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PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
FEBRUARY 18, 2009
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 2009 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 18, 2008.

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

Service Early Veteran Deferred

Option Changes Special - none Totals



Called to Order: 10:10 a.m.

Adjourned: 1:13 p.m.

Roll Call:

Leon Flanagan, John Lowden, Jonathan Berg, Ned Thomson (left 1:05), Ronald Winthers, Fred Beaver, Christine Veliz, Tom Bruno


Absent:  

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Kathleen Coates; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Mazzeo; Virginia Martucci, Marylou Mayoros; DAG Don Catinello; Jean Monahan; Hank Schwedes; Mark Schwedes; Ronald Merrifield; Robert Zeitschel; John Chomko, attorney; Lawson McElroy; Doris Taubald; Josephine Gauvin-Cook; Jay Sendzik, attorney; Thomas Shappell; Jeffrey Russo, attorney; Bob Bobik


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes of the January 21, 2009 meeting - Approved (Trustee Buriani-DeSantis abstained.)

Miscellaneous Issues 

B-1
None

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists - Approved

C-2 Retirement List - Approved
C-3 Return to Employment - Approved
C-4 Chapter 221 - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

.

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

DECISION

D-1

Syders, Joanne

Camden City BOE

6/08

5

Denied Ordinary; Offer Deferred

D-2

Benson, Joyce

Gloucester Twp BOE

10/08

5

Denied Ordinary; Offer Deferred

D-3 Monthly OD Grid w/Supplement . . . Approved (See List Below)

PERS OD (ORDINARY DISABILITY) GRID FOR 2/18/09

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abdunafi, Ellen Maudell

01/09

5

Elizabeth City

Artis, Robert L

06/08

A

Newark Public Schools

Bayern, Jan M

04/09

A

Plainsboro Township

Bryant-Reese, Thelma J

02/09

D

Camden City

Carriero, Domenico

10/08

A

Paterson City

Dailey, Ralph

02/08

1

Northern State Prison

Davies, James E

02/09

D

Property Management & Construction

Davis, Ann L

10/08

5

Newark Public Schools

Dinsmore, Dorothy

01/09

5

Hillsborough Twp MUA

Eilenberg, Billie Jo

05/09

B

Vineland Developmental Center

Ellis, Virginia L

03/09

5

Comm for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Ford, Lenora

04/08

5

Pleasantville BOE

Fullwood, Kathleen

01/09

5

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Glanville, Robert

10/08

D

Teaneck BOE

Gonglik, Beatrice A

11/08

A

Warren Co Pollution Control

Gosha, Terry

06/08

5

Middlesex Co Bd of Social Services

Gray, Bradford F

05/09

1

Senate

Judge, Doward D

12/08

1

Camden City BOE

Kowalczyk, Judith Ann

01/09

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Laban, Barbara A

12/08

5

Division of Consumer Affairs

Lane, David J

03/09

1

Somerdale Borough

Luther, Erika

09/08

A

Ocean Co Board of Health

Marvel, Michael T

10/08

C

Union County

Maxwell, Herbert L

09/08

5

Cumberland County

Mayo, Lynda M

02/09

5

Division of Consumer Affairs

Mayurnik, Patricia

01/09

5

Greenbrook Regional Northern

McHugh, Kathleen M

02/09

1

State Parole Board

Milianta, Charles V

02/08

A

Brick Township

Millard, Patrick A

01/09

5

South Plainfield Borough

Miller, John

01/09

B

Elizabeth City

Muller, William

11/08

C

Bergen Community College

Olugbadehan, Joseph

12/08

1

Judiciary/Middlesex County

Oughton, Jennifer A

09/08

A

Lacey Township BOE

Papadopoulos, Demetra

01/09

5

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Price, Lewis L

12/08

5

Mount Laurel Township

Rhodes, Joyce A

04/09

A

Fair Lawn BOE

Richmond, Patricia

01/09

5

Greenbrook Regional Northern

Risoli, Marion E

12/08

5

North Plainfield BOE

Rock, Geraldine A

02/09

A

Voorhees Township

SanJose, Delfin H

12/08

D

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Solimine, Patricia B

02/09

5

Bergen County

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Stewart, Ellen M

12/08

5

Mercer County

Thomas, Dennis O

10/08

B

Edison Township

Thomas, Rhoda

11/08

1

Passaic BOE

Tremper, Richard

03/09

C

Mount Laurel Township

Tyler, Charlotte Elizabeth

09/08

5

Sussex County

Vaughan, Wanda A

10/08

A

Disability Determinations

Wettstein, Sarah E

07/08

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Whittaker, Deborah

07/08

5

Freehold Boro BOE

Wilkins, Juanita E

11/08

5

Jersey City Housing Authority

Williams, Jacqueline

01/09

5

Jackson Township BOE

Wilson, Thomas

10/08

5

Operations/Traffic Operations

Witman, Ann J

03/09

5

Brookdale Community College

Young, Stephen Sr

09/08

A

Lindenwold Borough

Zayas, Miguel A

11/08

5

Passaic BOE

Ziobro, Sharon

03/09

5

Toms River School Dist

Total = 56


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

.  
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE DATE
OPT
ACCIDENT
DATE
Decision

