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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
OCTOBER 19, 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.


RETIREMENT LISTS

Option Changes - none
Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 12:12 PM

Roll Call:

Lee Flanagan, Thomas Bruno, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, Peter Maurer, Ron Winthers, Ned Thomson, Susanne Culliton


Absent: William O'Brien

Also Present: Kathleen Coates; DAG Kellie Pushko; Jackie Bussanich; Marylou Mayoros; Valerie McManus; Amy Mazzeo; Mike Czyzyk; Sharon Fenstermacher; Hank Schwedes; Bob Bobik, NJEA; Aaron Mizrahi, attorney; Joseph Benedict, attorney; Joseph Spicuzzo; Maryann Spicuzzo; Steven Hunter, attorney; Terri Keller, attorney; Robert Wilson



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 21, 2011
Approved (Trustees Bruno and Buriani-DeSantis abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1+ Rosenberg, Robert - Paterson Parking Authority - Division Request for Stay
Approved payment of retirement benefits for six months, but not to exceed amount of
contributions, then suspend benefits until result of audit (Retirement Bureau and External
Audit)
C-2 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
C-4 Return to Employment
Approved
C-5 Chapter 221
Approved



CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

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

Stevenson, Delores

Department of Corr 10/1/2011
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Miller, Joan
South Jersey Trans 8/1/2011
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-3 Romeo, Michael
Spotswood BOE 12/1/2010
Reconsidered and Approved Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-4 Monthly OD Grid    
 
Approved
(see list below)
(Trustee Buriani-DeSantis recused on Brenda Freytes)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Aiello, Frank

01/12

5

Gloucester County Improvement Auth

Albarran, Ricardo

08/11

C

Perth Amboy BOE

Allen, Hattie B

09/11

5

The College of New Jersey

Anderson, George E

06/11

B

Middlesex County

Auguste, Sandra T Daniels

10/11

5

Newark Public Schools

Bell, Sherry D

10/11

C

North Hanover Township BOE

Brown, Clement T Jr.

11/11

5

Atlantic City MUA

Chiappetta, Michael T

10/11

A

East Windsor MUA

Conover-Nwachukwu, Sonya

09/11

D

Judiciary / Monmouth County

DelMauro, Patricia

07/11

5

Nutley BOE

Diodato, Joseph V

10/11

C

Motor Vehicle Commission

Drummond-Stratton, Patricia

08/11

5

Dept of Children And Families

Escobar, Sonia

10/11

5

Union County College

Eskow, Robert S

12/11

A

Hackettstown Town

Esteves, Irene

10/11

5

University of Medicine & Dentistry

Farinas, Lissette

05/11

5

Dept of Children & Families

Ferrara, Paulette L

10/11

5

Mahwah BOE

Fondacaro, Dominick

01/12

5

North Bergen BOE

Formoso, Marcus

01/12

C

North Bergen BOE

Foster, Wayne T

01/12

C

State Police Civilian Employees

Freytes, Brenda L

06/11

5

Passaic Co Board of Social Service

Georgy, Ragaie M

01/12

B

Dept. of Health

Graham, James D

10/11

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Groff, Bernard W

07/11

5

Cape May County

Gulics, David S

11/11

A

Woodbridge Township

Hall, Dawn

10/10

5

Newark Housing Authority

Heinlein, Carolyn

01/12

5

Hudson Co Schools of Technology

Hernandez, Cynthia

07/11

5

Bayonne BOE

Hodges, Reacie Mae

09/11

5

State Parole Board

Hunziker, Gregg

06/04

5

Passaic Valley Water Commission

Jacobs, Michael

02/12

A

Teaneck BOE

Johnson, Martha Marie

10/11

5

Mercer County Community College

Kaczorowski, Vivian

03/11

A

Ridgefield Boro BOE

Kumar, Yoganand

06/11

C

Dept of Children and Families

Leon, Carmen N

07/11

A

Trenton City BOE

Maier, Carol H

07/11

5

Voc Rehabilitation Commission

Mantz, Keith J

07/11

5

Middlesex County Improvement Auth

Martinez, Jose L

02/12

5

New Brunswick City

Mayo, Reverda G

01/12

5

East Orange School District

McGuire, Lori

12/11

5

Kearny Town

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Mesday, Michael G

06/11

C

Upper Freehold Regional

Millberg, Sharon K

09/11

A

Deptford Twp BOE

Moreno, Enrique

01/12

C

North Bergen BOE

Murphy, Karen Winslow

09/11

5

New Jersey State Prison

Neafie, Thomas E

07/11

5

Brick Twp BOE

Olsen, Nadine

10/11

5

Frankford Township BOE

Parisi, Anthony Jr

09/11

B

Toms River Township

Payne, Michael J

11/11

D

Livingston BOE

Ragnacci, Giuseppina G

07/11

5

Dept. of Treasury-Division of Taxation

Rios, Chris

05/11

A

Atlantic City

Rivera, Rosario

06/11

5

Unemployment Insurance & Disability

Rogers, Michael Sr

06/11

5

Rahway Valley Sewerage Auth

Sabo, Karen L

10/11

B

Office of the Attorney General

Scott, Merrilee R

11/11

5

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Sherman, Dorothy D

11/11

5

Cherry Hill Twp BOE

Sierra, Iris

11/11

D

University of Medicine & Dentistry

Simpkins, Eva A

05/11

A

Lenape Regional H S District

Starling, Beverly M

09/11

5

Clearview Regional BOE

Stocks, Reatha M

01/12

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Street, Kenneth

09/11

1

Woodbine Developmental Center

Thompson, Charles J

11/11

B

Passaic County

Walker, Kevin

09/11

5

Rutgers University

Watson, Gwendolyn A

10/11

5

Bridgeton BOE

Weathers, Janice M

11/11

5

Dept of Corrections

Winn, Donald H

09/11

D

Greater Egg Harbor Regional

Total = 65

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Kuhlman, Charles
West Windsor Twp
4/1/2011
A
11/11/2008
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Doyle, Daniel
Middletown Twp. BOE
7/1/2010 2
4/14/2008
3/2/2009
9/10/2009
1/19/2010
Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-3

