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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JULY 17, 2013
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 2013 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2012.

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 (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:13 AM

Adjourned: 1:47 PM

Roll Call:

Leon Flanagan, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, Peter Maurer, Benjamin Hurst, Susanne Culliton, Ned Thomson, Ron Winthers, Thomas Bruno


Absent: William O'Brien

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Michael Weik; Marylou Mayoros; Val McManus; Mike Czyzyk; Lisa Pointer; Nancy Howell; Raschelle Wiggins; Sharon Fenswtermacher; Andrew Schneider, Thomas Sundstrom; Penny Sundstrom; Nicholas Caiazza; Eve Jacobs; Craig Gumpel, attorney; Myles Walsh; DAG Diane Weeden; Walter Bliss, attorney; Michael Schaffer; Rose Palladino; John Megariotis; Craig Hoogstra, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of June 19, 2013
Approved (Trustee Maurer abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1

Reorganization of Board Members Chairperson - Thomas Bruno
Vice-Chairperson - Leon Flanagan
State Investment Council Representative - Peter Maurer (July 2011 - June 2014)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2
Return to Employment
Approved
C-3
Chapter 221
Approved
C-4
Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Krupa, Eileen
Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority
5/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-2 Newcomb, Joseph
Camden County College
9/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
Offer Deferred
D-3 Macaluso, Francis
NJ Dept Military & Vet Affairs
10/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Doctor, Mary
Trenton City
3/1/2011
5
Reconsideration of an OAL case
Tabled
D-5 Ducey, Mary
West Milford Twp. BOE
2/1/2013
Approved
D-6 Turkot, Marion
Mountain Lakes Boro BOE
7/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-7 Monthly OD Grid  
  
 
Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Agosto, Osvaldo

07/13

D

UMDNJ

Alonso, Christine D

10/13

5

Edison Twp BOE

Banas, Joanne

07/13

5

Perth Amboy BOE

Banos, Diane Elizabeth

06/13

5

Atlantic County

Beamsderfer, Sue E

09/13

5

Freehold Twp BOE

Berec, Anna

05/13

D

Ocean County College

Bryant, Samuel D

09/13

C

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Calderella, John

06/13

C

Ocean County Utilities Authority

Cederberg, Eileen M

02/13

5

Waldwick Boro BOE

Cuevas, Steven

07/13

A

Hoboken Housing Authority

Darrian, Lucille

04/13

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Davis, Henrietta

04/13

1

Mercer County

Demko, Andrew J

06/13

5

NJ State Parole Board

Dunnell, Paul

04/13

5

Newark Public Schools

Evans, Mark F

04/13

B

NJ Turnpike Authority

Freiwald, Kenneth J

07/13

A

Ocean Township

Fullerton, Catherine

03/13

5

Judiciary / Ocean County

Gaffey, Ronald L

07/13

5

Ocean County

Galarza, Wilma L

07/13

1

Orange City BOE

Gebhardt, Thomas P

03/13

C

Jersey City Public Schools

Green, Patricia S

06/13

5

Green Brook BOE

Hamilton, Tia C

11/12

5

Essex County

Hannah, Frances A

06/13

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Hayn, Lynn A

11/13

5

Wallkill Valley Regional H S

Hicks, Linda

04/13

1

UMDNJ

Hoffner, Sharon Anne

04/13

B

Motor Vehicle Commission

Hojnowski, Jerome F

07/13

5

Kingsway Regional School Dist

Jordan, Anthony W

06/13

5

NJ Turnpike Authority

Mason, Shellie H

04/13

5

Camden County Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Mccarthy, James F

08/13

5

Edna Mahan Correctional Facility

Mcdaniel, Curlyphine

02/13

C

Paterson BOE

Messner, Charles J Iii

02/13

5

Gloucester County Improvement Auth

Minichini, Frank

01/14

C

Belleville Township

Morton, Christine M

01/13

C

Evesham MUA

Moss, Emanuel

07/13

5

Juvenile Justice Commission

Moss, Grover L Jr

06/13

A

Regional Operations Central

Mulvaney, Helena Jean

05/13

1

Hoboken City

Munoz, Judith A

05/13

5

Wall Township BOE

Myles-Smith, Gloria Ann

10/13

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Nagy, Stephen J

05/13

5

Unemployment Ins & Disability

Nazario, Silma D

09/13

5

Mercer County

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Ogonowski, Edward J

07/13

5

CPM-Design Services

Oksienik, Richard J

06/13

5

Vernon Township BOE

Perret, Grace H

07/13

A

Morris Plains BOE

Petzitello, Sandra J

02/14

5

Lenape Regional H S District

Pinnock, Vinsella V

05/13

1

Bergen County

Pound, Mary Denise

05/13

C

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Pue, Kathy Louise

07/13

B

Unemployment Ins & Disability

Ramos, Bienvenida

04/13

A

Paterson BOE

Reaves, Carla

07/13

1

Human Services

Reid, Gordon

04/13

5

Garfield Housing Authority

Riley, Dorothy V

12/12

5

Linden City

Rory-Bryant, Sharon D

05/13

5

UMDNJ

Sadley, Terryann

06/13

5

NJ State Dept. of Health

Semeraro, Luca

09/13

5

Wayne BOE

Somers, Robert

02/13

C

NJ Turnpike Authority

Stevenson, Shirley

02/13

5

Hudson County

Sumeriski, Duane K

11/12

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Thomas-Klebert, Tondra L

05/13

5

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Tierney, Lucinda Lee

07/13

5

Bound Brook Borough

Vollbrecht, Arthur F

04/13

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Walls, Michael

06/13

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Welsh, William M

06/13

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Yenoukian, Karneek

07/13

C

Park Ridge Boro BOE

Total = 65


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT DATE

DECISION

E-1

Chrzanowski, Matthew
Mt. Laurel Twp. MUA
2/1/2013
A
12/16/2011
Tabled for clarification from IME
E-2 Arce, Orlando
Mercer Co. Special Ser Sch Dist
3/1/2013
5
5/11/2011
3/14/2012
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-3

