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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
DECEMBER 10, 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: 10:07 AM

Adjourned: 2:00 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Peter Maurer, Brian Curry, Benjamin Hurst, Ned Thomson, Susanne
Culliton, Ron Winthers, William O'Brien (arrived 10:15)


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Palmer; Michael Weik;
DAG Joe Dorfler; Wendy Jamison; Richard Friedman, attorney; Cheryl Chianese,
Kristen Bell; Sue Grant; Angelina Scales; Theodore Freedman; Edward Choromanski;
Mary Lorenz; Bernard Reilly



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of November 5, 2014
Approved (Trustee Hurst abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Nominations Phase for PERS Trustee Elections
Approved an extension in the date to file nominations for State and County elections to
February 1, 2015 (contingent only if no one qualifies for the position by January 9, 2015).
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists For November 3, 2014
Approved
C-2 Active and Retired Death Lists for December 1, 2014
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
C-4 Chapter 221
Approved
C-5 Return to Employment
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Anastos, Margaret
Division of Consumer
Affairs
9/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Stasi, Andrea
Summit BOE 2/1/2015 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Winchester, Gerald
Ancora Psych Hospital 6/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Shauger, Rosemary
Boonton Town BOE 6/1/2014 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-5 Alessio, Mark
State Police Civilian
Employees
12/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 DeSilva, Rosemary
Southhampton Twp
BOE
1/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-7 Williams, Dianna
Depart of Community
Affairs
10/1/2013 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-8 Digiovanni, Donna
Woodbine Developmental
Center
10/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-9 Turner, Shelly
Salem County Board
of Social Services
9/1/2014 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-10 Fadden, Douglas
Judiciary 1/1/2014 5 Approved
D-11 Aponte, Mayra
Rutgers University     Request to apply for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits Tabled
D-12 Diaz, Maria
Camden City BOE 4/1/2015 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-13 Finnerty, Gary
Delran Township 8/1/2014 A Approved
D-14 Murphy, Bonnie
Wall Twp. Bd of Ed 5/1/2014 5 Off payroll over 2 years Denied
Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-15 Carlson, Robert
Ann Klein Forensic
Center
2/1/2014 B Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-16 Thompson, Charlene
Mercer County 10/1/2014 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-17 Desir, Marie
Middlesex County
Improvement Auth
3/1/2014 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-18 Cook, Phillip
Voorhees Township 8/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-19 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Adamczyk, Susan A

