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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JULY 15, 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
Totals Adobe PDF (29K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:18 AM

Adjourned: 2:00 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Carey Brown, Brian Currie, Tracy Smith, Ned Thomson, Ronald
Winthers; Benjamin Hurst; Susanne Culliton


Absent: William O'Brien

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Cheryl Chianese, Val
McManus; DAG Jeff Ignatowitz (via telephone); Nancy Howell; Kristin Bell; Sue Grant;
Sharon Fenstermacher; DAG Jane Lafferty; Stuart Alterman, Esquire; Robert Kersey;
Betty Thomas; Commissioner Steve Rogers; John Holland; Mary Anne Ciofi; William
Hamilton; Patti Murray



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of June 17, 2015
Approved (Trustees Smith, Brown and Thomson abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Reorganization of Board members
Chairman - Thomas Bruno
Vice-Chairman - William O'Brien
State Investment Council Rep - Benjamin "Max" Hurst (term: 7/14 - 6/17)
Actuarial Selection Committee - Edward "Ned" Thomson
   


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 Salerno, Marilyn Pinelands Reg
School District
4/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Osorio, Miriam Camden City BOE 8/1/2013 2 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-3 Christensen, Marc Harding Twp. BOE
Chatham Twp.
7/1/2015 B Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Monthly OD Grid       with Supplement Approved (see
list below
)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Arocha, Michele

01/16

A

Westfield Town BOE

Baker, George A

04/15

5

Passaic County

Baskerville, Antonio

06/15

A

Hudson County

Consiglio, Anjule

04/15

5

Ocean Co Board of Social Service

Coxson, Regina D

08/14

D

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Demko, Joseph S

03/15

C

NJ Turnpike Authority

Fornini, Albert C

03/15

A

Parsippany Troy Hills BOE

Gaedcke, Emanuelle F

10/15

D

West Milford Township BOE

Gonzalez, Antonia R

12/14

C

Middlesex County

Gorodetzer, Mark B

10/15

A

Woodbine Developmental Center

Grasso, Laura J

02/15

5

Clifton City

Hall, Joseph

10/14

B

Rutgers University

Haynes, William Jr

10/15

2

Morris County College

Howell, Louis L

05/15

5

Camden City Housing Authority

Hutton, Michael J

03/15

A

Rutgers University

Johnson, Rosetta

07/14

5

Division of Law

Lentz, Leslie A

12/14

5

Howell Twp BOE

McKie, Joseph

05/15

2

Pennsville Sewerage Authority

McLean-Tullies, Patricia

06/14

5

Newark Public Schools

Midura, Roseann M

09/15

D

Dept. of Health

Monaghan, Virginia L

06/15

5

Somerset County Finance Office

Nam, Sang

06/15

1

Somerset County Finance Office

Nobles, Charles Jr

08/14

5

Burlington County/Payroll Dept

Ocasio, Oseas J

10/14

D

Hoboken City

Pennell, Joeann

05/15

B

Morris School District

Rusinko, Daniel

03/15

A

Linden City

Russo, Joseph

06/15

B

State Police Civilian Employees

Safeer, Mark E

08/15

5

Howell Township

Schreiber, Barry A

08/15

B

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Serrano-Gotsch, Blanca

02/15

5

Essex County

Sistrunk, Lisa E

06/15

5

Dept of Children and Families

Stevens, Ronald D

07/15

5

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

Stiles, Alice

06/15

D

Linden City

Thompson, Deardra D

04/15

5

Garden State Recept & Youth Corr Ctr

Tolan, Dishon Terrell

07/15

5

Gloucester County

Torres, Ana E

07/15

A

Vineland Developmental Center

Vanderploeg, Donna M

01/16

A

Jefferson Township BOE

Walker, Annie L

07/15

5

NJ Institute of Technology

Wegner, Robert J

07/15

D

NJ Turnpike Authority

Zayas, Daisy Yolanda

05/15

5

Judiciary

Total = 40




CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Hirsch, Matthew Linden City 4/1/2015 5 1/31/2014 Approved
E-2 Schroth, Peter
Hopewell Valley Reg
Sch Dist
12/1/2014 A 9/15/2009
10/2/2009
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Service;
Approve hearing in OAL

E-3

Walker, William Ocean Gate Borough 7/1/2014 3 2/18/2011 Off payroll over 2 years Denied
Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-4 Williams, Scott University Hospital 4/1/2015 5 4/3/2011 Approved

E-5

Buccilli, Robert South Jersey
Trans Authority
2/1/2015 5 8/23/2010 Approved
E-6 Esteves, Antonio North Brunswick BOE 7/1/2015 A 1/25/2014

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Kenney, Donna Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
5/1/2015 5 10/17/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Fields, Frank Cedar Grove
Township
10/1/2014 5 5/13/2010
5/13/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

McManus, Carol Cumberland County 6/1/2012 5 8/20/2011 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL (t&p now, but not at the time she left)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Kersey, Robert - Treasury Division of State Lottery - Alternate
payee request option change
Tabled for investigative review (External Audit)
F-2+ Cioffi, Mary Anne - Nutley Twp. - Issue of Bona fide retirement
Non bona fide retirement; Repay salary earned (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Hansen, John - Settlement Offer
Direct DAG to make counter offer (Trustee Hurst abstained.)
G-2 Islam, Pamela - South Woods Prison-Dept of Cor. - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-3 Putera, Jane - New Brunswick BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 del Carmen Garber, Maria - Department of Children & Families - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-5 Walter, Derrick - Ocean Twp. BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Taylor, Rosemary - State Police Civilian Employees - Failure to appear
Noted
G-7 Burkhardt, Irene - Somers Point City BOE - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-8 Muska, Michael - Middlesex County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions filed by DAG;
Exceptions filed by Appellant; Reply to exceptions filed by DAG
Adopted ALJ decision with modifications; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-9 Acevedo, Stacey - Juv. Jus. Comm Central Office - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-10 Andersen, Gary - Freehold Regional High School District - Initial
Decision ALJ reversed the Board's denial and granted accidental disability retirement
benefits; Exceptions
Rejected ALJ decision; Draft Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law; Note exceptions
G-11 Miksch, Carolyn - Warren Hills Reg. School - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits. Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 LoPresti, Anna - Bergen County - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Meighan, John - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Czykier-Kuna, Alice - Bergenfield Borough - Appeals the Board's denial to
process ordinary disability retirement benefits application
Approved
H-4 Hubert, Patrick - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Garelick, Paul - South Plainfield Borough - Appeals termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92. P.L. 2007
Approved
H-6 Yannarella, William - Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority - a) Reconsideration -
Denied
b) Hearing Request- Appeals the decision of total forfeiture due to dishonorable service -
Approved
H-7 Ballon, Sarah - Jersey City Parking Auth - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Diktas, Christos - Garfield City - a) Request for Stay - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals termination of PERS membership pursuant to Ch. 92., P.L.
2007 - Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Hamilton, William - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92, PL 2007
Suspend retirement benefits; Table for further administrative review (External Audit
andFraud & Abuse Unit)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Board Member Address List Update
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Christopher Orosz vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of May 31, 2015
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of May 31, 2015
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Evadell Parker-Rogers vs. PFRS
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance for May 31, 2015
Noted
L-7 PERS Motion Assignments
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for June 2015
Approved (Trustees Winthers, Thomson, Culliton and DAG Kelly recused.)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on August 19, 2015.

 

 
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