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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
NOVEMBER 5, 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: 10:18 AM

Adjourned: 1:16 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Brian Currie, Peter Maurer (arrived 10:30), Ronald Winthers, Ned
Thomson (left 12:45), William O'Brien, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Benjamin Hurst

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Palmer; Michael Weik;
Cheryl Chianese; Val McManus; John Feeley, attorney; Michael Bell; Karen
Richardson; Linda Krajian; Judy Gleason; Janet Hawk; David Skand, attorney;
Beatrice Mackey; Kevin Kirchner; Dante Romanini, attorney; Michael Disko; Allen
Barkin, attorney; Sunanda Rana; Sharon Fenstermacher; Jane White; Doris
Dabrowski, attorney; Susan Grant; Kristen Bell; Marc Greenfield



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of October 15, 2014
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Retirement List
Approved
C-2
Return to Employment
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Eckenrode, Linda Hamilton Twp BOE 7/1/2014 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
(Vote: 6:1; Trustee Culliton: Nae)
D-2 Panichelli, Carol Vineland City BOE 1/1/2014 5 Re-Exam Approved continuation of
Ordinary Disability
D-3 Williams, Sharon Plainfield City 7/1/2014 5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Wills, Lytrayer East Orange Housing
Authority
12/1/2013 5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Cooper, Katherine Div of Med Asst & Hlth
Service
11/1/2014 5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 DeGennaro, Anthony Northern Valley Reg
H S Dist
12/1/2014 5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-7 Mendez, Lilia Union City BOE 12/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-8 Taimkij, Mohamed Passaic County 12/1/2014 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-9 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Agin, Simpson N Jr

07/14

C

Montgomery Twp BOE

Anderson, Bonnie M

01/15

5

Dept. of Health and Senior Services

Beitler, George A

07/14

3

Department of Labor

Benson, Murray

10/14

A

Woodbine Developmental Center

Blake, Lillie

11/14

5

Atlantic City

Calderon, Jorge

11/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Ciraco, Immacolata

11/14

5

Hudson Co School of Technology

Correa, Bethania

08/14

A

West Essex Regional School Dist

Curtis, Erin C

11/14

5

State Police Civilian Employees

Dubell, Robert L

02/15

5

Florence Township

Edgerton, Kathy J

11/14

2

Moorestown Township BOE

Fitzgerald, Debbie A

12/14

5

Office of the Public Defender

Garruto, Deborah A

09/14

5

Jackson Township BOE

Gill, Angela

05/14

5

Woodbine Developmental Center

Hale, Kenneth C

10/14

2

Willingboro MUA

Hersh, Maryann

07/14

5

Burlington Co Board of Special Services

Hurley, Billy G

10/14

B

Monmouth County/Hall of Records

Jeanlouis, Fleurante

09/14

5

Vets Mem Home at Menlo Park

Johnson, Kevin A

11/14

5

Essex County

Lake, James

10/14

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Mason, David B

06/14

5

Woodbridge Township

McDevitt, Patricia C

11/14

5

Dept of Community Affairs

Murgittroyd, Helene B

07/14

A

Jackson Township BOE

Murray, Chrystal A

01/14

A

Treasury - Division of Revenue

Perez, Ana I

11/14

5

West New York BOE

Rayford, Evelyn M

09/14

5

Linden City BOE

Reed-Smith, Heather R

03/14

5

Evesham Twp BOE

Riley, Amissa Joyce

08/14

C

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Siegfried, Christian T

07/14

5

Pemberton Township BOE

Sunwolf, Edward A

06/14

1

Essex County

Tarver, Pamela Denise

02/14

5

Union County

Torres, Fidel

05/14

C

Newark Public Schools

Vanek, Robert H

10/14

B

Training & Employment Services

Vanpelt, Jean M

01/15

5

Long Branch BOE

Walker, Leticia De

11/14

D

Dept. of Health and Senior Services

Winrow, Christine

01/15

5

Mercer Co Bd of Social Service

Total = 36

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Escobar, Alberto North Bergen MUA 5/1/2014 B 6/15/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Stinson, Eveanne South Woods Prison-
Dept of Corr
9/1/2014 5 2/12/2013 Approved

