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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
DECEMBER 14, 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
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OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:57 p.m.

Roll Call:

Tom Bruno, William O'Brien, (arrived at 10:25) Tracy Smith, Ronald Winthers,
Benjamin Hurst, Ned Thomson, Carey Brown (arrived at 10:20), Susanne Culliton


Absent: Brian Currie

Also Present: Jackie Bussanich; Sharon Barnes; DAG Robert Kelly; Amy Cervosky; Mary Ellen
Rathbun; Cheryl Chianese; Valerie McManus; Sue Grant; Kristin Bell; Kara Ansley;
Saretta Dudley; Dawn Lewis; Matthew Dempsky, attorney; Samuel Halpern, attorney;
Nurya Noriega; Durnoa Noriega; Raymond Galanti; Katherine Galanti; Mike Salerno,
NJEA; Susan Bristol; Bruce Gordon; Sharon Gordon; Thomas Cammarata; attorney;
Sunanda Rana;Sharon Fenstermacher; Matthew Vance, attorney; Jocelyn Roberts;
Gregory Roberts; Russell Lichtenstein, attorney; Joy Tolliver, attorney; Dr. Zachary
Yamba; Jack Syrion, attorney; Trooper Sand



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of November 09, 2016
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Kelly, Paula Kinnelon Borough BOE 8/1/2016 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Selmon, Karen Juv. Jus. Comm.
Central Office
    Request to apply for Ordinary
Denied; Offer Deferred (subject to
review of honorable service)
D-3 Lee, Patricia Metuchen Boro BOE 1/1/2017 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-4 Margolese, Richard Deptford Twp BOE 1/1/2017 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Cummings, Diane Unemloyment Ins
& Disability
7/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-6 Smith, Cynthia Trenton Housing Auth 9/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-7 Monthly OD Grid       With Supplement Approved with the
exception of Willie Dollson-Alston,
who cancelled his application (See list below)
D-8 Teel, Frances Bergenfield BOE  4/1/2016  5 Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

 

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Adamiec, Janina

08/16

5

East Windsor Reg School Dist

Al-Dajani, Rudaina

07/16

5

Paterson BOE

Ashmen, Judith

12/16

1

Superior Court/Camden

Baker, Arthur W

07/16

D

Pemberton Township

Barbuto, John A Jr

04/16

3

Bordentown Twp

Bonus, Licia Ileen

01/16

A

Piscataway BOE

Borland-Cooper, Luvinia

08/16

D

Judiciary / Essex County

Boyd, Antoine L

09/16

5

Essex County

Burke, Terrance J

06/16

A

Northern Valley Reg HS Dist

Caspari, Audrey M

12/16

5

Bergen County

Chess, Antoinette

07/16

5

Jersey City

Cochran, Sylvia R

06/16

1

East Orange City

Convery-Witcraft, Helen

10/16

A

Gloucester City BOE

Cordaro, Maryanne S

07/16

5

Fort Lee BOE

Crow, Calvin C

04/16

5

Camden City BOE

Delorenzo, Patrick J

09/16

5

General Assembly

Doctor, Debra A

05/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Fagundo, Sharon J

09/16

B

Elizabeth BOE

Gerhardt, Lori Ann

11/16

5

Treasury-Div of Pensions & Ben.

Giovannone, Tiesha L

07/16

D

Mountainview Youth Corr. Fac.

