Members, you should soon be receiving your mail-in ballots for you to use to vote for our next Vice President. Follow the instructions included and drop the ballot in a mailbox as soon as you can. The deadline for the receipt of ballots is November 4th, 2020. A special election committee will meet on November 5th to count the ballots which will decide who has won the election. Results will be posted here on our website. Good luck to the two candidates.

The two candidates up for the seat for Vice President are Lou Qualliu and Rich Silvia.


Our next meeting will be virtual, held on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. A notice will go out in an email with the log-in information as shown below, on how to join the meeting. Click on the following link and enter the login code to join the meeting. 


BPMIA mtg.
Wed, Nov 4, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (EST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (224) 501-3412
– One-touch: tel:+12245013412,,382131749#

Access Code: 382-131-749


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The regular October meeting was held on Wednesday the 7th. where normal business was conducted, including the reading of the slate for the 2021 Board of Directors. At this meeting the nominating Committee also called for nominations from the floor for Officers and Directors. Because there are two candidates running for the Office of Vice President, we are obligated to hold an election. The vote will be mail in, the ballots for which will be sent to all eligible voters. Follow the instructions to prevent your vote from being disqualified, and send it in a soon as you receive it to stay within the deadline for voting which is November 4th. The ballots will be counted the next day, November 5th, by an election committee, and the results will be published on BPMIA’s web site, and also emailed to the membership. See the letter below with other pertinent information regarding the remainder of this year. If you have any questions feel free to email me at or any other board member whose email addresses can be found on the Board of Directors page on this site.

Don’t forget to also download the GotoMeeting app to join our meetings.


Dear Association members,

The Board of Directors would like to extend wishes to all our members that you and your families are safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. The Board continues to meet on our normal monthly basis to discuss issues that affect our membership and our professions, and part of the reason we are reaching out to you.

We have been meeting virtually, and at our most recent board meeting several topics were discussed that will affect our normal practices of holding regular monthly meetings, hosting events, and our annual elections. At this time New Jersey has not yet decided on whether to hold the Building Safety Conference, although it was reported at our last board meeting that a decision will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Regardless of the State’s decision, the Board of Directors has decided that we will not host our hospitality event this year should there be a conference. There are too many factors involved that would make it difficult to pull it together including the careful planning that goes into making the event the success it always turns out to be. Do you think you would attend even if it were to take place?

The next topic to discuss is elections and our remaining regular meetings. We will be meeting on-line, and so the meeting log-in and password information will be sent via email prior to each of our next 4 meetings, so email Director Jim Zaconie at to verify your email address. It is important to have all members’ email addresses for obvious reasons, and especially now during these unusual times. We still want everyone to be involved in this great association, and this is one important way to communicate with our members.

At our September meeting our Bylaws require the Nominating Committee to read the slate for next year’s Officers and Directors. We will have to alter our normal routine to deal with the fact that we will not be meeting in person, so we will be sending out the slate of officers and directors via email sometime prior to the September meeting, which will be on Wednesday September 2nd . At our regular October meeting which will be held Wednesday October 7th, the committee will again read the slate of officers and directors, and call for nominations from the floor. It will be determined at that time whether we will be required to hold elections, or whether one vote gets cast for the slate as presented by the Nominating Committee. In either case the incoming slate is voted upon via mail in ballots which must be received by November 4th. Only Active and Life members are eligible to vote in our elections.

Elections will be by mail in ballot, and instructions on how this will work will be sent to the membership by regular and/or electronic mail. If sent by regular mail it will go to the address you provided on your membership application, so if you must change the address to receive these important mailings somewhere other than the location you provided, please contact Treasurer Larry Scorzelli at Please visit our web site at for updated information, and find a list of Officers and Directors with their contact information should you have any questions or comments.

