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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
SEPTEMBER 21, 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: 1:30 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Ned Thomson, Ronald Winthers, Carey Brown, Brian Currie, Tracy Smith,
Benjamin Hurst, Susanne Culliton


Absent: William O'Brien

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; Robert Kelly, DAG; Nick DePaolo, DAG; Valerie
McManus; Amy Cervosky; Luann Barnett; Mike Salerno; Sam Weinstein; Mary Ellen
Rathbun; Sue Grant, Kristin Bell; Cheryl Chianese; Lisa Pointer; Kara Ansley; Bill
Tedder; Renee Sullivan-Mollis; Kenneth Palmer, attorney; Robert Goldsmith; Donna
O'Rourke; Eric O'Rourke; Steven Maslo, attorney; Thomas Evans; Alan Genitempo,
attorney; Regina Piscitelli; Charles Piscitelli; Robert Woodruff, attorney; Allison
Doherty; James Doherty, Jr.; Joyce Slomko; Trooper Wolcott



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 17, 2016
Approved (Trustee Hurst abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Guidance on Issue of Honorable Service
Approved processing of Service retirement application
   


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 Fontano, Beverly

Pennsauken Twp BOE 9/1/2015 5 Approved
D-2 McKain, Damian

Unemployment Income
Security
1/1/2016 5 Involuntary Approved w/re-exam in
1 year
D-3 Boyd, Calvin

Morris County 6/1/2016 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-4 Ambrose, Margaret

Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
3/1/2016 5 Tabled (for additional information)
D-5 Hiraldo, Edward

Rutgers Univesity 12/1/2013 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdrawal from OAL
D-6 Baez, Mary

Voc Rehabilitation
Comm
1/1/2015 5 Reconsidered and Denied (not
disabled at time she left work in
2012); Continue in OAL
D-7 Buckousis, Karen

Motor Vehicle
Commission
12/1/2016 A Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
Offer Deferred
D-8 Robinson, Marie

Garden St Recp & Youth Corr Ctr 5/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-9 Monthly OD Grid      

Approved (See list below)
Patricia Maven and Marianne Rossi
w/re-exam in 1 year
(Trustee Currie recused on
Magdalena Serrano.)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abdou, Rifaat S

07/16

A

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Approvato, Saverio P

03/16

2

NJ Turnpike Authority

Austin, Veronica Denise

12/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Bisono, Rogue A

09/16

5

Pennsauken Twp BOE

Blanchard, Douglas A

11/16

5

Property Management & Construct

Burns, Marian E

12/15

5

Kingsway Regional School

Byrd, Evelyn

06/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Campbell, Michelle

01/17

5

Dept. of Human Services

Caruso, Debra A

06/15

5

Union County

Claiborne, Vanita A

03/16

D

Westfield Town

Clayton, Albert G

04/16

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Clemon, Tina M

03/16

5

Unemployment Ins & Disability

Collins, Jesse A

07/16

5

Franklin Township

Connelly, Sandra S

09/16

5

South Plainfield Borough

Crawford, Rosemarie G

07/16

5

OIT

Curtin, Wayne

10/16

A

State Police Civilian

Davis, Bruce K

05/16

D

Pennsauken Township

Dombal, Anthony P

10/15

D

Garfield City BOE

Eash, Joanne W

09/15

5

Linden City BOE

Echevarria, Carmen N

06/16

5

Elizabeth City Housing Auth.

