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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JANUARY 18, 2017
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 2017 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 20, 2016.

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 (20K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:37 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, William O'Brien, (arrived at 10:40) Tracy Smith, Ronald Winthers,
Benjamin Hurst, Ned Thomson, Susanne Culliton (arrived at 10:15)
, Brian Currie


Absent: Carey Brown

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; Amy Cervosky; Mary Ellen
Rathbun; Valerie McManus; Susan Grant; Mike Salerno, NJEA; Luann Barnett; Kara
Ansley; Saretta Dudley; Lisa Pointer; Samuel Gaylord, attorney; Michele McCray;
William Tedder; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Wendy Lauter; James J. Gerrow, attorney;
Danielle Mason, NJIT; Christine Li, NJIT; Susan Bristol; Trooper Alcott



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 14, 2016
Approved (Trustee Currie abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 State and Municipal Nomination Results
Approved
   


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 McCray, Michele
Trenton City BOE 6/1/2016 D Request to apply for ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
D-2 Rac, Cindy Ocean County 7/1/2016 5 Tabled for 6 month re-exam
D-3 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with supplement
(See list below)
D-4 Reyes, Raquel Elizabeth BOE 2/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Alexander, Mark James

01/17

A

Lower Township

Alvia, Esther

10/16

C

New Brunswick BOE

Bryant, Felicia

09/16

5

Greenbrook Regional Center

Camacho-Mojica,Carmen

10/16

5

Judiciary

Chobot, Patricia

05/16

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Deorocki, Deborah A

12/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Deuel, Karen L

04/16

5

Northfield BOE

Devecka, Elizabeth J

09/16

A

Toms River School Dist.

Dimichele, Eugene J

07/16

A

NJ Institute Of Technology

Dos Santos Nunes, Lucia

09/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Foster, Denise

11/14

B

Atlantic County

Haley, Pilar

07/17

5

Millville BOE

Hart, Madeline

01/17

5

Elizabeth BOE

Hendrick-Stephanie

10/16

5

Camden County Technical Schools

Hopkins, Darrin

06/17

C

Dept Children & Families

Lazorik, Martin

01/17

A

Lenape Regional H S District

Lenehan, Joseph J

12/16

1

Motor Vehicle Commission

Lindsey, Kim M

05/16

D

Juv. Jus. Comm. Central Office

Lombardi, Pietro

11/16

C

Woodbridge Township

Mahon, Leo P

12/16

5

Bayonne BOE

Marshall, De Witt

11/16

A

Atlantic City BOE

Mazzeo, Susan L

07/16

1

Newark City

Mcbride, Danielle H

11/16

5

Camden County College

Mcconnell, Gregory A

06/16

5

Franklin Twp BOE

Mcglone, John

10/16

2

Brigantine City BOE

Menist, Gayle Ann

10/16

C

Fair Lawn BOE

Mills, Esther

07/16

C

Ramapo College Of New Jersey

Moore, Daniel T

04/17

D

Paulsboro BOE

Obrien, Patrick A

01/17

D

Paramus BOE

Roberts, Denise M

11/16

5

Bergen County

Salaam, Qasim

09/16

5

Irvington BOE           

Saril, Willie

03/17

5

Morris Hills Regional District

Skazenski, Lynn

10/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Smith, Sando K

09/16

5

East Windsor School Dist.

Snyder, Patricia L

09/16

5

Ramapo College Of New Jersey

Sofield, Robert T

09/16

B

Middlesex County

Succio, Sharon M

09/16

5

Gloucester City BOE

Taylor, William

12/16

A

Vineland Developmental Center

Thomas, Barbara J

07/16

5

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Tuerk, Susan T

10/16

5

Old Bridge BOE

Williams, Wilbur G

07/16

5

Passaic BOE

Wright, Dawn D

02/16

C

Dept Of Corrections

Zulla, Robert

01/17

1

Mercer County

Total = 43


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Zaborniak, Charles
Mercer County 6/1/2012 5 2/1/2008
8/1/2009
12/1/2010
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary;
Continue in OAL
E-2 Tarabets, Charles Atlantic Co Special
Services
9/1/2015 A 2/18/2014 Approved

E-3

Boos, Charles Cape May County 7/1/2016 5 11/24/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Ryan, Gordon Monroe Twp 12/1/2016 5 8/24/2012 Approved

E-5

Defendini, Reinaldo North Bergen BOE 11/1/2016 D 10/15/2013
2/21/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Vallandingham, Sheri Swedesboro
Woolwich BOE
6/1/2016 5 9/4/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Willis, Tonya Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2015 5 1/23/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Sweeney, Richard New Brunswick
Housing Authority
9/1/2016 5 12/7/2015 Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability (need additional
information regarding incident)

E-9

Robinson, William Deal Borough 6/1/2016   1/28/2005 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(T&P but not from incident) (off
payroll 2 years)
E-10 Vereen, Dennis Trenton City BOE 3/1/2015 5 6/27/2012 Tabled (need additional info on his
termination and charges)

