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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
AUGUST 19, 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: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 1:00 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Benjamin Hurst, William O'Brien, Ronald Winthers, Carey Brown,
Brian Currie, Ned Thomson, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Tracy Smith

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Cheryl
Chianese; Val McManus; Kristin Bell; Marc Greenfield; Matthew Dempsky, attorney;
Raymond Powell; Joanna Powell; Eleanor Oxley; Kathleen Biddick; Eileen Finn-Urdaz;
Barbara Stokes; Eileen Porcelli; Christopher Gray, attorney; Brian Powers



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of July 15, 2015
Approved (Trustee O'Brien abstained.)

Minutes Correction to July 15, 2015 Board minutes
Approved (Trustee O'Brien abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Haviland, Cynthia Rancocas Valley
Reg. H S
2/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Howell, James Trenton City 4/1/2013 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-3 Riccardi, Shannon Ann Middlesex Co
Bd of Social Srv
10/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Hall, Bruce Trenton City 10/1/2013 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-5 Dietz, Dina Vineland
Developmental Center
4/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Thomas, Laura Ocean City BOE 7/1/2015 A Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-7 Ward, John Hillsborough Township 5/1/2015 5 Involuntary Approved
D-8 Turpin, Gayle Camden Co Health
Services CTR
10/1/2014 5 Request to apply for ordinary
disability retirement benefits Denied
D-9 Baez, Mary Lou Voc Rehabilitation
Comm
1/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with the exception of
Claudia Castano, which was tabled
for IME (see list below)
D-11 Eleazar, Ted Washington Twp BOE 8/1/2013 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Chapman, Janet Mercer County 7/1/2015 1 DUPLICATE - SEE D-10 (on grid)
D-13 Vance, Sharon Compensation Rating
& Insurance Bureau
8/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Allen, Camille

06/15

5

Morris County

Arbitsman, Sheraine

09/15

1

Springfield Twp BOE

Ardito, Theresa F

07/15

5

West Windsor Plainsboro Reg

Arocha, Seferino

07/15

1

West New York BOE

Ball, Carol

05/15

5

Woodbridge Township BOE

Barrie, Joyce A

06/15

5

Mainland Regional H S

Basile, Michael

08/15

5

Margate City

Becker, Nancy J

09/15

5

Warren Township BOE

Benckert, Genevieve F

04/15

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Boyajy, Richard

05/15

5

Belleville Township

Burrows, Bonnie

06/15

5

Woodbine Developmental Centers

Burton, Vanessa

06/15

B

Woodbine Developmental Center

Callahan, Wendy A

06/14

5

Passaic City

Campanali, Marie

07/15

5

Glen Ridge BOE

Cardoza, Juan O

10/15

B

Paramus BOE

*Castano, Claudia P

06/15

A

Greenbrook Regional Center

Chapman, Janet Lynn

07/15

1

Mercer County

Cicak, Nicholas S

03/15

B

Dover Town

Claudio, Valerie

06/14

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Cook, Joseph J

05/15

5

Turnpike Authority

Crane, Raymond A

03/15

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Culver, Sarah A

04/15

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Danton, Maryann B

03/15

5

Livingston BOE

DelaRosa, Iris N

12/14

D

Vineland City

Dewyea, Roxanne

04/15

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Doyle, James J

09/15

C

Branchburg Twp BOE

Fink, George M

01/15

5

River Edge Borough

Finlay, Louise A

09/15

5

Mendham Township

Formoso, Marta

07/15

5

North Bergen BOE

Gibson, Warner

06/15

1

Camden City BOE

Hawley, Thomas P

05/15

D

Garden St Recp & Youth Corr Ctr

Hoffman, Rosanne M

07/15

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Holsneck, James Michael

04/15

A

Catastrophic Illness In Children

Iannizzotto, Jacqueline

06/15

5

Point Pleasant Borough

Johnson, Patricia

06/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Kent, Henry

04/15

B

Morris Township

Kovacs, Beverly K

06/14

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Lloyd, Bruce M

12/15

A

Dept of Community Affairs

Maksel, Venice A

12/15

5

Jersey City MUA

Martinez, Jeanette D

09/15

5

West New York BOE

McCulloch, Maureen C

10/15

2

Freehold Twp BOE

Migut, Deborah A

04/15

5

East Windsor Reg School Dist

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Mikhail, Margrette M

07/15

5

Passaic Board Of Education

Neinstedt, Melissa D

07/15

A

Mercer Co Special Service Sch Dist

Odom, Dorian

04/15

D

Newark Public Schools

Ombati, Roseann

06/15

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Outlaw, James D

09/15

1

Newark Public Schools

Pace, Robert R Jr

06/15

B

State Police Civilian Employees

Patel, Rajnikant B

06/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Pratt, Tanya

04/15

C

Judiciary /Atlantic County

Ramey, Theresa C

06/15

D

Newark Public Schools

Ramos, Lydia E

09/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Richardson, Richard A

03/15

5

New Brunswick City

Robinson, Pamela

07/15

1

Newark City

Rodriguez, Emiliana

06/15

1

Essex County

Rumpich, Nancy

10/14

5

Elizabeth BOE

Syphrett, Cheri A

01/16

5

Garden St Recp & Youth Corr Ctr

Talbot, Cheri L

05/15

A

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Torres, Gloria

09/15

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Urbani, Richard A

08/15

C

Hamilton Twp BOE

Vandenberghe, Jillian

03/15

A

Central Payroll Office

Villanueva, Nora S

04/15

5

Hudson County

Wilgus, Robert A

06/15

A

Kingsway Regional School Dist

Xanthopoulos, George M

03/15

A

Judiciary/Gloucester County

Young, Valerie

01/15

A

Elizabeth BOE

*Tabled for IME Tabled = 1; Approved = 64; Total = 65


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Reyes-Velasco, Maria Newark Public
Schools
2/1/2015 5 5/8/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-2 Davis, William
Rowan University 1/1/2015 A 5/15/2008
6/19/2010
11/29/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(cumulative) (no incident report on
file for 11/29/11)

