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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
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 2011 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 17, 2010.

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.


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OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 AM

Adjourned: 12:30 PM

Roll Call:

Leon Flanagan, Pete Maurer, William O'Brien; Ned Thomas; Susanne Culliton, Ron Winthers (arrived 10:26)


Absent: Thomas Bruno and Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Kathleen Coates; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Mazzeo; Marylou Mayoros; Mike Czyzyk; Mark Schwedes; Raschelle Wiggins; Hank Schwedes; Frank Ryan; Samuel Halpern, attorney; Robert Nora; George Rice; Peter Demkovitz, attorney; Kathy Pirrera; Debbie Chesko; Wayne Williams; Stuart Ball, attorney; Marcie Mackolin, attorney; Val Klazidan, NJEA



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes
Approved (Trustee Maurer 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
C-4 Return to Employment
Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1

Zayes, Wilda

Union County Social Services
2/1/2011
A
a) Reconsideration - Reconsidered
and Denied
b) Hearing Request - Approved
D-2 Travers, Dorethea
Brookdale Community College
9/1/2009
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-3 Dockweiler, Denise
County of Monmouth
9/1/2011
 
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-4 Faruolo, Lena
Ocean County Board of Social Services
8/1/2011
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Lymych, Marc
Operations/Traffic Operations
6/1/2011
5
Off payroll over 2 years Approved
D-6 Bonner, Willie
Treasury-Old Ancora Psych-New
 
 
Reinstatement from Disability Retirement Approved
D-7 Musser, Juanita
Dept of Treasury
11/1/2010
5
Reconsidered and Approved Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-8 Steinberg, Edythe
Kean University
2/1/2011
5
Involuntary Approved
D-9 Kissack, Dana
Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
5/1/2011
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Muscio, Vincent
Borough of East Rutherford
3/1/2011
5
Off payroll over 2 years Approved
D-11 Monthly OD Grid  
 
  Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alabert, Kersti

06/11

5

Treasury-Division of Investments

Anderson, Bernice

09/11

5

Burlington County/Payroll Dept

Baeli, Sharon A

08/11

B

Fair Lawn Borough

Baker, David

09/11

B

Juvenile Justice Commission

Canulli, Joseph III

09/11

5

Ewing Township

Clark, Randy Luther

08/11

5

Regional Operations North

Crumidy, Patricia I

07/11

5

New Brunswick BOE

Davis, Colleen Anne

09/11

D

Stafford Township

Dennihy, Elise R

06/11

5

Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility

Divine, Christine M

06/11

5

Ocean County

Edinger, Trudie Lynn

06/11

5

DEPE- Division of Water Resources

Epps, Terry L

06/11

5

Juvenile Justice Commission

Fahey, Mark

03/11

A

CPM-Construction & Materials

Fass, Robin E

10/11

5

Monroe Twp BOE (Middlesex)

Figueroa, Alfred

08/11

1

Sussex County

Flores, Linda

06/11

5

Camden Co Board of Chosen Freeholders

Gagliardi, Carol A

07/11

5

Franklin Twp BOE (Somerset)

