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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 17, 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: 10:17 a.m.

Adjourned: 2:10 p.m.

Roll Call:

William O'Brien, Tracy Smith, Ned Thomson (left at 1:35), Brian Currie, Susanne
Culliton, Carey Brown, Benjamin Hurst


Absent: Tom Bruno, Ronald Winthers

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; William Tedder; Cheryl
Chianese; Amy Cerovsky; Sue Grant; Kristin Conover; Mike Salerno, NJEA; Sunanda
Rana; Sharon Fenstermacher; Nicki Munko; Samuel Halpern, attorney; Steven Sharp;
Kimberly Sharp; Leo Rishty, attorney; Paul Johnson; Audrey Johnson; David Silber,
attorney; Louis Magnifico; Anna Marie Magnifico; Alexander Franklin; Coral Dayon;
Russell Cogill; Kathleen Ekimoglou; Syrion Jack, attorney; Gareth David DeSantiago,
attorney; Tara St. Angelo, attorney; Margaret Pasqua; Michael A. Gannaio, attorney;
Deborah Gross Quatrone; Trooper Pastor



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 19, 2017
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 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 Deleo, Randall Morris County 2/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Thomas-Gill, Joyce NJ Institute of
Technology
5/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Cummings, Diane Unemployment INS &
Disability
7/1/2016  5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary
D-4 Kampe, William South Brunswick Twp 1/1/2016 A Reconsidered and Approved
Withdrawal from OAL
D-5 Sharp, Steven State Police Civilian
Employees
3/1/2017 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Wolfe, Deborah Burlington County 12/1/2016 A Tabled
D-7 Browne, Edith NJ Vets Mem Home
at Menlo Park
4/1/2016 A a) Reconsideration - Reconsidered
and Denied
b) Hearing Request - Approved OAL
hearing
D-8 Johnson, Paul Asbury Park City 1/1/2017 5 Involuntary Denied
D-9 Monthly OD Grid       with Supplement Approved
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Barton, Patricia Ann

04/17

A

Evesham Twp.  BOE.

Baxter, Joann

04/17

A

Div.Of Med.Asst.& Hlth Service

Bello, Deisy L

02/17

5

West New York Town

Bhalodia, Pushpaben D

02/17

A

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Bilancia, Patricia K

04/17

5

Judiciary / Morris County

Busa, Ann A

05/17

5

Hudson Co. Schools Of Technology

Centenoviruet, Jessica

05/17

B

Newark Public Schools

Chandler, J Kevin

01/17

D

Albert C. Wagner Youth Corr. Fac.

Darpa-Hopkins, Marie V

07/17

C

Motor Vehicle Commission

Garcia, Diana

02/17

B

Division Of Law

Geisler, Kerry L

03/17

5

Lincoln Park Borough

Harnish, Nancy P

09/16

D

Lenape Regional H. S. District

Irizarry, Myra

06/17

5

Camden Co Bd. Of Social Srv.

Janney, Leona

02/16

D

Unemployment Income Security

Johnson, Michael

12/16

A

Newark Housing Authority

Labiak, Joseph M

05/17

5

Linden City

Lawrence, Carole L

09/16

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Lutsky, Harriet R

11/17

5

East Brunswick Twp. BOE

Mcgreevey, Margaret

05/17

5

Jersey City

Murphine, Joanne

12/16

5

Millville BOE

Naughton, Cheryl

03/16

5

Judiciary / Cumberland County

Onuorah, Samuel C

03/17

A

Middlesex County Improv. Auth

Paladino, Paula

12/16

5

Judiciary / Bergen County

Pancoast, Juanita M

03/17

5

Judiciary / Salem County

Prokson, Edith M

01/17

5

Cumberland County

Sauro, Steven M

11/16

5

Correct-Bayside State Prison

Tucker, Jerry W

10/16

A

Morristown Town

Unchis, Lisa

01/17

A

Cumberland Co Bd. Of Voc. Ed

Vanbodegon, Brenda

03/17

5

Lincoln Park BOE

Walker, Gail

02/17

1

Newark Public Schools

Wallington, Francis John

05/17

C

Hoboken City

Walsh, Ellen

03/17

5

Lenape Regional H. S District

Zevlikaris, Peter

08/16

A

Linden City

  Total = 33


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Grimaldi, Joseph Howell Twp 9/1/2016 C 8/29/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Crujeiras, Maria Howell BOE 1/1/2016 5 2/17/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Castrillo, Katia Ann Klein Forensic
Center
7/1/2016 A 3/9/2015 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; offer Deferred (walking
into work)
E-4 Clark, Verna Lacey Township BOE 8/1/2016 5 6/12/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-5