E-1

Shishim, Douglas

Hunterdon Develop Center

3/09

5

12/18/07

Approved

E-2

Soto, Jose

County of Passaic

1/09

1

4/3/03
12/25/05

Approved

E-3

Elzind, Laila

State Police – Civilian

3/09

5

12/22/03
8/7/06

Tabled Accidental; Grant Interim Ordinary

E-4

Horvath, Frank

Phillipsburg BOE

6/09

A

8/28/08

Approved

E-5

Melani, Judith

North Jersey Develop Center

7/08

5

9/25/95
3/5/04
3/21/07

Denied Accidental; Offer Early

E-6

Humphries, Pamela

UMDNJ

11/08

4

7/12/06

Tabled Accidental; Interim Approved Ordinary

E-7

Smith, Timothy

Rutgers University

9/08

5

9/13/07

Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1

Allchin, Pearl - Willingboro Twp. BOE - Return to Employment - Repay lesser of salary earned or retirement allowance collected; Implement 4 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)

F-2
Altieri, Richard - Westwood Reg. School District - Return to Employment - Repay lesser of salary earned or retirement allowance collected; Approved 10 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)
F-3
Brown, Norman - Capital Project Management - Return to Employment - Request to Postpone - Approve one month postponement
F-4

Crump, Albert - Long Branch City - Return to Employment - Repay lesser of salary earned or retirement allowance collected; Implement 4 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)

F-5
May, Kathleen - Middlesex County - Return to Employment - Repay lesser of salary earned or retirement allowance collected; Implement 4 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)
F-6+
Merrifield, Ronald Lee - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Return to Employment - Repay lesser of salary earned or retirement allowance collected; Implement 4 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit) (Vote: 7:1; Trustee Lowden: Nae)
F-7

Munson, John - Mount Olive Twp. BOE - Return to Employment - Waive repayment (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)

F-8

Willis, Bernice - Glassboro Borough - Return to Employment - Waive repayment (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)

F-9+

Zeitschel, Robert - Gloucester Twp. BOE - Return to Employment - Waive Repayment

F-10
DiFrancesco, Catherine - Pitman BOE - Late Filing - Denied
F-11+

McElroy, Lawson - Trenton City - Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2005 through termination of employment; Apply forfeiture prospectively

F-12+
Taubald, Doris - Morris County College - Return to Employment - Repay lesser of salary earned or retirement allowance collected; Implement 4 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)
F-13+
Gauvin-Cook, Josephine - Manchester Township BOE - Return to Employment - Waive repayment
F-14
Pecorelli, Carmine - Dept of Comm & Economic Development - Return to Employment - Request to Postpone - Approve one month postponement


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Mullen, Margaret for Patrick (deceased) - Dept. of Agriculture - Initial Decision - ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying payment of active group life insurance benefits - Affirmed ALJ Decision

G-2
Duckles, Paul - Township Randolph - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted
G-3
Loutraris, John - NJ Turnpike Authority - Initial Decision - ALJ reaffirmed the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Affirmed ALJ Decision (Trustee Lowden abstained)
G-4
Menna, Diane - DYFS - Initial Decision - ALJ reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability - Exceptions - Rejected ALJ Decision; Noted Exceptions
G-5
Caporale, Joanne - Toms River School District - Initial Decision - ALJ upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability - Exceptions - Reply to Exceptions - Affirmed ALJ Decision; Noted Exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-6
Neal, Ivy - Asbury Park City - Initial Decision - ALJ affirmed the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability - Exceptions - Reply to exceptions; Affirmed ALJ Decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-7
Mancini, Joseph - Old Bridge BOE - Initial Decision - ALJ upheld Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Affirmed ALJ Decision
G-8
Ochoa, Luis - Passaic Valley Sewerage Comm. - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted
G-9

Lanza, James - MVC-Shared Services - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted

G-10 Stankiewicz, Stanley - Cape May MUA - Final Administrative Determination - Approved


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1
Jenkins, John - Newark Public Schools - Appeals Board's decision  regarding repayment due to return to employment - Approved
H-2+

Shappell, Thomas - Edna Mahan Corr Fac for Women - Appeals Board's denial of Accidental Disability
a) Request for a Reconsideration on T/P - Reaffirmed Denial
b) Hearing Request - Approved

H-3
Siino, Barbara - Eatontown BOE - Appeals Board's denial of Ordinary Disability - Approved

Active Membership Issues

J-1+

Pisauro, Joseph - Bloomfield Township - Purchase - Denied

Death Claim Issues

K-1

None

Informational Issues

L-1
State Election Candidate - Noted
L-2

State Election Candidate - Noted

L-3
Trial Balance as of July 31, 2008 - Noted
L-4
State Investment Council Agenda  - Noted
L-5
PERS Regulations - N.J.A.C. 17:1 - FYI - Noted
L-6
Trial Balance as of September 20, 2008 - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 18, 2009.

 

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