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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JANUARY 20, 2016
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 2016 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 21, 2015.

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: 10:14 AM

Adjourned: 3:06 PM

Roll Call:

Susanne Culliton, Ronald Winthers, Tracy Smith, Tom Bruno, Brian Currie, Ned
Thomson, Carey Brown, (arrived 10:10 a.m.), William O'Brien (arrived at 10:50 a.m.)


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Jacquelyn Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; Kara Ansley; Kristin Bell;
Lisa Pointer; Sue Grant; Valerie McManus; Amy Cervosky; Maryellen Rathbun; Cheryl
Chianese; Luann Barnett; Marc Greenfield; George Sowney; Debbie Sowney; Dawn
Stevens; Kenneth Yansick; Debbie Yansick; Andrew Watson, attorney; Randolph
Carter; Brian Murphy; Chris Leusner; Brian Murphy, Sr; Benjamin Bucca; Christine
Bucca; George Myers; John Public; William Hamilton; Brian Powers; Trooper Ed
Walther; Florence Sheppard



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 9, 2015
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Maldonado, Amado

Maple Shade BOE  
 
Denied Request to apply for
Ordinary Disability retirement
benefits
D-2 Stefankiewicz, Lisa

Stone Harbor Borough 12/1/2013
 
a) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture; forfeit 3 years of service
and salary
b) Request to Apply for OD - Denied, not eligible
D-3 McDaniel, April

Morris County 2/1/2013
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Withdraw from OAL
D-4 Curry, Dianne

Lodi Borough 11/1/2014
A
Reconsidered and Approved
D-5 Wilson, Carolyn

Treasury - Div of
Purchase & Prop
10/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Williams, Dianna

Dept of Community
Affairs
10/1/2013
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Withdraw from OAL
D-7 Doctor, Mary

Trenton City 3/1/2011
5
Reconsidered and Denied Continue
in OAL
D-8 Suber, Anthony

Newark Housing Auth. 9/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-9 Ealy, Valorie

Division of Law 11/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Love, Linda

Woodbine Dev. Center 6/1/2015
1
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-11 Russy, Vanessa

Bergn Cty. Bd.
Sp. Serv.
8/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Monthly OD Grid  
  
  
Approved with exception of Sandra
Corson and Robyn Shechter which
were tabled for IME's
(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Alboum, Jeffrey M

09/15

A

Hillsdale Borough

Azoro, Kenneth Okechukwu

10/15

A

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Brancatella, Donna M

11/15

A

Bayonne City

Brown, Cheryl L

12/14

5

Judiciary Cumberland County

Burzenski, Theodore L

11/15

2

Northern Valley Reg H S Dist

Congleton, Stephen

10/15

D

Essex County College

Conville, Dale E Jr

11/15

A

Camden Co

*Corson, Sandra L

11/15

5

Bridgeton BOE

Devlin, Edward James

11/15

A

Morris County College

Dues, Phyllis J

11/15

5

Joint Meeting Essex & Union Co

Dunn, Donna M

10/15

5

Div. Of Gaming Enforcement

Edwards, Dawn M

12/15

B

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Eichinger, Wilson Lewis

01/16

1

Traffic Operations

Falcone, Gregory P

06/15

5

West Orange Township

Felder, Joyce L

07/15

5

Camden City BOE

Figueroa, Ruperto

10/15

5

Woodbridge Township

Ford, Cheryl A

01/15

1

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Freitag, Bruce G

12/15

B

South Brunswick Township

Gardiner, Lucy J

08/15

5

South Woods Prison

Gonzalez, Charles Sr

10/15

A

Regional Operations Central

Greenberg, Denise C

07/15

5

Dept Of Children And Families

Greene, Marybeth

12/15

1

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Guner, Patricia S

12/15

5

Dept. Of Health

Hanstein, Bonnie S

10/15

5

Deptford Township

Heyd, Robin

08/15

5

Bergen Co Bd Of Special Servs

Hunter, Rhonda Y

01/16

5

Treasury-Div Of Pensions

Hutchinson, Carolyn J

01/15

D

Camden City BOE

Jeffers, Mary Ella

12/15

A

Greenwich Township

Lopez, Sonia

05/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Lynch, Hazel F

03/15

5

Plainfield BOE

MacNeill, Brian

10/15

1

Glassboro Borough

Marin, Gladys M

03/15

5

Passaic BOE

Materazzo, Doris A

08/15

5

Somerset County

McDonald, Nancy

10/15

5

Middlesex County

Mead, Eugene G

12/15

A

Hudson County

Miller, Theresa M

11/15

5

Dept Of Community Affairs

Moore, Joyce A

03/16

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Murphy, Diane

02/15

D

Bayonne BOE

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Myers, George

09/15

5

Governors Council Aloch & Drug

Palmieri, Roseann

01/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Phillips, Zerida

02/16

5

Judiciary

Repetti, Susan K

01/16

5

Hoboken BOE

Riley, Dawn M

06/15

A

Pennsauken Township

Robinson, Heather

01/16

D

Greenbrook Regional Center

Santiago, Michele V

10/15

A

Hudson County

Sepulveda, Valerie C

11/15

5

Monmouth Co Vocational Schools

Shay, Ana M

04/15

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

*Shechter, Robyn

02/16

A

Freehold Reg H S District

Siedlecki, Mary

11/15

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Singh, Kamon

11/15

D

Hudson County

Stewart, Debbie

10/15

A

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Tayburn, Kitty L

09/15

5

Warren Co Bd Of Chosen Frhldrs

Thomas, Maxie E

01/16

B

Regional Operations

Tindal, Leroy

10/15

5

Paterson BOE

Torres, Daisy

08/15

5

Passaic County

Trochimczuk, Richard

03/16

5

Hudson Co Improvement Auth

Valentin, Victoria Maria

03/16

5

Bergen Co Bd Of Soc Serv

Walker, Minnie D

09/15

A

New Brunswick BOE

Warburton, John A

07/15

5

Bellmawr Borough

Weiner, Amy G

08/15

5

Princeton Joint Public Library

Wright, James D

07/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Yengle, Janet K

08/15

5

Chester Twp BOE

*Tabled for IME                                                      Approved = 60;  – Tabled = 2; Total = 62


