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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JANUARY 21, 2015
ORDER OF BUSINESS

Notice of this meeting has been provided through the annual notice of the schedule of regular meetings of the Board filed with and prominently posted in the offices of the Secretary of State. The 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

DISCLOSURE OF THE OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT

(A) When necessary, the Board shall adopt Resolution A to go into closed session to consider individuals’ disability applications, which states:

In accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-13, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees go into closed session for purposes of discussing matters pertaining to disability retirement which involves material involving personal medical and health records, data, reports and recommendations relating to specific individuals, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(3). Those matters are confidential unless expressly waived by the individual involved.

The actions taken during closed session relating to a disability retirement are anticipated to become available to the public immediately at the conclusion of the meeting and will be posted on the Division of Pensions and Benefits’ website within a reasonable time; however, personal information pertaining to an individual shall be redacted from the minutes of such meeting and shall remain confidential until after such time as the Board determines that the need of confidentiality no longer exists and the matters discussed can be disclosed.


(B) When necessary, the Board shall adopt Resolution B to go into executive session to request/receive attorney-client advice from the Deputy Attorney General, which states:

In accordance with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-13, be it resolved that the Board of Trustees go into closed session to discuss matters falling within the attorney client privilege, and/or matters in which litigation is pending or anticipated, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(7).

The minutes of such meeting shall remain confidential until after such time as the Board determines that the need of confidentiality no longer exists and the matters discussed can be disclosed and the Board waives the attorney-client privilege.


RETIREMENT LISTS

Option Changes - none
Totals Adobe PDF (3K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 1:45 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Brian Currie, Peter Maurer, Ronald Winthers, Benjamin Hurst, William
O'Brien (arrived 10:35), Ned Thomson (left 1:00), Susanne Culliton (arrived 10:12)


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Palmer; Michael Weik;
Cheryl Chianese; Val McManus; Sunanda Rana; Sharon Fenstermacher; Wendy
Jamison; Bernardine Brozena; Gwen Saslieo; Raphael Soto; Tim McMullen; Kristen
Bell, Susan Grant; Marc Greenfield; John Sloth; James Hoschek; Lionel Leach, CWA
1039; James Hall; Ralph Ridolfino; Richard Friedman, attorney; DAG Jeff Ignatowitz;
Marian Ragusa; Thomas Rossi, attorney; James Scott; Benjamin Mabie; Steven
Secare, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 10, 2014
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists for January 2, 2015
Approved
C-2 Chapter 221
Approved
C-3 Return to Employment
Approved
C-4 Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Carson, Keith Ocean Co Bd of
Social Services
9/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Ortiz, Elsa Millville BD OF ED 3/1/2014
D
a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Approved
D-3 Teixeira, Maria Elizabeth BD OF ED 8/1/2013
5
Reexaminations Continue Ordinary
Disability
D-4 Mars, Leslie Pennsauken Township 5/1/2014
5
Off Payroll over two years Approved
and Disability Review Section will
investigate Accidental Disability
D-5 Kaufman, James Essex County 8/1/2013
5
Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
Continue in OAL
D-6 Boges, Bobbi Lynn Juv. Jus 9/1/2011
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-7 Ramirez, Ana Passaic County
Bd of Social Service
1/1/2014
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-8 Shinn, Elmer Burlington County 10/1/2014
5
Approved
D-9 Heine, Kathleen Eastern Camden Co
Regional HS Dist
3/1/2015
C
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Augustyniak, Edward Beach Haven Borough 2/1/2014
B
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-11 Coleman, Miriam Cumberland County 6/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-12 Andrade, Luisa Office of Public
Defender
11/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-13 Bocchino, John C DEPE Office of the
Commisioner
11/1/2014
C
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-14 Monthly OD Grid  
  
  
Approved (see list below)
Note: Clarence West deceased

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Allen, Robert Jr

12/14

C

Newark Public Schools

Bailey, William S

01/15

A

Sussex County Vocational

Barrett, Lynnette C

09/14

5

Camden Co Board of Social Service

Betros, Robert

12/14

5

Hamilton Township (Mercer)

Bialkowski, Nancy

11/14

D

Middlesex Co Board of Social Service

Bulmer, Kenneth J

11/14

C

Regional Operations North

Butkiewicz, Dennis P

08/14

5

Passaic Board Of Education

Caliguiro, Annette D

09/14

5

West New York Town

Calkins, Sharon M

11/14

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Cannon, John A

03/15

5

Medford Township BOE

Costa, Margarida

01/15

5

Essex Co Vocational School

Croushore, Cathy Fay

12/14

5

Barnegat Twp BOE

Cutano, Salvatore

02/15

B

Long Beach Island BOE

Czech, Shirley

12/14

5

Linden City Bd Of Ed

Dagostino, Christine M

01/15

5

Washington Twp BOE (Morris)