Goutremout, Emily M

05/11

1

Jefferson Township

Haqq, Majeeda A

05/11

5

OIT

Harris, Ronald

04/11

5

Paterson BOE

Hovemeyer, Georgeann

06/11

5

CPM-Design Services

Iannarelli, Johann

09/11

5

Bridgeton BOE

Jacobsen, Francine M

11/11

1

Judiciary/Monmouth County

Jacolow, Martin

09/11

C

Clifton City BOE

Joeick, Catherine M

10/11

5

Treasury-Division of Pensions & Benefits

Konopacki, Effie P

05/11

5

Kean University

Loesch, Robert

10/11

A

Burlington County/Payroll Dept

Losee, Leona

07/11

5

Brick Twp BOE

Ludwig, Victoria

07/11

5

Ringwood Boro BOE

Lutton, Sherry

09/11

5

Sussex County

Marchione, Madelyn T

07/11

5

Bloomfield Twp BOE

Marshall, Jacqueline A

09/11

1

Burlington Co Board of Social Services

McGuckin, Joel

08/11

1

Camden County College

McKenzie, Henry

07/11

5

Division of Family Development

Melendez-Romero, Maria

09/11

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Mester, Arlene C

07/10

5

Winslow Township BOE

Montgomery, Annette R

07/11

5

Ocean City BOE

Moore, Janet

04/11

D

Camden City

Moore, Linda B

07/11

5

Dept of Children And Families

Pasquino, Guy P

07/11

1

North Bergen BOE

Patrick, Thomas J

10/11

2

Ocean County

Plotts, Debroah L

08/11

C

Randolph Township BOE

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Portman, Michele

09/11

5

Woodbridge Township

Reyes, Joanna

07/11

D

Motor Vehicle Commission

Ritchie, Ellen E

06/11

5

East Windsor Township

Robins, Richard Jr

10/10

5

Ocean County

Robinson, Marcus Dixon

05/11

5

Dept of Children & Families

Roig, Carmen M

05/11

5

Mercer County

Roman, Raul

07/11

5

Hanover Park Regional  HS Dist

Sambolin, Annette V

01/11

5

Montclair State University

Santos-Diaz, Susan

07/11

5

Judiciary/Passaic County

Seay, Mary A

09/11

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Showers, Curtis E

06/11

3

Turnpike Authority

Smull, William R

11/11

B

Warren Hills Regional Schools

Tatka, Michael P

01/12

C

Sussex Co MUA

Teachey, Douglas Q

09/11

5

Newark Public Schools

Thompson, Barbara M

07/11

B

Trenton City

Valentine, Rae K

06/11

5

Dept of Education

Vonah, Roger W

08/11

5

Veteran Memorial Home at Menlo Park

Weiner, Jacob N

05/11

A

Marlboro Township

Young, Warren Jr

11/11

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Total = 61

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Casey, Charles
Ancora Psychiatric Hospital
8/1/2009
C
10/6/2006
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental; Withdraw from OAL
E-2 Ryan, Frank
Fair Lawn Boro
9/1/2011
D
1/18/2006
Approved

E-3

Overocker, William
Mahwah Township
5/1/2011
5
1/19/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Finer, Diane
State Police Civilian Employees
12/1/2009
5
1/22/2001
4/23/2009
Reconsideration of an OAL case
Reconsidered and Denied Accidental; Continue in OAL
E-5 Dixon-Austell, Annette
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
11/1/2010
D
5/15/2002
Approved
E-6 DiFrancescantonio, Leonardo
Newark Public Schools
2/1/2011
D
8/4/2004 3/22/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Burrows, Kelly
North Brunswick Bd of Ed
3/1/2011
5
5/15/2008
Approved
E-8 Schramm, Suzanne
Treasury Division of Taxation
1/1/2010
5
1/30/2003
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental; Withdraw from OAL

E-9

Tipton, Raymond
Department of Transportation
8/1/2009
5
3/13/2007
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental; Withdraw from OAL
E-10 LePore, Sandy
Hagedorn Gero-Pysch Hospital
5/1/2011
5
1/31/2007
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-11 Karchmar, Larry
Old Bridge Board of Education
7/1/2011 C
4/19/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(or Offer Early - may be higher benefit)

E-12

Sanders, Diane
Franklin Twp. BOE
4/1/2011 5
4/22/2009
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(needs 1 month for OD - W/C or
purchase)
E-13 Crivelli, Joseph
Monmouth County
6/1/2011 5
6/8/2008
Approved

E-14

Krompholz, Alan
Middletown BOE
7/1/2011 5
4/23/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Offer Early - may be higher benefit)
E-15 Pena, Blanca
Elizabeth BOE
6/1/2011 5
11/4/2010
Approved
E-16 Landosca, John 
City of Orange Township
8/1/2011 B
7/15/2010
Approved

E-17

Mulligan, Judith
Juv. Jus. Comm Central Office
12/1/2010 5
7/30/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-18 Anderson, Doris
NJ Vets Memorial Home at Menlo Park
7/1/2011 5
6/15/2009
Approved

