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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MARCH 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: 2:15 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Tracy Smith, Ronald Winthers, Benjamin Hurst, Ned Thomson, (left at
1:15) Susanne Culliton, Carey Brown; Brian Currie


Absent: William O'Brien

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; Amy Cervosky; Sue Grant; Mike
Salerno, NJEA; Kristin Bell; Tim McMullen; Luann Barnett; William Tedder; Mary Ellen
Rathbun; Kara Ansley; James Gerrow, Jr., attorney; Stanley Dawson; Elaine Dawson;
David Weiner, CWA Representative; Nidia Davila-Colon; Elliott Skolnick, attorney;
Stuart Alterman, attorney; Joseph Iadicco; Kathleen Naprstek Cerisano, attorney;
DAG Danielle Schimmel (via telephone); Joseph Coronato; Angelo Genova, attorney;
Joe Manney, attorney; Douglas Kolton; Lisa Pointer; Ann Facemyer; Melissa
McCooley, Superintendent; Lakeesha Hall, Saul Steinberg; attorney, Margaret
Schmerling, Trooper Broadus



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 15, 2017
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of February 27, 2017
Approved (Trustee Hurst abstained.)


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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Banaiout, Nabil

DEP Office of the
Commissioner
8/1/2016 5 Tabled for 6 month re-exam
D-2 Merrill, Karen

Camden City BOE 8/1/2016 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Arocho, Misael

New Brunswick BOE 7/1/2017  B Tabled for 6 month re-exam
D-4 Bosque-Perez, Rosa

Jersey City
Public Schools
1/1/2017 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with supplement
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Albanese, Ronald A

11/16

A

Bergen County

Beam, Ronald C

11/16

A

Regional Operations North

Bennett, Peter J

01/17

D

Manville BOE

Braxton, Lena M

01/17

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Cafarelli, Richard J

08/16

A

Camden Co. Bd Of Chosen Frhldrs

Capeles, Lorenzo Jr

10/16

5

Department Of Human Services

Davis, Keith

11/16

A

Rutgers University

Debowski, Grace

03/17

A

Union County

Ekhelar, Raphael

03/17

A

Dept Of Community Affairs

Goldy, Thomas H Jr

08/16

A

Voorhees Twp. BOE

Graves, James A

12/16

D

Trenton City

Gritz, Christine L

03/17

5

Ramsey Borough BOE

Gunther, Jennifer C

09/16

A

Passaic BOE

Ingram, Wanda M

10/16

2

Woodbine Developmental Center

Jackson, Laverne

11/16

5

Passaic BOE

Kazimierczak, Barbara M

08/16

5

North Warren Reg. High School

Kieffer, Suzanne M

02/17

C

Hamilton Twp. BOE

Klotz, Judith L

10/16

A

Newark Public Schools

Mcfarlane, Jacqueline P

08/16

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Miles, Trudy D

10/16

1

Dept. Of Children And Families

Moore-Abedu, Tami

04/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Oleka, Terry Oliver

11/16

5

Judiciary / Essex County

Reynolds, Edward C

10/16

5

Fairview Borough

Rizzolo, Linda

07/17

5

West Orange Township BOE

Roccia, Gerald R

09/16

D

Washington Twp. BOE

Rowles, Margaret T

11/17

B

Judiciary

Simmons, Susan

11/16

5

Judiciary/ Cape May County

Slack, Marsha L

09/16

5

Phillipsburg Town

Tascon, Edilma

01/17

5

Elizabeth BOE

Taylor, Debra

10/16

A

Dept. Of Children And Families

Thomas, Dorothy E

10/16

5

Bergen Co Bd. Of Soc. Serv.

Thompson, Lee Ann

07/17

A

South Plainfield BOE

Tramontana, Dennis F

11/16

5

Division Of Support Services

Turpin, Theresa R

07/15

5

Orange City

Watson, Robert S

11/16

5

Passaic Co. Vocational School

Zydallis, Jimmy J

10/16

5

Regional Operations Central

Total = 36


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Cain, Jay

South Woods Prison Dept. of Corrections 12/1/2015 A 4/8/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 McLaughlin, James

Pennsville Township 11/1/2016 1 3/5/2015 Approved

E-3

Giacalone, Arlene

Wall Township BOE 9/1/2016 5 3/18/2015
5/26/2015
10/7/2015
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(No report on file for 5/26/15) (less
E-4 Olubodun, Folake

Greystone Park
Psych Hospital
9/1/2016 D 5/1/2014 Approved

E-5

Grant, Martina

Camden City 9/1/2015 4 3/1/2011
5/14/2014
2/8/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
with Re-exam in 1 year (no incident
reports on file)
E-6 Larsen, Laurie

