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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MARCH 18, 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 2014 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

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 (19K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 AM

Adjourned: 12:35 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Peter Maurer, Benjamin Hurst, William O'Brien, Susanne Culliton,
Ron Winthers


Absent: Ned Thomson and Brian Currie

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Palmer; Michael Weik;
Val McManus; Tim McMullen; Cheryl Chianese; Sharon Bethea; George Krevet, CWA
Local #1032; Tina Grande; Rhonda DiMatteo



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 18, 2015
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1+
Prudential Report Policy G-14800-2 (Formerly 13900-1)
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2 Chapter 221
Approved
C-3 Return to Employment
Approved
C-4 Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Knight, Patricia
Newark Public Schools     Request to Apply for Ordinary
Disabiilty Tabled
D-2 Matuska, Kevin
Linden City 1/1/2015 5 Approved
D-3 Grande, Tina
Dept of Children
& Families
    a) Honorable Service - Tabled for
adjudication of charges
b) Request to Apply for Ordinary
Disability - Tabled
D-4 Nutini, Sandra
Howell Twp BOE     Request to Apply for Ordinary
Disability Denied
D-5 Janeski, Robert
Edison Twp BOE 11/1/2014 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-6 Aponte, Mayra
Rutgers University     Request to apply for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits Denied
D-7 Monthly OD Grid        Approved with exception of Michael
Marriner, Darren McCrimmon and
Sharon Vance which were Tabled
for an IME
(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alston, Dianna

01/15

B

Camden Co Board of Social Service

Anderson, Theresa

12/14

5

Div. of Gaming Enforcement

Bigley, Robert F

01/15

5

Nutley BOE

Binaco, Charles Jr

02/15

1

Howell Township

Borrego, Miguel A

12/14

5

West New York BOE

Brennan, Maritza S

01/14

5

Elizabeth BOE

Castells, Martha

01/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Craver, Donald J

12/14

B

Lawrence Township

Dankanich, Jeffrey

03/15

C

Florence Township BOE

Guevara, Mervyn A

02/15

1

East Orange School District

Hayman, Kimberly J

11/14

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Henry, John B

02/15

5

Training & Employment Services

Howard, Carol A

07/15

C

Judiciary/Union County

Kain, James

02/15

1

Gloucester City BOE

Langel, Donna L

02/15

5

Freehold Twp BOE

Locker, Annetta V

01/15

1

Hunterdon Developmental Center

*Marriner, Michael

12/14

5

Dept of Children And Families

Martin, Dennis

01/15

A

Ocean County

*McCrimmon, Darren

10/14

5

Roselle Boro BOE

Miller, Robert

04/15

5

North Bergen BOE

Niu, Xiaoling

06/15

A

Dept. of Health

Nixon, Felicia M

12/14

5

Ocean City BOE

Nokas, Angelo I

10/14

D

Passaic County

Ortiz, Leticia

10/14

5

Hudson County

Poplowski, Alexis M

04/15

5

Sayreville BOE

Potts, James O Jr

12/14

5

Trenton City BOE

Searles, Kellie

12/14

5

Camden City BOE

Soboleski, James

10/14

5

Voorhees Twp BOE

Toulson, Todd W

10/14

B

Atlantic County

*Vance, Sharon R

08/15

5

Compensation Rating & Insurance Bur

Vargas, Carmen L

04/15

5

Judiciary/Essex County

Vega, Jeanette

08/14

5

New Brunswick BOE

Wainwright, Judith

03/15

A

Sparta BOE

Witkowski, Kathleen

12/14

3

Stafford Township BOE

*Tabled for IME                                                                  Approved = 31; Tabled = 3; Total = 34




CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Vedder, Thomas
Deptford Twp 9/1/2013 5 2/16/2012 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary;
Continue in OAL
E-2 Green, Tyrone
Ancoro Psych
Hospital
      Request to Process Accidental
Disability - Approved

E-3

Bueno, Amparo
Passaic County 11/1/2014 5 9/19/2013 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-4 Haak, Nicholas
So. Amboy Housing
Authority
11/1/2014 5 2/14/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-5

Hayek, Rosa
Passaic County 9/1/2014 5 10/13/2010 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)
E-6 Quintana, Maria

NJ Vets Mem Home
at Menlo Park
10/1/2014 5 1/10/2010
6/1/2011

Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)

E-7

Lackey, James
Plainsboro Township 12/1/2014 C 6/13/2014 Approved
E-8 Okane, Thomas
Lincoln Park Boro
BOE
12/1/2014 5 2/3/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Hilenski, Mark
Middlesex County 1/1/2015 C 9/24/2012 Approved 
E-10 Zairo, Kimberly
Warren County Bd of Chosen
Freeholders
1/1/2015 5 12/25/2013 Approved