Damico, Marion M

08/14

5

Atlantic County

Desomma, Donna M

01/15

5

Hudson County

Detore, Patricia M

01/15

5

Livingston BOE

Dolusic, Ron Jon

01/15

A

State Police Civilian Employees

Donaghy, Brian G

01/14

5

Bayonne City

Edwards, Anthony D

04/14

C

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Gibbons, Sara A

01/15

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Glover, Candace E

02/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Gray, Janet E

10/14

D

Judiciary/Mercer County

Green, Maria

10/14

5

Manalapan Township

Groome, Janice

09/14

5

Montville Twp BOE

Guerra, Carlos T

01/15

3

Elizabeth City Parking Auth

Hardy, Patricia

03/15

D

State Police Civilian Employees

Jaworski, Dianne B

10/14

5

Training & Employment Services

Johnson-Mccall, Deborah

04/14

5

Atlantic County

Johnston, Elvie

02/15

1

Ocean County

Klostreich, Michelle Lee

12/14

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Learn, Robert D

01/15

C

Monroe Twp BOE (Middlesex)

Lockwood, David M

03/15

B

Bayshore Reg Sewerage Authority

Masone, Frank M

12/14

5

Paterson BOE

Mazzone, Dorothy E

01/15

5

Bergen County

Mcclave, Andrew

11/14

A

Gloucester County

Mcintyre, James

12/14

C

Middlesex County

Naccarato, Joan C

10/14

A

Pine Hill Borough BOE

Ottaviano, Lillian

12/14

A

Long Branch City

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Pajares, Angel M

12/14

C

Elizabeth City

Pollando, Robert T

11/14

D

NJ Turnpike Authority

Powell, Belinda

09/14

5

Newark Public Schools

Randazzo, Roxanne

11/14

5

NJ Veterans Mem. Home, Vineland

Richards, Sharon M

11/14

5

East Orange School District

Roche, Rafael E

01/15

B

Passaic County

Rodriguez, Aracelis

12/14

D

Dept of Children And Families

Ruth, Kelvin L

10/14

A

NJ Turnpike Authority

Seibel, Helayne R

07/14

5

Camden City BOE

Smith, Maryann S

05/14

5

East Brunswick Township

Somma, Anthony J

01/15

5

Morris County

Soto, Alice

02/15

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Stout, Richard George Jr

08/14

5

Chathams School District

Swiszcz, Barbara

11/14

5

Rutgers University

Talley, Cheryl E

09/14

5

Camden Co Board Of Social Service

Thomas, Janet L

12/14

C

Galloway Township BOE

Todd, Lisa D

01/15

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Tuero, Juana A

01/15

5

Union City BOE

Ustaris, Lourdes A

01/15

A

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Ventura, Beatriz

02/15

C

Hudson County

*West, Clarence

06/15

5

Rahway City BOE

Wiland, Thomas W Jr

03/15

5

Lower Alloways Creek Township

Williams, Owen F

01/15

1

Teaneck BOE

*Deceased
Total = 63


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Walter, Derrick Ocean Twp. Bd Of Ed 1/1/2015
B
5/21/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Early
E-2 Cobb, Alterick Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2012
5
9/22/2011 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Grant Ordinary; Continue in OAL

E-3

Deritis, Steven Wildwood Crest
Borough
7/1/2014
1
12/1/2010 Approved
E-4 Savage, John Department of Labor 1/1/2015
5
3/10/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-5

Desiderio, John Monmouth County 8/1/2014
A
10/20/2008 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Wilcox, Melissa New Lisbon
Developmental Center
8/1/2013
5
5/29/2012 Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental; Withdraw from OAL
(Administrative review subsequent to Board action revealed the case must
be returned to the Board for further action at the February meeting.)

E-7

Castaneda, Juan Paterson City 6/1/2014
A
11/26/2012
9/26/2009
7/26/2009
6/26/2009
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-8 Milian, Ana West New York BOE 5/1/2014
5
3/1/2011 Approved

E-9

Sugrim, Suresh Irvington Twp 7/1/2014
5
7/18/2006
8/17/2011
8/6/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-10 Scott, Barbara Trenton Psych 7/1/2014
5
1/30/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-11

Immersi, John Monmouth Beach
BOE
10/1/2014
A
7/14/2005
1/24/2012
Approved on 1/24/12 incident
E-12 Levitzke, Michael Rochelle Park Twp
BOE
10/1/2014
2
6/18/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Holloway, Barry Forensic Psych Hosp 10/1/2014
A
12/11/2013 Approved
E-14 Goffe, Joya


Union County 10/1/2014 5 12/6/2012
1/12/2013
3/17/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-15

Newman-Bromberg, Christa
New Lisbon
Developmental
Center
11/1/2013 5 9/3/2008
4/26/2010
4/5/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-16 Sliwka, William Branchburg Twp 10/1/2014 5 2/19/2009
6/7/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-17

Jones, David Ocean City 2/1/2014 A 7/6/2010 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-18 Johnson, Sharlene Vineland
Developmental Center
11/1/2014 2 9/8/2010
4/20/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-19