E-19

Delisa, Doug
Borough of North Plainfield
7/1/2011 1
6/19/2009
Approved
E-20 Collino, Joseph
Monmouth County/Hall of Records
10/1/2011 5
3/30/2001 4/9/2007
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-21 Siderio, Christopher
Gloucester Twp BOE
4/1/2011 A
8/19/2009
Approved
E-22 Montoya, Aida
Newark City
8/1/2007
5
1/19/2005
Reconsidered and Denied Accidental; Continue in OAL



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Nora, Robert - City of Elizabeth - Creditable Compensation
Denied
F-2 Brady, Andrew - South Orange Village - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture - Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2009 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau)
F-3 Barnes, Martin - City of Paterson - Honorable Service REMOVED
ADMINISTRATIVELY UNTIL OCTOBER MEETING



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Guarino, Michael - Bergen County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and determined that he was an employee of the county subsequent to his retirement; Exceptions
Adopted the factual findings and conclusions of law; however, reject and modify the ALJ’s characterization of the testimony of the Board’s witness. (DAG Pushko recused.)
G-2 Alston, James - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Barnes, Willie - Rutgers University - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Hess, Suzanne - Office if Information Technology - Appellate Division Decisions
Appellate Court reversed the Board's denial of Deferred Retirement benefits and remanded the matter back to the Board
Noted the Appellate decision reversing the Board’s denial of Deferred Retirement benefits;
Approve member’s Deferred Retirement application. (Retirement Bureau)
G-5 Smith, Brenda for Cecil (deceased) - Juv. Jus. Comm. - Remand from the
Appellate Division issue of accidental death benefits
Reconsidered and Approved Accidental Death benefits (Retirement Bureau/Death Claims)
G-6 Chiarello, Francis - Buena Vista Township - Final Administrative Determinations
Retirement of multiple member
Approved
G-7 Corcino, Abraham - Hudson County - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopt the factual findings and the ultimate legal conclusion that the member is not entitled to Accidental Disability. However, reject the conclusion that the incident was undesigned and unexpected.
G-8 Dell'Aquilo, John - Criminal Justice - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-9 Warfle, Kathryn - Salem County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Allen, Patrick - Hawthorne Borough - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Martinez, Santiago - Perth Amboy Housing Authority - Appeals the Board's
denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Thompson, Nellie - Morris County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Gordon, Marva - Training & Employment Services - Appeals the Board's denial
of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 DeGloria, Dominick - Northern Highlands Regional - Appeals Board's denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Sim, Young - Camden City - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Dodson, Belinda - Camden County Board of Chosen
Freeholders - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Balik, Andrew - Bayonne City - Appeals Board's Partial Forfeiture
Approved
H-9 Starroff, Cynthia - Hudson County - Appeals Board's denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Iannarelli, Anthony - Ramapo College - Requests continued membership in
PERS - Request to postpone until December meeting
Approved postponement
J-2 Cestari, Donna - Judiciary/Essex County - Request to Purchase
Denied
J-3 Williams, Wayne - Essex County - Settlement agreement
Approved service credit; Deny salary increase after 2006 as creditable compensation
for pension calculation (Retirement Bureau/Audit)
J-4+ Rice, George - Cumberland County - Request to Purchase
Tabled
J-5+ Pirrera, Kathy - Department of Corrections - Request to reinstate purchase
Denied



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None




OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions East Windsor Regional School District vs. TPAF
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Joseph Janetta vs. TPAF
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Lori Lowenstein-Mase vs. TPAF
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund A As of July 31, 2011
Noted
L-7 Motion for Reconsideration to Appellate on Chiappini matter
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund D As of July 31, 2011
Noted
L-9 Common Pension Fund E As of July 31, 2011
Noted
L-10 Division of Pension and Benefits- Notice of Election Board of Trustees of the Public
Employee's Retirement Systems (PERS)
Noted
L-11 Common Pension Fund B As of July 31, 2011
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 19, 2011.

 

 
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