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  • April 23, 2020 1:18 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Just behind California and Texas, New York is the most populated state in the United States, with a total of roughly 19.5 million residents. While Texas ranks second for land size with 261,914 square miles, and California ranking third with 155,973, New York State ranks 30th with just 47,224 square miles. In the state of New York, Teslas make up roughly 69% of all BEVs, with many of them being registered in the counties of: Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester, Queens, New York, and Monroe. 

    With the continuous and rapid growth of Tesla owners in the state of New York, I am putting out a call for leadership of TOCNYS members. Tesla released the first few Model 3s to early customers in mid-2017, and an influx of owners have taken delivery ever since then. Observing this ever-continuing positive growth in our state, I am seeking Tesla owners and enthusiasts from all parts of New York State that are passionate about both Tesla and the community behind it. With that being said, there are two classes of leadership positions that I am looking to fulfill: Regional Organizer and Key Member. 

    The Regional Organizer (R.O.) is someone who: has the time, passion, and knowledge to lead their specific region of New York. They will lead in the creation and administration of events and meetups, grow club membership in their local region, build relationships with community / businesses / government, and will be able to maintain communication with me. I will be working closely with R.O.s in every way possible to support and assist them, if they need me, I am there. While some regions may only have one Regional Organizer, others may have three or more, depending on the population of Tesla owners and residents in that region. Each Regional Organizer will be working with, and continually building, a team of Key Members in their particular region.

    Key Members are TOCNYS members from all parts of the state that will be working closely with Regional Organizers. Unlike R.O.s, there isn’t an exact limit on how many Key Members that can sign up for the position, the more the merrier! For those who wish to support the club, but may be concerned about time commitments, this role may be a better fit for them. Key Members will help in the process of: facilitating and fostering events, bringing ideas to the R.O.s, sharing concerns and thoughts from club members, and helping make the club the best it can be.

    Our current Regional Organizers are:

    1. Capital / Saratoga Region- Howard V Kibrick

    2. Finger Lakes Region- Rick Cognata

    3. Long Island Region- Keith Spiro ( looking to add 1-2 more R.O.s )

    4. Niagara Frontier Region- John P. Weiksnar

    I am currently looking for Regional Organizers in the following regions

    1. Adirondacks Region ( 1 )

    2. Chautauqua - Allegheny Region ( 1 )

    3. Catskills Region ( 1 )

    4. Central Region ( 1 )

    5. Thousand Islands - Seaway Region ( 1 )

    6. Hudson Valley Region ( 2-3 R.O.s )

    7. New York City ( 3-4 R.O.s )

    To see what region you are in, click here or the following link-

    Taking on one of these leadership positions is a great way to: help accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy, give back to the community while making a significant difference and impact, develop new skills while building on existing experience and knowledge, build and strengthen the Tesla community throughout New York, create relationships with individuals that share the same passions as you, provide your region with a powerful voice, create partnerships with businesses that will offer club members discounts and incentives, and to overall maximize fun in life. Ultimately, the position is what YOU make it, and that’s what I’m most excited about!

    If you can’t decide if the position is right for you, flip a coin, I find that this is truly the most effective way in making decisions in life. Not because you will respond to the outcome of the coin, but because while the coin is flipping and turning through the air, your heart will have made its decision. Once you have made your decision, please send an email to to inform me on the position that you're interested in, and the region that you would be representing. From there, I will be reaching out to you to discuss further. I look forward to hearing back from you, and working with you to help make TOCNYS the best that it can possibly be!

    Stephen Pallotta

    Club Manager


  • April 16, 2020 1:33 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Teslas Will Be Able to Drop You Off and Park - 

    Tesla’s autopilot system received a big update last summer with the release of Smart Summon, a system that would allow one to summon their car from a parking spot to anywhere else in the parking lot. As of now, it appears that this summer we will receive a similar update, allowing Tesla owners to exit their vehicles at the front of a store and then send the car to go find a parking spot for them. It was revealed via a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk that this feature will be part of the “core autopilot software update for FSD later this year.” Seeing as the amount of good (and bad) press Tesla got when they released the Smart Summon feature, it would be safe to guess that this feature will have to record a lot of real world information from Tesla owners around the world who will be using it, in order to improve the situational awareness of the software. 

    Cybertruck Updates - 

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously stated that the Cybertruck would be available in a matte black paint option, although now it has been brought into question whether or not Tesla will be painting the cars at all. Seeing as the “exoskeleton” of the Cybertruck is made from a “ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless-steel” there have been questions as to the paintability of the truck. Although the strong exoskeleton provides rigidity, durability, and safety, it is looking doubtful that it will be painted by Tesla. Most of the prototypes seen to date are only sporting the unpainted stainless-steel and it is beginning to look like that is the only color buyers will be offered directly from Tesla. This week, Musk stated that “you will be able to wrap it in any color or pattern” which appears to allude to the fact that owners will have to pay to get their Cybertrucks wrapped by a third party, rather than from Tesla itself. 

