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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
FEBRUARY 15, 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: 10:10 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:40 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, William O'Brien, Tracy Smith, Benjamin Hurst, Ned Thomson, Carey
Brown, Brian Currie, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Ronald Winthers

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; Amy Cerovsky; Valerie
McManus; Susan Grant; Kristin Bell; Luann Barnett; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Kara Ansley;
Cherlyl Chianese; William Tedder; Lisa Pointer; Glenn Sitar; Roseanne Sitar; Taiwo
Williams; Scott Krasney, Attorney; Michael Carson; Morris Warner; Sibyl Bryant; John
DePalma; Sherronda Williams; Frank Sahaj; Ann Facemyer; Anita Alliston; Mark
Alliston; Trooper Alcott



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 18, 2017
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 County Position Nomination Results
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Polidario, Celia Hudson County 11/1/2015 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Heinlein, Chester Rowan College at
Burlington Co.
9/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Greenlee, Janice Essex County 5/1/2016  5 Reconsidered and Denied; Offer
Deferred; Grant OAL Hearing
D-4 Fisher, Robyn Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
1/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Sitar, Glenn Carteret Boro     Request to apply for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Denied ; Eligibility for Deferred -
Denied (Dismissed for Cause)
D-6 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with supplemental
(See list below)
D-7 Benning, Ronald Judiciary/Mercer 7/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-8 Jaramillo, Alba Division of Consumer
Affairs
8/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-9 Ferrera, Denese Boonton Town BOE 10/1/2015 5 Approved with re-exam in 1 year

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Arnold, Beverly A

10/16

1

DHS Developmental Disabilities

Babcock, David Lee

01/17

1

East Windsor Reg. School Dist.

Bittar, Latifa

11/16

5

Judiciary

Bryant, Earl M

09/16

5

Essex County

Bullen, Charlene J

09/16

5

Rowan University

Caputo, Paulette

01/17

5

Rutgers University

Casper, Patrick

07/17

A

CPM Construction & Materials

Celso, Vincenzo

12/16

A

Wayne BOE

Cifello, Joseph

12/16

5

Millburn Township

Cola, Susan Ellen

03/17

5

Bergen Co Bd. of Social Services

Dierking, Elizabeth A

11/16

5

Wyckoff Township BOE

Distaso, Jacqueline R

10/16

5

Monmouth County

Fahim, Marguerite

02/17

5

Hamilton Twp BOE

Falk, Donna L

08/16

5

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Farinella, Nancy M

07/16

5

Green Brook BOE

Fraguas, Maria

07/17

5

West Orange Township BOE

French, Ann M

09/16

B

Judiciary

Griffith-Sorey, Gail L

09/16

D

Gateway Regional High School

Haley, Barbara A

10/16

5

Dept. of Community Affairs

Hammock, Justine S

10/16

1

Juvenile  Justice Commission

Heredia, Felix

03/17

A

Passaic City

Hernandez, Antonio

03/17

5

Hudson Co School of Technology

Hubert, Sharon L

03/17

D

Point Pleasant Boro BOE

Jodice, Donald

07/16

A

Weehawken Township

Kumar, Indira

03/17

1

Edison Twp BOE

Love, Johnetta

11/16

5

Dept Children & Families

Malgosh, Muhammad

02/17

A

Passaic County

McConnell, Robert T

07/16

A

Lambertville City BOE

Mejorada, Peter P

10/16

A

University Hospital

Petrock, Maryellen

03/17

B

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Petruzzelli, Patricia M

09/16

5

Roselle Park Boro BOE

Pienciak, Edith M

05/16

5

Linden City BOE

Polhamus, Glenn

06/16

5

Woodbridge Township

Probola, Gary T

05/17

A

Motor Vehicle Commission

Radimer, Jonathan

10/16

B

Stillwater Township BOE

Ramos, Karen

08/16

5

Fair Lawn BOE

Randolph, Margaret

04/16

5

Dept of Treasury

Reveco, Frank

01/17

5

Passaic Valley Water Comm.

