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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
DECEMBER 9, 2015
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 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014, and the November and December 2015 meeting dates were posted on October 28, 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

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OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:15 AM

Adjourned: 2:45 PM

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno; Susanne Culliton; Brian Currie; Benjamin Hurst; William O'Brien; Ned
Thomson; Ron Winthers; Carrie Brown (arrived 10:28 am)


Absent: Tracy Smith

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; Lisa Pointer; Valerie McManus;
Sharon Palmer; Trooper Arroyo; Kristen Bell; Kara Ansley; Sue Grant; Cheryl
Chianese; SDAG Eileen DenBleyker; Charlie Kratovil, reporter New Brunswick Today;
Richard Bowman; Sunanda Rana; Angie Scales; Mitchell Dinnerstein; Joseph
Apicella; Christopher Mannix, Esq; Benjamin Bucca, Esq; Christine Bucca;
Christopher Gray, Esq; William Hamilton, Esq; Brian Hamilton; Mary Ellen Rathbun;
DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Trooper Fiorello; Jacqueline M. Vigilante, Esq; Cheri Bock;
Cathy Hamerstone



OPEN SESSION

Minutes
Minutes from the meeting of November 4, 2015
Approved

OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Honorable Service
Approved Processing of application
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Hernandez, Rosemary
Weehawken Twp.
Housing Authority
4/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Rosario, Jaime
City of Newark 10/1/2014 D Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Howell, James
Medford Township BOE 7/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-4 Williams-Fasion, Carolyn

Rutgers University     Request to apply for ordinary
disability retirement benefits Denied
D-5 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)
D-6 Valos, Lynn
Sussex County 3/1/2015 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Ali, Belaynesh

08/15

D

Hopewell Valley Reg Sch Dist

Arp, Jennifer L

04/15

D

Mount Olive Twp BOE

Arslanian, Patricia

12/15

A

Bergen County

Babinski, Alice J

10/15

A

Clifton City BOE

Barno, Donald R

10/15

B

Garfield Housing Authority

Bergin, Joseph A

11/15

5

Ramapo College

Berry-Jones, Karla

05/15

5

Trenton City

Blake, Helene M

09/15

C

West Orange Township BOE

Boyajian, Adrian R

10/15

5

State Police 

Brewington, Tracye M

09/15

5

East Orange School District

Brown, Linda D

09/15

5

Unemployment Ins & Disability

Chambers, Judy Lynn

12/15

1

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Chaney, Sara

08/15

A

Vineland Housing Authority

Cuicci, Gerard V

11/15

5

Jersey City

Curko, Kathleen R

03/16

5

Ocean Co Bd Of Health

Epps, Vanessa L

03/15

5

Springfield Township

Fanfair, Cheryl E

07/15

A

Hunterdon Developmental Center

Fittipaldi, Gloria

05/15

5

Manville Borough BOE

Goodwin, Enid R

07/15

5

Mount Laurel Twp BOE

Grant, Pedro

11/15

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Greco, Linda G

10/15

5

Dept of Community Affairs

Green, Naomi L

08/15

5

Vineland Developmental Center

Hagerty, Donald P

10/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Hairston, Vincent L

08/15

5

Mount Laurel Twp BOE

Helle, John

07/15

5

Fairfield Township 

Hernandez, Rosa

12/15

5

Rutgers University

Herrmann, Alan J

11/15

1

Bergen Community College

Hoover, Helen M

11/15

5

Union County

Janowski, Lawrence

10/15

D

Juv. Jus. Comm.

King, Fayette

09/15

5

Greenbrook Regional Center

Koester, Cynthia L

09/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Lee, John V

09/15

A

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Manzi, Joseph M

08/15

5

North Bergen BOE

Mayer, Michele A

11/14

5

Pittsgrove Twp BOE

Mayo, Iris

10/15

5

Corrections-Adult Diag & Treat.

