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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
DECEMBER 11, 2013
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 2013 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2012.

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: 10:07 AM

Adjourned: 1:50 PM

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, Leon Flanagan, Ned Thomson, Peter Maurer, Ronald Winthers, William O'Brien ( arrived 10:10), Benjamin Hurst (arrived 10:12), Suzanna Buriani DeSantis (arrived 10:32), Janice Nelson (left 11:20) for Susanne Culliton (arrived 11:20)


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Michael Weik; Cheryl Chianese; Val McManus; Mike Czyzyk; Sharon Fenstermacher; Sunanda Rana; Mark Schwedes; Wendy Jamison; Vincent LaPaglia, attorney; James Wiley; Hugh Riley; John Feeley, attorney; Gene Vinci; Stephen Trimboli, attorney; Gerald Collincini (via telephone); Richard Friedman, attorney; Carol Vivona; Samuel Halpern, attorney; William Hunter; Louis DeLollis, attorney; Della Carroll; Sarah Geiger (NJEA)



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of November 6, 2013
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Stell, Denice
NJ Veterans Mem Home Vineland
3/1/2013
C
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Romero, Jose
Mercer County
1/1/2012
D
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Guidotti, Diana
Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs
7/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Gualdarrama, Kelly
Jersey City Public Schools
9/1/2013
1
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 MacLeod, Roland
NJ Veterans Mem Home, Vinland
8/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Approved Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-6 Evans, Ashema Passaic County
4/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-7 Ryder, Susan
Motor Vehicle Commission
7/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-8 Webb, Walter
Jersey City Public Schools
6/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-9 Williams, Kimberly
New Lisbon Developmental Center
7/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-10 Harvey, Barbara
Dept of Children & Families
10/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-11 Portis, Chanda
Ann Klein Forensic Center
8/1/2013
1
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Kuhl, Timothy
Manalapan Englishtown Regional
10/1/2013
B
Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary; Continue to collect Service
D-13 Perez, Maryann
Union City
11/1/2013
5
Tabled for administrative review
D-14 Hatcher, Amalia
Passaic County
10/1/2013
1
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-15 Dilione, Grace
Warren County Bd of Chosen Frhldrs
8/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-16 Parker, Donna
Ocean County
9/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-17 Smith, Joanne
Edna Mahan Corr Fac For Women
6/1/2013
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-18 Donegan, Eileen
Somerset County Finance Office
2/1/2013
5
Approved
D-19 Aymat, David
Department of Children & Families
6/1/2013
A
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-20 Laverty-Segrest, Kathleen
Winslow Twp. School Dist.
9/1/2013
5
Off payroll over 2 years Denied
Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-21 Monthly OD Grid  
 
 
Approved with exception of Deborah Ursetti,
which was tabled for an IME
(Trustee Nelson recused from the
matter of Kenneth Hartman.)

