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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
APRIL 20, 2016
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

Special -none
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OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 AM

Adjourned: 1:18 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Ronald Winthers

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Jackie Bussanich; Lisa Pointer; Amy Cerovsky; Cheryl Chianese;
Valerie McManus; Hank Schwedes; Susan Grant; Trooper Johnson; Steven Pinkney;
Mark Johnson; John D. Feeley, attorney.; Maryann Ryan; Marc Greenfield;
Christopher Baxter, attorney; Mary Ellen Rathbun; David Weeks, attorney; Luann
Barnett; Robert Goodwin, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 16, 2016
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of March 31, 2016
Approved (Trustee Hurst abstained)


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 Return to Employment
Approved
C-4 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Aviles, Brunilda Newark City 8/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Howell, Christopher Dept of Children &
Families
4/1/2016 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Johnson, Mark North Jersey
Developmental Center
5/1/2015 A Off payroll over 2 years Approved
D-4 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with modification:
Elizabeth Conroy - Tabled for IME
Deborah Santanello - Approved with
a one year re-evaluation
(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

MEMBER'S NAME

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPTION

EMPLOYER/TITLE

Abate, Kimberlee

06/15

5

State Police Civilian

Austin, Carol A

07/16

5

Watchung Borough BOE

Banner, Linda

11/15

5

Rowan University

Bloome, Alan A

03/16

C

Juvenile. Justice Commission

Butler, Madeline

01/16

5

Office of the Public Defender

Capps, Thomas A Jr

06/15

A

Rowan University

Christie, Viola

01/16

5

State Police Civilian

Cline, Scott

11/15

5

Dept of Children and Families

Conroy, Elizabeth*

10/15

5

Judiciary/Passaic County

Cooke, Janet

12/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Crowder, Christine E

06/15

5

Long Branch City

Diaz, Yadira

03/16

C

West NY BOE

Dichter, Helene B

07/16

D

The College of New Jersey

Donat, Marie

01/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Dumschat, John F

06/16

5

Mountainview Youth Corr. Fac.

Emmolo, Lydia

08/15

C

Hunterdon Developmental Ctr

Fowler, Sharon L

06/16

1

Woodbine Developmental Center

Friedland, Sandra

02/16

A

Middlesex County

Getka, Patricia A

06/15

5

Millville BOE

Giannattasio, Joseph

05/16

5

Middle Twp

Guadalupe, Patrice

03/16

D

Vineland City BOE

Guldin, Thomas

05/16

C

New Brunswick City

Harris, Dennis

05/16

5

Franklin Twp BOE

Hicks, Dorenda F

05/16

D

University Hospital

MEMBER'S NAME

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPTION

EMPLOYER/TITLE

Holder, Richard A

07/16

B

Dept of Children and Families

Hollis, Helena

03/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Howell, Rosalinde

12/15

5

Judiciary/Middlesex County

Hufford, Deborah

10/15

5

Twp of Teaneck

Keilly, Frances M

03/16

5

Bergen Co Vocational School

Linepensel, Louise A

09/15

1

Mountainview Youth Corr. Fac.

Marban, Jane L

11/15

5

Spring Lake Borough

Marian, Maryann

03/16

5

Prevention & Commun. Part.-HS

Martel, Idania

06/15

5

Hudson Co

Mercado, Yvonne D

11/15

5

Camden City

Minor, Glen A Jr

07/15

5

Ocean County

Mondoro, Joseph A

09/15

1

Monmouth Co Vocational Schools

Monk, Charlene

02/16

A

Juv. Jus. Comm./Community Prog.

Naclerio, Jerry

06/16

2

Glen Rock Boro

Obrien, David L

03/15

5

Sussex County

Padilla, Wilfredo

12/15

D

Rutgers University

Palermo, Darlene

09/15

A

Plainfield City

Palmeri, Maryann

01/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Pearson, Sharon

06/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Pinto, Vito

05/16

5

Somerset Co Bd of Social Services

Plon, Alan

08/16

5

Waldwick BOE

MEMBER'S NAME

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPTION

EMPLOYER/TITLE

Santanello, Deborah**

10/15

5

Spotswood BOE

Santoro, James S

04/16

D

South Jersey Trans Authority

Santoro, Michael J

01/16

5

Rutgers University

Scott, Eugene

01/16

B

Juvenile Justice Commission

Sebron, Kisha

11/15

5

Jersey City Incinerator Auth

Simpson, Sharlene L

11/14

5

Essex County

Sisk, Annette

02/16

5

Bayonne City

Slodyczka, Matthew Francis

01/16

C

Oradell Borough

Smalls, Timika

07/16

5

Cherry Hill Public Schools

Strong, Tina

03/16

A

Monroe Township (Middlesex)

Torres, Juan

04/14

A

Hoboken Housing Authority

Toth, Stephen L

01/16

5

NJ Turnpike Authority

Wade, Davine M

07/15

5

Atlantic City


*Tabled for IME
**Re-exam in one year    Tabled = 1; Approved = 57


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Mitchell, Tara Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
9/1/2015 1 9/9/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-2 Greenfield, Howard NJ Turnpike
Authority
9/1/2015 5 2/7/2014
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)

E-3

March, Michael Egg Harbor Twp BOE 5/1/2016 5 1/7/2015 Involuntary Approved
E-4 Ballon, Sarah Jersey City Parking
Auth
8/1/2014 A 7/10/2013 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL

E-5

Luisi, Michael Brigantine City 9/1/2010 2 8/8/2002
4/20/2010
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL
(less than 10 years)
E-6 Diggs, Arthur Burlington City 6/1/2014 5 9/8/2006 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-7