Estelle, Audrey
Lakewood Twp BOE
1/1/2013
5
10/3/2011
Approved
E-4 Niemann, Christopher
NJ Housing & Mtg Finance Agency
7/1/2013
C
6/4/2009
Approved

E-5

Marrazzo, Pasquale
Mercer County
6/1/2012
 
2/26/2011
3/30/2012
a) Honorable Service - Partial
Forfeiture; Forfeit service and salary
from date of the offense (5/9/12)
through termination
b) Accidental Disability - Denied,
Only eligible for withdrawal
E-6 Cash, Katherine
Dept of Children & Families
7/1/2012
5
12/20/2004 4/9/2008
9/15/2008 1/24/2011
3/8/2011
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(12/20/04 - no incident report)

E-7

Lopez, Orquidia
Montgomery Twp BOE
11/1/2012
A
7/22/2011
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(no accident report)
E-8 Barry, Patricia
Dept. of Banking &
Insurance
2/1/2013
B
10/1/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Dente, Daniel
Livingston Township
4/1/2013
D
1/27/2012
Approved
E-10 Blakemore, Donna

Mercer Co. Special
School District
11/1/2012
5
5/24/2011
12/15/2011
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
 

E-11

Prince, Paula
Lisbon Developmental
4/1/2013
5
10/15/2010
2/8/2011
Denied Accidental, Offer Early
E-12 Fredman, John
Point Pleasant Borough
9/1/2012
1
9/24/2007
7/10/2008 8/6/2008
9/12/2008
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Wade, Chere
NJ State Parole Board
3/1/2013
1
11/14/2012
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-14 Generoso, Joseph
Passaic County
11/1/2010
5
5/10/2010
Re-Evaluation Reconsidered and
Denied (member no longer t&p (reevaluation);
Continue in OAL



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Sundstrom, Thomas - Property Management & Construct - Honorable Service
Tabled for additional information (Trustee Maurer recused.)
F-2+ Caiazza, Nicholas - Capital Project Management - Issue of bona fide retirement
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits
(Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-3+ Jacobs, Eve - UMDNJ - Issue of bona fide retirement
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits
(Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-4+ Walsh, Myles - Issue bona fide retirement
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits
(Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-5 Perez, Vilma - Rutgers University - Return to Employment
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits
(Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-6+ Paladino, Rose - Rutgers University - Return to Employment
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits
(Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-7 Wiggins Andrews, Linda - Newark Housing Authority - Request to waive loan repayment w/ interest or loan interest
Denied
F-8 Stack, Joseph - Treasury-Division of Taxation - Honorable Service Request to postpone until September
Approved request to postpone until September
F-9+ Clark, Richard - Bayonne - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (total forfeiture) (Audit and Retirement Bureau)
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Cabrera, Rafael - Cranford Twp. BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; noted exceptions; noted reply to exceptions
G-2 Gordon, Marva - Training & Employment Services - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirment benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; noted exceptions; noted reply to exceptions
G-3 Chodnoff, Michael - Department of Corrections - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Rogers, Sherry - Office of Information Technology - Appellate Division Decisions
Court upheld the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-5 Sharp, Joseph - Union County - Appellate Division Decisions
The court upheld the Board's decision that Mr.Sharp was an employee, not an independent contractor. His retirement was not bona fide, he had to re-enroll in PERS, and return retirement benefits received between August 2003 and October 2009.
Noted
G-6 Vanberry, Clinton - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision to forfeit ten years of service due to dishonorable service: Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Remand to OAL for nexus of crime to penalty (Trustee Maurer recused.)
G-7 Graves-Murphy, Surlisa - Department of Education - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Couch, Therletta - NJ Dept of Corrections - Failure to appear
Noted
G-9 Sharma, Daman - Mercer County Board of Social Services - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective November 1, 2010
Adopted ALJ decision which granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
G-10 Sinchak, Linda - Mercer County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-11 Richey, Debra - Salem County - Initial Decision ALJ uphelp the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-12+ Schaffer, Michael - North Hudson Sewerage Authority - Settlement Proposal
Denied Settlement proposal and continue in OAL



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Conti, Joseph - Regional Operations Central - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Helm, Brenda - Dept of Children & Families - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Karnitsky, Ronald - Howell Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Fisher, Terry - Passaic Co Bd of Social Services - Appeals the Board's denial of Deferred retirement benefits
Denied (Trustee Buriani-DeSantis abstained.)
H-5 Gitto, Edward - Appeals the Board's denial of a bona fide retirement
Approved
H-6 Elliott, Kathleen - Beverly City Municipal Bldg. - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement beneifts
Approved
H-7 Islam, Pamela - South Woods Prison-Dept of Cor. - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Minor, Elizabeth - Ocean County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Delucca, Debra - Wayne Township - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 McGrosky, Walter (deceased) - CPM-Project Management - Appeals Boards's Denial of Retired Death Benefits (CH221)
Denied
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Petit Clair, Alfred - Amboy City - Request continued enrollment in PERS
ADMINISTRATIVELY REMOVED
   



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Frank Caminiti vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Bernards Township vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory Group Insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-contributory Group Insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of May 31, 2013
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund A as of May 31, 2013
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund B as of May 31, 2013
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund E as of May 31, 2013
Noted
L-9 Trial Balance for May 31, 2013
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on August 21, 2013.

 

 
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