  • April 14, 2020 1:16 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    I've just recently finished my first official week as the new Club Manager for TOCNYS.... my goodness what a week it has been! On March 13th I took a drive out to Rochester to meet with Patrick Ho, Club President of TOCNYS, to discuss the opportunity to fulfill the position of Club Manager. I'd like to use this opportunity and platform to attempt to go over some of the major events that have taken place since then.

    Mid-March was when the pandemic really began to hit home for many individuals around the country, especially for those of us in the state of New York. My previous workplace already began to see some of the impacts: the cafeteria was void of any guest (which eventually became completely shut down just a few days later), meetings were being held remotely, and a presence of fear and uncertainty was felt in the atmosphere. If my memory serves me correctly, we were asked on March 16th to pack up whatever necessary belongings we needed to work from home, and to be out of the office by 2:00 pm the latest. Thankfully, our Executive Director gave us a heads-up a few weeks prior that this could entirely become a reality, and suggested we being to make a plan in preparation.

    On March 13th, around 5:00 pm, I began my ~4 hour drive out west to Rochester. When I was younger I absolutely hated long drives (a long drive to me is anything more than an hour), but now with owning a Tesla, I have somewhat begun to welcome them. I stopped and the Liverpool Supercharger, right off the toll road, to get a quick charge and use the restroom. On a side note... I highly recommend this supercharger if you need to stop and top: it's literally less than a minute off of I90, charges at 150kW, and you can enter the hotel to stretch your legs or use the restroom.

    Once I finally I arrived at the hotel in Rochester, I was pretty exhausted, even with the help of Autopilot which made the trip much easier. If you have ever taken a long trip, you know how much of a life-saver AP can be... in some cases literally. I made sure to get a good night of rest since that next morning I'd be meeting with Patrick at the office, then taking the drive out to Cheektowaga for a meetup at the new V3 Supercharger there. It was great to meet the Niagara Frontier region, as well as some other individuals who drove in from out of town (thank you all who welcomed me, I truly enjoyed meeting you).

    After the "successful" meetup, (if you were there, you have an understanding of what I mean by that haha), I had lunch with Patrick and John P. Weiksnar who is Regional Organizer for the Niagara Frontier region. We went over some plans and goals that we have for the future of TOCNYS, as well as just had an absolutely amazing lunch at Rachel's Mediterranean Grill. On a side note... some of you may have just taken the poll that I created with our Gallery Advisor at the Henrietta Service Center, a shopping outlet like the one where Rachel's is situated could be a great location for a Tesla Destination Charger.

    Sunday came and I took a drive around Rochester and Webster to get to know the area, I can't believe more people don't live out there on Lake Ontario, it's such a stunning place to be! I began my drive back home to Albany around 1pm, and you can probably guess where I stopped to charge on the way back. From the time I got back home on the 16th, I don't think I've had a single boring day in Albany!

    Because of all the things that have occurred since I've been back home, and have officially taken on the role of Club Manager, I'll list some of the most notable events worth sharing-

    • Created a GoFundMe campaign with club member Brian Swails to raise funds to share our appreciation for the Tesla employees who are working on making the ventilators
    • Had Virtual meetups with Capital-Saratoga, Niagara Frontier, and soon the Finger Lakes region
    • Joined in on conference calls and virtual meetups with other Tesla Owners Clubs around the country to learn from their experience, and meet some of their club members. ( I even joined a virtual happy hour with a TOC of Orange County, thanks for having me Dennis)
    • Connected hospitals all around our state ( with your help ) with our contact at Tesla, so that they can work together on receiving the ventilators
    • Held a Social Distance Drive for the Capital-Saratoga Region
    • Reached out to small businesses, both in and out of the state, to see what perks we can obtain for our club members [ if you have any connections with businesses that you would like TOCNYS to connect with, please let me know ]
    • Worked with media outlets to share stories of what our club has been working on
    • Learned how to use platforms like Wild Apricot to make updates on our website and send out emails to our club members
    • And... actually had Elon Musk reply to a question I asked him on Twitter

    It's been a nutty couple of weeks since I've made my maiden voyage out to Rochester... I am so thankful for all things that have come since then! I am looking forward to the future of TOCNYS, and all of the amazing things that our club will experience as we grow.

