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PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 21, 2008
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 2008 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 28, 2007.

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

Service Early Veteran Deferred

Option Changes Special Totals



Called to Order: 10:06 a.m.

Adjourned: 3:45 p.m.

Roll Call:

Leon Flanagan, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, Thomas Bruno, John Lowden, Jonathan Berg, Ronald Winthers (left 3:30), Christine Veliz, Fred Beaver


Absent:  Ned Thomson

Also Present: Kathleen Coates; DAG Kellie Pushko; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Mazzeo; Ginny Martucci; Marylou Mayoros; William Tedder; Susanne Culliton; Gail Griffin; Mike Czyzyk; Jean Monahan; Kendra Moran; Bob Bobik, NJEA; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Gail Griffin; Lisa Pointer; Brian Volz, NJEA; Francis Corridon; Anthony D’Altrui; Mauro Checchio; Jeanne DuBois; Miah Crosby; Arnold Feldman, attorney; William J. King; Harold Knox; Arlene Knox, Richard Friedman, attorney; Michael Mouber; Kenneth Williams


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 16, 2008 - Approved

Finance

A-1

Trial Balance as of January 31, 2008 - Approved

A-2
Trial Balance as of February 28, 2008 - Approved
A-3

Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2007 - Approved

A-4
Common Pension Fund A as of March 31, 2008 - Approved
A-5

Common Pension Fund B as of March 31, 2008 - Approved

A-6
Common Pension Fund D as of January 31, 2008 - Approved

Miscellaneous Issues 

B-1

Mid-Election report - Noted

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists - Approved

C-2 Retirement List - Approved (pending verification of Prosecutors Part service credit for Holl)
C-3 Chapter 221 - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

DECISION

D-1

Pitts, Joann

DHS – Division of Medical Services

7/08

A

Tabled for IME

D-2

Gee, Jacqueline

Dept of Labor

12/07

5

Approved

D-3

Mele, Anne

Ocean County

1/08

5

Approved

D-4

Bercik, Steven

City of Elizabeth

1/07

5

Approved Ordinary from Service

D-5

Hooks, Nancy

Red Bank BOE

1/08

5

Denied; Offer Service

D-6

Rambowski, JoAnne

West Milford Twp

8/07

5

Denied; Offer Deferred

D-7

Agarwal, Asha

Livingston BOE

7/08

5

Denied; Offer Deferred

D-8

Poznanski, Annette

Jersey City Public Schools

8/08

D

Denied; Offer Service

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

DECISION

D-9

Baverov, Victor

OIT

.

.

Denied Reinstatement; Continue Ordinary Disability

D-10

Burns, Ann

Borough of Emerson

4/08

5

Denied; Offer Service

D-11

Lamberty, Millie

Division of Pensions & Benefits

3/08

5

Approved
(Trustee Beaver recused)

D-12

Marshall, Eileen

New Lisbon Developmental Center

5/07

5

Approved

D-13

Howard, Deloris

UMDNJ

11/03

C

Reconsidered; Approved Ordinary Disability; Withdraw from OAL

D-14

Ordinary Disability Grid w/Supplement

.

.

.

Approved (see list below)

D-15+

Ronan, Cynthia

Middlesex County Bd of Social Serv

10/07

5

Approved

 