(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Arrington, Paul

07/13

5

Newark Public Schools

Avallone, Loretta

10/13

1

Mental Health & Hospitals

Banta, Marianne

10/13

5

Buena Regional School District

Bayard, Jacquelynn

11/13

1

Rowan University

Bertonazzi, Herbert J

11/13

5

Atlantic County

Bonney, James F

12/13

5

Rowan University

Bori, Lois A

09/13

5

Pemberton Township

Boyer-Wood, Phyllis C

10/13

D

Trenton City BOE

Brooks, Marlene E

09/13

1

Gloucester City BOE

Burnett, Edeline A

01/14

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Chiappini, Sharon

09/13

D

Fairfield Township

Clarke, Karissa A

02/14

C

Rutgers University

Cole, Crystal M

04/13

5

Rutgers University

Cosentino-Dipiero, Margare

02/14

5

Mercer County Community College

Couture-Lenox, Tara L

02/13

5

Judiciary/Ocean County

Cullinan, James

09/13

5

Caldwell West Caldwell BOE

Davis, Jacqueline

07/13

B

North Jersey Development Center

Dortch, Richardean

06/13

A

William Paterson

Dowell, Venice M

10/13

5

Bergen County

Falitz, Sharon

04/14

B

East Windsor Regional School Dist

Falstrault, James A

11/13

5

Treasury-Division of Investments

Finnegan, Catherine

05/13

D

Turnpike Authority

Fisher, Leslie A

09/13

5

Developmental Disabilities

Fitzgerald, Margaret A

11/13

D

Kearny Town

Fooks, Ronald

12/13

2

Pittsgrove Township

Fox, Renee

11/13

A

Wildwood City

Fredericks, Deborah A

01/13

1

Division of Consumer Affairs

Gilsenan, Donna Maria

10/13

5

Old Bridge BOE

Goding, Jaramogie F

10/13

A

Hudson County

Gonzalez, Jeanne M

08/13

D

Judiciary/Middlesex County

Graham, Barbara

11/13

D

UMDNJ

Gunther, Guy E

03/14

3

Rockaway Borough

Hacker, Susan

01/14

5

Dept of Children and Families

Hardin, Odell Jr

12/13

B

Newark Public Schools

*Hartman, Kenneth

01/14

5

Treasury-Division of Pensions & Benefits

Hawthorne, Darleshia K

06/13

5

Department of Labor

Hill, Dorinda

01/13

5

Ancora Psychiatric Hospital

Hnatiw, Stephen

09/13

D

Elmwood Park Borough BOE

Hoadley, William E

12/13

C

Morris County

Howard, Julie A

10/13

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Hutchins, Andrea E

10/13

5

Hunterdon Co Educ Servicess Comm

Iero, Frank A

01/14

5

Mercer County

Irizarry, Teodomiro

08/13

5

Woodbine Borough

Jackson, Sylvia

08/13

5

Division of Consumer Affairs

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Jordan, Donna M

09/13

1

Newark Public Schools

Klawitter, John F

10/13

5

Buena Vista Township

Korczak, Krystyna Z

07/13

B

Lawrence Twp BOE

Kowaleski, Richard A

01/14

5

Somerset County

Krogman, Anne M

12/13

5

Camden City BOE

Kusnirak, William A

11/12

5

Perth Amboy BOE

Manfredi, Francesco J

04/14

5

Hamilton Township  

Manning, Robert J

11/13

5

Old Bridge MUA

Martin, Lisa R

02/14

5

Div. of Medical Assistance & Health Service

McLeish, John G

01/14

5

Somerset County

Nielsen, Jeannette Lynn

02/14

5

Ocean County

O’Keefe, Alan D

03/13

1

Scotch Plains Fanwood BOE

Pansy, Ann Marie F

02/14

B

Upper Saddle River BOE

Patel, Bharat P

08/13

A

Turnpike Authority

Petercsak, Alice M

11/13

1

Jackson Township BOE

Richter, Robert J

12/13

A

Superior Court/Camden

Rodriguez, Josephine

10/13

1

Jersey City Public Schools

Rodriguez, Ramon L

11/13

D

South Woods Prison - Dept. of Corrections

Rosario, Josephine

06/13

A

Vineland City BOE

Rotelli, Carl F

11/13

5

Fair Lawn Borough

Salem, Jeannette L

10/13

5

Hudson County

Sarullo, Connie

01/14

5

Florham Park BOE

Scott, James

11/13

5

Rutgers University

Smith, Melvin W

12/13

D

Woodbine Developmental Center

Smith, Tracey L

09/13

5

Newark City

Snyder, Shebarbara

10/13

1

Atlantic City BOE

Szymanik, Stanley J

07/13

5

Middlesex County

Tatum, Sylvia R

03/14

D

Passaic BOE

Taveras, Julio L

01/14

C

West New York BOE

Underwood, Doris L

09/13

5

Burlington County

**Ursetti, Deborah C

01/14

5

Passaic County

Velez, Maryann L

09/13

5

Park Ridge Boro BOE

Vogel, William J

11/13

C

DEPE Division of Parks & Forestry

Weir, Darren J

09/13

5

Regional Operations North

Welsh, Kathleen F

08/13

5

Essex County

Westerberg, William E Sr

10/13

A

Middletown Twp BOE

Young, Richard Allen

10/13

5

Newark Housing Authority

*(Trustee Nelson recused.)
**Tabled for IME
Tabled = 1; Approved 80

                                                                                      


