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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
APRIL 19, 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: 10:05 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:55 p.m.

Roll Call:

William O'Brien, Tracy Smith, Ned Thomson, Brian Currie, Ronald Winthers, Susanne
Culliton (left at 11:30, returned at 12:15), Michael Weik (acted as Treasurer's
Representative from 11:30 until 12:15)


Absent: Carey Brown, Benjamin Hurst, Tom Bruno

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; Amy Cerovsky; Valerie
McManus; Sue Grant; Kristin Conover; Cheryl Chianese; William Tedder; Christopher
Wilson; William R. Connelly, attorney; Kara Ansley; DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; DAG John
LoForese; Mike Salerno, NJEA; Michelle McCray; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Keith Carson;
Charlotte Hollander, attorney; Tim Delaney, David Payne, Barbara Riefberg, attorney;
Elva Thomas; David Strand, attorney; Annette Pica; Mary Marzigliano; John Feeley,
attorney; Michael Armstrong, attorney; Barbara Johnson-Stokes, attorney; Trooper
Stanley



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 15, 2017
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


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 Williams, Robin Superior Court/Camden 1/1/2017 1 Denied Ordinary, Offer Early
D-2 Dunbar, Ernestine Jersey City 1/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Wilson, Christopher Mahwah Twp     Eligibility to apply for ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
D-4 Aviles, Janet Hammonton Town BOE 1/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 McCray, Michele Trenton City BOE 6/1/2016 D Approved
D-6 Sorrell, Mimia Bridgeton BOE 1/1/2016 2 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-7 Valera, Ricardo Training & Employment
Services
9/1/2016 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-8 Monthly OD Grid       w/Supplement Approved with
exception of Deborah Wolfe who
was tabled for IME.
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Arcieri, Nicolo

06/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Arocho, Graziela

01/16

5

Hudson County

Bacon, Wayne I

10/16

5

Essex County

Biele, Julie A

12/16

C

DHS Central Payroll Office

Brown, Abbe

04/17

D

Training & Employment Services

Brown, Dawn

01/17

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Burgess, Eliza

07/16

5

Hudson County

Camacho, Sonia

02/17

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Cestaro, Andrew

01/17

C

Jersey City Incinerator Auth.

Cheek-Brown, Valerie

09/16

5

Civil Service Commission

Daniels, Laura Ann

09/16

D

Linden City

Davies, Gregory

03/17

A

Passaic County

Davis, Dosher M

03/17

C

Juv. Jus. Comm./Community Prog.

Davis, Sandra F

02/17

5

Newark City

Delia, Helen K

01/17

D

Long Branch BOE

Dimatteo, Joseph A Jr

07/16

5

Delsea Reg. High Sch. District

Downey, James P

02/17

B

Tuckerton Boro BOE

Epo, Grace

01/17

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Gagliardi, Vincent M Jr

03/17

5

Jackson Township BOE

Gandy, Kathleen M

08/16

5

Southern State Corrections

Gargiule, Barbara A

03/17

5

Ocean County

Gearity, Margaret M

01/17

A

Toms River School Dist.

Giunta, Joan E

05/17

5

Bernards Twp. BOE

Goggans, Tiffany N

01/17

C

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Gorri, Cheryl M

12/16

5

Hoboken City

Gottlieb, Iris L

03/17

5

North Brunswick BOE

Grace, Patricia D

01/17

D

Vineland Developmental Center

Grazioso, Patricia G

02/17

5

Green Brook BOE

Hasan, Abida A

04/17

A

Board Of Public Utilities

Hauben, Anne M

10/16

5

University Hospital

Hernandez, Carmen

05/17

1

Dept. Of Children And Families

Hernandez, Hilda

12/16

5

Bergen County

Holl, Noelle Kathleen

06/17

5

Criminal Justice

Horrocks, Victoria

08/16

5

Dept. Of Community Affairs

Hvasta, Ronald L

07/16

5

Paterson BOE

Jacobs, Brandon L

09/16

C

Wall Township

Johnson, Nadine B

09/16

5

Voc. Rehabilitation Comm

Kerr, Georgia C

01/17

D

Training & Employment Services

Kowal, Helena M

02/17

5

Deptford Twp. BOE

Lam, Phuong T

01/17

2

Lenape Regional H S District

Langley, Jereen J

12/16

5

Vineland City BOE

Lengua, Miguel S

03/17

B

Mount Olive Twp. BOE

Maminski, Patricia T

07/17

5

Winslow Township BOE

Mangini, Sandra

01/17

5

Hunterdon County

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

McElroy, Ardelie

01/17

5

Newark Public Schools

Merkel, Kelly A

12/16

C

Ocean Co. Board Of Soc. Serv.

