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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JUNE 17, 2015
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 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

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
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OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:15 AM

Adjourned: 2:10 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Peter Maurer, Brian Currie, William O'Brien (arrived 10:30), Benjamin
Hurst, Susanne Culliton, Ron Winthers (arrived 11:35)


Absent: Ned Thomson

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Cheryl
Chianese, Val McManus; Debbie Beetel-Sparano; Andrea Csaszi; Kristin Bell; Sue
Grant; Marc Greenfield; John Bocchino, Genevieve Bocchino; Donald Barbati,
Esquire; Ann Krawczyk; John Feeley, Esquire; Ann Marie Allen; Bryon Marshall,
Esquire; Rhonda DiMatteo; Thomas Ruscetta; Claudine Ruscetta; Victor Vinegra;
Ralph Fava; Samuel Ragonese; Michael Albano, Esquire; carl Poplar, Esquire; Carey
Brown; Lisa Linardo



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of May 20, 2015
Approved (Trustees Bruno and Hurst abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Election Results a) 2015 State Representative - Certification of Election Results - Approved
b) 2015 County Representative - Certification of Election Results - Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2 Chapter 221
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
C-4 Return to Employment
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

  
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Heine, Kathleen
Eastern Camden Co
Reg Sch Dist
3/1/2015 C Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
Offer Deferred
D-2 Koehler, Catherine
Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
12/1/2013 A Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-3 Yacona, Marilyn
Burlington County
Bridge Comm
9/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Bocchino, John C
Depe Office of the
Commissioner
11/1/2014 C Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary
D-5 Diaz, Maria
Camden City BOE 4/1/2015 D Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary
D-6 McCrimmon, Darren
Roselle Boro BOE 10/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-7 Alessio, Mark
State Police Civilian
Employees
7/1/2015 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary
D-8 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Amato, John A Jr

