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PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
February 21, 2007
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 2007 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2006.

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.




Called to Order: 10:00 a.m.

Adjourned: 2:13 p.m.

Roll Call: Roderick Lewis, Leon Flanagan, Jonathan Berg, Ned Thomson, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, Stephen Florek, John Lowden, Ronald Winthers, Fred Beaver

Absent:

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Kathleen Coates; Jackie Bussanich; Ginny Martucci; Mike Czyzyk; Jean Monahan; Tim McMullen;  Sandy Horan; Wendy Jamison; Dusty McNichol, Star Ledger; Mark Perkiss; Jonathan Tamari, Asbury Park Press; DAG Dawn Harris; Janet Crenna, Buck Consultants; Maria Go, attorney; Donald DeRossi, Sr.; Shirley DeRossi; William Carter; Michael Apicella, Tax Collector; Dolly Caiazzo; Angie Burns; Edward Feldman; Mark Band, CPA; Frank Previte; Leticia Manlulu; John Paolina; John McDonnell, attorney; Joseph Scarpelli; Michael Nolan, Jr., attorney; Jack LaVelle; Michael Giambrone


OPEN SESSION

 Minutes of the meeting of January 17, 2007 - Approved

Finance

A-1 Trial Balance as of October 31, 2006 - Approved
A-2 Common Pension Fund B Revised as of September 30, 2006 - Approved
A-3 Common Pension Fund D as of October 31, 2006 - Approved
A-4 Common Pension Fund E as of September 30, 2006 - Approved
A-5 Common Pension Fund A as of December 31, 2006 - Approved
A-6

Common Pension Fund B as of December 31, 2006 - Approved

A-7 Trial Balance as of November 30, 2006 - Approved

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Election Results - Acknowledged Receipt
a. Candidates for State representative - Thomas Bruno, Jr. and Joseph Golowski
b. Municipal representative - Christine Veliz deemed elected without balloting
B-2+

Buck Consultants Report of the Actuary as of July 1, 2006 - Accepted

B-3= Prudential Report - PERS Contributory Group Life Plan - Policy year July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006 - Approved

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

D-1
Suarez, Isabel   - Jersey City Housing Auth - Effective November 1, 2006 - Option B - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-2

Hayden, Robert - Rutgers University - Effective January 1, 2007 - Option A - Denied; Offer Service

D-3

Johnson, Siri - Hudson County - Effective May 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Approved

D-4

Naiman, John - Purchase & Property - Request to apply for Ordinary Disability - Approved request to file for Ordinary Disability (Trustee Beaver recused)

D-5
DiPoto, Dominick - Environmental Protection - Request to apply for Ordinary (currently collecting Early) – Denied (out of time)
D-6

Desmond, Judith - DYFS - Effective February 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Request to change from Service to Ordinary - Denied; Continue to collect Service

D-7

Robinson, Shirlece - Vineland Developmental Center - Effective June 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Request to change from Early to Ordinary - Approved

D-8

Scheuer, Janet - Moonachie BOE - Effective May 1, 2006 - Option A - (off payroll over two years) - Approved

D-9
Brown, Darren - Passaic County Tech Inst - Effective December 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - (off payroll over two years) - Approved
D-10
Davis, Lydia - Essex County - Effective July 1, 2006 - Option D - Request to change from Service to Ordinary - Denied; Continue Service
D-11
Sirak, Donna - Environment Protection - Effective December 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Request to change from Service to Ordinary - Approved
D-12
Green Teresa - Camden BOE - Effective March 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-13 Hakk, Kulsum - Union County Superior Court - Effective February 1, 2007 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-14 Carbone, Maria - Dept of Labor - Effective August 1, 2005 - Maximum Option - Reconsideration - Approved
D-15 DeRossi, Donald - Judiciary - Effective June 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Resubmission - Approved
D-16

Monthly OD Grid w/Supplement - Approved with exception of Barbara Benjamin (PERS #867722) which was tabled for an IME (See List Below)

