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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JULY 20, 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
Totals Adobe PDF (20K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 a.m.

Adjourned: 1:00 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, (arrived 10:04) Ned Thomson, William O'Brien, (arrived 10:35) Tracy
Smith, Ronald Winthers, Benjamin Hurst, Susanne Culliton, Carey Brown, Brian
Currie (arrived 10:24)


Absent: None

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Amy Chung; Kara Ansley; Amy Cerovsky;
Valerie McManus; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; DAG Joseph Palumbo; Cathlene
Banker, Esq; Edward Koeler; Barbara Riefberg, Esq; Sue Grant; Kristin Bell; John
Sloth; Cheryl Chianese; DAG Robert Kelly; Serena Falzini; Alban DeLorenzo; Jordan
Irwin, Esq; Sarah Favinger, NJEA; Samuel Halpern, Esq; Raymond Rapuano; Barbara
Rapuano; Darlene Meneghetti; John Meneghetti; Bernice Williams; Melvin Meeks;
Donald Barbath, Esq; Wendy Jamison; Trooper DiGirolomo



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of June 22, 2016
Approved (Trustee Hurst abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Reorganization of Board Members
Chairman - Thomas Bruno
Vice-Chairman - William O'Brien
State Investment Council Rep - Thomas Bruno (term: expires - 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
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Teel, Frances Bergenfield BOE 4/1/2016 5 Tabled for a re-examination in 3
months
D-2 Savage, John Department of Labor 10/1/2015 5 Involuntary Denied Ordinary, Offer
Deferred
D-3 Abraham-Mildner, Sarah Atlantic County
Welfare Bd
4/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Frost, Gina Marie Rutgers University 7/1/2015 5 Approved
D-5 Thompson, Pandora Newark City 4/1/2015 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-6 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)
D-7 Jenkins, Rhonda Camden City BOE 6/1/2015 5 a) Reconsideration - Reconsidered
and Denied
b) Hearing Request - Approve OAL
Hearing

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Arzuaga, Laura I

09/16

5

Judiciary

Asrani, Kamal S

07/16

D

Judiciary

Barnett, Christina M

03/16

2

Gloucester County

Bergman, Denise

07/16

C

New Lisbon Developmental Ctr.

Bonome, Emily P

07/16

5

Kearny Town

Brooks, Marylinn

08/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Camp, Victoria

09/16

5

Atlantic County

Colon, Elizabeth

05/16

5

Passaic County

Dandrade, George

07/16

5

Regional Operations South

Desimone, Daniel P

02/16

B

NJ Turnpike Authority

Farina, Josephine E

05/16

5

Prevention & Commun.

Fernandez, Jose R

07/16

D

Judiciary

Gordon, Sharon L

09/16

5

South Jersey Trans Authority

Hannan, Michele C

04/16

5

Little Egg Harbor Twp. BOE

Haydak, Joyce Ann

09/16

D

Southern State Correctional 

Hines, Lisa Marie

03/16

1

Woodbine Dev. Ctr.

Holloway, Robert

09/16

D

Irvington BOE

Hunt, Barbara

07/16

5

Long Branch BOE

Johnson, Antonia

02/16

B

Ocean Twp. BOE

Krygier, Gayle A

03/16

5

League of Municipalities

Leusner, Gina A

03/16

5

Cinnaminson Twp.

Likos, Christalla

03/16

D

Judiciary

Lintner, Corey S

07/16

B

Atlantic County

Mccargar, Randy J

09/16

5

Cherry Hill Fire District

Mccracken, Leo J

05/16

5

Ocean County

Mcelwee, Wanda L

10/15

A

Motor Vehicle Commission

Mills, June A

11/14

B

Ocean County

Mosby-Jones, Loretta

06/16

D

Jersey City Housing Auth.

Neves, Joao F

04/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Ortiz, Lucrecia

05/16

5

Newark City

Perez, Katherine E

06/16

5

State Parole Board

Simov, Suezana

07/16

5

Passaic County

Smentkowski, Michael

04/16

5

Ocean County

Smith, Diane E

12/15

5

Hanover Township BOE

Stroka, John A

10/16

A

South Jersey Trans Authority

Summers, Orie F

09/16

B

Gloucester County

Tucker, Earnest

04/16

A

NJ Turnpike Authority

Walker, Eleanor

10/16

5

Monroe Twp. BOE

Wonsetler, Corinna

03/16

5

Gloucester County

Approved = 39  


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Gibson, Charles Monmouth
County/Hall of
Records
3/1/2016 A 12/19/2013 Approved
E-2 Angel, Hector Passaic City 4/1/2015 A 1/3/2013 Reconsidered and Approved

E-3

Cece, Rose Shore Regional H S
Dist
12/1/2015 A 9/10/2014 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)
E-4 Clark, Addison Howell Twp BOE 5/1/2016 A 9/22/2010 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-5

