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PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
OCTOBER 15, 2008
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 2008 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 28, 2007.

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

Service Early Veteran Deferred

Option Changes - none Special - none Totals



Called to Order: 10:07 a.m.

Adjourned: 3:30 p.m.

Roll Call:

Leon Flanagan, John Lowden, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, Thomas Bruno, Jonathan Berg, Ned Thomson (arrived 10: 40 a.m.), Susanne Culliton (seated as Treasurer’s representative)


Absent: Ronald Winthers, Christine Veliz

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Kathleen Coates; Jackie Bussanich; Marylou Mayoros; Jean Monahan; Hank Schwedes; Mike Czyzyk; Amy Mazzeo; Mark Schwedes; Luann Barnett; Joe Zisa; Virginia Martucci; Oren Orr; William Doggett; Frederick Kalma, attorney; Julius Ramsey, NAACP; Daniel Zirrith, attorney; Gail Cookson


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 17, 2008 - Approved (Trustee Culliton abstained)

Finance

A-1

Common Pension Fund E as of April 30, 2008 - Approved

A-2
Common Pension Fund A as of August 31, 2008 - Approved
A-3

Common Pension Fund D as of July 31, 2008 - Approved

A-4

Common Pension Fund E as of May 31, 2008 - Approved

Miscellaneous Issues 

B-1
DAG Advice - Authority of Board to resolve contested return to employment matters arising under N.J.S.A. 43:15A-57.2 - Noted

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists - Approved

C-2 Return to Employment - Approved
C-3 Chapter 221 - Approved
C-4 Retirement List - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

DECISION

D-1

Farmer, Juanita

New Lisbon Develop Center

5/08

5

Approved

D-2

Trevino, Jerri

South Wood Prison

8/08

5

Denied; Offer Deferred

D-3

Shock, Anna

County of Hudson

7/08

5

Denied; Offer Deffered

D-4

Endress, Matilda

Mt. Holly Board of Chosen Freeholders

9/07

5

Approved

D-5

Zuppa, Lucy

Jersey City Public Schools

2/08

5

Approved; Currently collecting service

D-6

Rodriguez, Andres

Township of Franklin

2/08

2

Approved

D-7

Sperling, Edward

County of Morris

7/08

C

Denied; continue collecting service

D-8

OD Monthly Grid w/Supplement

.

.

.

Approved (see below list)
Note:  Juan Rodriguez - deceased


PERS Ordinary Disability Grid

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alvarado, Norma

07/08

5

Newark Public Schools

Bailey, Tanya R

09/08

1

Paterson City

Bastek, Bernard

10/08

5

Ocean County

Bennett, May K

10/08

A

West Windsor Plainsboro Regional

Best, Mary

07/08

5

UMDNJ

Bird, Ricky A

06/08

5

Dept of Children & Families

Bryan, Patricia E

10/08

5

Hagedorn Gero-Psych Hospital

Cafferata, Heather

06/08

5

Hopatcong Borough

Carey, Ellen J

10/08

5

Judiciary/Middlesex County

Carhart, Walter J

06/08

A

Atlantic City MUA

Clark, Richard C Jr

12/08

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Freeholders

Compitello, William

12/08

5

North Bergen BOE

Connor, Joseph L

09/08

D

Atlantic City

Davis, Michael W

06/08

1

UMDNJ

Decraene, Robert V

02/08

B

Hazlet Township

Devereux, Timothy

09/08

5

Manasquan Borough

Diiura, Antonietta

05/08

5

West Orange Township

Du Bois, Barbara A

03/09

5

Judiciary/Atlantic County

Felder, Daniel

07/08

B

Jersey City Housing Authority

Gallner, Mary

09/08

2

Woodbine Developmental

Gamba, Donald P

07/08

5

Woodbridge Township

Genovesi, Grace

04/09

D

Judiciary

Gerardi, Michael A

09/08

5

Bergen County

Graham, Harold

09/08

5

Fredon Township

Hamilton, Rosanne

04/08

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Harmon, June F

01/09

5

Burlington City BOE

Heath, Gary S

07/08

A

Deptford Township

Hill, Levon

01/09

1

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Ivy, Alicia

11/08

5

Passaic County

Jandoli, Robert A

10/07

A

Orange City

Kelsey, Wendy L

06/08

5

Judiciary/Morris County

Knapp, Donald E

07/08

A

Hazlet Twp BOE

Lipovsky, Carolyn

10/08

5

Hagedorn Gero-Psych Hospital

Mauger, Mary A

09/08

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Melucci, Rosemary

06/08

C

Carlstadt-E. Rutherford BOE

Morley, Jeffrey

09/08

5

Burlington County Bridge Comm

Mount, Betty Rose

11/08

5

Brick Twp BOE

Mross, Helmut

10/08

B

Hudson County

Murphy, James F

08/08

5

Hudson County

Negron, Hazel M

08/08

5

MVC-Shared Services

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Nester, Maryann

09/08

B

Lawrence Township

Nigro, Nicholas

10/08

B

Somerset Co Vocational School

Orouke, Beverly G

02/09

5

Holmdel Township

Pabon, Enrique

08/08

5

Atlantic County

Patierno, Elinor C

10/08

5

Glen Ridge BOE

Petrone, Candace E

06/08

5

Dept of Children & Families

Presti, Mark R

12/08

C

Bergen County

Rauchbach, Eric

10/08

5

East Jersey State Prison

Reilly, Denise M

08/08

5

Vocational Rehabilitation Comm

Reyes, Elisa M

08/08

5

Judiciary/Somerset County

Rodriguez, Juan J
(deceased 10/5/08)