Mckowne, Diane

12/15

A

Linden City

Melendez, Elizabeth

08/15

1

New Jersey City University

Mercado, Jorge L

04/15

A

Newark Public Schools

Navarro, Elipidio

03/15

1

New Brunswick BOE

Neal, Renee

03/15

5

Unemployment Ins & Disability

Nichols, Tyese N

12/15

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Palaia, Joseph James

10/14

5

Division Of Consumer Affairs

Palmer, Nathaniel L

10/15

5

Rutgers University

Panniel, Rosalind R

09/15

5

Division of Law

Pine, Albert

10/14

5

Camden Co Pollution Control Fin

Pisarczyk, Margaret

07/15

3

Matawan-Aberdeen Reg School

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Potter, Louis J

07/15

5

Morris County College

Rabinowitz, Barbara J

11/15

A

Judiciary

Resch, Cheryl A

10/15

4

Piscataway BOE

Rizzuto, Lori D

01/16

5

NJ State Dept. Of Health

Rumaker, Michael C

01/16

5

Gloucester Co Housing Authority

Sieck, Theresa M

10/15

5

Gloucester Co Sp Serv

Strada, Cheryl-Ann

01/16

5

Brick Twp BOE

Strittmatter, Kathryn A

09/15

5

Ocean County

Super, Mark A

11/15

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Switzer, Dolores A.

11/15

A

Branchburg Twp BOE

Toon, Clifton

10/15

5

Hudson County

Tussey, Kimberly A

10/15

D

Stratford BOE

Underwood, Iris

04/15

A

Middlesex County

Vaughn, Tracey

03/16

5

Motor Vehicle Commission

Velazquez, Laura R

01/16

C

Vineland Developmental Center

                                                                                                                        Total = 62 

 


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Ruts, Petrus
Ridgefield Borough 8/1/2015 5 4/28/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Booker, Bruce
Asbury Park BOE 10/1/2014 5 4/29/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Miranda-Martinez, Yvonne
Toms River School
District
10/1/2015 5 12/20/2007 Approved
E-4 Gotay, Wilfredo
Property Management 6/1/2015 5 4/11/2011
10/5/2011
2/26/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-5

Stephens, Eric
Rahway City BOE 11/1/2015 5 8/5/2014 Approved
E-6 Jenkins, Janet
Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
8/1/2015 3 8/28/2012

Approved

E-7

Realmonte, Charles
Robbinsville Township 2/1/2016 5 1/27/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-8 Chin, Ricardo
Bergen County
Vocational School
9/1/2015 5 12/10/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Nieves, Margarita
Judiciary/Mercer
County
2/1/2015 5 4/8/2011 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary Disability (t&p not related to the incident)
E-10 Santiago, Angel
Garden St Recp &
Youth Corr Ctr
1/1/2016 C 3/18/2014 Tabled Accidental Disability for
administrative review
E-11 Urgo, Jeannette
Southern State
Crrtnl Facility
1/1/2016 5 2/1/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-12 Eckert, Raymond
Sussex County
Vocational
11/1/2015 A 10/29/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(less than 10 years)

E-13

Perdomo, Ruby
Kean University 8/1/2015 5 10/4/2011 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-14 Lucignano, Joseph
Hoboken BOE 2/1/2016 C 3/27/2003
11/15/2006
2/6/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (each incident had equal part in total
and permanent disability)

E-15

Bueno, Amparo

Passaic County 11/1/2014 5 9/19/2013 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability; Only eligible
for withdrawal
E-16 Harris, Mary
Juv. Jus. Comm.
Central Office
9/1/2015 5 3/9/2007 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-17

Rogan, Brian
Ocean Twp. BOE 7/1/2015 5 8/3/2012 Approved
E-18 Lukanovic, Matilda
Shore Regional HS 3/1/2016 B 7/24/2014 Tabled (until treatment completed)
Approve Service in Interim

