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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
OCTOBER 17, 2012
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 2012 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2011.

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 (7K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 2:25 PM

Roll Call:

Leon Flanagan, Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis, Pete Maurer, Tom Bruno, Benjamin Hurst, Susanne Culliton, Ned Thomson (left at 1:15), William O'Brien, Ron Winthers


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Kathleen Coates; Amy Mazzeo; Marylou Mayoros; Val McManus; Sunanda Rana; Raschelle Wiggins; Joe Zisa; Wendy Jamison; Kimberly Inman; Stacy Celmer-Ostrander; Samuel Halpern, attorney; Levon Hill; Charles Schlager, attorney; Anthony Lisa; Joseph Alacqua, attorney; Eileen Scott, Rowan College; Thomas Maugeri; Suzanne Silvers; David
Beckett, attorney; Dawn Grenz; Diane Kutepow; Mike Kusmierczyk



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 19, 2012
Approved (Trustee Thomson abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

 

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2
Chapter 221
Approved
C-3
Return to Employment
Approved
C-4
Retirement List
Approved with the exception of Indira Ravishankar, who is removed from the list for
administrative review.
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Moore, Lillie
Woodbine Developmental Center
4/1/2012
1
a) Honorable Service - No Forfeiture
(Vote: 8:1; Nae: Trustee Culliton)
b) Ordinary Disability - Approved
D-2 Sheppard, Marianne Motor Vehicle
Commission
1/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Early
D-3 Billiups, Walter Newark Public Schools
9/1/2011
5
Approved (off payroll over 2 years)
D-4 Serrano, Milagros Passaic County
9/1/2012
1
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Green, Shirley NJ Veterans Memorial Home
7/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Nesmith, Nancy Jersey City Public Schools
5/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-7 Teacher, Shermell Camden County Health
Services Center
6/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-8 Oddo, Melanie Woodbridge Township BOE
12/1/2010
C
a) Reconsideration -Denied Ordinary; Offer Deferred b) Hearing Request - Approved
D-9 Frankel, Caren Dept. of Children & Family Services
12/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Approved
D-10 Patel, Shankuntala Essex County
6/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-11 Edsell, Thomas Juvenile Justice
Commission
5/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Slowley, Patricia
Union County
7/1/2012
D
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-13 Monthly OD Grid  
  
  
Approved (see list below)
D-14 Larason, Kathleen Division of Pensions
8/1/2012
B
Tabled for new IME
D-15 Innman, Kimberly Department of Labor
6/1/2012
5
Involuntary Approved
D-16 Reyes-Barletta, Sally Division Of Consumer
Affairs
11/1/2011
1
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred

ORDINARY DISABIILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abano, Antonio

10/12

5

Middlesex Co Board of Social Services

Ackerson, Johanna

11/12

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Alicea, Gladys

04/12

5

Hudson County

Aristy, Jesus D

01/13

A

Juvenile Justice Comm

Baderinwa, Oyebanji A

07/12

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Bendzyn, Ann V

03/13

2

Cherry Hill Twp BOE

Bunn, Carol L

07/12

C

Department of Health

Burkowski, John

10/12

5

Hudson County

Calabria, Rosemary

09/12

5

Hudson County

Caristin, Rose Marie

08/12

5

UMDNJ

Carpenter, Nancy A

08/12

5

Pennsville Twp BOE

Chester, Marvin

11/12

1

Caldwell West Caldwell BOE

Cooper, Sonja Bell

12/12

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Dickerson, Joel

09/12

A

NJIT

Dill, Andrew D

08/12

5

CPM-Construction & Materials

Dragotto, Jacquelyn C

08/12

5

Judiciary/Ocean County

Ferraro, Brian E

11/12

5

Northern Highlands Regional HS

Foglio, Bonnie

07/12

5

Gloucester Township

Helme, Janet A

09/12

5

Cranford Twp BOE

Hibbert, Faitha A

09/12

5

Veterans Memorial Home

Kelvey, Nancy E

07/12

5

Burlington Co Board of Social Services

Lang, Michael F

06/12

5

Turnpike Authority

Lombardi, Janice M

06/13

C

North Bergen Housing Authority

Malanaphy, Joseph Brian

11/12

5

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Manning, Timothy Sean

06/12

C

Sussex County

Measures, Cheryl

10/12

5

Randolph Township BOE

Morelli, Ronald J

09/12

5

Jersey City MUA

Moroney, Rosemary S

10/12

1

Somerset County

Mulford, Diane

08/12

5

High Point Regional High School

Negron, Theresa A

09/12

A

Jersey City Public Schools

Newkirk, Suzanne M

08/12

D

Salem County

Nisbett, Pauline Marie

09/12

5

Judiciary

Norton, Karen

09/12

A

Lacey Township BOE

Olivier, Michelle

11/12

5

UMDNJ

Porter, Magdalenah

08/12

1

UMDNJ

Ramos, Lillian I

09/12

B

Motor Vehicle Commission

Ramsey, Luther Jr

06/12

5

Hudson County

Rosario, Ana C

11/12

5

Bergen County

Schaut, Jane T

10/12

5

Division of Law

Sealy, Martha

10/12

1

Jackson Township

Skorets, Leslie J

09/12

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Smilek, Chester A

12/12

B

Jackson Township BOE

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Sneed, Suzanne M

09/12

5

Warren Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Surapaneni, Varalakshmi