Gipson, Nancie

06/16

5

Paterson BOE

Grant, Flor-Maria

08/16

5

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Hartmann, Rose Ann N

10/16

1

Gloucester Co Housing Authority

Hendershot, Peter A

06/16

1

Bridgewater Twp

Hopkins, Patricia M

02/17

A

Freehold Township

Hurwitz, Gary

02/17

B

Lenape Regional HS District

Immersi, Joseph J

05/17

5

Essex Co Vocational School

Irvin, Shanetta T

09/16

5

New Lisbon Developmental Center

Jones, Derrick

02/16

A

Newark Public Schools

Latham, Ann Marie

10/16

5

Educational Serv.Comm of NJ

Marshall, Kathleen S

09/16

5

Randolph Township BOE

Mcconnell, Joseph G

09/16

5

Rockaway Borough BOE

Melisi, John V

08/16

5

Brick Twp BOE

Odom, Shelisa

08/16

A

Dept of Community Affairs

Ordonez, Richard H

11/16

2

Traffic Operations North

Pandit, Kanchan

11/16

B

Atlantic Cape Community College

Peak, Christopher

02/16

5

Eatontown Borough

Pierce, Amanda A

08/16

5

Wayne Board of Education

Ralph, Charlesworth

09/16

B

New Jersey City University

Richardson, Michael P

08/17

5

Rahway City BOE

Richmond, Dennis

12/16

B

Washington Twp BOE

Roccia, William A

06/16

D

Camden City BOE

Siegel, Joseph

08/16

D

Training & Employment Serv

Smith, Regina

08/16

C

Winslow Township BOE

Smith, Theresa M

09/16

5

Judiciary / Morris County

Tallman, Kenneth F

02/17

A

Northern Burlington Co Reg

Thaller, Andrew J

10/16

A

Green Township

Valentino, Leon J

08/16

5

Turnpike Authority

Wagner, John J

10/16

A

Ann Klein Forensic Center

Zawislak, Jan

12/16

1

Dept of Community Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals = 50


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Von Neudeck, Carol Greystone Park
Psych Hosp
      Request to change from Ordinary to
Accidental Disability (retired
11/1/12) Denied
E-2 Gonzalez, Kelly Lynn Dept of Corrections 11/1/2016 5 1/11/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-3

Noriega, Nurya Bergen County 2/1/2016 5 4/30/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Ketschke, Scott

Wood-Ridge Boro 10/1/2016 5 6/5/2013
5/21/2014
6/25/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-5

Williams, Ella
Trenton Psychiatric
Hospital
1/1/2017 5 9/2/2015 Approved
E-6 Gault, Vincent Union County 8/1/2016 5 8/23/2015 Approved

E-7

Chandhok, Rita
Dept of Children &
Families
1/1/2016 5 12/23/2010
2/13/2015
7/29/2015
Denied Accidental, Offer Service (no
incident report for 7/29/15)
E-8 Abdelmalak, Adel Scotch Plains
Fanwood BOE
1/1/2017 A 11/3/2015 Approved

E-9

Vail, Sandra Green Brook BOE 10/1/2016 C 5/4/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-10 Galanti, Raymond Regional Operations
South
7/1/2015 A 3/12/2014 Resubmission Denied Accidental
Granted Ordinary (no incident report)

E-11

Jones, Lilla
Asbury Park BOE 2/1/2015 5 2/2/2010
5/17/2010
Resubmission Denied Accidental
continue Ordinary
(disability not related to the
incidents)
E-12 Castrillo, Katia Ann Klein Forensic
Center
7/1/2016 A 3/9/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-13

Brown, Bruce Ocean Co Utilities
Authority
10/1/2016 A 10/29/2012 Approved
E-14 Galbierczyk, Joseph
Mt. Olive Twp BOE 7/1/2016 5 10/18/2011
7/6/2015
Involuntary Approved (basaed on
the 7/6/15 incident)

E-15

Lebrun, Michael Howell Twp 6/1/2016 5 3/3/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-16 Blake, John Juv. Jus. Comm
Central Office
7/1/2016 A 5/2/2014 Approved (Re-eval in 1 yr)

E-17

Hall, Terrence Camden Co BD of
Chosen Frhldrs
4/1/2016 5 9/19/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-18 Iadicicco, Joseph Monroe Twp 8/1/2016 C 2/5/2015
1/5/2016
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-19

Delieto, Alan Monroe Twp. 10/1/2016 5 10/14/2009
5/22/2012
Approved (based on the 10/14/09
incident)
E-20 Lozinski, Edward Union County 6/1/2017 D 5/5/2012
11/30/2015
Denied Accidental, Offer Early

