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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
AUGUST 17, 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: 12:15 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Ned Thomson, William O'Brien (arrived @ 10:22), Ronald Winthers,
Carey Brown, Brian Currie, Wendy Jamison


Absent: Benjamin Hurst, Tracy Smith

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; Robert Kelly, DAG; Valerie McManus; Amy
Cervosky; Jim Wrightson; Rob Gilmartin; Kristin Bell; Sue Grant; Mary Ellen Rathbun;
Cheryl Chianese; Sunanda Rana; Marc Greenfield; Michelle Lieggi; Christopher
Gray, Attorney; Nancy Baasch-Schwelzer; Mark Schwelzer; Stuart Alterman,
Attorney; Georgie Guthe; Andrew Kushner, Attorney; Richard Burke, Angelo Genova,
Attorney; Michael DeRose, Attorney; Trooper Ruczwynski



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of July 20, 2016
Approved as presented (Trustee Jamison abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
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 Lieggi, Michelle

Operations/Traffic
Operations
7/1/2009 5 Reinstatement from Disability
Retirement Approved
D-2 Carson, Keith

Ocean Co Board of
Social Services
9/1/2014 5 Reconsideration of an OAL case
Reconsidered and Denied Continue
in OAL
D-3 Rothman, John Atlantic City Mun
Util Auth
5/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Piatti, Abby
West Milford Twp. BOE 7/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Perez, Marilyn

West New York BOE 12/1/2015 D Approved
D-6 Heinrich, Deborah

Edna Mahan Corr Fac
for Women
5/1/2015 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Service effective 5/1/16
D-7 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abreu-Gumbs, Wendy

05/16

5

Middlesex Co.

Ackerman, David W

10/16

D

Morris County

Balint, Ellen B

11/15

5

Division of Law

Castaneda, Lisa

06/16

5

Office of the Public Defender

Clements, Leslie S

10/15

1

Vineland City BOE

Colon, Carmen A

09/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Dennehy, Frances M

07/16

5

Ocean County College

Finnegan, Ann Marie

03/16

5

Gloucester County

Flanagan, Allie

07/16

1

Clearview Regional BOE

Gill, Annmarie

11/15

5

Department of Education

Holiday, Leeanna

08/15

5

Newark Housing Authority

Hollins, Rahim S

02/16

5

Camden Co Bd. of Social Srv

Hyman, Drusilla M

09/16

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Knight, Margaret S

08/16

5

Dept. of Community Affairs

Kushner, Jane S

07/16

D

Linden City BOE

Leonard, Joan P

01/16

5

Cherry Hill Twp BOE

Leonardi, Thomas E

06/16

5

Fairview Borough

Majewski, Maureen

07/16

B

Weehawken Twp. BOE

Malkin, Petra L

02/16

D

Treasury-Division of Revenue

Marano, Andrew

01/16

5

Stratford Borough

Martorana, Margaret E

07/16

5

Pittsgrove Twp. BOE

McGinnis, Joseph B

03/16

5

Regional Operations Central

Murchio, Sandra A

07/16

5

Ramapo College

Pierson, Robert L

08/16

5

Upper Saddle River Borough

Rein, Ronald W

07/16

B

Toms River School Dist.

Rodriguez, Rolando R

12/15

5

Middlesex County

Rosie, Christine

02/16

5

Disability Determinations

Saxton, Arneta L

02/16

5

Camden City

Serino, Lillian J

04/15

1

Berkeley Township

Sharpe, Barbara S

07/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Sims, Wanda E

05/16

5

Unemployment Disability

Spargimino, Eleanor

07/16

D

Freehold Twp. BOE

Sutphen, Robert A

04/16

B

Regional Operations Central

Thorpe, James

10/16

5

North Jersey Water Supply

Thumhart, Dawne M

07/16

5

Ocean Co Board of Soc. Serv.

Valvano, John

02/15

C

Passaic BOE

Vandenberg, Linda J

09/16

5

State Police

Vega, Juanito

07/16

A

Union City

Vega, Lillian

11/15

5

Paterson BOE

Widzins, Walter W

09/16

B

Waterford Twp. BOE

Wilson, Alan K

10/16

5

Lawrence Twp. BOE

Wood, Kristi Lynn

04/16

5

Dept. Of Children/ Families

Total - 42  


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Smolder, William

Dept of Transportation 3/1/2016 A 10/19/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-2 Williams, Judy

Newark Public
Schools
12/1/2015 5 8/18/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-3

Moschen, Deicles
Newark City 1/1/2016 A 8/16/2014 Approved
E-4 Davis, Esther

Veterans Haven South 4/1/2015 5 12/16/2005
4/9/2007
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental, Offer Deferred (no
incident report on file for 12/16/05)

