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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
FEBRUARY 17, 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 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 (20K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 11:40 PM

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Susanne Culliton, Ronald Winthers, Tracy Smith, Brian Currie, Ned
Thomson, Benjamin Hurst, Carey Brown


Absent: William O'Brien

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; Amy Cervosky; DAG Robert Kelly; Valerie
McManus; Trooper Cicchino; Sarah Favinger (NJEA); MaryEllen Rathbun; Hank
Schwedes; Judith Clark; Cheryl Chianese; Patricia Sullivan; Gene Sullivan; Luann
Barnett; Brenda Adkins; Lisa Byers; DAG Jane Lafferty; Sue Grant; Kristin Bell



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 20, 2016
Approved (Trustee Hurst abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1

Election Results State Position - Tom Bruno elected without balloting. Term July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
Noted

B-2 Election Results Municipal Position - Benjamin "Max" Hurst elected without balloting. Term July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019.
Noted


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Russo, Maryann
Elizabeth BOE 7/1/2015 D Reconsidered and Approved with 1
year re-evaluation
D-2 Christian, Tonya
University Hospital 6/1/2015 C Off payroll over 2 years Approved
D-3 Arrabito, Lorraine
Hasbrouck Heights
BOE
5/1/2015 A Approved with a 1 year re-evaluation
D-4 Jenkins, Rhonda
Camden City BOE 6/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Brown, Hollewood
Juv. Jus. Comm
Community Prog.
8/1/2014 1 Off payroll over 2 years Approved
D-6 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with exception of Daniel
Desimone tabled for IME
(see list below)
D-7 Vazquez, Marie
Motor Vehicle Commission 9/1/2015 A Approved with a 1 year re-evaluation
D-8 Havas, Robert
Morris County College 10/1/2015 5 Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Ahmed, Sharon

11/15

5

Middlesex County College

Alcaz, Enrique

09/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Alvarado, Kelly

09/15

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Alvarez, Vivian

05/15

5

State Parole Board

Bryson-Santos, Audrey

08/15

5

Div. of Information Technology

Chapman, Jaclyn

05/16

5

Perth Amboy Housing Authority

Chuqui, Carlos A

01/16

5

Bergen County

Clark, Judith Ann

11/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Clark-Cook, Dianne L

03/15

D

Dept of Community Affairs

Corcoran, Steven

04/15

5

Edison Township

Dansbury, William H

04/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Davis, Sharon L

02/16

5

Corrections-Bayside State Prison

Dempsey, Dennis

04/16

5

Colts Neck Township

*DeSimone, Daniel P

02/16

B

NJ Turnpike Authority

Desmond, Jean L

01/16

A

South Bergen Jointure Comm

Fava, Eric E

08/15

5

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Feuer, Michael

11/15

B

Bayonne City

Force, Denise C

10/15

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Fritz, Stephen C

09/15

D

Manchester Township BOE

Gerber, Sharon

10/15

5

Unemployment Income Security

Giannella, Carmela

11/15

5

Hawthorne BOE

Gippetti, Carol

04/16

A

Treasury-Division of Revenue

Gorman, Maryann

01/16

5

West New York Town

Hale, Deborah L.

