotorcarriers.com/membership-application/

Dates to Remember
May 3 • Scholarship Applications Due
May 14 Monthly Member Meeting
May 27 Memorial Day
June 11 Monthly Member Meeting
July 4 Independence Day
July 9 Monthly Member Meeting
August 13 Monthly Member Meeting
Sept 2 Labor Day
Sept 9 Golf Outing & Awards Lunch
Executive Board
President Lisa Yakomin
First Vice President Tom Heimgartner Second Vice President Lou Notaro
Secretary Peter Toscano
Treasurer Peggy Mecca
Trustee Tom Butler
Executive Board Mike Baicher, Dave Cannillo, Chuck Connors, Chris Grato, Will Grato, Patrick Judge III, Brian Kohn, John Kruse, Bob Leef, Joe Noonan, Jr., Greg Scott
Executive Director Dick Jones