12/14

5

Rutgers University

Babbitt, Lorraine S

07/14

D

Department of Military & Veteran Affairs

Bohal, Chad Francis

10/14

2

Woodbridge Developmental Center

Branch, David

07/14

A

Montclair Township

Brennan, Diane Marie

11/14

C

Morris County College

Browne, Grace S

10/14

B

Mercer County Special Services

Budhoo, Dave

11/14

B

Turnpike Authority

Bundy, Brenda S

03/15

5

Sports & Exposition Auth

Byro, Laurie

01/14

5

Allendale Borough

Camacho, Maleni

07/14

5

North Jersey Development Center

Carinha, Michelle

03/15

A

Sayreville BOE

Catlett, Phillip R

02/15

A

Dept of Corrections -Bayside State Prison

Chaparro, Carlos A

01/15

5

Dover Town

Cricelli, Vince

09/14

2

Passaic County

Delano, Theresa Marie

11/14

5

Clearview Regional BOE

Delgado, Reyna M

06/14

5

Passaic City

Fanelli, Jeanette M

12/14

A

Vineland Developmental Center

Force, Raymond C

08/14

C

Hunterdon Central High School

Ford, Matthew F

09/14

D

Brick Township

Garcia Sanchez, Eduvigis

07/14

5

Rutgers University

Geigel, Maritza

02/14

5

Paterson BOE

Haney, Todd David

04/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Haroon, Josephine

01/15

2

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Hartmann, Timothy A

01/15

5

Newton BOE

Hergert, Eugene

01/15

A

Linden City

Hryczyk, Gail C

01/15

5

Morris County

Jones, Michael A

01/15

5

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Joslin, Edith

01/15

5

Folsom Borough BOE

Kasper, Jeffrey

05/14

A

Randolph Township

Kipila, George R

09/14

D

Woodbridge Township

Lanni, Barbara

05/14

5

New Milford BOE

Love, Rose M

04/14

1

Woodbine Developmental Center

McElveen, George J Jr

06/14

5

Juvenile Justice Commission

McGraw, Angela M

11/14

A

Delran Twp BOE

Miller, Marilyn M

01/15

5

Metuchen Boro BOE

Mnych, Marion T

02/15

A

Department of Education

Morrison, Kenneth

09/14

A

Hamilton Twp BOE

Muniz-Urena, Jessica A

08/14

D

Division of Consumer Affairs

Nunn, Marie J

07/13

5

Burlington Twp BOE

Onorati-Ivins, Tina M

10/14

5

Office of the Public Defender

Palladino, Peter T

10/14

2

Black Horse Pike Regional School Dist

Peirano, Kathleen R

11/14

C

Rutgers University

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Perna, Nancy I

07/14

D

Juvenile Justice Commission

Pisano, Theresa R

12/14

5

Marlboro Township BOE

Proctor-Cobb, Charlotte

08/14

1

Passaic County

Radice, Gary M

02/15

A

Sussex County

Renaud, Sharon B

08/14

C

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Robinson, Maryann T

03/14

5

Passaic County

Russo, Annette C

07/14

5

Clifton City BOE

Sadusk, Jeffrey M

05/14

5

Woodbridge Township

Sanchez, Wanda I

07/14

5

Institute of Technology

Scrivanic, Johanna

01/15

5

Ocean Twp BOE

Villalongo, Jose A, Sr

11/14

3

Passaic County Community College

Welden, Teddy E

05/15

5

Southern State Correctional Facility

Williams, George L

08/14

1

Rutgers University

Winch, Barbara E

01/15

5

Woodbridge Township

Wombough, Sharon

07/14

5

Eatontown BOE

Yerkes, Robert Norris

04/15

C

South Jersey Trans Authority

Zee, Anthony M

10/14

5

Millville BOE

Total = 59


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Soto, Gloria
North Jersey
Development Center
7/1/2014 5 3/22/2010 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-2 Vaughn-Howard, Iris
Ancora Psych Hosp 5/1/2014 5 7/31/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Hickman, Gregory
Sayreville Borough 7/1/2014 A 9/23/2013 Approved
E-4 Duncan, Darryl
Dept. of Children and
Families
2/1/2013 A 8/23/2010 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL

E-5

Mays, Mark
Cherry Hill Township
BOE
10/1/2014 B 1/27/2011 Tabled for new IME
E-6 Vogt, Patrice
Manchester Township 10/1/2013 5 4/30/2012 (Case in OAL) Request to Amend Application with New Condition
Denied and Continue in OAL

E-7

Negron, Isreal
Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
7/1/2014 D 6/13/2014 Approved
E-8 Singer, Judith
Jackson Twp BOE 6/1/2013 5 9/10/2012
9/17/2012
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(9/17/12 incident did not occur at work)

E-9

Shorter, Suzanne
Camden Co Board of
Chosen Freeholders
3/1/2014 4 3/31/2011 Denied Accidental, Offer Early
E-10 O'Neill, Sean
Berkeley Township 5/1/2014 5 7/25/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-11

Bundick, Anne Marie
Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
6/1/2015 1 2/25/2014 Approved

E-12

Clark, Brian
Somerset County
Finance Office
8/1/2014 5 8/2/2012 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-13 Hagaman, William
Newton Town 3/1/2015 5 11/22/2013 Approved

E-14

Parker, Kim
Paramus 8/1/2014 1 11/12/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-15 Welsh, David


Atlantic City 8/1/2014 5 11/17/2008
10/10/2012
10/10/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (based on unrelated pre-existing disability)