    TOCNYS Club Manager- Stephen Pallotta

  • April 13, 2020 12:51 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    After being stuck in the house for the past few weeks and feeling helpless about the current situation around me ; I was longing to do something to make me feel like I was helping. Clearly my choices were limited.

    One option I had was to donate blood. My uncle worked at the New York Blood Center for years. He introduced me to all of the beneficial things that come from donating blood; along with calling me every time I was eligible to donate again. One pint of blood can save 3 lives, someone needs blood every two seconds, only 37% of the population is eligible to donate blood. From my experience donating blood is quick, relatively painless (just a needle stick), and extremely rewarding.

    After my most recent donation (last Thursday) I thought it would be even more rewarding if I could convince more people to donate blood. Who could I ask? Tesla owners of course!!! Tesla owners already care about doing something for the greater good; so why not add this to the list?

    I created a team called Tesla Owners Club New York State through The American Red Cross. It’s easy to join. Click on the link below and download the app. Then join the team. Once we get our team going it would be fun to challenge other Owner Clubs across the country and world to see who comes out on top. Please consider joining; you will be helping out fellow humans and showing everyone how stellar Tesla owners are.

    Join my team and help American Red Cross impact even more lives-

    - Edie Houle 

  • April 09, 2020 4:57 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    Tesla Updates Launch Mode for Model S & X -

    Since last April, when Tesla updated the Model S & X to the “Raven” models, many have been wondering what they would do with the new suspension other than improving ride quality. As Tesla often does, they have thought of an innovative way to improve the car’s acceleration using the new suspension system. The previous launch mode would lower the car’s suspension in the rear and the front equally. The new suspension on the other hand, lowers the front suspension and leaves the rear suspension higher creating a “cheetah stance.” Tesla began to release the software update on Tuesday and some owners have already put the new launch mode to the test. One Model S owner found that 45 more horsepower were being put down with the new launch mode, as well as the 0-60 time being reduced from 2.47 seconds to 2.41 seconds. Although this is a small difference, it is great to see that Tesla is still innovating in ways no other car manufacturer would. 

    Tesla Wins Several Kelly Blue Book Awards -

    This year, Tesla almost entirely swept the 2020 Kelly Blue Book Luxury Brand awards. Tesla won all awards in the luxury category apart from the most trusted brand award, which went to Lexus. Tesla has won several industry awards in the past but this is the best they have done in terms of awards which signals the success of the Model 3 and the overall master plan. The full list of awards can be seen here.  

    Tesla Pushes Update With Dashcam & Sentry Viewer in Car -

    It has frequently bugged Tesla owners that in order to watch back a Sentry Mode incident or something recorded on the built in dashcam, they need to remove the USB drive and access the files on a computer. Now, Tesla owners can freely view their saved clips inside the car. This feature does not just make one’s life easier, but could potentially help save someone from legal trouble. For example, if one is involved in an accident and the person who hit them says that they were not at fault, there is hard evidence available on the scene. It could also be helpful if one’s car is keyed or dinged in a parking lot and then they notice a scratch on the car, they can see the car or person that did it and not have to wait until they have access to a computer to view the footage. The new viewer interface allows owners to view different clips from the front camera, the left and right cameras, and the rear camera. This tweet perfectly shows what the new viewer looks like and highlights that Tesla is the only brand who notices a problem and fixes it over the air, rather than waiting for the next model year. 

  • April 07, 2020 7:36 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    GoFundMe Doughnates & Coffee: Tesla Gigafactory New York

    No, that’s not a spelling error of donuts or doughnuts… well, it is… let me explain. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Gigafactory New York, or as some of the workers there refer to it, GFNY. Club President, Patrick Ho and Niagara Frontier Chapter Leader, John P. Weiksnar joined me for a very memorable experience that Saturday afternoon. That one event led to many positive outcomes, but one in particular that I am very thankful for, the creation of a campaign for Tesla employees who will be constructing the ventilators in aiding the COVID-19 efforts.

    While we sadly didn’t have the opportunity to enter the factory for a tour, or sit down and talk with Elon Musk, we were able to geek-out from a safe and appropriate distance outside. It was shortly after our visit to the factory that John proposed a fantastic idea to me, something along the lines of a positive motion for the workers at the factory to show our appreciation for them and everything that they do to further the mission of Tesla. After some more communication that afternoon, and with the efforts of club member Brian Swails, we put together a solid plan

    While I am writing this blog, we have reached ~82% of the campaign goal! I am so thankful to each and everyone of you who have contributed and helped spread the word about the campaign and the progress that has been made. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to contribute to the campaign, feel free to donate whatever amount you personally feel comfortable with. Truly any amount is appreciated if you can donate, it would also be especially helpful if you can spread the word about the campaign through social media. Thank you.

