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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 18, 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

Option Changes - none
Special - none
Totals Adobe PDF (20K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:40 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Susanne Culliton, Benjamin Hurst, Ronald Winthers, William O'Brien,Tracy Smith, Ned Thomson


Absent: Carey Brown, Brian Currie

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; DAG John Loforese; Amy
Cerovsky, Mary Ellen Rathbun; Maryann Ryan; John Feeley, attorney; Lawrence
Sanzone; Jordan R. Irwin, attorney; Cheryl Chianese; Jean Jordan; Thomas Jordan;
Jason E. Sokolowski, attorney; Sue Grant; Sarah Favinger; Luann Barnett; Jeff
Ziegelheim, attorney; Carol McManus; Mark Ruderman, attorney; Glen Sherman; Judi
Palmer; Stacy Hallbruner; Bruce MacLeod; Trooper Johnson



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 20, 2016
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 Retirement List
Approved
C-4 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Moore, Gigila Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Villafane, Marilyn Rutgers University 4/1/2014 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Morales, Rosalinda Middlesex County
College
1/1/2016 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Trevelino, Betty Galloway Township
BOE
 7/1/2016 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Buckousis, Karen Motor Vehicle
Commission
7/1/2016 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Ridenour, William Brigantine City 4/1/2015 3 Approved
D-7 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)
D-8 Ambrose, Margaret Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
3/1/2016 5 Off payroll over 2 years
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abdulhai, Mohamed

02/16

1

University Hospital

Abner, Luann

10/15

5

Wayne BOE

Andrews, Daniel C Sr

07/16

A

Bloomsbury BOE

Bentley, Martha

04/15

5

Passaic County

Berarov, Gail E

01/16

5

Hunterdon Central High School

Boland, Jacqueline

06/16

5

Rutgers University

Carr, Wendy

06/16

1

Judiciary / Morris County

Carreira, Clementina A

12/14

5

Garfield City BOE

Cervino, Kathleen M

04/16

5

Deptford Twp BOE

Cimorelli, Celesta

02/16

2

DHS Div Mental Health

Clinton, Russell L

05/16

5

Lacey Township BOE

Dejesus, Antonio

02/15

A

Dept Children & Families

Direnzo, Jessica L

01/16

1

Atlantic County Welfare Bd.

Dizon, Ernesto N Ii

04/16

A

Corrections-Adult Diag & Treat.

Dominic, Casey W

06/16

A

Westfield Town BOE

Douglas, Donald D

07/16

A

Ocean County

Fernandes, Joao C

11/15

A

Essex County

Ferro, Joann

07/16

5

Middlesex County College

Fortin, Leon J

05/16

B

Phillipsburg Town

Gibson, Josephine R

10/15

1

Trenton Housing Authority

Gilmore, Davin Joseph

07/16

C

Office Of The Public Defender

Gordillo, Roberto

11/15

A

Passaic City

Hajjar, Habib R

01/16

D

Wayne BOE

Hawley, Lessie M

03/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Horton, Jean M

09/15

5

Ocean Co Board Of Soc Serv

Jones, Evelyn

04/16

5

Middlesex County

Jones, Kurtis

04/16

5

NJ Turnpike Authority

Kirsch, Marygrace

03/16

1

Point Pleasant Beach BOE

Masi, John A

04/16

A

Atlantic County

Mcgreevey, Timothy S

12/15

A

Monmouth Reg Sewerage Auth

Miah, Samsu

04/16

A

Passaic County

Montaner, Hector E

01/16

A

Jackson Township BOE

Morsa, John

04/16

A

Div Of Parks & Forestry

Ngcortinas, Ynamas

04/16

5

Hudson County

Oconnell, Paul J

01/16

5

NJ State Parole Board

Orefice, Laura

01/16

5

Somerset Co Bd Of Social Srvs

Pegram, Juanita

01/16

5

South Plainfield BOE

Ramos, Washington I

05/16

5

New Brunswick BOE

Reed, Tracie H

03/16

5

Millville BOE

Richter, Michael

08/15

5

Bayside State Prison

Robinson, Donna J

07/16

5

Delran Twp BOE

Sacco, Susan A

07/16

5

Sussex County Vocational

Sanchez, Josefina

04/15

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Sanchez, Zoraida

09/15

5

Somerset Co Bd Of Social Srvs

Sbrocco, Roberta E

03/16

5

Oakland BOE

Sera, Paulette H

07/16

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Simons, Richard A

04/16

A

Fort Lee Borough

Southard, Cheryl A

12/15

5

Unemployment Ins & Disability

Tomeo, Michael P

01/16

C

CPM Project Management

Worthington, Bernadette

02/16

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Zimmerman, Verna H

02/16

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Total - 51  


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Hanson, Russell Bridgewater-Raritan
Reg Sch Dis
4/1/2016 5 12/12/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Ramos, Dionisio Newark City 10/1/2015 5 2/7/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Bush, Tammy Hunterdon
Developmental
Center
10/1/2015 5 10/16/2014 Approved
E-4 Hamilton, Norman Traffic Operations
North
5/1/2015 2 4/26/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-5