Member's Name
Effective Date
Opt
Employer
Andrews, Gladys
01/07
5
DYFS
Barker, Alfred
12/06
A
Central Regional H S Dist
Basile, Susan
05/06
5
Developmental Disabilities
Belowsky, Jo-Ann
02/07
5
Freehold Twp BOE
Benjamin, Barbara*
11/06
D
DYFS
Benjamin, Sandra
01/07
5
Trenton City
Bielak, Barbara
01/07
5
Dept. of Health-Senior Services
Biggio, Rosemary
12/06
5
Richard Stockton College
Blauth, Patricia
09/07
D
DEPE Division Of Enforcement
Boardley, Sherri
06/06
5
Camden Co Bd of Social Services
Bolat, Liane
07/06
5
Trenton City BOE
Brennan, Cheryl
01/07
5
Brick Twp BOE
Brooks, Mary
12/06
1
Atlantic City
Brooks, Tanya
12/06
5
Paterson City
Brophy, Thomas
02/07
5
Unemployment Ins & Disability
Burton, Donna
12/06
5
County College of Morris
Cade, William Jr.
12/06
C
Corrections-Bayside State Prison
Callahan, Maryann
02/07
5
Camden Co Bd Of Chosen Frhldrs
Carlino, Marie
01/07
1
Ocean County
Carr, Laurieann
01/07
5
Middlesex Co Improvement Auth
Catalini, Alma
12/06
5
Judiciary/Hudson County 
Cuccia, John
11/06
A
Paramus BOE
Dory, Barbara
04/07
5
Greystone Park Psych Hospital
Dudley, Donald
11/06
A
Albert C. Wagner Youth Corr Fac
Dulack, James
11/06
5
Union City BOE
Figlar, Elizabeth
03/07
C
Toms River School Dist
Fletcher, Kimberley
02/07
5
DYFS
Flynn, Joanne
01/07
5
State Police Civilian Employees
Foglio, Louis
01/07
A
Runnemede Borough BOE
Forbes, Ann
04/07
5
Monmouth County/Hall of Records
Fox, Joanne
12/06
5
Burlington County/Payroll Dept
Gallo, Arturo
12/06
5
Middlesex Co Improvement Auth
Gill, Carolee
01/07
D
Essex County
Goglucci, James
04/07
5
Jersey City Public Schools
Grasley, Rebecca
01/07
D
Hunterdon Developmental Center
Groboski, David
01/07
5
Pleasantville BOE
Hansen, Lawrence
02/07
A
Bergenfield Borough
Hasson, John
11/06
C
Burlington County/Payroll Dept