Feeney, Andrea J

03/16

5

Greater Egg Harbor

Fierro, Dominique

09/16

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Finney, Marie A

03/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Forest, Ailene B

10/16

A

Jackson Township BOE

Freeman, Elaine

07/16

5

Treasury-Division of Revenue

Garbon, Sandra D

09/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Gentile, Valerie B

04/16

D

Passaic BOE

Glasser, Patricia A

03/16

5

Atlantic Co Special Services

Glosik, Mary Jane

01/16

A

Dept. of Children and Families

Golden, Toby

02/16

1

Middlesex Co Bd. of Social Services

Gonzalez, Roberto

06/16

5

Middlesex Co Bd. of Social Services

Graham, Shirley E

02/17

5

Hudson County

Grullon, Oneida

07/16

3

Union City BOE

Harrigan, Patrick S

07/16

5

Glen Ridge BOE

Harris, Henry

08/16

5

Asbury Park BOE

Hawkins, Lakisha

07/16

5

East Orange City

Hershey, Erika V

03/16

5

Long Beach Township

Humphrey, George E Sr

10/16

A

Maple Shade BOE

Jackson, Myron M

04/16

A

Passaic BOE

Johnson-Pierce, Veronica

07/16

A

Millville BOE

Keddis, Evelyn N

06/16

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Knapp, Eric J

06/16

A

Monroe Township

Lawrence, Evelyn D

11/15

5

Veterans Haven South

Lee, Frank

11/16

B

Bergen County

Listowski, Peter

10/16

A

Springfield Twp BOE

Marsilio, Joan Patricia

04/16

5

Hopewell Valley Reg. School Dist.

Mason, Roshell

09/15

5

Newark Public Schools

*Maven, Patricia

06/16

5

Cumberland County

Mccracken, Christopher

09/16

A

Veterans Memorial Home

Mckinney, Dawana

04/16

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Mclean, Ronald

09/16

5

Turnpike Authority

Mendez, Milagros

05/16

1

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Michael, Audrey L

06/16

5

Atlantic City

Munafo, Alice S

11/16

5

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Nelson, Charles W Iii

12/16

5

South Jersey Trans Authority

Norton, John T

08/16

5

Dept. of Community Affairs

Owari, Vincent

01/16

5

University Hospital

Pacelli, Dennis J

11/15

5

Woodland Park BOE

Parisi, Jerry

08/16

5

Bloomfield Twp. BOE

Peterson, Todd Sr

01/16

C

Newark Housing Authority

Reyes, Laura A

07/16

5

Union Co Educ Serv. Comm

Rhodes, Tamiko C

06/16

5

Judiciary/Essex County

Rice, Kim

05/16

5

Judiciary/Morris County

Rice, Louis D

04/16

A

Pleasantville City

Roesing, Carol A

08/15

1

Middletown Township

Romeo, Danielle

02/17

5

Cumberland County College

*Rossi, Marianne E

07/16

5

Dept. of Children And Families

Roszkowski, Richard

05/16

B

East Jersey State Prison

Salerno, Raymond

09/15

5

Brick Twp BOE

Santos, Maria M

05/16

4

Newark Public Schools

Scantling, Veronica

05/16

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Serrano, Magdalena

01/16

5

Buena Regional School Dist.

Small, Geraldine D

05/16

5

Hudson County

Smith, Tracy L

12/15

5

Mercer County

Strangeway, John J

08/16

5

Passaic County

Traettino, Janet M

06/16

5

Livingston Township

Williams, Michael

12/16

A

DEP Office of The Commissioner

Zalewski, Stephen R

07/16

5

Dept. Of Community Affairs

Zandlo, Stanley A Jr

06/16

C

Bellmawr Borough

Total = 79 * = Re-exam in 1 year


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Fresolone, Nicholas

Northern State Prison 9/1/2015 A 7/15/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(off payroll 2 years)
E-2 Gonnella, James

Regional Operations
South
9/1/2015 5 1/22/2015 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability; Continue in
OAL

E-3

Diggs, Arthur

Burlington City 6/1/2014 5 9/8/2006 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability; Continue in
OAL
E-4 Villanueva, Francisco

Franklin Twp BOE 2/1/2012 5 10/18/2010 Tabled for further review

E-5

Contes, Rosa

Hammonton Town BOE 6/1/2015 5 8/7/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-6 Devan, Keith

Camden Co Bd of
Chosen Frhldrs
3/1/2016 A 10/28/1998
1/20/2015
Denied Accidental; Continue
Ordinary

E-7

Sullivan-Mollis, Renee

Rutgers University 1/1/2016 5 7/21/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-8 Martinez, Rosa

Passaic County 4/1/2015 5 1/10/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-9

Simmons, Selena

Vineland
Developmental Center
7/1/2015 5 7/1/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-10 Gravagna, Frank