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Saltman, Isolina

Teaneck BOE 7/1/2015
5
3/2/2015 Approved
E-2 Foster, Sharon

Rutgers University 8/1/2015
D
12/30/2014 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)

E-3

Milko, John

Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
3/1/2014
D
9/17/2012 Reconsidered and Approved
Withdraw from OAL
E-4 Sowney, George

Northern Burlington
Co Reg.
11/1/2015
5
3/10/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-5

Stevens, Dawn

Lacey Township 8/1/2015
A
1/8/2015 Approved
E-6 Arroyo, Adrian

Newark Public
Schools
9/1/2015
C
8/13/2014 Approved

E-7

Bierals, Robert
Paterson City 7/1/2014
5
5/28/2013 Approved
E-8 Muller, Ivelisse

Middlesex County 9/1/2015
5
7/10/2010 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Telofski, David

Division of Support
Services
1/1/2012
5
2/28/2010 Reconsidered and Denied Continue in OAL
E-10 Zimmerman, Todd

Scotch Plains-
Fanwood
BOE
3/1/2015
A
12/17/2009
6/10/2013
2/3/2014
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-11

Larity, Kenneth
Hazlet Twp 10/1/2015
5
1/9/2015 Approved
E-12 German, Maribel

Dpt. of Children and
Families
7/1/2015
5
3/1/2013 Approved

E-13

Cartaxo, Antonio

Passaic BOE 12/4/2012
B
2/1/2015 Approved
E-14 Carmichael, Jerome

Dept of Corrections 12/1/2015 5 6/29/2014 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only (less than 10 years)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Yansick, Kenneth - Burlington County/Payroll Dept - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2014 through termination of
employment
(Retirements, Audit)
F-2 Mutterperl, Carol - Bayonne BOE - Issue of bona fide
retirement; Request to postpone
Approved until March 16, 2016 meeting
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Robbins, Michael - Judiciary - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision
denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision (DAG Kelly recused)
G-2 Anastos, Brett - Garfield City - Appellate Division Decisions The Appellate Court
upheld the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-3 Dodson, Belinda - Camden County Bd - ALJ updheld the
Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-4 Sassaman, Tara - Bergen County Bd of Social Services - Initial Decision 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-5 Bock, Jimmie - Monroe Twp. - Final Administrative Determinations Denial of Life
Insurance Benefits
Approved FAD
G-6 Leeds, Christine - Atlantic County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and granted Ordinary Disability retirement benefits effective March 1, 2012 under
Option 1; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision with modifications in accordance with DAG's exceptions
(Retirment Bureau, Health Benefits)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Jones, John - Morris County - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Tilli, Adelaide - Belleville Township - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Hernandez, Connie - Dept. Children & Families - Appeals the
Board's denial of an option change
Denied, Draft Final Administrative Determination
H-4 Kenny, James - Galloway Township - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Ferrer, Luisa Dinis - Wildwood City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Hintze, Catherine - Leonia Borough BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Pulsinelle, Leon - Princeton Regional Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Jaquez, Ana - Rutgers University - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Ruscetta, Thomas - Bound Brook Borough - Appeals the Board's decision of
total forfeiture
Denied , Draft Final Administrative Detemination
H-10 Velez, Diana - Guttenberg Housing Authority - Employer appeals the Board's
appoval of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Lilley, Barbara - West Deptford Twp. - Appeals the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits (result of duty)
Denied; Draft Final Administrative Determination
H-12 Fanelli, Judith - Elizabeth City - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-13 Sorrentino, Joseph - Little Egg Harbor Township - Appeals the Board's denial of
additional compensation as pensionable
Approved
H-14 Urgo, Jeannette - Southern State Corr Facility - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-15 Ruts, Petrus - Ridgefield Boro - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Carter, Randolph - Princeton - Request to purchase
Denied
J-2+ Murphy, Brian - Middle Township - Eligibility for PERS service credit
Tabled for clarification from employer
J-3+ Bucca, Benjamin - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS membership
pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007 - Resubmission
New Brunswick City - Not eligible for PERS - Independent Contractor from 1992 - 2007; Not
eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2 (b) from 2008 - present;
South Brunswick - Not eligible for PERS - Independent Contractor from 2005 - 2007
(Retirement Bureau, Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
J-4+ Hamilton, William - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS
pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007 - Resubmission
Not eligible for PERS - Independent Contractor - April 1, 1986 through July 31, 2007
(Retirement Bureau, Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
J-5 Shamy, T.K. - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch. 92,
P.L. 2007
New Brunswick City - Not eligible for PERS - Independent Contractor from 1989 - 2007; Not
eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2 (b) from 2008 -2013 (Retirement Bureau,
Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
J-6 Vederose, Alfred - Vineland City - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch. 92,
P.L. 2007
Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2 (b) from July 1, 2008 through December
31, 2012 (Retirement Bureau, Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
J-7 Mielnicki, Marie - Rutgers Univ - Request to Repay Withdrawal and Reinstate
Account
Approved with 2 year repayment plan
(Withdrawal Section)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For July 31, 2015
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Glenn Zadroga vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Irma Nieves vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D As of November 30, 2015
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for August 31, 2015
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance For September 30, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1= Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated December 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Thomson, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 17, 2016.

 
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