06/08

C

Montclair State University

Ruggeri, Michael

07/08

D

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Sikora, Paul A

03/08

5

Atlantic County

Skillman, Gerald A

11/08

4

Monroe Township

Slaughter, Marc

06/08

A

Paterson Housing Authority

Smith, Cheryl L

09/08

D

Dept. of Health

Smolko, Richard

08/08

B

Morristown Town

Spicuzza, Joseph

10/08

5

Department of Labor

Srahola, Linda A

06/08

5

MVC-Shared Services

Truesdell, Valorie

04/08

5

DEPE - Office of the Commissioner

Tyger, Mary L

08/08

5

Robbinsville Township

Vazquez, Abigail

07/08

5

Morris County

Washington, Phylis

07/08

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Whelan, Gerard J

09/08

D

Middletown Twp Sewerage Auth

Wiggins, Billy Ray

12/07

5

North Brunswick Township

Williams, Stanley J

08/08

C

Dept. of Agriculture

Wilmore, Bernice

12/08

D

Union Twp BOE

Total = 67


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

Decision

E-1

Drass, Charles

Cherry Hill Fire Dist #13

3/08

A

7/15/04

Denied Accidental; Continue collecting Ordinary

E-2

Byrd, Edward

Newark Public Schools

2/08

1

6/20/07

Approved

E-3

Geffen, Daniel

Middlesex County College

9/08

A

4/21/07

Approved

E-4

Hamilton, Tyrone

Union County

5/07

5

5/10/03

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-5

Graves, Reginald

City of Trenton

7/08

5

10/15/07

Denied Accidental; Offer Service

E-6

Sullivan, Kenneth

William Paterson University

5/08

5

8/15/04
12/16/04
6/20/05
5/30/07
9/13/07
11/27/07
12/07/07
1/18/08
1/24/08
2/8/08

Denied Accidental; Only eligible for withdrawal (less than 10 years)

E-7

Allen, Dedra

Shore Regional High School

3/08

1

5/15/06

Approved

E-8

Ziemkowska, Iwona

Jersey City Public Schools

9/08

5

11/14/06

Approved

E-9

Grimaldi, Robert

Township of Old Bridge

8/02

5

8/28/01

Reconsidered OAL Case; Denied Accidental; Continue Ordinary; Continue in OAL

E-10

Cooksey, Robert

Township of Pennsville

6/08

2

11/1/07

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-11

Roper, Carolyn

Cape May County Special Services

11/08

5

7/22/04

Approved

E-12

McCue, John

Boro of Fair Haven

8/08

5

12/17/04

Approved

E-13

Johnson, Louisette

Judiciary

11/07

5

4/9/07

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

Decision

E-14

Muns, Robert

Bergen Co Bd of Special Services

11/08

D

8/3/06

Approved

E-15

Hall, Eric

Judiciary

12/08

5

4/28/03
11/2/06

Denied Accidental; Offer Deferred

E-16

Marin, Bernadette

Dept of Health

2/08

4

4/11/07

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary

E-17

Massie, Diane

Hunterdon Developmental Center

9/08

5

1/10/07

Denied Accidental; Reaffirm Grant Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+
Orr, Oren - Newark Housing Authority
a) Issue of Bona fide retirement - Denied; Re-enroll retroactive to 7/99
b) Repayment schedule - Approve 10 year repayment schedule; Assign life insurance benefits
(Retirement Bureau, External Audit, Enrollment Bureau, Beneficiary Services)
F-2

Don, Berek - Bergen Co. Vocational School - Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit 18% of Final Average Salary (Retirement Bureau)

F-3
Palughi, Anthony - Monmouth County Bd of Chosen Freeholders - Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit Service and Salary from March 1, 2004 to termination; Apply prospectively (Retirement Bureau)
F-4+
Doggett, William - Monmouth County/Hall of Records - Honorable Service – No Forfeiture
F-5+
Pfannen, Kenneth - Issue of Bona fide retirement - Denied; Re-enroll through all covered locations beginning July 1997; Approved 10 year repayment schedule; Approved OAL Hearing  (Retirement Bureau, External Audit, Enrollment Bureau)


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Crimaldi, Anthony - Western Monmouth Utility Auth - Initial Decision - ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2003 under Maximum Option - Exceptions filed by DAG - Adopted ALJ decision with modifications; Affirm approval of Accidental Disability (Retirement Bureau, Financial Services)

G-2

Sowinski, Josephine - Bergen County Special Services - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision and granted Ordinary disability effective e April 1, 2004 under Option C - Request to Postpone - Approved postponement

G-3

Reed, Thomas - Sussex County - Final Administrative Determinations - Approved



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1

Mitchell, Paul - Office of Information Technology - Appeals Board's denial of to purchase service based on the June 22, 2007 rate - Approved

H-2

Nyema, Josephus - Mercer County - Appeals Board's denial of Accidental
Disability - Approved

H-3

Tomesko, Carolyn - Pompton Lakes BOE - Appeals Board's denial of Ordinary Disability - Approved


Active Membership Issues

J-1+

Cookson, Gail - Division of Law - Request for reactivation of PERS account - Denied (Trustee Buriani-DeSantis abstained)

J-2
Sickler, Richard - Keyport Borough - Request for third loan - Denied

Death Claim Issues

K-1

Clegg, Linda - Dover MUA - Accidental Death - Denied

Informational Issues

L-1

Wire Transfers - Non Contributory group insurance policy #14800 - Noted

L-2

Wire Transfers - Contributory group insurance policy #13900 - Noted

L-3
Proposed 2009 Annual Dates of Meetings - Noted with suggested changes for November 2009 date

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 12, 2008.

 

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