Riley, Deborah

08/16

5

West Windsor Plainsboro

Scanzillo, Susan

11/16

5

Toms River School District

Schoenhaar, Veronica

11/16

D

Morris County

Sciavicco, Vincenzo

03/17

B

Union City BOE

Sidor, Arlene B

08/16

5

Wayne BOE

Todd, Charles J

04/16

5

Monmouth County

Valosen, Chester

10/16

1

Burlington City

Villacis, Daniel

09/16

5

Perth Amboy City

Total = 46


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Macko, Constance North Brunswick BOE 9/1/2016 5 12/15/2008
4/8/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Carpino, Anthony Lodi Housing Authority 5/1/2016 A 8/14/2013 Approved

E-3

Coan, Michael Atlantic County
Welfare Bd
5/1/2016 5 12/31/2012
11/13/2013
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-4 Sweeney, Richard New Brunswick
Housing Authority
9/1/2016 5 12/7/2015 Denied Accidental; Continue
Ordinary

E-5

Simpson, Fernando Regional Operations
North
6/1/2016 A 9/4/2014 Approved
E-6 Blaze, Glenn Middletown Twp 6/1/2016 D 7/16/2010 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Disability is not related to the
incident)

E-7

Waldron, James New Brunswick City 1/1/2017 C 4/9/2016 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(or Service, whichever is higher
benefit)
E-8 Roman, Francisco Newark City 4/1/2016 1 7/27/2015
2/26/2015
Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability (Table to obtain medical
back to 2015 incident)

E-9

Palmieri, Viola Ocean County 11/1/2016 A 5/21/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-10 Gubenski, Linda Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
12/1/2016 5 6/13/2014 Off payroll over two years Approved

E-11

Gomez, Idilio
Passaic BOE 12/1/2015 1 7/1/2011
12/15/2013
9/2/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Williams, Taiwo - Department of Children & Families - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2015 through termination;
Approve Service Retirement effective November 1, 2015 (Retirements)
F-2 Gilson, Kevin - Edna Mahan Corr Fac For Women - Honorable Service
Deferred Retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause) (Retirements, Audit)
F-3+ Carson, Michael - Office of Design & Construction - Honorable Service Deferred
Retirement; Request to waive interest on loan
(a) Denied Deferred (dismissed for cause)
(b) Request to waive interest on loan - Approved
(Trustee Culliton recused)
F-4 Davila-Colon, Nidia - Hudson County - Honorable Service
Approved request to postpone until March 15, 2017
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Walker, Anthony - NJ State Parole Board - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-2 Scarpa, Richard - NJ Dept of Corrections - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Love, Linda Ann - Woodbine Developmental Center - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Lanza, Thomas - South Plainfield Borough - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's decision that Mr. Lanza is ineligable for membership in PERS effective January 1,
2008; Exceptions; Reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's Decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions
G-5 Jeffers, Roslyn - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Initial Decision ALJ
modified the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits, but granting
ordinary disability retirement benefits effective September 1, 2013 under option C;
Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions
G-6 Hayek, Rosa - Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-7 Williams, Joyce - Franklin Twp BOE - Final Administrative
Determinations Denied retirement date change
Approved Final Administrative Determination
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Pecoraro, Charles - Passaic BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Noriega, Nurya - Bergen County - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Castrillo, Katia - Ann Klein Forensic Center - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Vega, Mariano - Jersey City - Appeal's the Board's forteiture due to dishonorable service
Approved
H-5 Kelly, Paula - Kinnelon Borough BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Gonzalez, Kelly Lynn - Dept of Corrections - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Cummings, Diane - Unemployement Ins & Disability - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Tabled for new IME
H-8 Vail, Sandra - Green Brook BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits - Requests re-exam in 6 months
Approved Request for re-xam in 6 months
H-9 Noriega, Nurya - Bergen County - DUPLICATE SEE H-2
H-10 Hall, Terrence - Camden Co Bd Of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals
the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Ray, Jacqueline - Monroe Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Warner, Morris - Newark Housing Authority - Cost to Purchase
Approved Purchase based on April 1, 2004 request date (Purchase Section)
J-2+ Sahaj, Frank - Mountainside Borough - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch.
92, P.L. 2007
Denied membership in PERS effective January 1, 2008 in accordance with N.J.S.A 43:15A-
7.2 (a)
J-3+ Facemyer, Ann - Little Egg Harbor Twp - Creditable Compensation
Tabled for certification from employer
J-4+ Alliston, Anita - Seaside Heights Boro - Creditable Compensation
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None

   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For November 30, 2016
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Roger Hodge vs. SPRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Middletown Township BOE vs. TPAF
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of December 31, 2016
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of December 31, 2016
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance For December 31, 2016
Noted
L-9 2016 Annual Report of the NJ State Investment Council for Fiscal and Calendar Year 2016 - FYI
Noted
L-10 Schedule of all Management Fees, Expenses and Peformance Allocation - NJ Pension
Fund - Fiscal Years 2011 - 2016 - FYI
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice dated January 31, 2017
Approved (Trustees Culliton and Thomson and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-2 Reply in support of Petition for certification of Plaintiffs/Appellants
Noted (Trustees Culliton and Thomson and DAG Kelly recused.)
   


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

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

 
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