Davis, Madeline Judiciary/Hudson
County
3/1/2014 5 10/1/2010 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Hoschek, James - Developmental Disabilities - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary from June 2013 through termination of employment
(Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Glenn, Danny - Irvington Township - Honorable Service-Deferred
Denied (not eligible for deferred) (Retirement Bureau, Claims)
F-3 Perez, Vilma - Rutgers University - Request extended repayment schedule
Approved repayment over 120 months (Retirement Bureau)
F-4+ Hall, James - Palisades Interstate Park Comm - Issue of Non
Bona Fide Retirement
Non Bona Fide Retirement; Cancel retirement; re-enroll; repay retirement benefits
(Retirements, Enrollments, External Audit)
F-5+ Ridolfino, Ralph - Dept of Labor - Honorable Service -
Reconsideration
Reconsidered and Reaffirmed Decision to forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2009
through July 1, 2011 to to dishonorable service; Continue in OAL (Trustee Culliton recused.)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Burster, Joseph - Brick Township BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Molenkamp, Sally - Cherry Hill Twp BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Oropallo, Paul - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Paladino, Rose - Rutgers University - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Boards decision requiring repayment of retirement benefits she received from October
1, 2009 through June 1, 2013 due to post retirement employment
Adopted ALJ decision
G-5 Hunter, William - Gloucester TWP.MUA - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6+ Kelly, Meredith - Bergen County Community College - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision and denied Ordinary Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-7 Struck, Thomas - Ridgefield Boro BD OF ED - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Vinci, Gene - Park Ridge Borough - Reconsideration: Settlement Offer
Rejected settlement offer; Made counter-offer
G-9 Davis, Navada - Superior Court/Camden - Hearing Withdrawals
Failure to Appear
Noted
G-10 Sakowski, Thomas - Hudson County - ALJ modified the Board's
decision and determined that his retirement allowance should be reduced by 5% due to
dishonorble service; Exceptions
Adopted Findings of Fact; Reject Conclusions of Law; Reaffirm forfeiture of 15% due to
dishonorable service
G-11 Williams, Lance - Atlantic County - ALJ granted the Board's motion for
Summary Decision and denied the application for Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted
G-12 Brower, Clarine - Rutgers University - ALJ upheld the Board's
decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-13+ Platt, Donna - Berlin Twp - ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying pension
credit for service as a Municipal Prosecutor in Hi-Nella, Chesilhurst, Berlin Borough and
Winslow Township after the effective date of chapter 92; Exceptions; Motion to Re-Open
Hearing; Reply to Motion to Re-Open Hearing
Remand to OAL for the limited purpose to include the Chesilhurst Borough Resolution
#2011-12 in the record.
G-14 Neiderman, Lisa - Treas-Div of Pensions - ALJ reversed the Board's decision
and granted Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-15+ Kosmoski, Richard - Rutgers University - Settlement Proposal -
Post Retirement Employment -
Counter Offer; Allow DAG the authority to settle within the authorized parameters; Allow
secretary to sign settlement
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Triandafilou, Andrew - Kean University - Appeals the Board's
denial of option change
Denied
H-2 Thomas, Dawn - Ancora Pschiatric Hospital - a.) Reconsideration - Denied
b.) Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Approved
H-3 Mackey, Beatrice - Dept. Of Agriculture - Appeals repayment due
to post retirement employment
Reconsidered and reversed original decision; No repayment required; Include similar Dept
of Agriculture Employees (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)
H-4 Willis, Lytrayer - East Orange Housing Authority - Appeals denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 DeGennaro, Anthony - Northern Valley Reg HS Dist - Appeals the Board's
denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Murphy, Bonnie - Wall Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Tobey, Wendy - Berkeley Twp - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Escobar, Alberto - North Bergen MUA - Appeals the Board's denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Desir, Marie - Middlesex County - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Clark, Brian - Somerset County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Vaughn-Howard, Iris - Ancora Psych Hosp. - Appeals the Board's denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Ragusa, Marian - Middle Township - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch.92, P.L. 2007
Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A.43:15A-7.2(a) after April 1, 2010
J-2+ Mabie, Benjamin - Lakehurst Borough - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch.92, P.L. 2007
Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A.43:15A-7.2(a) after January 1, 2008
J-3 Veneziani, Michael - Bellmawr Borough - Termination of PERS pursuant to
Ch.92, P.L. 2007
Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A.43:15A-7.2(a) after January 1, 2008
J-4 Stein, Mark - Buena Vista Township - Termination of PERS
pursuant to Ch.92, P.L. 2007
Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A.43:15A-7.2(a) after January 1, 2008
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions James Moran vs PFRS
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance For September 30, 2014
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers PERS-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #13900 PERS Contributory
Group insurance premiums from PERS for the month of October, 2014 .
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfer -Non contributory Group Insurance Policy# 14800 all funds Benefit Claims
for the month of October, 2014
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2014
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance as of October 31, 2014
Noted
L-7 Appellate Division Decisions John Bekisz vs PFRS
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2014
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for October 2014 - Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers
and DAG Robert Kelly recused.)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for November 2014 - Approved (Trustees Culliton,
Winthers and DAG Robert Kelly recused.)
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for December 2014 - Approved (Trustees Culliton,
Winthers and DAG Robert Kelly recused.)
   

"+" Indicates personal appearance
"=" Indicates items not mailed

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 18, 2015.

 
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