PERS Ordinary Disability Grid
May 21, 2008

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Applegate, David J

04/08

A

Randolph Township BOE

Arce, Hortensia

02/08

C

Unemployment Insurance & Disability

Bancroft, Sheri A

03/08

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Bell, George

10/07

D

Rutgers University

Bialek, Christopher

03/08

A

Rutherford Boro BOE

Bianco, Eileen

05/08

C

Harmony Township BOE

Bodnar, Gertrude C

07/08

5

Burlington County

Bravoco, Nicholas A

05/08

A

Edison Township

Breckenridge, Roy L

04/08

5

Division of Consumer Affairs

Brignoli, Carlo

11/07

5

Vineland City

Dance, Willie S

06/08

B

Paterson BOE

Deceglie, Joann

07/08

B

Ridgefield Park BOE

Dwyer, John T

04/08

5

Passaic County

Epp, Marion A

04/08

5

MVC-Shared Services

Fairman, Judy M

01/08

5

Kingsway Regional School Dist

Feliciano, Juan A

04/08

A

Trenton City BOE

Finlaw, Pearl A

04/08

A

Salem County

Forgione, Donald P

04/08

5

Brick Township

Gawronski, Louis

05/08

1

Elmwood Park Borough BOE

Godomar, Azalea

03/08

5

Middlesex Co Board of Social Services

Gonzalez, Wilfredo

07/08

A

Paterson BOE

Green, Denise Renee

04/08

1

Atlantic City Housing Authority

Green, Timothy J

03/08

A

Union County

Gross, Peter J

12/07

5

Willingboro MUA

Guenther, Nelson F

06/08

C

Trenton City BOE

Guirguis, Basma S

01/08

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Hardy, Betty L

06/08

5

Judiciary/Salem County

Hasalevris, Irene

07/08

5

Elizabeth BOE

Hearns, Angela V

01/08

5

Newark Public Schools

Iaconelli, Rachel

02/08

C

Judiciary/Gloucester County

Intemann, Francine E

02/08

5

Cliffside Park BOE

Jackson, Toni Leslie

11/07

A

Trenton City BOE

Keller, Theresa A

02/08

5

Bayonne City

Kelsey, Ralph E

04/08

D

State Police Civilian Employees

King, Byron

02/08

1

South Woods Prison - Corrections

Kowal, Stephen A

05/08

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Kurz, Jacob S

02/08

B

Stafford Township

Land, Henry Jr

12/07

D

Washington Twp BOE

Lynch, Michael T

04/08

5

Hoboken City

Martin, Roland

03/08

5

Camden City BOE

Martini, Catherine E

03/08

3

Middlesex County Vocational School

McCarthy, Michael T

05/08

B

Dept of Community Affairs

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

McCormick, Patricia B

01/08

5

East Windsor Regional School Dist

McCoy-Davidson, Ruth

02/08

5

Newark Public Schools

McKee, Joseph V

10/07

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Miller, Virginia

02/08

5

Hudson County

Montalvo, Aracelis

11/07

5

Hudson County

Muscara, Wendy

04/08

4

Dept of Children & Families

*Novelli, Gerald V

05/07

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Freeholders

O’Connor, Michael D

05/08

A

Office of the Public Defender

Pizzuti, Richard J

08/08

A

Hamilton Township

Pugh, Dianna

03/08

5

North Jersey Development Center

Rinkavage, Alice

04/08

5

Evesham MUA

Rinnier, William F

03/08

5

Pennsville Sewerage Authority

Santilli, Maryann

10/07

D

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Santillo, Joseph J

04/08

B

Elizabeth BOE

Sary, Charles H

09/08

C

DEPE - Division of Parks & Forestry

Shouldis, Suzanne L

02/08

5

Judiciary/Middlesex County

Sims, Antoinette

10/07

5

Hudson County

Skrynka, Allen E

04/08

5

South Amboy City

Soto, Sergio A

04/08

B

Perth Amboy City

Stanziano, Frank X

03/08

A

Montvale Borough

Stefanovic, Daisy

10/08

5

Dept of Children & Families

Stevens, Paul

04/08

5

Bridgeton City

Szotak, Ilona

03/08

5

Middlesex Co Bd of Social Services

Tagliareni, Thomas

02/08

B

Manalapan Englishtown Reg Schools

Tilley, Christine A

02/08

1

Woodbridge Township BOE

Tomaselli, Maureen E

07/08

5

Montville Twp BOE

Tompkins, Daniel D

05/08

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Trombetta, Angela

05/08

5

Judiciary/Hudson County

Tsaturyan, Arthur D

02/08

A

Hightstown Borough

Urbina, Felix F

11/07

5

Lakewood Township

Vaughn, Carolyn S

10/07

5

Red Bank BOE

Vivenzio, Joseph

02/08

5

Beachwood Borough
Ocean Co Utilities Authority

Wapinski, Edward S

03/08

B

Piscataway Township

Welch, David J

02/08

A

Regional Operations North

Williams, Linda Joyce

01/08

5

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Wyner, James M

01/08

A

Somers Point City BOE

Zakutansky, Richard J

03/08

5

Linden City

Zuchniewicz, Frances

04/08

A

Hudson County

*Re-exam in one year 
Total = 80

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

Decision

E-1+

Nyema, Josephus

County of Mercer

11/06

B

5/28/99

a) Accidental Disability - Tabled for clarification on direct result
b) Honorable Service - Tabled

