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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
OCTOBER 15, 2014
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 2014 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2013.

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 (3K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 AM

Adjourned: 12:40 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Peter Maurer, Ronald Winthers, Benjamin Hurst, Brian Currie, William
O'Brien, Ned Thomson (left at 12:10), Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Michael Weik;
Cheryl Chianese; Ralph Ridolfino; Michael Barrett, attorney; Darrell Willis; Bryon
Marshall, attorney; Michael Russo; Michael Farhi, attorney; George Geier; Angelina
Scales



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 17, 2014
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Return to Employment
Approved
C-2
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
C-4
Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Niceforo, Edna
Greystone Park Psych
Hospital
4/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Lanigan, Mary
DEP/Hazardous
Waste Mgmt.
1/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Janusz, Francis
Rahway City 6/1/2013 B Off payroll over 2 years Denied
Ordinary, Offer Service
D-4 Marinko, Annette
Monmouth County
Division of School
Services
4/1/2014 1 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Suiter, Saundra

Jackson Township 10/1/2013 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-6 Williams, Zelma
Treasury - Division of
Revenue
12/1/2013 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-7 Garofalo, Gloria

West Windsor
Township
7/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-8 Comerford, Sylvia
Vineland City BOE 4/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-9 Radovic, Zorica
North Jersey
Development Center
6/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Cole, Doreen
Bergenfield BOE 10/1/2012 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-11 DePaola, Rex
Greystone Park Psych
Hospital
6/1/2014 5 a) Honorable Service - Did not rise
to level of Uricoli review
b) Ordinary disability - Denied; Offer Deferred
(see F-1)
D-12 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Aguilar, Michael

01/15

5

Camden City

Ahrendt, Diana M

11/14

A

Bergen Co Board of Social Service

Allison, John A

09/14

5

Rockaway Township BOE

Bernard, Barbara

07/14

5

Judiciary/Ocean County

Bernia, Juan P

10/14

B

West New York BOE

Betancourt, Bertha

07/14

5

West New York BOE

Bonilla, Maria

09/14

5

Rutgers University

Carter, Susan

10/14

5

Unemployment Insurance & Disability

Christie, Carol A

01/15

5

Morris County

Culver, Charlotte

08/14

C

Hunterdon Co Educational Services Comm

DiAntonio, Daniel J

11/14

5

North Jersey Water Supply Comm

Domenici, Jeanine

11/14

5

NJHMFA

Dubell, Joseph

10/14

5

Gloucester City

Edwards, Eboni A

07/14

D

Motor Vehicle Commission

Ford, Willie E

06/14

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Gibson, Arnold

09/14

D

New Jersey City University

Gold, Carol A

12/14

5

Burlington County Board Special Services

Gonzales, Selenia C

05/14

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Griffin, Josephine

08/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Kamenas, Charles R

07/14

A

Rahway City

Kazmac, Melissa

05/14

5

Berkeley Township

Kolb, Phyllis J

12/14

5

Camden County Technical Schools

Lee, Delores

12/14

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

LiBrizzi, Kathleen

09/14

5

Judiciary/Ocean County

Mercado, Marjorie

10/14

5

Gloucester County Special Services

Merton, Rebecca A

10/14

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Morales, Lorenza

01/14

1

Newark Public Schools

Nagy, Dolores L

06/14

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Nerush, Margaret

08/14

A

Middlesex County

O’dell, Susan D

03/14

5

Regional Operations North

Portnoy, Jo Ann S

12/14

5

Juvenile Justice Commission

Psimer, Helene

07/14

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Rapada, Evangeline

06/13

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Rozario, Benjamin

01/15

2

Hudson County

Scott, Thelma A

09/14

5

DEPE Office of the Commissioner

Sooy, Jared D

09/14

5

Camden Co Board of Chosen Freeholders

Stevens, Maryrose

10/14

5

Passaic County

Suto, Jessica Victoria

07/14

5

Parsippany Troy Hills Township

Trent, Peggy L

10/14

5

Juvenile Justice Commission

Tutu, Sylvia A

07/14

5

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Weidenbach, John

08/14

5

North Hanover Township

Wright, Cynthia D

09/14

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Total = 42



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Rhett, Shonya
Vineland
Developmental Center
4/1/2014 D 9/9/2007 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Offer Deferred
E-2 Nieves, Myra
Perth Amboy BOE 7/1/2014 D 1/5/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Krajewski, Deborah
Ocean County 8/1/2014 5 7/17/2012
12/19/2012
Approved based on 7/17/12 incident
E-4 Mervil, Pierre

North Jersey
Development Center
2/1/2014 A 6/22/2012
10/8/2012
4/27/2013
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(filed on 2 non-work-related
incidents)

