Friday, 14 December 2012 23:24

LIABRA Looks Back on a Busy 2012 That Included Introducing Favorable Legislation

The Long Island Autobody Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA), one of the largest autobody associations in the USA with over 500 active members, maintains a rigorous training and education agenda for its members as well as lobbying to introduce favorable legislation and block unfavorable legislation. The Board of Director meetings are held monthly at the association’s headquarters in Lindenhurst, NY.

The first general meeting of Jan. 2012 was held at Atlantic Chevrolet in Bayshore where members received training in the new GM Hybrid technology.

 

In March, LIABRA participated in the Northeast Leaders conference where LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger was the master of ceremonies. At the conference, association representatives from the Northeast area gathered to discuss and exchange information about what is happening in their state. At this time LIABRA also participated in the Northeast Trade Exposition.

In April, LIABRA held its annual Lobby day. LIABRA members gathered in the New York State capitol of Albany to visit with their local legislators to discuss proposed legislation and introduce new legislation. LIABRA is assisted by a lobbying team headed up by Pamela A. Madeirous of Greenberg Taurig LLP.

In May, LIABRA held a Chrysler OEM Procedures and Repair Standards seminar at Security Dodge in Amityville.

In June, LIABRA held its annual 250 club drawing at LIABRA headquarters in Lindenhurst. Proceeds of the drawing are earmarked for the Legislative Program.

In August, LIABRA participated in the Competition Automotive Group Annual Barbeque and Car Show. Proceeds of the show are used to support local charities.

In September, LIABRA held its annual Golf Tournament at the Port Jefferson Country Club. Over 200 members and industry participants gathered together for a great day of golf, comradeship and fun.

In October, LIABRA held its annual Recycled Rides presentation. In 2011, LIABRA members rebuilt and restored 10 cars that were given to Disabled Veterans in a ceremony at the VFW Hall in Centereach. In 2012, LIABRA Recycled Rides Program again gave 10 cars rebuilt by LIABRA members to disabled veterans. However, the 2012 presentation was delayed by Hurricane Sandy until Dec. 15.

Also, in October, LIABRA held its general meeting at Levittown Ford. A seminar on New York state labor laws was presented by the Arnold Standard Co., a management consulting firm. Parts bidding issues and energy savings program were also presented.

In November, LIABRA held its annual BMW Repair Seminar at Competition BMW in Smithtown. Members learned the latest in BMW technology and repair procedures.

Legislative initiatives included sponsoring bills that require fair claims settlement, price capping, anti- steering, parts choices, and automotive material restriction purchases.

Looking at 2013, LIABRA plans, along with its continued legislative and regulatory initiatives, to develop an educational curriculum that involves shop certifications and to develop a larger consumer awareness program through more  member shop involvement, such as our recycled rides program.

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