E-11

Henderson, Marisa
The College of New
Jersey
10/1/2016 5 10/20/2011
1/22/2015
2/3/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(no incident report for 10/20/11)
E-12 Belusik, Barbara Treasury Division of
Taxation
3/1/2016 5 2/14/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)

E-13

Negron, Alicia Weehawken Twp 1/1/2017 5 4/24/2014
7/29/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-14 Abrams, Raymond Lindenwold Boro BOE 12/1/2016 A 11/5/2015 Approved

E-15

Restrepo, Lillyam Greystone Park
Psych Hospital
7/1/2016 C 10/10/2013 Approved (Off payroll 2 years)
E-16 Webb, Johnnie Franklin Twp BOE 3/1/2016 5 11/17/2014 Approved

E-17

Lawery, Bernadette Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
9/1/2016 5 2/12/2012 (Off payroll 2 years) Approved
Accidental; (Denied request for
10/1/15 retirement date)
E-18 Hunter, Leslie Juv Jus
Comm/Community
Prog
3/1/2017 5 11/22/2013 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)

E-19

Moore-Shields, Toni         CASE ENTERED ON PERS
AGENDA IN ERROR (TPAF CASE)
E-20 Romero, Lizzette NJ Vets Mem Home 8/1/2015 5 9/17/2013 Approved

E-21

Femenias, Katherine Dept. of Treasury
Division of Revenue
8/1/2016 5 5/12/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-22 Casanova, Lawrence Camden County
Board
of Chosen Freeholders
4/1/2016 5 10/27/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)

E-23

Gutierrez-Detamayo, Nancy Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2016   7/5/2012
8/18/2014
Approved (on the 8/18/14 incident)
E-24 Magnifico, Louise Millburn Twp 9/1/2016 A 3/26/2015 Involuntary Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Lauter, Wendy - Office of the Public Defender - Request
retroactive retirement date
Denied
F-2 Davila-Colon, Nidia - Hudson County - Honorable Service
Request to Postpone
Approved Postponement until February 15, 2017 meeting
F-3+ Durr, Lawrence - Chesterfield Twp - Honorable Service
Tabled for Uricoli review at March 15, 2017 meeting
F-4+ Bellizzi, Angela - Jersey City MUA - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause); Enumerated offense under statute
(Retirements, Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Titus, Ronnie - Maywood Borough - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
the Board's decision and granted accidental disability retirement benefits, effective
December 1, 2012 under option A; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision with modifications; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions
(Retirements)
G-2 Damminger, Teresa - Camden County College - Motion for Summary decision
by the petitioner is granted and the matter is returned to the Board for consideration on the
merits of petitioner's accidental disability claim
Adopted ALJ's decision to process application for Accidental Disability Retirement
(DAG Robert Kelly recused) (Retirements)
G-3 Fioretti, Carlos - Ramapo College of New Jersey - Initial Decision
ALJ affirmed the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision with modifications
G-4 Lau, Marsha - NJ State Dept. of Health - Settlement Proposal
Rejected settlement proposal; Continue in OAL
G-5 Evans, Thomas - Nutley Twp. - Final Administrative Determinations regarding eligibility for
enrollment
Approved
G-6 Baldarrago, Ana - Dept of Children and Families - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's decision denying petitioner ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions
G-7 Clark, Addison - Howell Twp BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Holzer, Suzanne - Hunterdon County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Myers, Lucretia - Vineland City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Gitsas, Karen - Atlantic Co Util Authority - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Darby, Diane - Hudson County - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Williams, Joyce - Franklin Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial to maintain Ordinary Disability retirement effective date (7/1/15) instead of Service
retirement effective date (5/1/16)
Denied (Draft Final Administrative Determination)
H-5 Mosca, Michael - Ventnor City - Appeals the Board's termination of PERS
membership effective 1/1/08 pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Platt, Donna - Berlin Twp - Request to Intrafund Transfer
Denied
J-2+ Tuttle, Marion - NJ Institute of Technology - Request to
Purchase and Requests Retroactive Retirement Date
Approved purchase based on February 2012 request date; Deny retroactive retirement date
(Purchase Bureau)
J-3 Coronato, Joseph - Ocean County - Termination of PERS membership pursuant
to Ch. 92., P.L. 2007; Request to Postpone
Approved Postponement until March 15, 2017
J-4+ Bristol, Susan - NJ Institute of Technology - Request to Purchase
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None

   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Dominic Penna vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance For July 31, 2016
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance For August 31, 2016
Noted
L-4 Trial Balance For September 30, 2016
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D As of November 30, 2016
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E As of November 30, 2016
Noted
L-7 Appellate Division Decisions Gerardo Martinez vs. PFRS
Noted
L-8 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-9 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-10 Trial Balance As of October 31, 2016
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Appellate Division decision Board of Trustees vs. State of New Jersey
Noted (Trustees Culliton, Winthers, Thomson and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-2 Outside legal counsel invoice dated December 31, 2016
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers,Thomson and DAG Kelly recused.)
   


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 15, 2017.

 
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