Molino, Jeanette M

04/17

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Moreno, Maria M

01/17

5

Rutgers University

Muniz, Mariana

01/16

5

NJ Vets Mem Home at Menlo Park

Peifer, Jodi M

09/16

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Pella, Patricia A

03/17

5

Egg Harbor Twp. BOE

Pena, Juan C

04/16

5

Bayonne BOE

Pointin, John

03/17

D

Mercer County

Reyes, Angela

01/17

5

Judiciary

Rinck, Don A

03/17

C

Atlantic County

Rodriguez, Lisa

12/14

5

Newark Public Schools

Roselli, Michael

04/17

5

Lacey Township BOE

Rossi, Joseph M

02/17

A

Camden County Tech Schools

Shull, Deborah C

11/16

D

State Police Civilian Employees

Smith, Lisa

09/16

1

Newark City

Stevens, Meghan Duffy

05/17

5

NJ State Parole Board

Stiebris, Denise J

03/17

D

NJ Turnpike Authority

Stokes, Pamela

03/17

5

NJ Turnpike Authority

Thompson, Earl L

11/16

A

Newark Public Schools

Thompson, Sandra

01/17

1

Woodbine Developmental Center

Tola, Bettyann

09/16

5

Roxbury Twp. BOE

Tympel, Susan Marie

09/16

5

Gloucester County

Vargas, Ada Abigail

10/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Volpe, Lisbeth M

08/16

1

Evesham Twp BOE

Walker, Valerie D

11/16

5

Newark City

*Wolfe, Deborah A

07/17

5

Travel & Tourism

Zucconi, Alan Thomas

09/16

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

*Tabled for IME Tabled = 1; Approved = 71


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Benham, Andrea Dept of Children &
Families
12/1/2016 5 1/9/2014
10/29/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(10/29/15 incident not work related
but disabled from this incident.)
E-2 Pienciak, Colleen

Union Co Bd of Social
Services
6/1/2013 5 7/1/2011
8/1/2011
11/9/2011
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL

E-3

Zeller, Paul Old Tappan Borough 7/1/2017 A 6/13/2016 Request to Postpone - Approved
E-4 Nelson, Lancelot Egg Harbor Twp BOE 5/1/2017 5 3/13/2015 Involuntary Approved

E-5

Monahan, Patty Regional Operations
South
      Request to apply for Accidental
disability retirement benefits Denied
E-6 Vargas, Luis Morris School District 8/1/2016 D 4/1/2015 Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability (Need clairification from
IME)

E-7

Bernal, Argentina
Rutgers University 12/1/2016 5 2/12/2006
7/20/2011
5/23/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only

E-8

Brennan, Michael Union Beach Boro BOE 1/1/2016 5 9/3/2015 Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability (Need clarification from
IME)
E-9 Pelliccia, Daisy Woodbine
Developmental Center
9/1/2016 C 3/18/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-10

Tamayo, Fransisco Elizabeth BOE 9/1/2016 5 1/15/2016 Approved
E-11 Devonshire, Sandra Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
5/1/2016 5 2/5/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-12

Russo, Anthony Summit City 5/1/2017 C 5/19/2016 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
or Early (whichever is higher)
E-13 Villanueva, Francisco Franklin Twp BOE 2/1/2012 5 10/18/2010 Re-examination No longer disabled
return to employment

E-14

Vereen, Dennis Trenton City BOE 3/1/2015 5 6/27/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-15 Betancourt, Gonzalo Middlesex BOE 11/1/2016 5 3/5/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-16 Novoa, Rose Long Branch BOE 11/1/2015 5 1/14/2011 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-17