    Here is the link to the campaign where you can find out more about the campaign, and see the most up-to-date progress on it:

  • April 07, 2020 4:34 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    First Annual TOCNYS Anti-Virus & Social Distancing Cruise

    By: Luis Alicea and Keith Spiro

    Walt Whitman once wrote, “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road.” I can’t think of a more appropriate phrase that best personifies the feeling that a Tesla owner has once they get behind the wheel of their Tesla.  All Tesla owners agree, we all love our Tesla. Most people would say they only drive because they have to; not Tesla owners. Tesla owners live for the thrill of the drive. The instant torque you get when you press the Go Pedal leaves every owner with the grin; owners call it “the Tesla grin.” Unlike most car owners, Tesla owners look for excuses to drive. Heck, I look for excuses to go to the supermarket just so I could drive my Tesla. For most owners Tesla is not just a car, it’s a lifestyle. Once you’re an owner, you belong to a community, a worldwide community… perhaps, someday, a Mars community.

    With the recent cancellation of most club events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tesla owners are now finding themselves going through withdrawal. Most people are confined to their homes. For some, this home confinement can lead to loneliness, depression and anxiety. The LI chapter of TOCNYS has certainly felt, and continues to feel, the stress and anxiety of this confinement. In order to relieve some of the stress from confinement and to help spread the message of the importance of social distancing; on Sunday, April 5th TOCNYS – Long Island Chapter – held its First Annual TOCNYS Anti-Virus/Social Distancing Cruise event. 

    In total, six members of the local chapter met at the Valley Stream, NY Supercharger station. All owners in attendance had facial protective equipment and adhered to social distancing guidelines and/or stayed in their Tesla. From there, one by one each Tesla exited the Valley Stream Supercharger station. All in formation, one by one down Sunrise highway a caravan of five Tesla Model 3s (one member had to leave early) can be seen driving towards the Wantagh expressway. Like a squadron of fighter jets in perfect formation, the TOCNYS LI Chapter, headed out to the Jones Beach Water Tower. 

    I can honestly say the drive felt therapeutic; it was a much needed and welcomed relief. The roads were practically empty and knowing that you are driving with a group of like-minded individuals, who share a love for all things Tesla, diluted the stress/anxiety that all are feeling during these uncertain times. For a brief twenty-five minute drive all the desolation that is happening all around us all but disappeared. Like a pressured steam valve, the drive was a badly needed outlet, and all of it was done with social distancing in mind, in the safety of our Teslas.

    We are all in this together. Elon Musk is just one cog in the gear-train we call life. TOCNYS is but one tooth in that cog we call Tesla. We’re all doing our part to be together (safely) as well as being apart. Some of us can’t live our lives like hermits. We know the risks, but we come well protected and use every precaution. Like Elon’s world, without unity there is no life, and without life we have no meaning. We all have a purpose. That purpose is to go on, no matter what.

    Here is link to the YouTube video showing some of the events that took place,  filmed/edited by Luis Alicea-

  • April 03, 2020 6:24 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    More Autopilot Features Coming Soon -

    A recent update to the Tesla Model 3 and new Model Y owner’s manual shows that Tesla is planning to very imminently release an update to the Autopilot systems. The update would include features that have been in the works for a very long time. Most importantly, will be the new functionality of Autopilot while driving on city streets, and not on the highway where Autopilot was most comfortable. The update allows the car to recognize and react to traffic lights. The car will also make the decision as to whether or not to continue through a yellow light or to stop. There was also a video posted to twitter which shows the new feature in action. As of now, the feature has been given to some early access members and will be released to the entire fleet soon. More about how that works, as well as the other functionality included in the update is available in this image of the updated owner’s manual. 

    Model Y Powertrain Shows Promise - 

    Although the Model Y shares 75% of its parts with the Model 3, there are still some essential differences between the two. One of the most notable being some of the changes Tesla made to the powertrain in the Model Y. The Model 3 has been shown to put down 570 brake horsepower, and the Model Y recently has been tested to show that it can put down up to 623 brake horsepower from all four wheels. Although the two vehicles were expected to have the same powertrain and motors, it was later revealed that the Model Y has a heat pump to help maintain range in cold environments, and it is now clear that there were more tweaks. The tweaks that were made are likely to counteract the weight that comes with an SUV like the Model Y.

  • March 30, 2020 2:20 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

    TOCNYS is proud to announce that we have three members who have been assigned their VINs for their Tesla Model Y! Steven Lefkowitz from Long Island recently took delivery of his Model Y and was able to provide us with an interview about his experience.

