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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
SEPTEMBER 16, 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: 2:02 PM

Roll Call:

Carey Brown; Thomas Bruno; Susanne Culliton; Brian Currie; Benjamin Hurst; William
O'Brien; Tracy Smith; Ron Winthers


Absent: Ned Thomson

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Jackie Bussanich; Hank Schwedes; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Barnes;
Amy Cerovsky; Trooper Roadside; Val Kazdhan; Cheryl Chianese; Isabella Kelly-
Prince; Samuel J. Halpern, Esq.; Sue Grant; Kristen Bell; James Kenny; Michelle
Kenny; Michael Simon, Esq.; Martin Lawless; Taryn Lawless; Michael Farhi, Esq.;
George Geier; Michael Armstrong; Barbara Johnson-Stokes, Esq.; John Sloth; Mark
Casey; SDAG Eileen Den Bleyker (via telecom); Brian Powers, CWA 1033; Linda
Buxton; Linda Kenny; Mary Ellen Rathbun



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 19, 2015
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Request to process Service app
Approved
   


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 Enriquez, Bruce Burlington County 7/1/2015 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Moore, Karen Union County 1/1/2015 5 Approved with a one year re-exam
D-3 Centeno, Puba Ridgefield Boro BOE 1/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Recker, Frances Ocean County 3/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Carreira, Clementina Garfield City BOE 12/1/2014 5 Request to process ordinary
disability retirement application
Approved
D-6 Clark, Carol Mount Ephraim BOE 9/1/2013 5 Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary,
Continue in OAL
D-7 Anastos, Margaret Division of Consumer
Affairs
9/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Withdrawl from OAL
D-8 Kampe, William South Brunswick
Township
1/1/2016 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-9 Basso, George Jackson Township BOE 7/1/2015 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-10 Whitehouse, Thomas Hillsborough Twp BOE 7/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-11 Curry, Dianne Lodi Borough 11/1/2014 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Williams, Cynthia Garden St Recp &
Youth Corr Ctr
10/1/2015 5 Approved with a one year re-exam
D-13 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Albea, Robert