E-11

Watkins, Brenda

Woodbine
Developmental Center
7/1/2014 5 3/17/2009
7/22/2012
Approved

E-12

Mower, Janette
University Hospital 2/1/2014 5 6/10/07 Approved
E-13 Norman, Zoe
Trenton Psychatric
Hospital
6/1/2014 D 6/19/2013 Approved

E-14

Crupi, Barbara

Bergen County Bd of
Special Services
6/1/2014 1 11/26/2012
1/15/2013
2/27/2013
Approved
E-15 Migut, Melissa
Judiciary 5/1/2014 5 5/10/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-16

Lauer, Matthew


Union County 7/1/2014 5 8/5/2010
4/11/2011
4/16/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)

E-17

Milone, Andrew
Paramus BOE 10/1/2014 D 12/5/2013 Approved

E-18

Loftin, Kathi
Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
1/1/2001 5 10/5/2010 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-19 Coralluzzo, Rose
Vineland
Developmental Center
3/1/2014 D 8/18/2007
9/13/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only

E-20

Sierra, Nelson
Woodbine
Developmental Center
1/1/2015 A 1/24/2010
1/10/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-21 Battle, Shirley
Human SER-P.A.F.A 4/1/2015 5 12/31/2013
3/6/2014
Approved on 3/6/14 incident

E-22

Bamond, Karen
Bergen Co Bd of
Special Services
2/1/2015 5 4/25/2012
11/21/2013
Approved on 4/25/12 incident



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Grover, Karen - Motor Vehicles - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from December 1, 2012 through termination
of employment (Retirement Bureau, Audit)
F-2 Cox, John - Union Twp - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from June 1, 2002 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau, Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Cash, Katherine - Dept of Children and Families - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Richey, Debra - Salem County - Appellate Division Decisions Appellate Court
upheld the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-3 Esposito, Vincent - Northern State Prison - Appellate Division
Decisions Appellate Court upheld the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement
benefits
Noted
G-4 Gitto, Edward - Burlington County-Edgewater Park - Settlement
Proposal
Approved settlement proposal
G-5 Capella, Raymond - Rutgers University - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-6 Bonanno, Angelo - Hillside Township - Settlement Proposal
Submit Counter-Offer
G-7 Polito, William - Nutley Township - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective October
1, 2013 under option A.
Adopted findings of fact; Adopted conclusions; Rejected the legal reasoning (Retirements,
Health Benefits)
G-8 Hill-George, Carol - NJ Vets Mem Home - Initial Decision ALJ
granted the Board's motion for summary decision and dismissed the appeal for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits.
Adopted ALJ decision
G-9 Ubaidah-Crumblin, Wahidah - Woodbridge Developmental
Center - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability
retirement benefits with Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision w/modifications; Noted exceptions
G-10 Karchmar, Larry - Old Bridge BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-11 Moreland, John - Jersey City Public Schools - Initial Decision
ALJ upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-12 Dilione, Grace - Warren County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-13 Gilliard, Susie - City of Trenton - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-14 Salgado, Carlos - Rutgers University - Settlement Offer
Rejected settlement proposal; Continue in OAL
G-15 Vanderbilt, Debra - Hagedorn Gero-Psych Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Board's denial of Accidental Disability; howerver , but reversed the Board's decision and
granted Ordinary Disability retirement benefits effective 2/1/12 under Maximum option
Adopted ALJ decision (Trustee Bruno recused.) (Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-16 Raively, William - Vineland Housing Authority - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's denial of an Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-17 Hamlin, Margot - Park Ridge Borough - ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and determined that her retirement was bona fide and she is not required to repay
post-retirement earnings; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision w/modification as noted in exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Sugrim, Suresh - Irvington Twp - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Scott, Barbara - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Johnson, Sharlene - Vineland Developmental Center - Appeals
denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Castaneda, Juan - City of Paterson - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Ragusa, Marian - Middle Township - Appeals the Board's denial of eligiblity for
PERS membership effective April 1, 2010 pursuant to NJSA 43:15A-7.2
Approved
H-6 Newman-Bromberg, Christa - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Appeals
denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ DiMatteo, Rhonda - Moutainview Youth Corr. Fac. - Request Interfund Transfer
Denied (Enrollments)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers for PERS Contributory Group Insurance Policy #13900
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers for PERS - Non-Contributory Insurance Policy #14800
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Wayne Hundemann vs. PFRS -
Noted
L-4 Letter of "Thanks" from Beatrice Mackey
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of January 31, 2015
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E as of January 31, 2015
Noted
L-7 2014 Investment Council Report
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 15, 2015.

 

 
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