07/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Avagliano, Giovanna

01/15

5

Long Branch BOE

Bagwell, Danyel B

06/15

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Bauer, Sharon

07/15

5

Garfield City BOE

Benish, Stephen J

09/15

A

Linden City

Bratton, Anthony

02/15

D

Plainfield BOE

Byrd, Sylvia

07/15

5

Dept of Children and Families

Cannizzaro, John P

01/16

D

Motor Vehicle Commission

Carr, William J

01/15

B

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Catalano, Charlie R

02/15

5

Sparta Township

Chapman, Robert W

04/15

A

Burlington County/Payroll Dept

Connelly, Wayne F

10/15

A

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Conway, Regina

07/15

A

Cape May Co Special Services

Dallas, Dominick

08/15

B

Edison Township

Damico, Rina

07/15

1

South River Boro BOE

Dickson, Thelma J

01/14

5

Paterson BOE

Emrich, Jody Ann

05/15

A

Treasury - Division of Revenue

Garcia, John

07/15

A

Pompton Lakes BOE

Georgiou, Vasiliki

07/15

5

Mainland Regional H S

Gonzalez, Ada M

03/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Goworek, Marie

04/15

5

Sports & Exposition Authority

Hider, Halie

05/15

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Ingram, Donna J

04/15

5

Hammonton Town BOE

Lange, Kenneth C

12/14

5

Collingswood Borough BOE

Larusso, Angelo J

04/15

A

Bergen Community College

Lowry, Ruth

07/15

5

Lower Township BOE

Madison, Susan M

09/15

D

Criminal Justice

Marriner, Michael

12/14

5

Dept of Children and Families

Mirzan, Rizwana

05/15

1

Essex County

Moncrief, Marieanne

12/14

5

Clifton City

Nunes-Vais, Andrew A

08/14

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

O’Shea, Paul J

07/14

5

Hillside BOE

Peacock, Deborah E

03/15

5

Cumberland Co Board Social Service

Perez, Julio J

04/15

A

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Puro, Linda

01/15

5

Mount Olive Twp BOE

Roach, Patricia E

07/15

C

Bergen County

Rueda, Gabriel

09/14

5

West New York BOE

Russo, Elizabeth

07/15

5

Toms River School District

Smalls, A Fay

07/15

5

Regional Operations South

Smith, Yvonne

02/15

5

Jackson Township BOE

Sozomenu, Lynne

04/15

5

Spotswood BOE

Szotak, Michael J

10/14

5

Elizabeth City Housing Auth

Tango, Angelo

04/15

B

Jersey City Parking Auth

Thompson, Marva

07/15

1

South Jersey Trans Authority

Trapp, Jennie Serafino

07/15

5

Bayonne BOE

Wilson, James W

04/15

5

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Wilson, Kristina J

04/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Total = 47



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Allen, Ann Marie
Bordentown Twp 7/1/2014 5 4/3/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-2 Castronova, Peggy
Freehold Twp. BOE 9/1/2014 5 10/23/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Kuhrt, William
Sussex County 6/1/2013 A 1/5/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-4 Dininno, Marianne
Rutgers University 11/1/2014 5 8/13/2013
8/14/2013
Approved (based on 8/13/13
incident)

E-5

Dossantos, Suzanne
NJ Turnpike Authority 2/1/2015 5 4/5/2013 Approved
E-6 Davis, Jonathan
Newark Public
Schools
12/1/2014 A 8/22/2013 Approved

E-7

Jenkins, Thomie
Dept. Of Children
and Families
10/1/2014 5 7/10/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Dixon, Brenda
Trenton City BOE 8/1/2015 A 9/17/2010 Approved

E-9

Luker, Charlene
New Lisbon
Developmental Center


12/1/2014 5 12/24/2001
6/1/2012
9/22/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-10 Krawczyk, Ann
Juv. Jus. Comm.
Central Office
3/1/2015 C 12/16/2012
9/10/2014
Approved (based on 12/16/12
incident)

E-11

Tolbert, Christina
Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
11/1/2014 D 7/20/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-12 Uhland, Susan
New Lisbon
Developmental Center
2/1/2015 5 2/26/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Rotondo, Joyce - Carlstadt Borough - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from December 1, 2008 through termination
of employment (Retirements, Audit)
F-2+ DiMatteo, Rhonda - Mountainview Youth Corr Fac - Request retroactive retirement date
Denied
F-3+ Ruscetta, Thomas - Bound Brook Borough - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture under N.J.S.A. 43:1-3.1
F-4 Anyeji, Paul - Div of Youth & Family Services - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from July 1, 2002 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau, Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Singleton, Calamity - Franklin Twp. BD of ED - Initial Decision
ALJ upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits; with
Exceptions and reply to Exceptions
Adopted w/modification to decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-2 Esposito, Vincent - Northern State Prison - Appellate Division
Decisions The Court upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Noted
G-3 Medina, Nancy - Department of Children and Families - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-4 Bonanno, Angelo - Appellate Division Decisions Affirmed the decision for Mr. Bonanno to repay the full salary earned for the years his wages exceeded the post-retirement earning limit. The Board also affirmed Mr. Bonanno is ineligibility for
pension benefits from January 30, 2009 until he again retires. Noted
Attorney requests reconsideration of the Board's decision - Denied
G-5 Nelson, Deborah - Franklin Twp. - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Glenn, Danny - Irvington Township - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Neilley, Robert - Garfield City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Gambatese, Charles - Passaic County - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Bostic-Calder, Jacqueline - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial
of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Spaziani, Lois - Greystone Park Psych Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Lauer, Matthew - Union County - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Hiraldo, Edward - Rutgers University - Appeals denial of ordinary Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Vinegra, Victor - Garwood Borough - Termination of PERS membership
pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Denied Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2(a) and (b)
J-2+ Fava, Ralph - Hawthorne Borough - Termination of PERS membership pursuant
to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Denied Not eligible for PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2(a) and (b)
J-3+ Ragonese, Samuel - Runnemede Borough -
a.) Termination of PERS membership Pursuant to Chapt. 92, 2007 - Denied; Not eligible for
PERS under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2(a)
b.) Request Interfund Transfer - Denied
J-4+ Linardo, Lisa - South Jersey Trans Authority - Purchase
Denied
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Towns of Harrison, Vernon, Ramsey, Woodbridge and Linden vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of April 30, 2015
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900 -March
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims - March
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of April 30, 2015
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900 - April
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims - April
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance as of April 30, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for February 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for March 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for April 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-4 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for May 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-5 Preliminary Analysis of NJ Supreme Court ruling in Burgos Case
Noted (Trustees Culliton, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on July 15, 2015.

 

 
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