E-5

Moore, Richard

Woodbridge Township 1/1/2016 5 7/28/2015 Denied Involuntary Accidental
Granted Ordinary or Service
E-6 Weldon, James

Middletown Township 3/1/2016 B 8/22/2005
2/2/2011
11/26/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(no incident report on file for 8/22/05)

E-7

Gomez, Idilio

Passaic BOE 12/1/2015 5 7/1/2011
12/15/2013
9/2/2014
Tabled for re-exam in 6 months
E-8 Cubbage, Elizabeth

Cumberland County 7/1/2016 D 6/24/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-9

Lamastro, Susan

Hillsborough Twp BOE 9/1/2015 A 9/13/2011 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-10 Perry, Wayne

Bridgeton City 4/1/2016 1 8/25/2014 Approved

E-11

Ross, Sharon

Camden Co Health
Services Ctr
1/1/2016 5 12/7/2012 Denied Accidental Granted
E-12 Sargent, Michelle

Point Pleasant Beach
Boro
8/1/2015 5 7/18/2013 Denied Accidental Grant Involuntary Ordinary

E-13

Santiago, Julio
Trenton City 10/1/2015 A 4/16/2008 Approved
E-14 Benjamin, Sonya
Ancora Psychiatric 1/1/2016 5 10/19/2012
2/24/2014
Approved

E-15

Leone, Robert

Union County 5/1/2016 B 2/25/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Early
E-16 Malone, Darrin
Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
2/1/2016 B 3/29/2004
2/1/2006
3/26/2015
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Baasch-Schweizer, Nancy - Cherry Hill Township - Issue of Bona
Fide Retirement
Repay salary earned from May 2015 through November 2015 as a result of return to
employment; Approved a 5 year repayment schedule (Retirements, External Audit.)
F-2 Jackson, Jeanette - Treasury - Honorable Service
No forfeiture; Approve Service retirement effective February 1, 2016 under Maximum
option (Retirements)
F-3+ Guthe, Carl - Office of Information Tech. - Request for
dependency during incarceration
Approved (Retirements)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Schaffer, Michael - North Hudon Sewerage Authority - Appellate
Division Decisions Appellate Court upheld the Board's decision which forfeited pension
benefits Mr. Schaffer acquired while serving as Commissioner of the North Hudson
Sewerage Authority on the grounds of dishonorable service.
Noted
G-2 Janeski, Robert - Edison Twp. BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Jones, John - Morris County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Horner, Robert - Princeton Regional School - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the
Board's denial and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective December 1,
2012 under Maximum option; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions (Retirements, Health
Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-5 Gaven, Robert - Delran Township - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
the Board's decision on undesigned and unexpected but affirmed disability was not the
direct result of the incident therefore denying accidental disability retirement benefits;
Exceptions; Reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-6 Eden, Susan - Camden Co Health Services Ctr - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirements; note exceptions; note reply to
exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-7 Gonzalez, Carlito - Passaic County - Initial Decision Dismissal
Adopted ALJ's decision (DAG Kelly recused.)
G-8 Defeo, James - Little Egg Harbor Mun Util Auth - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-9 Tan, Kima - Passaic County - a) Request for Reconsideration - Denied
b) Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law - Approved
G-10 Kristo, Diana - Clifton City BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-11 Lu, Yunyu - Burlington County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits.
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-12 Thomas, Dawn - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Lebegern, James - Burlington City - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Pinkney, Steven - Jersey City - a) Request Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial to reinstate former PERS account and
enroll in PERS -Denied
H-3 Hanby, John - South Woods Prison - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Plumber, Beatrice - Rutgers University - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Butler, Jean - Union Co Bd of Social Services - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Ramos, Dionisio - Newark City - a) Reconsidertion - Denied
b) Hearing Request (Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement
benefits.) - Approved
H-7 Lukanovic, Matilda - Shore Regional H S Dist - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Yannarella, William - Cinnaminson Sewerage Authority - a) Request to reinstate
withdrawn account - Denied
b) Consolidate with appeal in OAL - Approved
J-2+ Burke, Richard - Hackettstown - Termination of PERS Membership pursuant to
Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Denied membership in PERS from Hackettown and Hope Township from January 1, 2008
through March 31, 2012 under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2(b) (Retirements, Audit, External Audit)
J-3+ Gluck, James - Beachwood Sewerage Authority - Termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Denied membership in PERS from February 1, 2002 through February 29, 2008 under
N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2(b); Denied memership in PERS from December 1, 2009 through the
present under N.J.S.A. 43:15A.72(a) (Retirements, Audit, External Audit)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Board Member Address List
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Steven Bogart vs. PFRS
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-6 Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund D As of June 30, 2016
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance For June 30, 2016
Noted
L-9 State Investment Council Report
Noted
L-10 Election Timeline
Noted
L-11 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-12 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on September 21, 2016.

 
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