E-2

Smith, Bobbie Lynn

Marlboro Twp BOE

9/06

1

6/8/04

Denied Accidental; Only Eligible for Withdrawal

E-3+

Rudolph, Napoleon

Stockton College

11/06

D

9/7/04
9/23/05

Reconsidered; Denied Accidental; Continue Ordinary

E-4

Tassone, Rosalie

Haddonfield BOE

2/07

5

10/5/06

Denied Accidental; Offer Service effective 2/08

E-5

Schweighardt, Martin

Township of West Orange

1/08

5

8/3/06

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for Withdrawal

E-6

Shapiro, Esperanza

UMDNJ

9/07

5

11/18/03

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for Withdrawal (<10 years)

E-7

Donnelly, Daniel

County of Somerset

12/07

5

12/7/05

Denied Accidental; Offer Service (<10 years)

E-8

Long, Alice

Cape May County

11/07

5

11/13/06
11/16/06

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-9

Allen, Keith

Dept of Corrections

12/07

5

5/27/05

Approved

E-10

Palos, Erlinda

County of Atlantic

3/08

5

7/31/06

Approved

E-11

Capitano, Sharon

Woodbridge Twp BOE

1/08

5

9/22/05

Denied Accidental; Offer Deferred

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

Decision

E-12+

Corridon, Francis

Dept of Corrections

5/08

5

3/14/07

Approved

E-13

Major, Darrell

Newark Public Schools

8/08

5

5/10/07

Denied Accidental; Offer Deferred

E-14

Wheaton, Ronald

Bayside State Prison

2/08

A

3/22/06

Approved

E-15

Carrington, John

Dept Transportation

1/08

C

2/21/07

Approved

.

Mundy, Melissa

Camden County

.

.

.

Removed from Agenda Administratively

E-17

Trumbette, Thomas

Mt. Laurel Twp MUA

10/07

C

1/26/07

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-18

Mitchell, Belinda

Newark Public Schools

1/08

5

11/5/04

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for Withdrawal (<10 years)

E-19

Crumbley, Gregory

Trenton Housing Auth

6/07

D

2/13/06

a)  Denied Accidental
b)  Approved Hearing Request

E-20

Garcia, Ada

City of Newark

9/07

5

9/26/05

Tabled for clarification from IME on direct result; Approved Interim Ordinary

E-21

Virnet, Richard

City of Newark

6/07

A

5/27/03

Denied Accidental; Offer Deferred

E-22

Acevedo, Milagros

Vineland Developmental Center

3/08

5

1/22/07

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-23

Welsh, Karin

Green Brook BOE

2/08

A

6/8/06

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for Withdrawal (<10 years)

E-24

Byrd, James

Twp of Morristown

1/08

5

2/27/07

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-25

Cantwell, Kathleen

Twp of Hopewell

6/08

5

10/11/05

Denied Involuntary Accidental; Approve Ordinary

E-26

Garcia, Ivette

NJ City University

7/07

D

5/5/06

Approved

E-27

Allen, Annette

Vineland Developmental Center

8/08

5

7/2/07

Denied Accidental; Offer Deferred

E-28

Vermillion, Leroy

Cumberland

1/08

5

9/13/05

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

Decision

E-29

Leyendecker, Kirk

Borough of Haddonfield

9/07

A

11/3/99

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for Withdrawal

E-30

Geisler, Mark

NJ Turnpike Auth

1/08

5

9/19/02

Denied Accidental; Offer Early

E-31

Major, Mickey

Monmouth Co Bd of Chosen Freeholders

7/08

1

12/11/02
5/6/06

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for Withdrawal (<10 years)

E-32

Mack, Carolyn

Greystone Park Psych Hosp

7/08

1

9/1/06

Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+

D'Altrui, Anthony - Borough of Sayreville - Honorable Service - Deferred Retirement - Table for additional review until June 18, 2008

F-2
DePeri, John - Garfield City - Honorable Service - Deferred Retirement - Removed for cause; not eligible to apply for deferred retirement
F-3
Pizzi, Richard - Township of Berkeley Heights - Honorable Service with supplement - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 1998 retroactive to effective date of retirement (Retirement Bureau)
F-4

Tanski, William - Town of Harrison
a) Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary from September 1, 2004 through termination of employment retroactive to retirement date (Retirement Bureau)
b) Issue of Dependency - Approved