Vail, Sandra Green Brook BOE 10/1/2016 C 5/4/2015 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Grant Ordinary
E-6 Padilla, Raymond Camden City BOE 9/1/2016 A 10/17/2012 Approved

E-7

Magnifico, Louise Millburn Twp 9/1/2016 A 3/26/2015 Tabled (for addendum from Dr.
Lomazow)

E-8

Tarcza, Marsha Treasury - Division of
Taxation
6/1/2016 5 9/15/2008
9/18/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-9 Broughton, Christina Woodbine
Developmental
Center
12/1/2016 D 3/26/2015 Approved

E-10

Benevento, Thomas West Orange
Township
5/1/2017 5 10/29/2012 Approved Involuntary
E-11 Covell, Alfred Trenton City BOE 6/1/2016 5 10/25/2011 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Franklin, Alexander - NJ State Prison - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; forfeit service & salary from January 1, 2016 through termination;
Approve service retirement effective September 1, 2016 under maximum option
(Retirements, Health Benefits)
F-2 Laval, Darrell - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied ; (dismissed for cause) (Audit, Retirements, Withdrawals)
F-3 Caiazzo, Dolly Marie - Palisades Park BOE - Request waiver for
repayment due to overpaid retirement benefits
Denied
F-4+ Cogill, Russell - Motor Vehichle Commission - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; forfeit service and salary down to 10 years maintaining eligibility for
Deferred retirement; Approve Deferred retirement effective December 1, 2016, under
Maximum allowance
F-5 Garrett, Ginger - Union Co Bd of Social Services -
a) Review settlement agreement - Noted
b) Honorable Service - No Action; Continue retirement benefits
F-6 Fraunberger, James - West Windsor Plainsboro Reg - Request
to maintain original retirement date
Approved (Retirements)
F-7+ Yamba, A. Zachary - Essex County College - Return to
Employment Resubmission
Re-enrollment not required based on $14,999 salary; Critical need under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-
57.2 (c) does not apply; Any additional forms of compensation must be reported to the
Division (External Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Ambrocio, Gloria - VA-Paramus - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-2 Gonzalez, Judith - Motor Vehicle Comm - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective July 1, 2010
under Maximum option
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-3 Kelly, Meredith - Bergen County Community College - Appellate Division
Decisions Remand to Board for reconsideration of ordinary disability under appropriate
standard
Reconsidered Grant Ordinary Disability effective November 1, 2011 under maximum option
G-4 Lawery, Bernadette - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved Final Administrative Decision (Denied Request to Maintain Original Effective
Date)
G-5 Gibson, Glen - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement but granted ordinary disability
effective March 1, 2013 under option 3; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ Decision; Note Exceptions
G-6 Sitar, Glenn - Carteret Borough - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved Final Administrative Decision (Denied request to apply for Ordinary Disability)
G-7 Storms, James - Paterson BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-8 Pecoraro, Charles - Passaic BOE - Initial Decision Dismissal - ALJ concluded
that this matter be dismissed in accordance with petitioners request.
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-9 Gotay, Wilfredo - Property Management & Construct - Initial
Decision ALJ reversed the Board's denial and granted accidental disability retirement
benefits effective June 1, 2015 under Maximum option
Adopted ALJ Decision
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1+ Von Neudeck, Carol - a) Reconsideration
b) Appeals the Board's denial to change from ordinary disability to accidental disability
retirement benefits
Reconsidered and Denied ; Approve OAL Hearing
H-2 Macko, Constance - North Brunswick BOE - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Alliston, Anita - Seaside Heights Boro - a) Reconsideration -
Request to Postpone
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the denial of creditable compensation - Request to Postpone
Approved Postponement
H-4 Bosque-Perez, Rosa - Jersey City Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial
of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+

Township of East Amwell – Christine Rosikiewicz – Employer appeals delayed enrollment penalty
Denied

J-2 Canete, Patricia - Middlesex County - Request to remain in PERS
Approved (Enrollments, Financial Services)
J-3+ Gross-Quatrone, Deborah - Eligibility for membership in PERS pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Denied request to interfund transfer; Position of Township Attorney and Muncipal Court
Judge are ineligible for PERS pursuant to Chapter 92, P.L. 2007 (Enrollments/Purchases
and Fraud & Abuse)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Allan Barlett vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E As of March 31, 2017
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Jaclyn Thompson vs. TPAF
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D As of March 31, 2017
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance For March 31, 2017
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
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice dated March 31, 2017
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-2 Outside legal counsel invoice dated April 30, 2017
Approved (Trustee Culliton nd DAG Kelly recused.)
M-3 Request clarification regarding time off with pay for Board members to attend the monthly
meetings
M-4 PERS regulations were distributed for review - A telephone conference will be scheduled for
adoption
   


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 21, 2017.

 
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