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Haughton, Joy

11/06

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Hernandez, Marisol

01/07

5

Judiciary/Essex County

Hess, Larry Howard

09/06

5

Egg Harbor Twp BOE

Hlinka, Anna

04/07

5

Readington Twp BOE

Jackson, John

11/06

B

Newark Housing Authority

Jackson, Ruthie

07/07

5

Middlesex County College

Johnson, David

06/07

A

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Karesch, Robert

01/07

5

Ramapo College

Knapp, Roberta

02/07

5

Paterson City

Kucmyda, Thomas

04/07

5

Elizabeth City Housing Auth

Kuzniak, Scott

09/06

5

Woodbridge Township BOE 

Lee, Pei-Lan

10/06

5

Rutgers University

Libby, Elizabeth

11/06

1

Woodbine Developmental Center

Lipscomb, Mamie

01/07

5

Passaic BOE

Lukatch, Edward

08/06

5

Branchburg Twp BOE

Malone, Robert

03/07

5

Capital Investment & Coord

Malzberg, Evelyn

02/07

1

Hudson County

Manso, Beulah

03/07

5

OIT

Marrazzo, Veronica

01/07

5

Judiciary/Hudson County

McDonough, Sean

04/07

5

Nutley BOE

McLawhorn, Sonya

12/06

N

DYFS

Mladineo, Ivan

02/07

5

Ocean Twp BOE

Morgan, Herbert

04/07

B

Corrections-Bayside State Prison

Morris, Dale

09/04

5

Middlesex County College

Moton, Juliana

02/07

5

Camden Co Bd of Social Services

Mott, Carol

02/07

5

Paramus Borough

Nickles, Phyllis

04/07

5

Egg Harbor Twp BOE

Ortiz, Rosemarie

02/07

5

Elizabeth BOE

Palmer, Brenda

07/06

5

Atlantic City

Peer, Constance

01/07

A

Judiciary / Middlesex County

Perrine, Lydia

07/06

5

East Windsor Reg School Dist

Petracca, Antonio

05/07

5

Nutley BOE

Princiotti, Frances

02/07

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Rainey, Linda

11/06

5

Lower Township BOE

Reyes, Mary

12/06

5

Passaic Co Bd of Social Service

Rios-Henrignez, Beth

11/06

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Roszkowski, Lorraine

10/06

5

Old Bridge BOE

Salaam, Abdul

11/06

A

Trenton City

Sandoval, Barbara

02/07

5

Hopewell Valley Reg Sch Dist

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Sewell, Elvester

09/06

A

Trenton City BOE

Sherin, Walter

01/07

5

Hazlet Township

Shonk, Michael

02/07

5

Hudson County

Simmons, Bertha

01/07

5

Burlington County/Payroll Dept

Simpson, Linda

01/07

5

Bergen County

Slack, Joan

01/07

2

Greenwich Township BOE

Smith, Annette

02/07

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Smith, Sherry

04/07

5

Judiciary / Sussex County

Storm, Laura

09/06

5

Cumberland County

Truesdell, Gary Sr

01/07

1

Atlantic City

Vail, Richard

12/06

C

Mantua Township BOE

Versaggi, Jeanne

12/06

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

West, Gloria

01/07

5

Pemberton Township BOE

White, Timothy

08/07

5

Compensation Rating & Ins Bureau

Williams, Kimberly

04/07

5

Sussex County

Wran-Farris, Diane

12/06

C

Brookdale Community College

Yetter, Joyce

12/06

5

Judiciary/Warren County

Zaccaro, Barbara

01/07

1

Passaic County

*Tabled for Independent Medical Examination 
Approved:  94
 
Tabled: 1
D-17 Patterson, Sandra - NJ State Police - Effective February 1, 2007 - Maximum Option - Request to change from Service to Ordinary -  Approved
D-18 Maressa, Laura - Dept Comm Affairs - Effective December 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Request to change from Service to Ordinary -  Approved
D-19 Martino, Robert - NJ State Police - Effective February 1, 2007 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-20 McDowell, Marie - Gloucester Twp BOE - Effective January 1, 2007 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-21 Muhammad, Annabell - Atlantic City - Effective June 1, 2006 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-22 Pardo, Providencia - City of Perth Amboy - Effective March 1, 2007 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Service
D-23

Punnoose, Chaluvelil - North Jersey Developmental Center - Effective February 21, 2007 - Maximum Option - Denied; Offer Deferred

Accidental Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

TP

DR

TE

DECISION

E-1

Merced, Hector

Newark Public Schools

10/06

5

2/25/05

Y

Y

N

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-2

Murray, William

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Freehldrs

4/07

A

7/23/03
12/29/05

Y
Y

Y
N

Y
Y

Approved

E-3

Wolverton, Ronald

Mercer County

8/06

A

8/31/04

Y

Y

N

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-4

Eutsey, Bobby

Trenton Housing Auth

7/06

A

7/9/03

Y

Y

Y

Approved (change from Ordinary)