E-21

Balbin, Carlos Colts Neck Twp BOE 8/1/2016 A 7/3/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-22 Ray, Jacqueline Monroe Twp BOE 5/1/2016 A 4/29/2010 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Lloyd, Edward - Regional Operations Central - Requests
extended repayment schedule
Approved request to extend repayment schedule for an additional three years (Trustee
Culliton recused.) (Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Gordon, Bruce - Upper Saddle River BOE - Honorable Service Deferred
Retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause) (Retirements, Audit)
F-3 Lordi, Dennis - Judiciary/Somerset County - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture of service and salary based on N.J.S.A. 43:1-3.1(2) (Retirements)
F-4 Bellizzi, Angela - Jersey City Municipal - Honorable Service Deffered
Retirement; Request to Postpone
Approved postponement until the January 18, 2017 meeting
F-5+ Vega, Mariano - Jersey City - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture of service and salary based on N.J.S.A. 43:1-3.1(11) (Retirements)
F-6+ Roberts, Jocelyn - Atlantic County Welfare Bd - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Reduce allowance by percentage represented by
one offense (1), divided by total years of service (18 yrs 4 mos) (approx 5.5%); Approve
Service Retirement (Retirements)
F-7+ Yamba, Zachary - Essex County - Return to Employment
Tabled for further review (Trustees Brown and Winthers recused.)
F-8 Hollenden, Edward - Albert C. Wagner Youth Corr Fac - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit service and salary from January 1, 2014 through termination of
employment (Retirements and Audit)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Belcastro, Anne - Greystone Park Psych Hospital - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-2 Adams, David - Corrections-Adult Diag & Treat. - Initial Decision
ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted accidental disability retirement benefits
effective December 1, 2010, under Max option
Adopted ALJ's decision (Retirements, Health Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-3 Petit-Clair, Alfred J. - Perth Amboy - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
decision removing Mr. Petit-Clair from PERS effective January 1, 2008; Exceptions; Reply
to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
G-4 Clark, Carol - Mount Ephraim BOE - Initial Decision Motion for Summary
decision by the Board is granted affirming the denial of ordinary disability retirement
benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-5 Williams, Kimberly - New Lisbon Developmental Center - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-6 Whitehouse, Thomas - Hillsborough Twp. BOE - Initial Decision Motion for
Summary decision by the Board is granted affirming the denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-7 Reyes, Sally - Division of Consumer Affairs - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the
Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision (DAG Robert Kelly recused.)
G-8 Butts, Alfonso - William Paterson Univ of NJ - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective January 1,
2014 under Maximum option; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions (Retirements, Health
Benefits, Accounting Services)
G-9 Szurko, Stefanie - Roxbury Twp BOE - Initial Decision Motion for
summary decision by the Board is granted affirming the denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-10 Lockett, Susie - West Essex Regional Schools - Initial Decision
ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-11 Cargill, Ursula - Dept of Education - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-12 Urgo, Jeannette - Southern State Corr Facility - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-13 Hiraldo, Edward - Rutgers University - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-14 Neilley, Robert - Garfield City BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-15 Lauer, Matthew - Union County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-16 Reyes-Velasco, Maria - Newark Public Schools - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-17 Koehler, Edward - Morris Hills Regional Dist - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-18 Howell, Christopher - Dept of Children & Families - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Aviles, Brunilda - Newark City - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability
retirement benefits (Beyond 45 days)
Approved
H-2 Resto, Santo - Dept of Children & Families - Appeals the denial to apply for
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Oates, James - NJ Water Supply Authority - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Evans, Thomas Nutley Twp. - Appeals the Board's denial of eligibility for enrollment in
PERS
Denied ; Secretary will draft Final Administrative Determination
H-5 Rodrigues, Manuel - Judiciary/Union County - Appeals the Board's denial of
eligibility to apply for ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Browne, Edith - NJ Vets Mem Home At Menlo Park - Appeals the Board's denial
of ordinary disability retirement benefits - Request for an extension of 45 days
Approved extension
H-7 Devan, Keith - Camden Co Bd of Chosen Frhldrs - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Sullivan-Mollis, Renee - Rutgers University - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Cubbage, Elizabeth - Cumberland County - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Metzler, Dorothea - Ancora Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Sahaj, Frank - Mountainside Borough - Termination of PERS pursuant to Ch.
92, P.L. 2007; Request to postpone
Postpone until February 15, 2017 meeting
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None

   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Paul Liobe vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance For July 31, 2016
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D As of October 31, 2016
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice dated November 30, 2016
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers, Thomson and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-2 Appeal decision to Supreme Court
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Winthers, Thomson and DAG Kelly recused.)
M-3 New Business Extend nomination period for County trustee position (for those already
registered) for two weeks (January 20, 2017).
Approved
   


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 18, 2017.

 
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