09/12

5

Passaic Co Bd of Social Service

Szurnicki, Mary

06/12

5

Jackson Township BOE

Talley, Yvonne J

11/12

5

Camden Co Health Services Center

Tencza, Catherine M

10/12

5

Mount Olive Twp BOE

Torres, Juan A

09/12

D

Passaic Valley Sewerage Comm

Velazquez, Eric R

03/12

5

UMDNJ

Wengert, Ronald L

08/12

5

National Park BOE

Wilkes, Charles E

07/12

5

Wayne BOE

Young, Cynthia O

10/12

5

Newark Public Schools

Total = 52


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Sullivan, Linda Southern State
Correctional Facility
1/1/2012
5
7/5/2007
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Hicks, Constance
Hudson County
10/1/2012
B
2/2/2011
Approved

E-3

Darker, Francis
Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital
5/1/2012
5
8/1/2008
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Brown, Jessie
Hudson County
12/1/2011
5
7/13/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-5

Rogmann, Hugo
Bergen County Utilities Authority
7/1/2012
5
11/17/2010
Approved
E-6 Clemer-Ostrander, Stacey
Motor Vehicle
Commmission
6/1/2012
5
6/23/2008
Tabled for addional information from employer

E-7

Brakel, Thomas

West Windsor
Plainsboro Reg.
9/1/2010
1
1/8/2008
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Grant Ordinary;
Continue in OAL
E-8 Hamilton, Michele
Willingboro Twp.
1/1/2012
5
12/9/2009
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Offer Service; Approve OAL Hearing

E-9

Clidy, Elaine
Department of
Children
and Families
4/1/2012
D
3/2/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-10 Iacovelli, Phillip
Union City
8/1/2012
A
6/24/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-11

Lilly, Susan
Greenbrook Regional Center
3/1/2012
5
1/28/2011
Tabled for re-exam in 6 months
E-12 Reed, Kenneth
Juvenile Justice
Commission
7/1/2012
5
4/5/2011
Approved

E-13

Bryant, Eldon
Township of
Moorestown
8/1/2012
5
10/1/2010
Approved
E-14 Currie, Erin
Toms River Schools
Dist
7/1/2012
5
7/18/2011
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Hill, Levon - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Issue of non-bona fide
retirement
Repay salary earned after retirement from employment with Stratford BOE from November
2010 through February 2012; Continue Ordinary Disability retirement (External Audit,
Retirements)
F-2+ Lisa, Anthony - Rowan University - Return to Employment Return
to Employment with College
Approved and waive repayment
F-3+ Maugeri, Thomas - NJ Turnpike Authority - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2011 thru November 30, 2011;
Suspend benefits while incarcerated (Retirement Bureau)
F-4 Brown, Reginald - Middlesex County Board of Social Services -
Return to Employment
Repay lesser of pension or salary earned after retirement (Retirement, External Audit)



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Smith, Howard - Sea Isle City - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Blue, Teresa - NJ Turnpike Authority - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Huff, Jeannette - Camden City BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Jackson, Mattie - Department of Children and Families - Initial
Decision ALJ upheld the denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions from
DAG; Exceptions from Petitioner
Adopted ALJ's findings of fact; Modify conclusions of law - the incident was not undesigned
and unexpected; Noted exceptions; noted reply to exceptions
G-5 Bosnjakovic, Slavica - UMDNJ - Appellate Division Decisions ALJ affirmed the
Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-6 Cunningham, William - Judiciary/Monmouth
County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement
benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-7 Miller, Cynthia - State Parole Board - ALJ upheld the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits; Exceptions (out of time)
Adopted ALJ's decision; Noted exceptions (Trustee Culliton abstained.)
G-8 Caldwell, John - Carteret Borough - Findings of Fact and
Conclusions of Law
Approved
G-9 Esposito, Vincent - Northern State Prison - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions
Rejected ALJ's decision; Accept findings of fact; Reject conclusions of law; Affirm Board's
denial of Accidental Disability; Noted exceptions
G-10 Laskey, Janice - Lower Township - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Predmore, Brenda - Sussex County - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Dalesandro, Robert - Lakewood Township - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirment benefits
Approved
H-3 Singleton, Calamity - Franklin Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Furman, Raymond - Motor Vehicle Commission - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Roberts, Mattie - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Goimbert, Olga - Hunterdon Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 del Carmen Garber, Maria - Department of Children & Families - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Rolon-Rivera, Aracelis - Motor Vehicle Commission - Appeals the Board's denial
of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Hurlburt, Mark - Juv. Jus. Comm Central Office - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Battick, Grescilda - Greystone Park Psych Hospital - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Rossignolo, Elena - Judiciary/Middlesex County - Appeals the Borad's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Sinkus, Robert - Unemployment Ins & Disability - Purchase Request - Request to Postpone until December meeting
Approved postponement
J-2+ Silvers, Suzanne - Department of Children & Families - Enrollment Eligibility
Approved enrollment in PERS from 2001 through 2010 (Enrollments)



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Russell, James (dec'd) - Cape May County - Payment of death benefits
Approved payment of life insurance; Division has no obligation to pay QDRO (Death Claims)


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Proposed Board meeting dates for 2013
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E As of August 31, 2012
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D As of August 31, 2012
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund A As of August 31, 2012
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund B As of August 31, 2012
Noted
L-8 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 Benefit claims
Noted
L-9 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 7, 2012.

 

 
 
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