04/15

5

Woodbridge Township

Aponte, Mayra M

11/13

D

Rutgers University

Ayala, Wanda M

02/15

5

Hoboken Housing Authority

Bassion, Bonita

08/15

5

Division of Law

Bruno, Lucy

06/15

A

Sparta BOE

Buese, David W

11/15

5

Greenbrook Regional Center

Cuniglio, Dominic Sr

09/15

C

Mercer County

Day, Lynette V

06/15

5

Juv. Jus. Comm./Community Prog

Forder, Lisa M

12/14

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Hicks, Shelia

06/15

B

Willingboro Twp BOE

Jacobs, Leonard

07/15

A

Randolph Township BOE

Jenkins, Benjamina I

06/15

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Johnson, Earl A

08/15

5

Division of Consumer Affairs

Juliano, Candie L

07/15

5

Bridgeton BOE

Kocses, Joshua D

06/15

5

Department of Labor

Kopchak, Cheryl A

09/15

C

Park Ridge Boro BOE

Leaks, Sunshine

07/15

B

Camden City BOE

Lee, Frederick

08/15

D

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Lematty, Darlene M

08/15

5

South Woods Prison-Dept. of Corrections

Maffa, Kathleen

06/15

B

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Marshall, Kelvin M

03/15

5

Newark City

Martin, Robin R

11/15

A

Union County

Mcgorvin, Kevin R

12/15

C

New Brunswick City

Nichols, Kathleen A

07/15

A

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Oglesby, Jeffery

06/15

A

University Hospital

Okeeffe, Gerald R

12/15

1

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Olivero, Jennifer C

06/15

1

Bridgewater-Raritan Reg Sch Dis

Pierre-Parker, Gail V

06/15

5

Atlantic City BOE

Ramsahai, Olga

04/15

5

Rutgers University

Reis, Genevieve M

02/15

5

Union Twp BOE

Rutherford, Michael

07/15

5

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Sanfilippo, Lawrence

06/15

A

South Woods Prison-Dept. Of Cor

Tesman, Gayle

06/15

5

Summit City

Wian, Charles F

04/15

1

Dept of Community Affairs

Williams, Maryann

10/14

B

Vineland Developmental Center

Wilson-Swan, Sharmaine

09/14

A

Div.of Medical .Asst.& Health Service

Total = 36

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Kelly-Prince, Isabella Vineland BOE 11/1/2014 5 11/17/2009 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Powers, Janet Monmouth County 12/1/2014 5 5/22/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Bierals, Robert Paterson City 7/1/2014 5 5/28/2013 Tabled for IME clarification
E-4 Talarico, Joyce Wildwood City BOE 4/1/2015 5 4/9/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-5

Skeahan, William East Rutherford Boro 9/1/2015 5 11/7/2008
Approved
E-6 Pulsinelle, Leon Princeton Regional
School
11/1/2015 B 10/9/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-7

Kenny, James Galloway Township 3/1/2015 A 8/5/2008 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Miskowsky, Daniel CPM-Construction &
Materials
1/1/2016 C 2/21/2014 Approved

E-9

Bishop, Terry Atlantic City 9/1/2015 A 12/15/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Early
E-10 Garish, Robert Camden City 1/1/2015 5 8/5/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-11

Ferrer, Luisa Wildwood City BOE 10/1/2015 5 10/5/2010 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-12 Cook, James Dept of Corrections 9/1/2015 5 7/12/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Sullivan, Kathleen Jackson Township
BOE
7/1/2015 5 9/30/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Williamson, Jeffrey - Lakewood Township - Honorable Service
Deferred Retirement
Denied (Total Forfeiture) (Retirement Bureau; Audit Section)
F-2 D'Amico, Timothy - South Jersey Port Corporation - Honorable Service -
Deferred retirement
Denied (Total Forfeiture) (Retirement Bureau; Audit Section)
F-3+ Lawless, Martin - NJ Turnpike Authority - Honorable Service
Partial forfeiture of service and salary to 25 years (Eligible for Early) (Retirement Bureau,
Audit Bureau)
F-4 Bradley, George - Essex County - Honorable Service -Deferred retirement
Denied (Total Forfeiture) (Retirement Bureau; Audit Section)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Bastedo, Cheryl - Marlboro Township - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-2 Savage, John - Department of Labor - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Sidney, Edline - Passaic County - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-4 Placide, Francina - Bergen County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-5 Anand, Promila - Woodbridge Developmental Center - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Janusz, Francis - Rahway City - Initial Decision Withdrawal
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-7 Grupico, Francesco - Burlington County/Payroll Dept. - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's decision and has granted accidental disability retirement benefits
effective December 1, 2012 under option C
Adopted ALJ's decision (Retirement Bureau)
G-8 Viglietta, Josephine - Freehold Reg. H. S. District - Appellate
Division Decisions Remand from Appellate Court
Remand to OAL
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Yacona, Marilyn - Burlington County Bridge Comm - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
1.) Reconsideration - Denied
2.) Hearing Request - Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Armstrong, Michael - Willingboro MUA - Eligibility for PERS membership
Tabled for additional information (Trustee Winthers recused)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Geier, George for Linda (deceased) - North Bergen Township - Resubmission
Group Life Insurance Benefits
Approved payment of non-contributory GLI; Denied payment of contributory GLI
(Beneficiary Services)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Kantner vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Manzo vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Rita Linda-Lavery vs. TPAF
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E As of June 30, 2015
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D As of July 31, 2015
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E As of July 31, 2015
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1= Attorney General Advice regarding the role of the Board of the PERS with respect to
auditing the investments of the PERS Fund
Noted
M-2= Trustee Hurst requested an alternate be elected to the State Investment Council (SIC) to
serve as his back up. Trustee Bruno was nominated and elected to serve as Trustee
Hurst's alternate to the SIC.
Approved
M-3= Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for August 2015
Approved (DAG Kelly, Trustees Culliton, Winthers recused)
M-4= Report from Outside Counsel
Noted (DAG Kelly, Trustees Culliton, Winthers recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 14, 2015.

 

 
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