E-16

Vega, Marcos
Ramsey Borough BOE 8/1/2014 A 8/9/2013 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Ryan, James - Irvington Twp - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Total Forfeiture (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Eichmann, Bruce - Medford Twp - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Partial Forfeiture of Service and Salary from November 1, 1996 through termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau)
F-3 May, Philip - Hunterdon Developmental Center - Honorable Service Request to
Postpone - Denied
No Forfeiture (Trustee Bruno recused.) (Retirement Bureau)
F-4+ Freedman, Theodore - Pleasantville City - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture (Retirement Bureau)
F-5 Potenzone, Arlene - Passaic County - Salary Used in
Calculation of Retirement Benefit
Denied
F-6 Jefferson, Bernadette - Request extended repayment schedule
Approved 10 year repayment schedule (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)
F-7+ Choromanski, Edward - DEPE Division of Enforcement - Request
to change survivorship beneficiary
Approved change to Option 4 (contingent upon receipt of modified QDRO filed with
Division) (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Dautrich, Debora - General Assembly - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Verhage, Scott - Wayne BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 McGrady, Kathleen - Judiciary/Sussex County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Younes, Nadia - Middlesex County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-5 Van Berry, Clinton - West Cape May - Initial Decision Motion for
Summary Decision - ALJ granted the motion for summary decision in part forfeiting 10 years
of creditable service due to dishonorable service -
Adopted ALJ decision (DAG Kelly recused.) (Retirement Bureau)
G-6 Verdine, Raymond - Atlantic Cape Community College - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Chrzanowski, Matthew - Mount Laurel Twp MUA - Initial
Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-8 Baez, Mary Lou - Voc Rehabilitation Comm - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-9 Dalesandro, Robert - Lakewood Township - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply
to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-10 Weeks-Natson, Donna - Middlesex County Board of Social
Services - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision denying accidental disability
retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-11 Platt, Donna - Berlin Township - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision
denying pension credit for service as a Municipal Prosecutor in Hi-Nella, Chesilhurst, Berlin
Borough and Winslow Township after the effective date of Chapter 92; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Tabled unitl January 21, 2015
G-12 Kelly, Meredith - Bergen Community College - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
Board's decision denying Ordinary Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions, Request to
Postpone
Approved postponement
G-13 Angelini, Michael - Initial Decision ALJ partially upheld Board's decision to deny
PERS credit for certain employment; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions; Exceptions
Adopted w/modification to ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Klinker, Richard - Lakewood Twp - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Baldarrago, Ana - Dept of Children and Families - Appeals the Board's denial
of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Goerg, Virginia - Glen Rock Borough BOE - Appeals the Board's denial to
apply for accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Differ, Diane - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Oesterle, Kristofer - Burlington County - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Sajja, Kavita - Sussex County - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Adkins, Brenda - Buena Vista Twp - a) Appeals Board's denial to apply for
accidental disability retirement benefits - Approved
b) Appeals the Board's denial of Deferred retirement benefits - Approved
H-8 Gertner, Sean - Lakehurst Borough - Appeals the Board's denial of PERS
membership after January 1, 2008, pursuant to Chapter 92
Approved
H-9 Taylor, Rosemary - State Police Civilian Employees - Appeals the Board's
denial to apply for accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Nieves, Myra - Perth Amboy BD OF ED - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Reconsidered and Approved Accidental Disability effective July 1, 2014 under Option D
(Retirement Bureau)
H-11 Rice, George - Cumberland County - Appeals the Board's denial of his request
to purchase JPTA service
Approved
H-12 Apkarian, Gregory - Cliffside Park Borough - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits (beyond 45 days)
Approved
H-13 Marinko, Annette - monmouath Co Div of Social Services - Appeals the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-14 Ridolfino, Ralph - Department of Labor - Appeals the Board's
decision of forfeiture due to dishonorable service
Approved
H-15 Williams, Sharon - Plainfield City - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-16 Janusz, Francis - rahway City - Appeals thd Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-17 Garofalo, Gloria - West Windsor Township - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-18 Russo, Michael - Hunterdon County - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Reilly, Bernard - Enrollment Eligibility
Clarified 20 factors; Remand to OAL
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 None
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance for July 31, 2014
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers PERS Non-Contributory Group Insurance - Policy #14800
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory Group Insurance - Policy #13900
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of October 31, 2014
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for August 31, 2014
Noted
L-6 DAG advice regarding Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund D as of October 31, 2014
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 21, 2014.

 
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