Cannady, Concetta Elizabeth BOE 3/1/2016 5 5/14/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-6 Fleming, Joseph Wildwood City 7/1/2015 5 8/13/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Lukanovic, Matilda Shore Regional HS 3/1/2016 B 7/24/2014 Resubmission Denied Accidental;
Continue Service
E-8 Sanzalone, Lawrence North Arlington
Borough
12/1/2015 5 8/7/2014 Approved

E-9

De Van, Keith Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
3/1/2016 A 10/25/1998
1/20/2015
Tabled Accidental Disability for
administrative review; Grant Interim
Ordinary Disability



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Tilton, Sandra - Mansfield Twp - Honorable Service
Tabled for further administrative review
F-2 Schumm, Timothy - Mercer County - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service & salary from date of offense (December 31, 2012) through
termination of employment
(Retirements, Audit)
F-3+ Jordan, Jean - Atlantic Co Special Services - Honorable Service
No Forfeiture (Retirement Bureau)
F-4 Middle Township BOE - Request to waive unfunded liability (associated with ERI);
Request to Postpone
Denied request to postpone; Approved waiver of assessment
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Jaquez, Ana - Rutgers University - Initial Decision ALJ dismissed
this case for failure to respond and appear
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-2 Steever, Sylvia - Trenton City BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's denial to change her effective date from February 1, 2013 to February 1, 2011,
Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-3+ McManus, Carol - Cumberland County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and determined the member be granted accidental disability retirement
benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Rejected "but for" analysis; Adopt ALJ's decision granting accidental disability effective
June 1, 2012 under maximum option.
(Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-4 Maldonado, Amado - Maple Shade BOE - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
G-5 Romero, Jose - Mercer County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and has granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2012,
under Option D; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-6 Cobb, Alterick - Newark Public Schools - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Castaneda, Juan - City of Paterson - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Ocasio, Dolores - New Jersey City University - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-9 Suy Ho Go, Robert - City of Asbury Park - Appellate Division
Decisions The Appellate Court reversed the Board's decision and remands this matter to
the Board for reconsideration of the application for accidental disability retirement benefits
under the appropriate standards
Remanded to OAL for issue of direct result & delayed manifestation in accordance
with Appellate Division decision
G-10 Feigenbaum, Jane - Trenton City - Appellate Division Decisions
Appellate Court upholds the Board's decision requiring repayment of overpaid retirement
benefits, as well as unpaid pension contributions due to her non bona fide retirement
Noted
G-11 Bertulis, Ann - Midstate Correctional Facility - Initial Decision ALJ affimed the
Board's denial of accidental disability; but reversed the Board decision and granted
ordinary disability retirement benefits effective June 1, 20111 under Maximum option
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-12 Elliott, George - South Brunswick BOE - Appellate Division Decisions Appellate
Court upheld the Board's decision to deny deferred retirement benefits
Noted
G-13 Walters, John - Edna Mahan Corr Fac for Women - Initial
Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Dinatale, Edward - Mercer County - Appeals the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Donovan, Jane - Ocean County - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Correa, Rosa - Millville BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Johnson, Don - Woodbine Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Anderson, Sherol - Judiciary - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Lau, Marsha - NJ State Dept of Health - Appeals the Board's
denial of a Bona Fide retirement
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Sherman, Glen - Eligibility for PERS enrollment as a multiple member
Denied request to maintain 3 positions in PERS; Must terminate one part- time position in
order to process Report of Transfer for new employer
(Enrollments) (Trustee Hurst recused.)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Palmer, Judi for Fred (dec'd) - Cape May City - Request retired death benefits
Approved (Trustee Culliton abstained.)
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Sandra Wilson vs. TPAF
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Barr vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Thomas Logue vs. SPRS
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D As of March 31, 2016
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of February 29, 2016
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund E As of March 31, 2016
Noted
L-9 Trial Balance For March 31, 2016
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 22, 2016.

 
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