Dept. of Children &
Families
5/1/2015 A 5/22/2013
5/22/2013
1/9/2014
1/9/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-11

Cain, Roseann

Florence Twp BOE 10/1/2015 D 1/10/2014 Approved
E-12 Grant, Martina

Camden City 9/1/2015 4 3/1/2011
5/14/2014
2/8/2015
Tabled for new IME

E-13

Desai, Rupali

NJ State Dept of
Health
6/1/2016 5 7/8/2014 Approved
E-14 Rossano, Frank

Hoboken BOE 1/1/2016 B 10/7/2008
4/20/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Manzoni, Alexander - Vineland Developmental Center - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit service and salary bringing him down to 25
years (Retirements, Audit)
F-2 Roberts, Jocelyn - Atlantic County Welfare Bd - Honorable Service Request to
postpone until November
Approved postponement until November 9, 2016 Board meeting
F-3 Ruggierio, William - Mt Olive Twp - Honorable Service Deferred retirement;
Request to postpone
Approved postponement until November 9, 2016 Board meeting
F-4+ Goldsmith, Robert - Paterson Housing Authority - Honorable Service Deferred
retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause) (Retirements, Audit)
F-5+ O'Rourke, Edward - New Brunswick City - Honorable Service a)
Honorable Service - Tabled for additional information
b) Issue of Dependency - Tabled
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Harrington, Barbara - Bergen County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions;
Adopted with clarification; Affirm denial of Accidental Disability; Note Exceptions
G-2 Sahota, Gurmit - NJ Vets Mem Home At Menlo Park - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed denial of ordinary disability retirement
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-3 Gambatese, Charles - Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's decision granting accidental disability retirement benefits effective
April 1, 2015 under Maximum option; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Rejected ALJ's legal conclusions; Affirm denial of Accidental Disability
G-4 Pinkney, Steven - Jersey City - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-5 Jones, John - Morris County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Kallen, Nora - Jersey City - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Kuhrt, William - Sussex County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Salerno, Marilyn - Pinelands Reg School District - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-9 Ruts, Petrus - Ridgefield Boro - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-10 Rotondo, Joyce - Carlstadt Boro - Settlement proposal
Rejected setlement proposal; Continue in OAL
G-11 Cintron, Iris - Human Ser PAFA - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision granting Ordinary Disability retirement benefits effective May 1, 2014, under
Option D; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions; (Retirements, Health
Benefits)
G-12 Escobar, Alberto - North Bergen MUA - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-13 Maradonna, Rory - Rutgers University - Settlement Proposal
Rejected settlement proposal; Continue in OAL
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Hernandez, Rosa - Plainfield City - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Pinizzotto, Robert - Appeals termination in PERS account pursuant to Ch. 92,
P.L. 1997
Approved
H-3 Moore, Gigila - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Tyson, David - Clearview Regional BOE - Appeals forfeiture due to
dishonorable serivce
Approved
H-5 Tanko, Ronald - Middlesex County - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Savage, John - Department of Labor - Appeals the Board's denial of
involuntary ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Clark, Addison - Howell Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Tabled
H-8 Cece, Rose - Shore Regional H S District - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Martin, Samuel - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Koehler, Edward - Morris Hills Regional District - a) Request for
Reconsideration - Denied
b) Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits - Approve Hearing
H-11 Gluck, James - Beachwood Sewerage Authority - Appeals termination of
PERS membership pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2 (a) and N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2 (b)
Approved
H-12 Mitchell, Tara - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Sahaj, Frank - Mountainside Borough - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch.
92, P.L. 2007; Request to postpone until October meeting
Approved request to postpone
J-2+ Evans, Thomas - Nutley Twp. - Eligibility for enrollment in PERS
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1

Peter Fresulone (dec’d), Regina Piscitelli request for group life insurance
Denied

K-2+

James Doherty (dec’d), Allison Doherty requests retired death benefits.
Approved

   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Joseph Shafto vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Noemio Oliveira vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions William Karasik vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E As of June 30, 2016
Noted
L-5 Updated Timeline for Elections
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of July 31, 2016
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of July 31, 2016
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 19, 2016.

 
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