E-5

Kinney, Kevin
Princeton 7/1/2014 C 7/18/2012 Approved
E-6 Kierney, Wayne
Seaside Park Borough 8/1/2013 A 11/30/2009 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Colon, Georgia
Trenton City 7/1/2014 A 11/4/2009 Approved
E-8 Evans, Harold
Hamilton Twp BOE 7/1/2014 A 9/4/2007 Approved

E-9

Rodgers, Georgetta

Greenbrook Regional
Center
6/1/2014 5 2/3/2008
5/15/2009
12/16/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-10 Ingram, Pamela
Camden City 11/1/2014 5 8/20/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Early (no
incident report on file - note the note
from N. Bell)

E-11

Allen, Ann
Bordentown Twp. 7/1/2014 5 4/3/2013 Tabled

E-12

Kunst, Linda
Mercer Co Special
Ser Sch Dist
6/1/2014 B 5/21/2013 Approved
E-13 Huber, Jeffery
Woodbridge Township 8/1/2014 5 2/18/2014 Approved

E-14

Russo, Michael
Hunterdon County 9/1/2013 5 11/24/2010 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 DePaola, Rex - Greystone Park Psych Hospital - SEE D-11
F-2 Salgado, Carlos - Rutgers University - Requests extended
repayment schedule
Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-3+ Ridolfino, Ralph - Department of Labor - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from date of offense (1/1/09) through
termination of employment; Apply on a prospective basis (Trustee Culliton recused.)
(Retirement Bureau)
F-4 Fenton, Susan - Regional Operations Central - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit 1 year of service and salary (Retirement
Bureau)
F-5+ Willis, Darrell - Brookdale Community College - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit from date of offense (9/1/08) through
termination of employment (Retirement Bureau)
F-6 Brown, Reem - Hudson County - Retirement date change
Approved with explanation (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Kochel, David - Appellate Division Decisions The Appellate Court
affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for reinstatement of the penalty
recommended by the Chief Administrative Law Judge (repay retirement allowance and
remit pension contributions for June, July and August 2007)
Noted
G-2 Whyte, Pamela - Marlboro Twp. BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Suy Ho Go, Robert - City of Asbury Park - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's decision denying accidental disability, but reversed the Board's decision and
granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective July 1, 2011; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ Decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions (Retirement Bureau)
G-4 Dimondi, Lanita - Union County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-5 Marinello, Frank - Bergen County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Whelan, Donna Marie - DDD Community Services - Hearing
Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Woska, Geraldine - Dumont Borough BOE - Hearing
Withdrawals
Noted
G-8 Johnson, Sandy - Woodbridge Developmental Center - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
G-9 Chinery, Robert - Rutherford Boro BOE - Initial Decision ALJ
granted the Boards motion for summary decision, dismissing the matter of Mr. Chinery's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-10 Starroff, Cynthia - Hudson County - Initial Decision Motion to dismiss appeal of
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision (DAG Kelly recused.)
G-11 Dolan, Sean - Middlesex County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective May 1, 2012
Adopted ALJ Decision (Retirement Bureau)
G-12 Mariniello, Michael - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
decision to repay salary earned at Closter from September 15, 2009 through May 31, 2012
Adopted ALJ Decision (DAG Kelly recused.)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Kinney, Juliann - University Hospital - WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA - DUPLICATE
FROM SEPTEMBER MTG
H-2 Osorio, Miriam - Camden City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Kristo, Diana - Clifton City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Albargothy, Mufida - Paterson BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Pine, Judith - Galloway Township BOE - Appeals the Board's denial to change retirment date
Denied
H-6 Damminger, Teresa - Camden County College - Appeals the Board's denial of
her request to apply for Accidental Disability because she was terminated before she applied
Approved
H-7 Kallen, Nora - Jersey City - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Anand, Promila - Woodbridge Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's
denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Steever, Sylvia - Trenton City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial
to change retirement date
Denied
H-10 Colasante, Angela - Ridgefield Boro BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Garrett, Kristina - Passaic County - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability on the basis of a physical disability
Approved
H-12 McCall, Delores - Woodbridge Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-13 Schiller, Edith - Jersey City Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Geier, George for Linda (deceased) - North Bergen Township - Group Life Insurance Benefits
Tabled for DAG advice
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Proposed Meeting dates 2015
Noted
L-2 Order dismissing appeal for Walter McGrosky (dec'd)
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund E as of July 31, 2014
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of August 31, 2014
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of August 31, 2014
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurane policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for September 2014 - Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers, Thomson (not in attendance), DAG Kelly)
   

 

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 5, 2014.

 

 
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