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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
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 2016 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 21, 2015.

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 (20K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:40 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Ned Thomson, Ronald Winthers, Carey Brown, Brian Currie, Benjamin
Hurst, William O'Brien, Tracy Smith; Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; Amy Cerovsky; DAG Robert Garrison; Mike
Salerno, NJEA; Valerie McManus; Sue Grant; Kristin Bell; Saretta Dudley; Cheryl
Chianese; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Kara Ansley; Marc Greenfield; William Tedder; Manuel
Rodrigues; Edward O'Rourke; Donna O'Rourke; Steven Maslo, attorney; William K.
Mosca, Jr., attorney; Brandon Schoonover; Trooper Ruczwynski



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of October 19, 2016
Approved (Trustee Smith abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

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

Atlantic County
Utility Authority
10/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Ehrke, Ervie
Ancora Psych Hosp 12/1/2015 5 Approved (off payroll over 2 years)
D-3 Webster, Donita
Camden City BOE 6/1/2015 5 Approved (off payroll over 2 years)
D-4 Piatti-Reid, Abby
West Milford Twp BOE 7/1/2016 5 Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
Offer Deferred
D-5 Monthly OD Grid       w/Supplement Approved (See list below)
D-6 Rodrigues, Manuel
Judiciary/Union Co     Request to apply for Ordinary
Denied; Offer Deferred
(subject to review under Uricoli
analysis)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Anderson, Michael

09/16

1

Passaic County

Arizaga, Sandra Y

03/16

5

Passaic County

Babernitsh, James B

09/16

C

Mountainside Boro BOE

Begraft, Craig S

09/16

A

Roxbury Township

Blacer, Marie

04/16

5

Bayonne BOE

Chismar, Juliann

10/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Claude, Marie L

07/16

C

Middlesex County

Delesandro, Deborah A

02/17

5

Gloucester Twp.  BOE

Doherty, Patrick J

01/17

5

Morris Township

Eichenberg, Joanne

01/17

5

Gloucester County

Falzone, John R

01/17

5

South Woods Prison

Gibson, Rebecca

01/17

A

Dept. Of Children And Families

Green, Lisa Ann

01/17

5

DHS Central Payroll Office

Habinowski, Leonard J

07/16

B

Camden County

Macaluso, Jane Ann

10/16

5

Burlington City BOE

Matamoros, Ruth E

07/17

5

Union City BOE

Mcdonald, John

09/16

A

Hoboken City

Mcgonigal, Todd W

01/17

5

Millstone Township BOE

Mesker, Liesel F

08/16

5

Hunterdon County

Pinto, Gaby

08/16

5

Ocean Co Board Of Soc.  Serv

Scandiffio, James G

10/16

2

Essex County

Sloan, Michael K Sr

05/16

5

Clementon Borough

Wendel, Jacqueline G

07/16

5

Transportation

Wittkowski, Donna M

07/16

5

Dept. Of Children And Families

Woytowicz, Mona J

03/16

5

Wall Township BOE

Total = 25  


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Galanti, Raymond

Regional Opertaions
South
11/1/2015 A 3/12/2014 Request to Postpone Approved
E-2 Goodwin, William
Swedesboro Borough 4/1/2016 5 2/26/2015 Approved

E-3

Cruz, Margaret
Atlantic County 6/1/2016 5 8/3/2012 Approved
E-4 Evans, Eugene

South Jersey Trans
Auth
2/1/2016 5 9/1/2010
4/19/2013
6/20/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Disabled, but not as a result of the
incidents.) The Board noted there
were no reports on file for any of the
incidents described.

E-5

Rambone, Delia
Edgewater Boro 4/1/2016 5 9/14/2012 Approved
E-6 Jones, John
New Milford BOE 10/1/2016 A 6/19/2015 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Roberts, Jocelyn - Atlantic County Welfare Bd - Honorable Service Request to
postpone
Approved final postponement until December 14, 2016 meeting
F-2+ O'Rourke, Edward - New Brunswick City - Honorable Service
Resubmission
a) Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture of service and salary bringing him to 25 years of
service; Apply retroactive to July 1, 2015 effective date
b) Issue of Dependency - Approved
(Retirement Bureau)
F-3 Williams, Joyce - Franklin Twp. BOE - Request Retroactive
Retirement Date
Denied
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Devereaux, William - NJ Department Military & Vet Affairs -
Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision of partial forfeiture due to dishonorable
service
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-2 DeGennaro, Anthony - Northern Valley Reg HS Dist - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision (DAG Garrison recused)
G-3 Fischer, Nubia - Veterans Mem Home at Menlo Park - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision denying Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision (DAG Garrison recused)
G-4 Moss, Marissa - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision regarding delayed manifestation issue; Rejected legal conclusions
that Ms. Moss was disabled at the time she left employment; Note exceptions filed by DAG;
Noted exceptions filed by member
G-5 Luker, Charlene - New Lisbon Developmental Center - ALJ
upheld the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability Retirement Benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-6 Schaffer, Michael - North Hudson Sewerage Auth - Petition for
Certification denied - FYI
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Heinrich, Deborah - Edna Mahan Corr Fac For Women - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Fresulone, Peter (dec'd) (Regina Piscitelli ) - Maplewood Twp - Appeals the
denial of life insurance coverage at the time of death
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1=+ Mosca, Michael - Ventnor City - Termination of PERS membership pursuant to
Ch. 92., P.L. 2007
Denied membership in PERS effective January 1, 2008 in accordance with N.J.S.A 43:15A-7.2(a)
(Enrollments, Retirements, Audit, External Audit)
J-2 Coronato, Joseph - Ocean County - Termination of PERS membership pursuant
to Ch. 92., P.L. 2007; Request to Postpone
Approved Postponement until January 18, 2017 Board meeting
J-3 Village fo Ridgefield Park (regarding Omar Khan) - Employer appeals late employer liability penalty
Denied
J-4+ Schoonover, Brandon - Dept of Labor - Request refund of purchase
Denied and Grant OAL hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None

   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers PERS contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D As of September 30, 2016
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E As of September 30, 2016
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1

Outside legal counsel invoice dated September 30, 2016
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers, Thomson and DAG Garrison recused.)

M-2 Outside legal counsel invoice dated October 31, 2016
Approved (Trustees Cullliton, Winthers, Thomson and DAG Garrison recused.)
   


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on December 14, 2016.

 
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