E-19

Guerra, Anthony
Bergen County 11/1/2015 A 4/21/2012
4/23/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-20 Trotman, Winifred
Greystone Park
Psychiatric Hospital
10/1/2015 D 3/24/2009 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-21 Knowles, Elena
Newark Public
Schools
10/1/2015 5 6/4/2014
5/26/2015
Approved (based on 5/26/15
incident)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Dinnerstein, Mitchell - Burlington Co College - Honorable Service Deferred
retirement
Tabled for final adjudication of charges ( Ron Winthers recused.)
F-2+ Apicella, Joseph - Camden County College - Resubmission Issue
of bona fide retirement
Approved bona fide retirement effective March 1, 2013 (External Audit, Retirements)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Orsillo, Frank - Morris County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Ragonese, Samuel - Runnemede Borough - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Zagorski, William - Union County College - Remand from
Appellate Division
Reconsidered and require repayment of retirement benefits for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
(External Audit, Retirement Bureau)
G-4 Anastos, Margaret - Division of Consumer
Affairs - Initial Decision Dismissal
Adopt ALJ decision
G-5 Wagner, Maxine - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopt ALJ decision (Robert Kelly recused)
G-6 Smith, Paulette - Trenton Psychiatric Hospital - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Kaufman, James - Essex County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
denial of Accidental Disability; but reversed and granted Ordinary Disability retirement
benefits effective August 1, 2013 under Maximum option
Adopt ALJ decision (Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-8 Differ, Diane - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopt ALJ decision
G-9 Dearolf, Connie - City of Trenton - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits; however the ALJ reversed the Board's decision
and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits effective March 1, 2012 under Maximum
allowance
Adopt ALJ decision (Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-10 Garramano, Michael - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopt ALJ decsion
G-11 Papp, Allen - Perth Amboy City - Termination of PERS Pursuant
to Ch. 92, PL 2007 - Reconsideration
Reconsidered and Approved as a bona fide employee eligible for PERS service after the
enactment of Ch. 92, P.L. 2007 (Fraud and Abuse Unit)
G-12 Ten Hoeve, James - Settlement Proposal
Settlement proposal approved (External Audit, Retirements)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Centeno, Puba - Ridgefield Boro BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Kelly-Prince, Isabella - Vineland City BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Grande, Tina - Dept of Children & Families - Appeals the Board's partial
forfeiture of service and salary due to dishonorable service
Approved
H-4 Talarico, Joyce - Wildwood Vity BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Kampe, William - south Brunswick Twp. - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Reyes-Velasco, Maria - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Recker, Frances - Ocean County - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Whitehouse, Thomas - Hillsborough Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Fersch, Vivian - Clifton City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Shamy, T K - Termination of PERS pursant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007
Tabled
J-2 Farrington, Christine - Request to transfer expired PERS account into JRS
Denied
J-3+ Bucca, Benjamin - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS Pursuant to Ch.
92, P.L. 2007
Tabled
J-4 Hamilton, William - New Brunswick City - Termination of PERS
membership pursuant to Ch. 92, P.L. 2007; Reconsideration
Tabled for reconsideration regarding New Brunswick City only
   

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Bock, Jimmie - Monroe Twp. - a) Requests life insurance Denied
b) Requests OAL Hearing Denied
K-2+ Jeff Hamerstone(dec'd), Cathy for - Raritan Twp. - Requests
death benefits
Tabled for additional information
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund E As of October 31, 2015
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D As of October 31, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 State Investment Council Representative Issue and Questions for the Attorney General -
Forward questions to DAG for reply (Trustees Culliton, Thomson, Winthers and DAG Kelly
recused)
M-2 Newly Filed Amicus Brief
Proceed forward and Reaffirm Chairman's discretion to file on behalf of Board
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated October 31, 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Thomson, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-4 Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated November 30, 2015 -
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Thomson, Winthers and DAG Kelly recused)
   

 

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 20, 2016.

 
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