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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
APRIL 16, 2014
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 November 12, 2013.

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
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OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 2:30 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno; Ned Thomson; Peter Maurer, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, William
O'Brien, Benjamin Hurst; Susanne Culliton, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis (arrived 10:30),
William O'Brien (arrived 10:33)


Absent: Ronald Winthers and Lee Flanagan

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky, Michael
Weik; Val McManus; DAG Joe Dorfler; Cheryl Chianese; Sharon Fenstermacher;
Maryann Ryan; Dominick Rao; John Feeley, attorney; Rhonda Fullerton; Craig
Gumpel, attorney; Christopher Gray, attorney; Jessie Harris; Samuel Halpern; Richard
Friedman, attorney; Rory Maradonna; Ronald Matthews; Nancy Matthews; John
Hansen; D. William Subin, attorney; Peter Gitto



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 19, 2014
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


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 Iturburu-Marino, Mariel
Elizabeth City 1/1/2014
A
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Rao, Dominick
Fair Lawn BOE 5/1/2014
5
Off payroll over 2 years Approved
D-3 Fullerton, Rhonda

Linden City 8/1/2013
5
Reconsidered and Approved with 1
year re-exam
D-4 Delanzo, Anthony
Dept Military &
Veteran Affairs
1/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Ramirez, Ana
Passaic Co Bd of
Social Services
1/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
(Trustee Buriani-DeSantis
abstained.)
D-6 Shaughnessy, Robin

Ringwood Boro BOE 11/1/2013
5
a) Honorable Service - Partial
forfeiture; Forfeit 5% of retirement
calculation
b) Ordinary disability - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-7 Castro, Daniel
Fair Lawn BOE 10/1/2013
1
Approved
D-8 Pla, Patricia
Greystone Park Psych
Hospital
11/1/2013
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-9 Molekamp, Sally
Cherry Hill Twp BOE 12/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Lynch, Robert
Salem County 12/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-11 Baldarrago, Ana
Dept. of Children
& Families
1/1/2014
2
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Tan, Kima
Passaic County 1/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-13 Koehler, Catherine
Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
12/1/2013
A
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-14 Monthly OD Grid    
 
Approved with the exception of
William Gumann, which was tabled
(see below)
D-15 Jackson-Summerville, Sandra
Woodbine
Developmental Center
1/1/2014
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred


ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alston, Jnorow L

06/14

5

Morristown Town

Bitterman, Susan

05/14

1

Somerset Co Board of Social Services

Bohanan, Jacqueline G

07/13

5

Union Co Board of Social Services

Briggs-Bell, Cynthia R

07/13

5

Middlesex County

Burke, Nance

02/14

5

Middlesex County

Carver, Dennis

01/14

C

Toms River School Dist

Cassilli, Jeanne

07/14

5

Belleville BOE

Correll, Vickie S

06/14

1

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Coulter, Robert F

05/14

5

Camden County Health Services Center

Currey, Rosemarie

03/14

5

Bergen County Utilities Authority

Darminio, Angelo A

07/14

5

Bergen County Utilities Authority

Davis, Andre E

05/14

D

Essex County

DelBeato, Deborah L

03/14

5

Dept of Children and Families

Dillon, Susan C

04/14

A

Comm for the Blind/Visually Impaired

Drayton, Mildred

04/14

A

Union Co Board of Social Services

Emanuel, Thelma V

03/13

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Evers, Maryjane

10/13

5

Passaic County. Education Services Commission

Fajardo, Erlinda A

07/14

5

Union County Education Services Comm

Franzoso, Deborah A

11/13

5

Toms River Township

*Gumann, William J Jr

04/13

5

Clifton City

Hafner, Carol Ann

12/13

5

Brookdale Community College

Hancock, Kris

06/13

5

Palmyra Borough

Hines, Lizzette

04/14

D

Camden City

Hutchinson, Claudette

04/14

5

Camden County Health Services Center

Jackson-Agboada, Cecelia

04/14

5

Judiciary/Somerset County

Koppinger, Jessica

10/13

A

Randolph Township BOE

Leftwich, Lurena

01/14

5

Paterson BOE

Lloyd-Jones, Eula D

08/13

4

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Maydan, Paul F Jr

01/15

2

Jackson Township

McCrea, Jennifer A

11/13

A

Gloucester County

McElveen, Loretta C

01/14

D

Paterson BOE

Mebs, Patricia A

03/14

A

Winslow Township BOE

Mosley, Baron

07/14

5

Camden Co Board of Social Services

Muraglia, Gerald Douglas

07/14

1

Motor Vehicle Commission

Onukogu, Linus U

01/14

A

Essex County

Ortiz, Adelino

11/13

1

Salem County

Pereira, Ana A

02/14

5

Plainfield BOE

Pramov, John R

07/14

C

South Woods Prison - Dept. of Corrections

Randall, David R

07/13

B

Trenton City BOE

Remsen, Lonna M

02/14

5

Dept Military & Veteran Affairs

Ricketts, Larry Anthony

07/13

C

Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

Rodriguez, Marilyn

12/13

B

Rutgers University

Rodriguez, Silverio P

12/13

1

West New York Town

Salasovic, Vivian

09/13

5

Unemployment Insurance & Disability

Schick, Danny D Jr.

03/14

5

Marlboro Township

Schultz, Evelyn L

08/13

5

Morris County

Simkins, Margrit

01/14

5

Department of Health

Ursetti, Deborah C

01/14

5

Passaic County

Vignola, Maria

02/14

5

Woodland Park BOE

Wadas, Dave

06/13

5

Middlesex County Utilities Authority

White, La Ween

09/13

5

Pleasantville BOE

*William Gumann was tabled for administrative review. Tabled = 1; Approved = 5

 



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Davis, Wayman
Jersey City Public
Schools
11/1/2012 5 9/7/2010 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Suchorsky, George
North Hanover Twp.
BOE
1/1/2014 C 12/31/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-3

Whelan, Donna Marie

DDD Community
Services
3/1/2012 5 6/3/1997 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL
E-4 Swatton, Roswitha

Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
5/1/2012 2 7/30/2009
1/4/2011
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary;
Continue in OAL

E-5

Birkhoff, Jacqueline
Dept of Children &
Families
1/1/2014 5 1/7/2010
7/18/2011
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-6 Petrusky, Lori
Rutgers University 8/1/2013 5 6/9/2008 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Kaiser, Margaret
Monroe Twp BOE 1/1/2014 5 1/2/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Philip, Cherian
Monmouth
County/Hall of
Records
2/1/2014 B 4/12/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Deluca, Joseph
Passaic Valley
Sewerage Comm
2/1/2014 B 11/12/2012 Approved
E-10 Blakely, Sean
Hackensack City 12/1/2013 5 9/26/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-11

Valenti, John
Brick Twp BOE 10/1/2013 5 10/2/2009 Approved
E-12 Shelton, Howard
Nutley Twp. 10/1/2013 A 6/26/2012 Approved

E-13

Franck, Marie
Woodbridge
Developmental Center
12/1/2013 A 10/5/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-14 Khiry, Deborah
Jersey City Public
Schools
10/1/2012 5 8/8/2008
1/5/2009
Involuntary 5/12/04, 11/24/04,
4/11/05, 9/16/05, 11/16/05, 2/6/07 - Employer did not file for any of these dates Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-15

Hardin, Demetrice
Regional Operations
North
12/1/2013 5 2/13/2012 Approved
E-16 Scipio, Leslye
Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
10/1/2013 5 12/21/2008
10/20/2011
1/7/2013
Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability

E-17

Hasani, Besim
Hoboken City 1/1/2014 A 10/16/2002
7/27/2012
Involuntary Denied Accidental
Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Harris, Jessie - Lawnside Borough - Issue of Bona Fide Retirement
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay overpayment of retirement benefits (Retirements,
Enrollments, External Audit)
F-2+ Maradonna, Rory - Rutgers University - Issue of Bona Fide Retirement
Cancel Retirement; Re-enroll; Repay overpayment of retirement benefits (DAG Ignatowitz
recused.) (Retirements, Enrollments, External Audit)
F-3+ Mathews, Ronald - Franklin Twp BOE - Issue of bona fide retirement
Repay salary earned from July 2008 through August 2012; Approved 10 year repayment
schedule pending proofs (Retirement, External Audit)
F-4+ Hansen, John - a) Request extended repayment schedule -
Approved 10 year repayment schedule
b) Request an OAL hearing - Appeals the Board's decision that his retirement was not bona
fide - Approved
(Trustee Hurst recused.)
F-5 Salahuddin, Ronald - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from January 1, 1998 through July 1, 2006 as
percentage of total service; Noted court ordered forfeiture July 1, 2006 through July 24,
2009 (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Checchio, Mauro - Union County - Initial Decision The ALJ
reversed the Board's decision and ordered the member to repay the full amount of income
earned as a part-timer from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. The ALJ also ordered the Board
to retract the reimbursement; Exceptions; Reply to exceptions
Modify Findings of Fact; Adopt Conclusion of non bona fide retirement; Modify remedy to
repayment of salary; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions (DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
G-2 Schuck, Dennis - Leonia Borough - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-3 Wallace, Bernard - Jersey City Public Schools - Initial Decision
ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
effective March 1, 2013
Adopted ALJ decision (Retirements)
G-4 Clayton, Jeffrey - Long Branch BOE - Appellate Division
Decisions Appellate Division upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement
benefits
Noted
G-5 McKnight, Shirley - Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-6 Davis, Walter - NJ Turnpike Authority - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective
January 2, 2013
Adopted ALJ decision (Retirements)
G-7 O'Neill, Edward - Monroe Township - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Board's decision which denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-8 McNerney, Dennis - Holmdel Twp. BOE - Approved Settlement
Agreement/Hearing Withdraw
Noted
G-9 Moody, Philip - Cranbury Township BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-10 Brownfield, Robin - Camden County College - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-11 Pearce, Walter - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Hearing
Withdrawals
Noted
G-12 Iacovelli, Philip - Union City - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-13 Tielemans, Arthur - Ramsey Borough - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-14 Carroll, James - Bergen County - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-15+ Gitto, Peter - Atlantic City MUA - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial
of Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted with technical modifications; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-16 Currie, Jo Ann - Manchester Township BOE - Final
Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-17 Cleary, James - Middlesex County - Order of Consolidation
Adopted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Cassese, John - Perth Amboy City - Appeals the Board's denial of PERS
membership after January 1, 2008 pursuant to Chapter 92
Approved
H-2 Papp, Allen - Perth Amboy City - Appeals the Board's denial of
PERS membership after January 1, 2008 pursuant to Chapter 92
Approved
H-3 Wachendorf, Thomas - Mountainview Yourth Corr. Fac. -
Appeals the Board's denial to transfer service credit from TPAF to PERS
Approved
H-4 Burkhardt, Irene - Somers Point City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Garramano, Michael - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Roman, Michelle - Perth Amboy City - Appeals the Board's denial of PERS
membership after January 1, 2008 pursuant to Chapter 92
Approved
H-7 Banko, Bruce - Woodbridge Township - Appeals the Board's
denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Oropallo, Paul - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Dimondi, Lanita - Union County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund D as of February 28, 2014
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of February 28, 2014
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund B as of February 28, 2014
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund A as of February 28, 2014
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Keisha Carmichael vs. PFRS
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance for February 28, 2014
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 New Business The Board has voted to implement the following policy regarding applications
for disability retirement that are complicated with honorable service issues. When a
member is brought up on charges (administrative or otherwise) which are directly related to
their position and is either dismissed for cause(s), or is required to forfeit public
employment due to court order, or agrees to terminate employment due to settlement, the
Board of Trustees directs the Division to first present such applications for Board
consideration on the issue of honorable service before continuing processing for
consideration on the issue of the alleged disability. According to this policy an IME should
not be scheduled until the Board has considered the issue of honorable service.
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on May 21, 2014.

 

 
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