Cutler, Frank Middlesex County 9/1/2016 5 11/4/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-18 Logue, Edward Atlantic City BOE 1/1/2017 C 12/28/2015 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Coluccio, Anthony - Edna Mahan Corr Fac For Women - Honorable Service
Deferred retirement
Denied (Dismissed for cause) (Retirements, Audit)
F-2+ Thomas, Elva - Pleasantville BOE - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit 20% of retirement benefit; Approve Service retirement, effective
July 1 2016, under Maximum allowance (Retirements)
F-3 Warren, Ronald - Judiciary/Essex County - Retirement Application Cancelled -
ADMINISTRATIVELY REMOVED
Noted
F-4 Hamrah, Debra - Readington Twp - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit 8% of retirement benefit; Approve Service retirement, effective
April 1, 2016, under Maximum allowance (Retirements)
F-5+ Pica, Gerard - Hudson Co Improvement Auth - a) Honorable
Service - Tabled
b) Request for Dependency - Tabled
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Smolder, William - Traffic Operations North - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Reve, Leonard - Hudson County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's decision for a partial forfeiture of service & salary from January 1, 2011 through
his date of termination due to dishonorable service
Adopted ALJ's Decision
G-3+ Peters, Anthony - Kenilworth Boro - Settlement Proposal
Approved contingent upon his resignation from employment; Authorize Board Secretary to
sign settlement
G-4 LoPresti, Anna - Bergen County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's Decision
G-5 Oesterle, Kristofer - Burlington County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits, effective May 1, 2014, under Option C
Adopted ALJ's Decision (Retirements, Health Benefits, Financial Services)
G-6 Schmerling, Margaret for Morton (deced) - Upper Twp. - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-7 Rodriguez, Sandra - Atlantic City BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8+ Carson, Keith - Ocean County Board of Social Services - Settlement Proposal
Denied Settlement proposal; Reconsidered its previous denial and approved Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits, effective September 1, 2014, under the maximum allowance;
Withdraw from OAL (Retirement, Health Benefits)
G-9 Acevedo, Stacey - Juv. Jus. Comm Central Office - Remand from Appellate
Court
Adopted ALJ's Decision with modification of the legal conclusion; Reaffirm denial of
Ordinary Disability Remand to Appellate Division
G-10+ Hall, James - Palisades Interstate Park Comm - Settlement Proposal
Approved settlement proposal; Authorize Board Secretary to sign the settlement
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Hunter, Leslie - Juv. Jus. Comm/Community Prog. - Appeals the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Lawery, Bernadette - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the
Board's denial of original retirement date of October 1, 2015
Denied and Draft Final Administrative Determination
H-3 Bristol, Susan - NJ Institute of Technology - Appeals the denial of request to purchase
Approved
H-4 Blaze, Glenn - Middletown Twp - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Palmieri, Viola - Ocean County - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Tabled
H-6 Waldron, James - New Brunswick City - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Casanova, Lawrence - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Negron, Alicia - Weehawken Twp - Appeals the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Grant, Martina - Camden City - Appeal's the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Sitar, Glenn - Carteret Borough - Appeal's the Board's denial to apply for
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Denied and Draft Final Administrative Determination
H-11 Gomez, Idilio - Passaic BOE - Appeal's the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirment benefits
Approved
H-12 Benning, Ronald - Judiciary/Mercer County - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Armstrong, Michael - Willingboro MUA - Resubmission eligibility for PERS membership
Approved eligibility to remain in PERS as the Board Solicitor from February 1, 1998 -
January 31, 2008
and Board Secretary from August 15, 2012 - August 31, 2016 (Trustee
Winthers recused.)
J-2 Dunn, Timothy - Teterboro Boro - Member Withdrew Appeal
Noted
J-3 Gross-Quatrone, Deborah - Eligibility for membership in PERS pursuant to Ch
92, P.L. 2007; Request to Postpone
Approved postponement
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions East Windsor Regional BOE vs. TPAF
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Robin Bailey vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of February 28, 2017
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers non-contributory insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-6 Appellate Division decisions Timothy Clarke vs. PFRS
Noted
L-7 Trial Balance For February 28, 2017
Noted
L-8 Order of Pension forfeiture for Alan Slaton
Noted
   


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on May 17, 2017.

 
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