E-5

Cornelius, Margie

Lacey Twp BOE

11/06

5

4/18/05
4/05/06

N
Y

N
N

N
Y

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-6

Phillips, Darryl

UMDNJ

9/06

A

2/16/05

T

T

T

Tabled for add’l info on incident

E-7

Chiapetta, Randall

Ocean County

9/06

5

8/18/05

Y

N

N

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-8

Dixon, Linda

Dept of Transportation

8/06

5

6/15/05

Y

Y

Y

Approved

E-9

Mehta, Kalpana

Rutgers University

7/06

C

1/14/05

Y

Y

Y

Approved

E-10

Baida, Bernice

Wantage Twp

8/06

5

6/29/05

Y

Y

Y

Approved

E-11

Robinson, Leora

Englewood BOE

7/06

5

9/29/05
2/28/06

Y
Y

Y
Y

N
N

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-12

Hall, Margaret

Woodbridge Developmental Center

6/06

D

1/22/04

T

T

T

Tabled for re-exam in 6 mos and add’l info regarding incident

E-13

Meehan, Margaret

Camden County Health Services Center

6/06

5

3/22/04

Y

Y

N

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for withdrawal

TP = Total & Permanent; DR = Direct Result; TE = Traumatic Event


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Parkin, Harry - Mercer County - Honorable Service - Request to clarify the record (OAL case) - Tabled for additional information from employer; Board will review new information and new documents
F-2 Treffinger, James - Essex County - Honorable Service - Consideration of new evidence (OAL Case) - Request to Postpone - Approved Postponement
F-3+ Carter, William - Division of Family Development - Honorable Service - No Forfeiture; Approve Early Retirement effective November 1, 2006 (Retirement Bureau)
F-4 Lockett, Elizabeth - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Honorable Service - Deferred Retirement - Not Eligible for Deferred; Removed for Cause (Retirement Bureau, Audit)
F-5+ Caiazzo, Dolly Marie - Palisades Park Borough - Return to Employment - Overpayment of retirement benefits - Tabled for advice from Attorney General’s Office
F-6+ Feldman, Edward - Elmwood Park Borough - Return to Employment - Overpayment of retirement benefits - Tabled for advice from Attorney General’s Office
F-7 McKenna, Peter - Paramus BOE - Return to Employment - Overpayment of retirement benefits - Tabled for advice from Attorney General’s Office
F-8 Amantia, Angela - Trenton City BOE - Return to Employment - Overpayment of retirement benefits - Tabled for advice from Attorney General’s Office
F-9 Manlulu, Leticia - Dept. of Health - Option Change - Denied
F-10 Osias, Gene - Vernon Twp. - Creditable Salary - Denied
F-11+ Previte, Frank - Edison Twp. - Return to Employment - Overpayment of retirement benefits - Tabled for advice from Attorney General’s Office
F-12+ Paolina, John   - Lopatcong Twp. - Honorable Service - No Forfeiture; Approved Early retirement effective January 1, 2007 (VOTE: 6:3; Nae: Trustees Beaver, Burg and Thomson) (Retirement Bureau)
F-13+ Scarpelli, Joseph - Brick Twp. - Suspension of Pension Benefits - Suspend retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits)
F-14+ Giambrone, Michael - New Milford Borough - Honorable Service - Resubmission - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary from August 2004 through termination of employment (Retirement Bureau, Audit)

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Nerbak, Kenneth - Training and Employment Services - Initial Decision with Exceptions and Reply to Exceptions - ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying Mr. Nerbak's request to file for a Veteran's retirement benefit - Affirmed ALJ decision; Noted Exceptions; Noted Reply to Exceptions

G-2 Demarco, Jr., A. Peter - Somerset County Finance Office - Initial Decision with    Exceptions and Reply to Exceptions - ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying Mr. DeMarco's request to include the purchase of 48 months of service time into the Prosecutors Part of PERS - Affirmed ALJ decision; Noted Exceptions; Noted Reply to Exceptions (DAG Pushko recused)
G-3

Blount, Sharon - Vineland Developmental Center - Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law - Approved

G-4 Perry, Donald - Paterson BOE - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted
G-5 Demeglio, John - Essex County - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted
G-6 Smith, Sharon - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Appellate Division Decision - Court upheld the Board's determination that Ms. Smith was not eligible for accidental disability be cause she was at the time of the incident she was not a PERS member. - Noted
G-7 Vanhees, Rebecca - Pemberton Twp. - Initial Decision - ALJ reversed the Board's decision and has granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2005 under Option A - Affirmed ALJ decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits, Financial Services)
G-8 Pagano, Pasquale - Bloomfield Twp. - Initial Decision - ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability - Affirmed ALJ decision (DAG Pushko recused)


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1

Phillips, Helen - Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved

H-2

DiAntonio, Teresa - Middle Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's decision to deny
Ordinary Disability - Approved

H-3

Manzella, Joseph - Rochelle Park Twp. - Appeals the Board's decision to deny
Deferred Retirement (removed for cause) - Denied

H-4 Lockett, Susie - West Essex Regional School District - Appeals the Board's
decision to deny Ordinary Disability - Approved
H-5 Stankovitis, Steven - Middlesex County - Appeals the Board's decision to deny
Accidental Disability - Approved
H-6 Coia, Pauline - Pennsauken Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Ordinary Disability - Approved

Active Membership Issues

  None

Death Claim Issues

  None

Informational Issues

L-1

State Investment Council Agenda for the meeting of January 18, 2007 - Noted

L-2

Wire Transfers - PERS Contributory Group Insurance Policy #13900 for December 2006 - Noted

L-3 Wire Transfers - PERS Non-contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 for December 2006 - Noted
L-4

Amended Notice of Appeal to the Superior Court of NJ Appellate Division regarding David
Diggs vs. PERS - Noted

L-5=

Board Member Address List - Noted

L-6=

State Investment Council Agenda for the meeting of February 15, 2007 - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 21, 2007.

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