02/15

5

Rockaway Township BOE

Hammond, Linda June

11/15

D

Judiciary / Monmouth County

Hampton, Sherman B

11/15

5

Salem City

Hanusi, Barbara

04/16

5

Office of Information Technology

Harper, Linwood E

04/16

5

Allendale Boro BOE

Harris, Renee Madden

03/16

5

Department of Health

Hinton, Darlene

10/15

A

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Kidd, Frances

09/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Lozada, Bianca

12/15

5

Training & Employment Services

McCarthy, Bernadette

09/15

D

Mercer Co Special Services

McIntyre, Margaret M

10/15

1

Motor Vehicle Commission

Montgomery, Albert

01/16

1

Millburn Twp Public Schools

Morales, Angelica

10/15

A

Camden City

Neill, James C

03/16

A

Morris County

Orsuto, Ida M

12/15

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Pastrana, Joanne

04/16

5

Judiciary/Passaic County

Patterson, Veronica

12/15

5

Veterans Memorial Home/Vineland

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Peteet, Barbara J

08/15

5

University Hospital

Quinn, William John

10/15

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen  Freehold

Ravo, Constance

01/16

5

Passaic BOE

Regina, Michael

08/15

5

Central Regional H S Dist

Roach, John F

04/16

B

Judiciary / Burlington County

Russo, Joan I

09/15

5

Jersey City Public School

Snyder, Claire H

04/16

5

Superior Court/Camden

Soto, Ana F

08/15

1

Passaic City

Standridge, Huihong

01/16

A

Hopatcong BOE

Taylor, Steven M

12/15

5

Hammonton Town

Valdes, Alejandro

11/15

5

Passaic City

White, Bernard

11/15

1

Woodbine Developmental Center

Wolfinger, Debbie Lee

11/15

A

Hunterdon Developmental Center

*Tabled Approved = 52; Tabled = 1; Total 53


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Byers, Lisa
Human SER- P.A.F.A 6/1/2015
5
10/27/2011
2/14/2012
11/7/2013
Request to Apply for Accidental
Disability Denied offer Deferred
(incidents not job related; member
left due to being dismissed,
not because of disability)
E-2 Adkins, Brenda
Buena Vista Twp 5/1/2014
5
8/29/2011 a) Reconsideration from OAL;
Honorable Service - Total Forfeiture
b) Request to Process Accidental
Moot; Withdrawal from OAL

E-3

Loran, Edwin
Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2015
5
8/11/2014
8/11/2014
Denied Accidental; Continue
Ordinary
E-4 Barry, Elizabeth Judiciary/Middlesex
County
8/1/2015
5
1/10/2014 Approved with 1 year re-evaluation

E-5

Gonnella, James

Regional Operations
South
9/1/2015
5
1/22/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-6 Cargill, Ursula
Dept of Education 4/1/2011
5
2/11/2010 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary;
Continue in OAL

E-7

Kane, Kathryn


Greystone Park
Psych Hospital
11/1/2015
5
5/25/2012
3/28/2013
10/9/2014
Approved
E-8 Ridgway, Maria
Vineland
Developmental Center
6/1/2015
A
3/23/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Crawford, Leroy
Newark Public
Schools
3/1/2015
5
1/22/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-10 Fridman, Antonio
Bergen County 5/1/2015
5
2/26/2014 Approved

E-11

Chiodi, John
Gloucester City 8/1/2015
B
10/31/2011 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-12 Donovan, Jane
Ocean County 10/1/2015
D
5/6/2009
7/31/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Lobue, Leonard
Passaic County 8/1/2015
5
5/13/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-14 Correa, Rosa
Millville BOE 10/1/2015 5 3/25/2009
1/8/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-15 Beecher, Craig
Linden City 11/1/2015 5 6/10/2013
9/16/2013
Approved (based on the 6/10/13
incident)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 O'Neill, Edward - Monroe Township - Appellate Division
Decisions Appellate Court upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Noted
G-2 Buendia, Connie - NJ Vets Mem Home At Menlo Park - Appellate
Division Decisions Appellate Court upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Noted
G-3 Schuck, Dennis - Leonia Borough - Appellate Division Decisions
Appellate Court upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement
benefits
Noted
G-4 Hernandez, Connie - Dept. Children & Families - Final
Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-5 Stagg, Ruth - Division of Youth & Family Services - Hearing
Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Lucas, Venus - Newark Public Schools - Initial Decision
ALJ reversed the Board's decision and approved accidental disability retirement benefits
effective Febraury 1, 2012 under Maximum option; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions Reject
Initial Decision; Draft Finding of Fact and Conclusions of Law/Remand
G-7 Ruscetta, Thomas - Bound Brook Borough - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
G-8 Lilley, Barbara - West Deptford Twp. - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Gotay, Wilfredo - Property Management & Construct - Appeals
the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Williams, Carolyn - Rutgers University - Appeals the Board's denial to re-apply
for ordinary disability retirement benefits
Denied
H-3 Farrington, Christine - Appeals the Board's denial to transfer expired PERS account into JRS
Denied
H-4 Valos, Lynn - Sessex County - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits; Request to postpone
Approved postponement
H-5 Lucignano, Joseph - Hoboken BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Bueno, Amparo - Passaic County - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Eckert, Raymond - Sussex County Vocational - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Pinizzotto, Robert - Buena Vista/ Hamilton Twp. - Termination of PERS
pursuant to Ch. 92. P.L. 2007; REMOVED ADMINISTRATIVELY
J-2+ Sullivan, Patricia - Livingston BOE - Eligibility to purchase
Denied
J-3 Healy, Patrick - Aberdeen Twp. - Termination from PERS
pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007; REMOVED ADMINISTRATIVELY
J-4 Baxter, Christopher - Burlington County - Termination from PERS pursuant to
Ch. 92, P.L. 2007; Request to Postpone
Approved postponement
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For October 31, 2015
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Robert Petry vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Vincent Tavaglione vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Trial Balance For November 30, 2015
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D As of December 31, 2015
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E As of December 31, 2015
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-8 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated January 31, 2016
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Thomson, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused)
M-2 New Business
Board requested status of advice regarding State Investment Council and questions posed
to DAG at December 2015 meeting; DAG advised advice will be provided at the March 16,
2016 meeting. (Trustee Culliton, Thomson, Winthers were not present)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 16, 2016.

 
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