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Diaz, Lina
Elizabeth BOE

10/1/2013

5

6/5/2013

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Jaekel, Matthew
Regional Operations
North

8/1/2013

5

12/23/2008

Approved

E-3

Guzman, Monserrate
Rutgers University

5/1/2013

5

2/25/2010

Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Offer Deferred
E-4 Preston, Terence
Garden State Recp &
Youth Corr Ctr

6/1/2013

A

12/4/2004
2/2/2011

Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred 

E-5

Pezza, Patricia
Jackson Township
BOE

7/1/2013

5

10/12/2010

Approved
E-6 Vogt, Patrice
Manchester Twp. BOE

10/1/2013

5

4/30/2012

Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-7

Woska, Geraldine Dumont Borough BOE

5/1/2013

5

12/6/2011

Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-8 Gilchrist, Gary
Newark Public
Schools

4/1/2011

1

8/29/2001
11/21/2003
2/14/2005

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (only report submitted for 8/29/01 was dated 1/4/02)

E-9

Lucic, Dragica
Cherry Hill Twp. BOE

11/1/2013

5

1/3/2013

Denied Accidental, Offer Service efective 10/1/14
E-10 Hill, Loretta
VA-Paramus

10/1/2013

1

3/17/2007
10/25/2010

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-11

Chrzanowski, Matthew
Mt. Laurel Twp. Mun
Util Auth

2/1/2013

A

12/16/2011

Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary
E-12 Algarin, Maria
Passaic County

5/1/2013

D

6/11/2012

Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-13

Canfield, Gregory
Hunterdon
Developmental
Center

10/1/2013

A

8/2/2012

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Trustee Bruno recused.)
E-14 Duke, Kathleen
Newark Public
Schools

8/1/2013

5

7/24/2012

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-15

Harrington, Barbara
Bergen County

6/1/2013

5

9/24/2012

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (or Early, if higher benefit)
E-16 Rufner, Rita
Freehold Twp BOE

1/1/2014

5

2/25/2004

Approved

E-17

Vedder, Thomas
West Deptford
Township

9/1/2013

5

2/16/2012

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-18 Verhage, Scott
Wayne BOE

7/1/2013

C

4/7/2011

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-19

Spivey, Jerome
Newark Public
Schools

10/1/2013

5

9/23/2005
10/18/2011
2/21/2013

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-20 Popp, Rosemarie
North Hanover Twp
BOE

7/1/2013

5

4/9/2011

Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-21

Schwarz, Lucie
Glen Rock Boro BOE

3/1/2013

5

10/6/2008

Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-22 Baskerville, Teresa
Judiciary/Essex
County

8/1/2013

A

3/29/2005
5/16/2007

Approved on 5/16/07 incident

E-23

Balesteri, Mark



Egg Harbor Twp BOE

2/1/2014

5

8/26/2005
3/2/2009
3/4/2009

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-24 Bekker, William
Lyndhurst Twp

10/1/2013

D

2/26/2013

Approved

E-25

Pearce, Walter

New Lisbon
Developmental Center

4/1/2013

5

6/9/2005
11/26/2012

Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)
E-26 Headley, Pearlena
Rutgers University

11/1/2013

5

12/1/2009

Approved

E-27

Callahan, John
Woodbine
Developmental Center

5/1/2013

D

12/3/2011

Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-28 Iacovelli, Philip
Union City