F-5+

Checchio, Mauro - County of Union - Employment after retirement (issue of bona fide) Not a bona fide retirement; must repay overpayment of retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau)

F-6

Grayson, Roberta - County of Union - Employment after retirement (issue of bona fide) Not a bona fide retirement; must repay overpayment of retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau)

F-7+
DuBois, Jeanne - Freehold Borough - Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary from December 1, 2004 through termination of employment (Retirement Bureau)
F-8
Smith, Hubert - Monmouth County/Hall of Records - Request for extended repayment schedule - Approved repayment schedule over 10 year period (Retirement Bureau)
F-9

Smith, Jacob - East Amwell Township BOE - Request extended repayment schedule Approved repayment schedule for overpayment over 10 year period; Deny repayment schedule for contributions owed

F-10

Bridges, Alfred - Trenton City BOE - Honorable Service for purpose of transferring service credit from PERS to TPAF - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary from February 1, 2000 through November 30, 2001 (Vote: 5:3; Nae: Trustees Bruno, Lowden, Buriani-DeSantis)



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Punnoose, Chaluvlil - North Jersey Development Center - Withdrawal from OAL - Noted

G-2

Cannella, Barbara - Division of Youth & Family Services - Initial Decision - ALJ upheld the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Exceptions - Affirmed ALJ decision with modification; Noted exceptions (DAG Pushko recused)

G-3 Donnelly, Michael - Judiciary/Union County - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted
G-4 Sappah, Eleanor - Keyport Borough - Initial Decision - ALJ Dismissed for Failure to Comply - Affirmed ALJ decision
G-5 Tiefenbacher, Thomas - Passaic County - Final Administrative Determination - Approved
G-6 Manzella, Joseph - Township of Rochelle Park - Appellate Division Decision - The Appellate Court affirmed the Board's denial of Deferred retirement benefits based on Mr. Manzella's removal for cause - Noted
G-7 Treffinger, James - Essex County - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1

Jackson, Patricella - Corrections - Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center 
a)  Review under new standards - Reaffirmed Denial
b)  Hearing Request - Appeals Board's denial of accidental disability retirement – Approved Hearing

H-2

Vicheto, Anthony - Camden County Heath Services Center
a)  Review under new standards – Reaffirmed Denial
b)  Hearing Request - Appeals Board's denial of accidental disability retirement - Approved Hearing

H-3
Cino, Fran - Linden City BOE - Appeals Board’s denial of Ordinary Disability - Approved
H-4
Purcell, Geraldine - Cape May County - Appeals Board’s denial of Ordinary Disability - Approved
H-5+

Crosby, Miah - DYFS - Resubmission
a)  Reconsideration - Reaffirmed Denial
b)  Hearing Request - Appeals Board’s denial of Accidental Disability retirement - Approved

H-6+

Knox, Harold Union County
a) Request for Settlement - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals Board’s decision that Mr. Knox retirement was not bona fide - Approved
c) Request for Stay - Denied

H-7
Caesar, Willie - Atlantic City - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement - Previously Withdrawn from OAL - Denied
H-8
Dello-Russo, Emillo - Newark City - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability - Approved - Approved
H-9+

Mouber, Michael - Mt. Laurel Twp
a)  Reconsideration - Reaffirmed Denial
b)  Hearing Request - Request for a hearing withdrawn by attorney at this time

H-10
Clark, Nieftea - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Approved
H-11
Marzarella, Samuel - Ocean County - Appeals the Board's denial of enrollment into PERS Prosecutors Part - Denied
H-12

Valentin, Luis - Monmouth County/Hall of Records - Appeals Board's denial to purchase prior service for credit in PERS Prosecutors Part - Denied

H-13
Gangemi, Michele - Dept. of Children & Families - Appeals Board's denial of Accidental Disability - Approved

Active Membership Issues

J-1+
Williams, Kenneth - Department of Community Affairs - Request to purchase - Denied

Death Claim Issues

K-1

None

Informational Issues

L-1

Appellate Division Decisions Glenn Sellers vs. PFRS - Noted

L-2
State Investment Council Agenda Notice of meeting Cancelled - Noted
L-3

Wire Transfers Non Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 - Noted

L-4

Wire Transfers PERS Contributory Group Insurance Policy #13900 - Noted

L-5=
State Investment Council Agenda for May 22, 2008 meeting - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 18, 2008.

 

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