Stagich, Robert Union County 3/1/2016 5 4/2/2013
12/31/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Sapienza, Valerie
Union Co Bd of Social
Services
4/1/2016 B 12/15/2005
12/10/2013
3/23/2015
Approved on the incident of
12/15/2005

E-9

Shafron, Taras Traffic Operations
North
2/1/2016 A 12/30/2013 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)
E-10 Holden, William Monroe Twp. 1/1/2016 B 4/14/2015 Approved

E-11

Mauro, David Newark Housing
Authority
2/1/2015 B 4/23/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-12 Mesa, Stacey Elizabeth BOE 9/1/2015 5 2/5/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Estrada, Mauricio Paramus BOE 12/1/2014 5 8/20/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-14 Warcawa, Marek Perth Amboy City 8/1/2016 5 3/23/2012
10/8/2013
Tabled for clarification regarding
incident of 3/23/2012
E-15 Boral, George Cinnaminson Twp
Mt. Laurel Twp
8/1/2015 5 6/23/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Jordan, Jean - Atlantic Co Special Services - Honorable Service Request to postpone
Tabled per attorney request
F-2 Guthe, Carl - Office of Information Tech. - Request for
dependency during incarceration; Request to postpone pending sentencing
Tabled
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Andre, Simone - Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
the Board's decision and approved accidental disability retirement benefits effective
January 1, 2012 under maximum option
Adopted the ALJ's decision (Retirements, Health Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-2 Viglietta, Josephine - Freehold Reg. H. S. District - Initial
Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and approved accidental disability retirement
benefits effective April 1, 2009 under Maximum option
Adopted the ALJ's decision (Retirements, Health Benefits; Accounting Services)
G-3 Cardona, Aleyda - Union County Bd of Social Services - Initial Decision ALJ
reaffirmed the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted the ALJ's decision (DAG Kelly recused)
G-4 Triola, Theresa - Rowan College Gloucester County - Appellate Division
Decisions The Appellate Court upheld the Board's decision denying accidental disability
retirement benefits
Noted
G-5 Dotts, Robert - Middletown Twp. BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted the ALJ's decision
G-6 Czykier-Kuna, Alice - Bergenfield Borough - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Haak, Nicholaas - South Amboy Housing Authority - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Schanel, Linda - East Rutherford Borough - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-9 LaPira, Joseph - City of Linden - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-10 Kosmoski, Richard - Rutgers University - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-11 Wills, Lytrayer - East Orange Housing Authority - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-12 Vinci, Gene - Park Ridge Boro - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-13 Fuller, Marvin - Newark Public Schools - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-14 Tilli, Adelaide - Belleville Township - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-15 Pulsinelle, Leon - Princeton Regional Schools - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-16 Webb, Anne Marie - Hunterdon Developmental Center - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted the ALJ's deicison; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-17 Blakely, Sean - Hackensack City - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and approved ordinary disability retirement benefits effective December 1, 2013,
under Maximum option; Exceptions
Adopted the ALJ's deicison with exception of permitting expert testimony, without submitting
a report; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions (Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-18 Henao, Juan - Paramus Borough - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-19 Deleo, Josephine - Ocean County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted the ALJ's decision (DAG Kelly recused)
G-20 Portis, Chanda - Ann Klein Forensic Center - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-21 Peters, Anthony - Kenilworth Boro - Settlement Proposal
Denied Settlement Proposal; Continue in OAL
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Maldonado, Amado - Maple Shade BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial to change from Deferred to Ordinay disability retirement benefits
Denied; The Board directed the Secretary to draft a Final Administrative Determination
H-2 Shamy, TK - New Brunswick City - Appeals the Board's denial of eligibility in
PERS pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7(b) and N.J.S.A. 43:15-7.2
Approved
H-3 Wilson, Carolyn - Treasury - Div of Purchase & Prop - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Love, Linda Ann - Woodbine Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Suber, Anthony - Newark Housing Authority - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Ealy, Valorie - Division of Law - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Gonnella, James - Regional Operations South - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Hamilton, William - New Brunswick City - Appeals the Board's
denial of eligibility in PERS pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7 (b) and N.J.S.A. 43:15-7.2
Approved
H-9 Thompson, Tauhidah - Woodbine Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Wojtaszek, Krystyna - Passaic County - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benfeits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Choice, Willie - Rutgers University - Request repayment schedule for purchase
arrears balance
Denied
J-2+ Pinkney, Steven - Jersey City -
a) Request to re-instate former PERS account - Denied
b) Eligibility to enroll in PERS (retired from ABP) - Denied
J-3+ Baxter, Christopher - Burlington County - Termination from PERS pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Denied; Not eligible for PERS based on 43:15A-7.2(a) effective July 1, 2008. (Retirements,
Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
J-4+ Weeks, David - Cranford Township - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch. 92. P.L. 2007
Denied; Not eligible for PERS based on 43:15A-7.2(a) effective January 1, 2008.
(Retirements, Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
J-5+ Goodwin, Robert - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch. 92. P. L. 2007
Denied; Not eligible for PERS based on 43:15A-7.2(b) effective January 1, 2008.
(Retirements, Fraud & Abuse Unit, Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Patricia Santangelo vs. TPAF
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Wandamarie Davis vs. TPAF
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance For January 31, 2016
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D As of February 29, 2016
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund E As of February 29, 2016
Noted
L-6 Ten Hoeve, James Executed Settlement Agreement
Noted
L-7 Trial Balance For February 28, 2016
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1= Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated March 31, 2016
Approved (DAG Kelly and Trustees Culliton and Thomson recused)
   
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on May 18, 2016.

 
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