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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 21, 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
Totals Adobe PDF (7K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:07 AM

Adjourned: 1:40 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Leon Flanagan, Ronald Winthers, Ned Thomson, Benjamin Hurst,
William O'Brien (arrived 10:40), Pete Maurer, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis (arrived
10:35), Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Hank Schwedes, Jackie Bussanich; Michael Weik; Debbie
Beetel-Sporano; Mike Czyzyk; Val McManus; Amy Cerovsky; Samuel Halpern,
attorney; Gloria Ambrocio; Richard Ischinger; David Skand, attorney; Janet Hawk;
Judith Gleason, Linda Krajain, Dept of Agriculture; Karen Richardson; William Gold,
attorney; Beatrice Mackey; Peter Ylvisaker; Daniel Frischberg, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 10, 2014
Approved (Trustees Winthers and Flanagan abstained.)

Minutes from the meeting of April 16, 2014
Approved (Trustees Thomson, Maurer and Flanagan 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 Chapter 221
Approved
C-4 Return to Employment
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Kang, Sokhoeun
State Library
Affiliated W/TESC
12/1/2013 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Early
D-2 Lopez, Linda
Judiciary/Salem
County
9/1/2012 5 Approved
D-3 Robortaccio, Joseph
Judiciary/Sussex
County
2/1/2014 5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-4 Palitchka, Joseph
Somerset County 7/1/2013 A
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
(reason for leaving was due to
termination)
D-5 Washington, Loretta
Newark Public Schools 2/1/2014 2
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Fourqurean, Madeline
Upper Township BOE 2/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Approved
D-7 Perez, Mary Ann
Union City 11/1/2013 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-8 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)
D-9 Gutierrez, Nydia
Dept. of Human
Services
1/1/2014 1 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
(member was terminated)
D-10 Dengler, Barbara
Evesham Twp BOE 2/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service


ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Ali, Shakeeran

05/14

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Anselmo, Geraldine

07/14

D

Judiciary/Mercer County

Artale, Kathleen R

07/14

5

Brick Twp BOE

Aviles, Jacqueline

06/14

C

Camden City

Bastante, Ellen

06/14

5

Morris County College

Bentivenga, Roem S

08/14

2

Old Bridge BOE

Bowman, John R

08/14

5

Newark Public Schools

Brant, Patricia A

04/14

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Camp, Tina H

04/14

A

Egg Harbor Twp BOE

Castillo, Andres

01/14

A

North Bergen MUA

Collins, Beverly R

05/14

1

Judiciary / Gloucester County

Collura, Patricia A

11/13

5

Union Twp BOE (Union)

Domenech, Helen V

01/14

4

Bergen Co Bd of Special Services

Drulis, Mitchelle

09/13

D

General Assembly

Edwards, David A

11/13

5

Richard Stockton College of NJ

Edwards, William H

01/14

B

Neptune Township

Ehrlich, Lisa Maria

04/14

B

Division of Coastal Resources

Fiore, Hannah J

03/14

C

Juvenile Justice Commission

Flamma, Alberta A

04/14

5

Little Egg Harbor Twp BOE

Fuentes, Carmen L

08/13

5

Elizabeth BOE

George, Adrianna

01/14

5

Middlesex Co Board of Social Services

Gilbert, Sharon L

03/14

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Gregitis, David

10/13

A

Toms River Township

Gualpa, Juan A

12/13

5

Essex County

Gumann, William J Jr

04/13

5

Clifton City

Guzman, Toni R

05/14

5

Princeton Regional School

Haake, Donna M

04/13

5

Department of Health

Knowles, Linda L

05/14

A

Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness

Kollie, Lucinda G

03/14

4

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Kubek, Debora A

04/14

C

Wharton Borough

Larocca, Frank C

04/14

A

Delsea Regional High School District

Mango, Peter P

05/14

5

Gloucester County

Melnychuk, Susan

12/13

5

Ocean County

Miskiewicz, Joseph W

05/14

5

Union County

Molesky, Kim Marie

03/14

A

Jersey City Public Schools

Pepe, Annamarie

07/14

D

Brick Twp BOE

Peters, Joseph E

10/14

5

Maple Shade BOE

Quinones, Heriberto

04/14

1

University Hospital

Rapp, Steven A

04/14

2

Evesham Township

Romano, Michael D

03/14

5

Aberdeen Township

Rosario, Benigno

07/14

5

Union City BOE

Russo, Natividad

05/14

D

Hudson Co School of Technology

Scannella, Lucille E

07/14

5

Clifton City BOE

Tomaine, Anthony

04/14

5

Long Branch City

Underwood, Joanne

01/14

A

Woodlynne BOE

Youmans, John M

04/14

5

Brick Township

Yurcho, Thomas H

04/14

5

Hamilton Township (Mercer)