E-3

Cash, Katherine
Dept of Children and
Families
7/1/2012 5 12/20/2004
4/9/2008
9/15/2008
1/24/2011
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL
(12/20/14 - no incident report)
E-4 Scipio, Leslye Forensic Psychiatric
Hospital
10/1/2013 5 12/21/2008 Approved

E-5

Mower, Janette University Hospital 2/1/2014 5 8/15/2012 Tabled for additional review
E-6 Tobey, Wendy Berkeley Township 8/1/2013 5 4/10/2008 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-7

Batten, Ralph South Woods Prison-
Dept of Cor
7/1/2014 5 5/6/2013 Approved
E-8 Johnson, Gloriann East Brunswick Twp BOE 5/1/2014 5 4/23/2010 Approved

E-9

Thomas, Dawn Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
7/1/2014 5 4/23/2010
4/25/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)
E-10 Smith, Patricia Dept of Children &
Families
3/1/2014 5 5/20/2013 Approved

E-11

Cagle, Deborah NJ Dept of Corrections 6/1/2014 5 8/31/2012 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Richardson, Karen - Department of Agriculture - Resubmission
Issue of bona fide retirement
Bona fide retirement contingent upon return of salary earned during 6 month period
immediately post-retirement (External Audit, Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Hawk, Janet - Department of Agriculture - Resubmission Issue
of bona fide retirement
Bona fide retirement contingent upon return of salary earned during 6 month period
immediately post-retirement (External Audit, Retirement Bureau)
F-3+ Mackey, Beatrice - Department of Agriculture - Resubmission
Issue of bona fide Retirement
Bona fide retirement contingent upon return of salary earned during 6 month period
immediately post-retirement (External Audit, Retirement Bureau)
F-4+ Kirchner, Kevin - City of Vineland - Resubmission Issue of bona
fide retirement
Non bona fide retirement; Repay salary earned (External Audit, Retirement Bureau)
F-5+ Triandafilou, Andrew - Kean University - Request option change
Denied
F-6 Franzini, Donna Marie - Washington Twp BOE - Honorable Service Deferred
Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-7+ White, Jane - State Police Civilian/Mercer County Comm
College - Issue of bona fide retirement
Non bona fide retirement; Repay salary earned (External Audit, Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Generoso, Joseph - Passaic County - Initial Decision Settlement
Adopted ALJ decision
G-2 Shapiro, Esperanza - Rutgers University - Appellate Division Decisions
Appellate Court upheld the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-3 Randolph, Margaret - Treasury-Pension & Benefits - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Minor, Elizabeth - Ocean County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
the Board's decision and has granted accidental disability retirement effective March 1,
2013 under maximum option
Adopted ALJ decision (Retirement Bureau, Health Benefits)
G-5 Bell, Michael - Atlantic City - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement beneifts; however, reversed the Board's decision and
granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective December 1, 2011; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision with modification; Noted exceptions (Retirement Bureau, Health
Benefits)
G-6 Pine, Judith - Galloway Township BOE - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
G-7 Simmons, Charles - Newark Public Schools - Hearing
Withdrawals Failure to Appear
Noted
G-8 Kampe, William - South Brunswick Twp - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-9 Riegel, Kathleen - Southern State Corrections - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-10 Graves, Reginald - Trenton City - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Ortiz, Elsa - Millville BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits - Request to Table -
Tabled
H-2 Cintron, Iris - Human Ser P.A.F.A - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Fambro, Walter - Galloway Township BOE - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Cyrek, Paul - Passaic County - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Misavage, Karen - Motor Vehicle Commission - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Dettorre, Rocco - Passaic County Community College - Appeals
the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Ditullio, John - Regional Operations South - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Szurko, Stefanie - Roxbury Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Walters, John - Edna Mahan Corr Fac for Women - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Fredericks, Joseph - Hudson County - Appeals the Board's denial
of creditable salary
Approved
H-11 Steever, Sylvia - Trenton City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial
to change retirement date - Reconsideration
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Disko, Michael - Mountainside Borough - Termination of PERS pursuant to
Chapter 92, P.L. 2007
Not eligible for PERS under NJSA 43:15A-7.2(a)
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions P.P. vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of September 30, 2014
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of September 30, 2014
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on December 10, 2014.

 

 
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