    1q.) Is this your first Tesla, if so, what made you choose to go with Tesla?

    1a.) This is my first Tesla. I was never even in one before, I test drove a Model 3 and X in early December. This was after I saw a CNBC segment describing the Model Y. I thought it was the coolest thing, and pre-ordered it after I left the showroom in Manhasset. I had to put the $2,500 down, but fully it was little risk. I have a family of five, so I was praying the back seat would be big enough for 3 kids...and thankfully it is!

    2q.) What made you choose a Model Y over a Model 3 or S/X? What features about the Y made it stand out more than 3 for you? 

    2a.) I chose the Model Y because I thought it looked so cool, and with a family of 5 I wanted the room to seat 5 and have enough storage space. The Model X was too expensive to consider.

    3q.) Which version did you order? When did you order your Model Y? What location did you pick up your Model Y from? How was the delivery experience? Did anything stand out to you from the delivery experience? Did COVID-19 affect your delivery? 

    3a.) I ordered the Dual Motor in Midnight Silver Metallic with the upgraded 20” Induction wheels. 

    Ordered first week of December, got the email about getting ready for delivery March 15-31st at Manhasset, and then I got the email for my delivery for March 21st. On March 19th they called me and asked if I wanted the delivery on the 19th or wait... I knew the world was going to basically shut down on Sunday the 22nd at 8pm, so I jumped at the chance to get delivery before that, in fact the store was going to close on Sunday night. I got to the store before the car got there at 10am! When the car pulled in, every employee in the store came out and cheered and took pictures. It was the first one they had seen, it was so wild! Everyone in the store was great, we stayed for close to an hour with everyone teaching me all the tricks and ins and outs of a Tesla. 

    4q.) If you are coming from an ICE car, how does the Model Y compare to that?

    4a.)  Best car I have ever driven, I can’t understand why anyone would drive any other car! (I had a BMW x5 first.)


    5q.) Anything else you would like to share about your decision to purchase a Model Y?

    5a.) After my first full week with the car, it’s amazing! I couldn’t be happier, and the customer service has been spectacular.

    Steven, congratulations on the Model Y, and thank you for the interview.

  • March 26, 2020 3:34 PM | Joe Moore (Administrator)

    Tesla Adds New Options for Deliveries

    Coronavirus comes at a terrible time for Tesla considering the fact that their new Crossover SUV, the Model Y, has just started being delivered to customers. Due to the fact that Tesla would like to continue selling cars and many who ordered and were expecting their new cars are relying on their arrival.

    There were previously two options for taking delivery of a Tesla. The first was the traditional experience of going to the store and having an employee walk the new owner around the car and show them all of the features and how to operate the car. The second option was to have the same experience, but in your driveway rather than at the store. The two new options are well-described on Tesla’s delivery website. The first new delivery option is called “Express Delivery” and is described as:

    Express Delivery: Arrive at your scheduled delivery location and, after check-in, be remotely routed to your new car via the Tesla app’s location tracking tool. All required documents will be waiting inside the car with highlights indicating where to sign. When you’re ready to get on the road, simply pass your documents to the advisor at the exit for review, and we’ll mount a temporary tag and license plate.

    Explore the exciting features of your vehicle at your own pace via the in-car Tesla Tutorials and Owner’s Manual on your car’s center touchscreen. All tutorials can also be accessed from the settings menu in the Tesla app.

    Express Delivery is now available at all our Tesla delivery centers. Some states may vary based on signatory requirements.

    The second new delivery option is called “Tesla Direct Drop” and although not yet available in New York, it will likely eventually be offered in the state:

    Tesla Direct Drop: Designed as a completely touchless delivery experience, we will drop your new vehicle at a location of your choosing – typically a home or workplace – without any required interaction. Just complete all required paperwork, let us know where you’d like the car, and we’ll drop it off and leave the vehicle for you to unlock via the Tesla app. Please note that payment, paperwork and e-sign agreements must be completed in full prior to delivery, and you are required to send back any remaining physical paperwork in the vehicle via a pre-paid shipping envelope within 24 hours. 3rd party lending and trade-in customers are not yet eligible for this experience.

    We are rapidly expanding the availability of this new delivery type to new states. Locations currently offering Direct Drop include:

    California, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

    Model Y Shaping Up to Be Great in Cold Weather

    The Tesla Model Y is very significant for the company in many ways, but is even more significant for EV owners who live in cold climates and have been struggling with range during the cold winter months. In this tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave Model Y buyers even more confidence that the range of their cars’ would not be affected by cold weather. One interesting thing to look out for is whether or not Tesla will include the heat pump in future versions of the S, 3, & X.

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