Cain, Gloria
Ancora Psychiatric Hosp
8/1/2011 5
9/8/2005
Approved
E-4 Jones, Ronakin
Monmouth Regional School
5/1/2011 5
12/2/2008
Approved
E-5 Whyte, Scott
Washington Twp.
7/1/2011 D
1/17/2008
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Roguskie, Stefan
Edison Township
9/1/2010 5
5/28/2008
Approved

E-7

McNeil, Jamal
Newark Public Schools
4/1/2011 5
8/10/2005
Approved
E-8 Quilty, Michael
Middletown Twp. BOE
4/1/2011 5
12/20/2009
Approved

E-9

Sanchez, William
Rutgers University
5/1/2011 1
8/18/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (note incident of 2/12/01 and surgery on 12/13/01)
E-10 Vizcarrondo, Mariana
Jersey City Free Public Library
8/1/2011 5
2/8/2009
8/16/2006
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-11 Tacker, Cynthia
Hagedon Psychiatric Hospital
9/1/2010 A
12/7/2007
Approved

E-12

Bertulis, Ann
Midstate Correctional Facility
6/1/2011 5
3/26/2010
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-13 Feliciano, Johnny
Vineland City BOE
9/1/2010 B
8/19/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-14

Leavey, Brian
Pine Hill Borough BOE
4/1/2011 5
8/23/2010
Approved
E-15 Brown, Cynthia
Newark Housing Authority
7/1/2006 5
8/21/2005
Reconsidered and Denied Accidental; Continue in OAL
E-16 Colon, German
Morris Hills Regional
5/1/2011 5
3/15/2010
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only (less than 10 years)

E-17

Caswell, JoAnn
Rowan University
5/1/2011 5
10/28/2008
Approved
E-18 Smith, Paulette
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
3/1/2011 5
2/10/2010

Denied Accidental; Continue Ordinary

E-19

Jackson, Mattie
Dept. of Children & Families
7/1/2011 5
1/17/1992
3/11/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (Offer Early; may be higher benefit)
E-20 Smith, James
Carteret BOE
4/1/2010 A
8/16/2007
Reconsidered and Approved Accidental; Withdraw from OAL



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Spicuzzo, Joseph - Middlesex County - Suspension of Benefits
Approved continuation of retirement benefits until November 1, 2012 and then suspend until final adjudication of charges (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Ramos, Melvin - Perth Amboy City - REMOVED UNTIL THE
NOVEMBER 7, 2011 BOARD MEETING!
F-3 Barnes, Martin - City of Paterson - Honorable Service Request to Postpone until December 7, 2011
Approved request for postponement
F-4 Coniglio, Joseph - General Assembly - Reconsideration of Honorable Service
based on appeals court decision
Partial Forfeiture - Forfeit service and salary of senate time from January 1, 2002 through termination of employment (Retirement Bureau)



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Kessler, Stephen - Long Branch BOE - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision to forfeit all of the petitioner's service and salary while
employed with the Township of Ocean Sewerage Authority.
Adopted ALJ decision
G-2 Panzino, Margaret - Jersey City Public Schools - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-3 Sloat, Stacey - Juv. Jus. Comm/Community Prog. - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Travers, Dorothea - Brookdale Community College - Hearing
Withdrawals
Noted
G-5+ Wilson, Robert - Jersey City - Remand to clarify issue
Approved settlement agreement (not subject to Chapter 49)
G-6 Szakacs, Edward - North Jersey Development Center - Initial
Decision ALJ affirmed Board's decision that the retirement was not bona fide; Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-7 Strulpin, Alyce - Judiciary/Union County - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-8 Farnett, Rosemary - Middlesex County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-9 Cohen, J. Sheldon - Fort Lee Borough - Settlement Proposal
Tabled for further review



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1

Riley, Barbara - Judiciary/Cumberland County - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved

H-2 Luisi, Michael - Brigantine City - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Hope, Marie - Vineland Developmental Center - Appeals the Boards denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Roumbas, Nicholaos - Linwood City - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Paluzzi, Louise - Unemployment Ins & Disability - Appeals Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Simon-Moise, Marie - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Aramayo, George - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Boards denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Habinowski, Joan for John (deceased) - Old Bridge Twp. Fire
District 3 - Appeals the Board's denial of early retirement (beyond 45 days)
Tabled for additional review (Retirement Bureau)
H-9 Huff, Jeannette - Camden City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Hackett, Mims - Essex County - Appeals the Board's denial of partial forfeiture
Approved
H-11 Stasse, Duane - Freehold Borough - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None




OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Adoption of Amendment to N.J.A.C. 17:1-1.9
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E As of July 31, 2011
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance pilicy #13900
Noted
L-5 Proposed PERS Board dates for 2012
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund A As of August 31, 2011
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund B As of August 31, 2011
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund E As of August 31, 2011
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 7, 2011.

 
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