Mercer Co. Special
Service School District
7/1/2016 5 6/3/2015 Approved

E-7

Applegate, Donna

Jackson Township
BOE
5/1/2016 5 6/19/2015 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Durr, Lawrence - Chesterfield Township - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture; forfeit service & salary from February 1, 2006 through termination; Apply
retroactive to retirement date (Retirements)
F-2+ Dawson, Stanley - Motor Vehicle Commission - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture; forfeit service & salary from January 1, 2015 through termination;
Approve Service Retirement effective August 1, 2016, under option A (Retirements)
F-3 Hewko, Jon - Unemployment Insurance & Disability - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture; forfeit service & salary from August 2013 through termination; Apply
retroactive to retirement date (Retirements)
F-4+ Davila-Colon, Nidia - Hudson County - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture based on N.J.S.A. 43:1-3.1 (3) and (11) (Retirements, Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Savage, John - Department of Labor - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Molotzak, Michele - Edna Mahan Corr. Fac. for Women - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's Decision
G-3 Ruscetta, Thomas - Bound Brook Borough - Appellate Court Appeal Dismissed
Noted
G-4+ Garish, Robert - Camden City - Settlement Proposal
Reconsideedr Accidental Disability application; Have member examined by a new IME
G-5 Cranfield, Gregory - Hunterdon Developmental Center - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Parker, Donna - Ocean County - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-7 Abraham-Mildner, Sarah - Atlantic County Welfare Board - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-8 Harris, Jessie - Lawnside Borough - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
that Ms. Harris return the income she received from the Borough of Lawnside for the period
of August 2007 through December 31, 2009. ALJ also ordered that Ms. Harris be permitted
to retain the retirement benefits she received between July 2007 through April 2014 and
that her retirement benefits be reinstated retroactively effective May 1, 2014. Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted the findings of fact; reject conclusion of law, in part; Reject the remedy requiring
Ms. Harris to return salary for only 2 1/2 years;Reject the remedy which provides
reimbursement of salary to Lawnside rather than the Division; Note exceptions; Note reply
to exceptions
G-9 Rosenfeld, Gene - Motor Vehicle Commission - Reconsideration
of an OAL case
Cancel Early retirement benefit; Denied Deferred retirement (dismissed for cause); Waive
repayment of Early retirement benefits received; May continue in OAL (DAG Kelly recused.)
G-10+ Maradonna, Rory - Rutgers University - Request for Stay of
payment of pension contributions and repayment of overpaid retirement benefits
Approved the stay of overpaid retirement benefits until he re-retires; Process payment of
back pension contributions over 5 year repayment schedule (Adjustments, Retirements)
G-11 Armour, Johnnie - Newark Public Schools - ALJ affirmed the Board's decision
denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-12 Klinker, Richard - Lakewood Twp - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Von Neudeck, Carol - Appeals the Board's denial to change from
ordinary disability to accidental disability retirement benefits; Request to Postpone
Approved Postponement
H-2 Lozinski, Edward - Union County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Iadicicco, Joseph - Monroe Township (Middlesex) - Appeals the
Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Willis, Tonya - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the
Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Chandhok, Rita - Dept of Children and Families - Appeals the
Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Henderson, Marisa - The College of New Jersey - Appeals the
Board's denial of Accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Reyes, Raquel - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Bellizzi, Angela - Jersey City MUA - Appeals the Board's forfeiture due to
dishonorable service
Approved
H-9 Platt, Donna - Berlin Township - Appeals the Board's denial of request to Intrafund
Transfer
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Coronato, Joseph - Ocean County - Termination of PERS membership pursuant
to Ch. 92., P.L. 2007
Denied membership in PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-72(a) & (b) effective January 1, 2008
forward; Enroll in DCRP; Deny stay of Board's decision (Audit)
J-2+ Kolton, Douglas - Wrightstown Borough - Creditable Compensation
Denied
J-3 Manzella, Joseph - Rochelle Park Township - Requests payment of interest on
withdrawal beyond 2 years off payroll.
Denied
J-4+ Facemyer, Ann - Little Egg Harbor Twp BOE - Resubmission Creditable
Compensation
Approved (Audit)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+

Hall (dec'd), Lakeesha for Patrick - Camden City - Accidental Death
Approved (Retirements, Death Claims)

K-2+ Schmerling (dec'd), Margaret for Morton - Upper Township - a)
Reconsideration Accidental Death Benefits - Reconsidered and Denied
b) Hearing Request - Denied; Draft Final Administrative Determination
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund D As of January 31, 2017
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance For January 31, 2017
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice dated February 28, 2017
Approved (Trustees Culliton and Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
   
   


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 19, 2017.

 
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