E-3

Porcelli, Eileen Manchester Twp. BOE 3/1/2015 5 1/22/2013 Approved
E-4 Rosenkranz, David Camden Co Bd of
Social Srv
9/1/2014 2 5/22/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-5

Johnson, Christina Newark Public
Schools
3/1/2015 A 7/15/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Raisin, Ronald Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2015 5 4/6/2013
8/20/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Jaffe, Howard Vineland
Developmental Center
10/1/2015 5 12/21/2012 Approved
E-8 Fitts, Terry Albert C. Wagner
Youth Correctional
Facility
      Approved reinstatement to work

E-9

Ledford, Paul
City of Passaic 4/1/2015 A 11/21/2012
3/27/2014
Involuntary Denied Accidental
Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Powell, Raymond - Jackson Township - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from January 1, 2012 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau, Audit)
F-2 Crissy, Jean - Judiciary/Essex County - Request to change
Option A retirement selection to Maximum allowance
Denied
F-3 DelCarmen Garber, Maria - Dept. of Children and Families -
Request retroactive sevice retirement date
Denied
F-4 Oxley, Eleanor - West Deptford Township - Appeals cancellation of original
retirement application
Approved (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits)
F-5 Alava, Alan - Cresskill BOE - Appeals cancellation of original retirement
application
Denied (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits)
F-6+ Finn-Urdaz, Eileen - NJ Sports & Exposition Auth - Appeals cancellation of
original retirement application
Approved (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Johnson, Sharlene - Vineland Developmental Center - Hearing
Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Garofalo, Gloria - West Windsor Township - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Colasante, Angela - Ridgefield Boro BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Clark, Roxanne - Irvington Twp. - Failure to appear
Noted
G-5 Dettorre, Rocco - Passaic County Community College - Initial
Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted accidental disability retirement
benefits effective June 1, 2014 under maximum option
Adopted ALJ Decision (Retirements, Health Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-6 Platt, Donna - Berlin Twp - Initial Decision A) Initial Decision - Document
authenticated along with second document and ancillary testimony included in the record;
Date Ms. Platt became ineligible PERS membership is corrected to be January 1, 2008 -
Adopt ALJ Decision to include additional document in record
B) Initial Decision - ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying pension credit for service as a
Municipal Prosecutor in Hi-Nella, Chesilhurst, Berlin Borough and Winslow Township after
the effective date of chapter 92; Exceptions; Motion to Re-Open Hearing; Reply to Motion to
Re-Open Hearing - Remanded to OAL for the limited purpose to include the Chesilhurst
Borough Resolution #2011-12 in the record - Adopted ALJ Decision as amended; Note
exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-7 Koehler, Catherine - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Macaluso, Francis - NJ Dept Military & Vet Affairs - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-9 Cassese, John - Perth Amboy City - Initial Decision The ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and determined that Mr. Cassese is an employee and not an independent
contractor and that he be re-instated into PERS retoactive to January 1, 2008; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ Decision w/modifications
G-10 Andersen, Gary - Freehold Reg HS Dist - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Echevarria, William - Atlantic City Mun Util Auth - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits (beyond 45 days)
Denied
H-2 Storms, James - Paterson BOE - Appeals the Board's denial to process his
application for accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Lanza, Thomas - South Plainfield Borough - Appeals the termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Approved
H-4 Jenkins, Thomie - Dept of Children and Families - a)
Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement
benefits - Approved
H-5 Tolbert, Christina - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirment benefits -
Approved
H-6 Heine, Kathleen - Eastern Camden Co Reg Sch Dist - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Ruscetta, Thomas - Bound Brook Borough - Appeals the Board's denial of total
forfeiture based on NJSA 43:1-3.1e due to dishonorable service
Tabled for Uricoli Analysis
H-8 Salerno, Marilyn - Pinelands Reg School District - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Kuhrt, William - Sussex County - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Rotondo, Joyce - Carlstadt Boro - a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals partial forfeiture of service and salary due to dishonorable
service - Approved
H-11 Luker, Charlene - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Appeals
the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-12 Ragonese, Samuel - Runnemede Borough - Appeals the termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Zunic, John - Fairview Borough - Termination of PERS membership pursuant to Ch. 92, PL 2007
Denied membership in 2008 and 2009 pursuant to NJSA 43:15A-7.2(a); Denied
membership in 2010 to 2014 pursuant to NJSA 43:15A-7.2(b) (Fraud & Abuse Unit)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers Non Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of June 30, 2015
Noted
L-4 Trial Balance for June 30, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 a) Notice of Motion for Leave to File Second Amdended Complaint
b) Letter Brief
c) Proposed Order
Noted (Trustee Thomson, Winthers, Culliton and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-2 Second Amended Complaint
Noted (Trustee Thomson, Winthers, Culliton and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for July 2015
Approved (Trustee Thomson, Winthers, Culliton and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-4 New Business -The Chairman directed its DAG to follow up on a motion made in April 2015
directing the Division of Investments to conduct a forensic audit of the Fund assets.
Request of DAG: Does the Board have the authority to compel compliance; and will the
Attorney General's office represent the Board?
(Trustee Culliton recused.)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on September 16, 2015.

 

 
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