Total = 47



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Kennedy, Adrienne
Clark Township 12/1/2013 1 4/6/2006 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Echevarria, William
Atlantic City MUA 12/1/2013 5 11/14/2011 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(reason member left was due to
termination)

E-3

Wilson, Brian
Camden Co MUA 9/1/2013 5 1/10/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Harrell, Sharon
Rowan University 1/1/2014 4 12/10/2008 Approved

E-5

Carmichael, Tonya
Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2014 5 3/10/2012
5/2/2012
Approved on 5/2/12 incident
E-6 Malson, Michael
Sussex County 1/1/2014 A 2/14/2011
8/8/2011
Approved on 8/8/11 incident

E-7

Lloyd, Edward
Regional Operations
Central
4/1/2013 A 5/13/2010 Approved
E-8 Weathersbee, Dorothy
Hunterdon
Developmental
Center
1/1/2013 5 8/19/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Mannilkizakathil, Molly
Monmouth
County/Hall of
Records
3/1/2014 A 2/12/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)
E-10 Butts, Alfonso
William Paterson Univ
of NJ
1/1/2014 5 10/16/2012 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only (less than 10 years)

E-11

Vitale, Donald
Rutgers University 6/1/2013 5 7/12/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-12 Verdine, Raymond
Atlantic Cape
Community College
12/1/2012 A 12/8/2011 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)

E-13

Ambrocio, Gloria
VA-Peramus 12/1/2013 5 12/2/2010 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-14 Apkarian, Gregory
Cliffside Park Boro 7/1/2014 5 2/4/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-15

Weber, Gladys
Mercer County 1/1/2013 5 8/28/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-16 Hayes, Lafayette
Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2014 5 1/30/2013 Approved

E-17

Sunyak, Edward
North Bergen MUA 11/1/2013 1 4/2/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Ischinger, Richard - Property Management & Construction - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from January 1, 2012 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Hawk, Janet - Department of Agriculture - Issue of bona fide retirement
Tabled for advice from counsel
F-3+ Richardson, Karen - Department of Agriculture - Issue of bona fide retirement
Tabled for advice from counsel
F-4+ Mackey, Beatrice - Department of Agriculture - Issue of bona fide retirement
Tabled for advice from counsel
F-5 Spicuzzo, Joseph - Middlesex County - Honorable Service (Order of Pension Forfeiture )
Total Forfeiture (Retirement Bureau, Withdrawal Section)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Thompson, Nellie - Morris County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Laverty Segrest, Kathleen - Winslow Township BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Goimbert, Olga - Hunterdon Developmental Center - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision denying Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-4 Kelly, Meredith - Community College - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
decision to deny Ordinary Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Remand to OAL
G-5 Santopietro, John (deceased) - Bayonne MUA - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's decision approving payments of insurance proceeds, pension benefits and
reembursement of pension premiums to the Estate
Adopted ALJ decision
G-6 Wiest, Quentin - Bergen County Improvement Auth - Initial
Decision ALJ ordered he keep retirement benefits received between May 2007 to June
2009 and return salary earned during that time
Adopted ALJ decision
G-7 Checchio, Mauro - Union County - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Elliott, George - South Brunswick BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Deferred
retirement benefits (dismissed for cause)
Denied
H-2 Suiter, Saundra - Jackson Township - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Richardson, Michael - Rahway City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Perez, Miguel - Jersey City Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Hamlin, Margot - Park Ridge Borough - a) Request Stay - Denied
b) Request Hearing - Appeals the Board's denial of bona fide retirement
Approved
H-6 Anello, Marion - Hagedorn Gero-Psych. Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Capella, Raymond - Rutgers University - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Clark, Carol Anne - Bridgeton BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Caldwell, Sharon - Department of Labor - Appeals the Board's denial of total forfeiture of service and salary due to dishonorable service
Denied
H-10 Reve, Leonard - Hudson County - Appeals the Board's denial of partial forfeiture of service and salary due to dishonorable service
Approved
H-11 Dotts, Robert - Middletown Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-12 Brooks, Leon - Rutgers University - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Ylvisaker, Peter - Plumstead Township - Salary used at enrollment (cost of
contributions)
Denied
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Loeber, James(deceased) - South Jersey Port Corporation -
Requests option 1 Reserve (Death Benefit)
Denied
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Jamse Hasoel vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of March 31, 2014
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund B as of March 31, 2014
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D as of March 31, 2014
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for March 31, 2014
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 18, 2014.

 

 
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