Members, be advised that our virtual meetings will be held on the GoToMeeting website.You should be ready before the meetings start by downloading the app now,by clicking on the link

You will only need to install it once for all future virtual meetings. Log information will be sent out to you via electronic mail so please continue to monitor your emails so you don’t miss this important information. 


From the President

Dear members,

We are very aware that anxiety can be heightened during this current situation. We want to separate fact from rumor by relying on our health care experts: the local, state and federal agencies that are responsible for guiding us. The BPMIA wants all of us to be informed with the most up to date information regarding the current health emergency

As we partner with our members to meet known and unknown challenges, we are committed to keeping the channels of communication open and doing all we reasonably can to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our members and their families. We the BPMIA Board, plan to communicate regularly with our members as we monitor the situation and we will post BPMIA updates on the news page of our website.

Thank you.  Mike Tabback

The Scholarship Committee received one application for the scholarship award this year, the winner of which was announced at the regular September meeting. Congratulations go out to Salvatore Merlino, and the association wishes him the best in his course of studies in mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Be advised The Building Safety Conference has been cancelled. Go to the DCA’s web site for information. Emails have also been sent out from the Education Unit.

Our next meeting which would have been the beefsteak at Fire Company 2 in Wayne NJ has been cancelled. It was scheduled for April 1st, and will tentatively be rescheduled to the October 7, 2020 meeting date. Watch this space for updated information regarding issues related to the Coronavirus, which in an abundance of caution, has prompted the executive board to cancel the April meeting. We will keep our membership apprised as to future meeting dates.

For students and instructors, as of March 11th, Bergen Community College has decided to postpone classes next week, and will post information on their regular website pages at, as we progress into next week. Click on those links and you should be forwarded to those pages.

You can get what is probably the best source of information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking on the links below.

See also

 Be well dear members. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Bring your code questions and comments, and also any topics you’d like to discuss at our regular meetings

  February’s Meeting – February 5th, 2020,

 was held at a new venue, the Crow’s Nest Restaurant,

309 Vincent Avenue, (Rt. 17) Hackensack NJ

We’re hoping our members think it’s a good location for future meetings, but let us know your thoughts. We would also like to hold meetings in Passaic County as well and are thinking of going back to Amore in West Paterson. Any thoughts as to that location? Our email addresses appear on our Officers and Directors page.


Well, we had our swearing in ceremony for our upcoming year’s Executive Board followed by our annual Christmas party. We hope all attendees had an enjoyable evening, and we’d like to hear from you to let us know if you did. It was a new venture for the Association where we had a catered affair in a rented hall, with live and DJ music. How did we do?

Congratulations to all newly sworn in Officers and Directors 

Contact President Tabback if you’re interested in serving on a committee. Committees can be found on the Committees page.

Get involved!


The 2020 golf outing has been cancelled but we hope to hold one in September of 2021. Watch for further information. 

The slate of Officers and Directors for 2021 was read at the September Meeting. The slate was read again at the regular October meeting where nominations were called for from the floor.  Because of two candidates on the slate for Vice President, we will hold a mail-in election, the ballots for which will be sent by regular mail to all eligible voting members. follow instructions on how to vote and return the ballots be fore the November 4th deadline. No ballot will be counted if received after that date, and all eligible ballots will be counted on November 5th by a special elections committee. Results will be posted here on-line and emailed to all members.   

The 2021 slate is as follows:

Ernie Sisco– President

                            – Vice President

            Anthony Merlino – Secretary

                                     Larry Scorzelli – Treasurer                            

                                            Mel Streeter – Director                                          


                                                                      Directors terms are for three years.

Our annual golf outing was held on September 25th 2019 at the Farmstead Country Club and deemed to be another huge success. Proceeds are used for our Scholarship fund which helps our children while attending college. Many thanks to Ernie Sisco and his committee for their hard work in making the outing the success it always turns out to be.

Any topics you’d like to discuss at a general meeting? Please let us know. You will soon be able to interact online through our web site.We’ll keep you posted.