8/1/2012

A

6/24/2010

Reconsidered and Denied Accidental; Continue Ordinary; Continue in OAL



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Gregorio, Nancy - Union Co Educ Serv Commission - Request to change effective date of retirement
Denied
F-2+ Riley, Hugh - Palisades Interstate Park Comm - Issue of Bona fide retirement
Repay salary earned from October 1, 2008 through October 31, 2013 as a result of return to
employment; Approved 10 year repayment schedule (Retirements, External Audit)
F-3+ Vinci, Gene - Park Ridge Boro - Issue of Bona fide retirement
Non bona fide retirement; Cancel Retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits;
Approve OAL Hearing (Retirements, Enrollments, External Audit)
F-4+ Collincini, Gerald - Rutgers University - Issue of Bona fide retirement
Non bona fide retirement; Repay salary earned from August 1, 2007 through January 1,
2009 as a result of return to employment (Retirements, External Audit)
F-5 Hansen, John - Issue of Bona fide retirement
Tabled (Trustee Hurst recused.)
F-6 Vaichulis, Gail - Bergenfield BOE - Request to change effective date of retirement
Approved (Vote: 8:1; Trustee Maurer: Nae)
F-7 Schechter, Patricia - Judiciary - Return to Employment
ADMINISTRATIVLY REMOVED - Appeal withdrawn
F-8+ Wiley, James - North Bergen Township - Request to process retirement pending adjudication of charges
Denied
F-9+ Vivona, Carol - Red Bank Boro. - Return to Employment
Repay salary earned from February 2009 through June 2013 (Retirements, External Audit)
F-10 Smith, Marie - South Plainfield Borough - Reconsideration of Honorable service penalty
Amend penalty to partial forfeiture from February 2010 through termination; Apply
retroactive to effective date of retirement (Trustee Flanagan recused.) (Retirements)
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Gallets, Dianne - Washington Twp - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Kackos, Clement - NJ Turnpike Authority - Appellate Division Decisions Appellate Court upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-3 Frame, Herman - Lower Township Bd of Ed - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's denial and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2011
Adopted ALJ decision (DAG Kelly recused.) (Retirements)
G-4 Catania, Nancy - Union City Parking Authority - Initial Decision
ALJ reversed the Board's denial and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective August 1, 2010
Adopted ALJ decision (DAG Kelly recused.) (Retirements)
G-5 Rolph, Michael - Hunterdon Central High School - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-6 Wong, Cheri - Dept. of Children & Framilies - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective May 1, 2010
Adopted ALJ decision (Retirements)
G-7 Nichols, Isabel - Treasury-Executive Admin - Supreme Court Dismissal
Noted
G-8 Luongo, Robert - Ridgewood Village - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Ordinary Disability retirement benefits effective April 1, 2011
Adopted ALJ decision (Retirements)
G-9 DeGloria, Dominick - Northern Highlands Regional - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Jeffers, Roslyn - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Webb, Anne Marie - Hunterdon Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 DeFeo, James - Little Egg Harbor Mun Util Auth - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Meyer, Howard - Jackson Township BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Fioretti, Carlo ) - Ramapo College of New Jersey - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Seddon, Bruce - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Duncan, Darryl - Dept of Children & Families - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Belcastro, Anne - Greystone Park Psych Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Gilliard, Susie - Trenton City - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Peal, Jeffrey - Scotch Plains Fanwood BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Howell, James - Trenton City - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-12 McGrady, Kathleen - Judiciary/Sussex County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-13 Popelak, Karen - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the Board's denial of retirement option change
Reconsidered and Approved the option change to maximum allowance (Retirements)
H-14 Testa, Renee - Dept of Children & Families - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-15 DeAngelo, Robert - Gloucester County - Appeals the Board's decision for repayment due to return to employment
Denied
H-16 Fischer, Nubia - NJ Vets Mem Home at Menlo Park - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-17 Moody, Philip - Cranbury Township BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-18 Epps, Michael - Jersey City Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-19 Sassaman, Tara - Bergen County Bd of Special Servs - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-20 Blidi, Beatrice - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Carroll, James - Bergen County - Requests pension credit as result of back pay award
Denied (Vote: 8:1; Trustee Buriani-DeSantis: Nae)
J-2 Grier-Jones, Tanisha - Rutgers University - Request continued eligibility in PERS
Denied
J-3+ Hunter, William - Cape May Co Bd Social Services - Requests retroactive enrollment in PERS
Denied
   



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Michael LaRosa, Scott Newkirk & Susan Kamish vs. SPRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund A as of September 30, 2013
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund B as of September 30, 2013
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers PERS Contributiry group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance for August 31, 2013
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund D as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund E as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-9 Trial Balance for September 30, 2013
Noted
L-10 Common Pension Fund A as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-11 Common Pension Fund B as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-12 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-13 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-14 Trial Balance for October 31, 2013
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 15, 2014.

 

 
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