Spruill, Rufus Willingboro Twp BOE 9/1/2016 B 4/10/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)
E-6 Ray, Carl Cape May County Mun Util Auth 4/1/2016 1 11/5/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Mitchell, Tara Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
9/1/2015 1 9/9/2014 Reconsidered and Denied offer
Deferred
E-8 Santiago, Angel Garden St Recp &
Youth Corr Ctr
1/1/2016 C 3/18/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
or Early

E-9

Meyer-Pietrusko, Patricia Dept Of Children &
Families
3/1/2016 A 10/30/2013 Approved
E-10 Correa, Denise Mantua Twp BOE 4/1/2016 5 11/29/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-11

Pecoraro, Charles Passaic BOE 7/1/2016 A 5/21/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-12 Koehler, Edward Morris Hills Regional
Dist
5/1/2016 A 11/12/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Steinheimer, Frank North Bergen Twp 7/1/2016 5 9/8/2015 Approved
E-14 Errickson, Cynthia Atlantic Co Special
Services
1/1/2016 5 5/15/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-15

Martin, Samuel Newark Public
Schools
1/1/2016 5 5/24/2011 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-16 Mejia, Luis Maywood BOE 12/1/2015 5 10/2/2012 Approved

E-17

Jones, Lilla
Asbury Park BOE 2/1/2015 5 2/2/2010
5/17/2010
Tabled; Continue OD (table for
information pre-dating 2010
incidents)
E-18 Caro, Helene Judiciary/Union
County
7/1/2015 C 8/13/2012 Approved

E-19

DeAngelis, Sandra Toms River School
Dist
10/1/2015 5 9/18/2014 Approved
E-20 Oliva, Karen Judiciary / Atlantic Co 8/1/2015 5 8/7/2013 Approved

E-21

Tanko, Ronald Middlesex County 4/1/2016 A 7/24/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-22

Benigno, Enrico Garfield City BOE 9/1/2015 B 9/8/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-23 Pascadlo, Jane Hunterdon Central
High School
7/1/2016 5 12/23/2011 Approved

E-24

Dorsey, Joann Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
1/1/2016 5 10/22/2014 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Tilton, Sandra - Mansfield Twp. - Honorable Service
Approved Deferred Retirement (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Sanchez, Nasly - Perth Amboy Housing Authority -
Partial forfeiture; forfeit service and salary earned from 2004 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau, Audit)
F-3 Roberts, Jocelyn - Atlantic County Welfare Bd - Honorable Service Request to
Postpone
Approved postponement until September 21, 2016 Board meeting
F-4+ Rapuano, Raymond - Union County - Honorable Service
No forfeiture; Not related to job (Retirements)
F-5 Peterson, Kimberly - Rutgers University - Option Change
Denied
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Salahuddin, Ronald - Initial Decision ALJ determined that a partial forfeiture
amounting to 20% of Mr. Salahuddin's pension benefits shall be imposed for dishonorable
service; Exceptions; Reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions (DAG Chung recused)
(Retirement Bureau)
G-2 Wilcox, Melissa - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's decision thereby granting accidental disability retirement benefits
effective August 1, 2013 under Max option; Exceptions; Reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions
(DAG Chung recused) (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-3+ Misavage, Karen - Motor Vehicle Commission - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-4 Battick, Grescilda - Greystone Park Psych Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-5 DeFeo, James - Little Egg Harbor Mun Util Auth - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Request to postpone to file exceptions
Tabled to allow filing of exceptions; (DAG Chung recused)
G-6 Wachendorf, Thomas - Mountainview Yourth Corr. Fac. -
Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Lewicki, Zenon - Livingston - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision
and granted accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions (DAG Chung recused.)
(Retirements, Health Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-8 Tan, Kima - Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision
and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Rejected ALJ's decision and denied ordinary disability ( DAG Chung recused.)
G-9 Velez, Diana - Guttenberg Housing Authority - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-10 Doctor, Mary - City of Trenton - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Goodwin, Robert - New Brunswick City - Appeals the Board's denial of
termination of PERS account pursuant to Ch. 92. P.L. 2007
Approved
H-2 Chiodi, John - Gloucester City - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Hamilton, Norman - Traffic Operations North - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Hanson, Russell - Bridgewater-Raritan Reg Sch Dis - Appeals
the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Meneghetti, Darlene - Millville BOE - Request to reactivate former PERS
account in lieu of withdrawal
Denied
J-2 Yannarella, William - Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority - Request to reinstate
account; Consolidate with appeal in OAL; Request to Postpone
Approved postponement
J-3 Gluck, James - Beachwood Sewerage Authority - Termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Postponed until August 17, 2016 Board Meeting
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Williams (deced), Bernice for Daniel - Essex County - Spouse
appeals overpayment of retirement benefits
Approved waiver of overpayment prospectively (Retirement Bureau, Death Claims)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Susan Hollander vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D As of May 31, 2016
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund E As of May 31, 2016
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Christopher Mount vs. PFRS
Noted
L-5 New General Admin. Regs.
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance for May 31, 2016
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice dated June 29, 2016
Approved (Trustee Culliton, Winthers, Thomson and DAG Chung recused.)
   
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on August 17, 2016.

 
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