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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
January 9, 2009
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 2009 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 18, 2008.

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’ Web site 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

Service Deferred - none Special Totals



OPEN SESSION

Called to Order: 10:02

Adjourned: 2:15

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Fred Beaver; Laurel Brennan; Vince Foti; Wayne Hall; Mark Kandrac;  Frank Leake; Richard Loccke; Rich Mikutsky; John Sierchio;


Absent: Sherryl Gordon

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko
 
Division Staff:  
 

Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Marylou Mayoros; Virginia Martucci; Sharon Barnes; Tina Bullock

   
Members, Counsel, Employers, Consultants:
 

John Feeley, Esq.; Charles Schlager, Esq.; Sean Hackney; James Glass; Kenneth Gerber; Aaron Saunders; Antoine Holmes; Joseph Marcantonio; Anthony Fusco, Esq.; Jennifer Cyphers; Richard Meier; Martin Elphick; Eduardo Teixeira; Steven Kossup, Esq.; John S. Alston

 

Union Groups, etc:

  Steve Eckel, FOP


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 8, 2008 - Approved
 (Trustees Barrett, Kandrac abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Finance

A-1

Common Pension Fund D as of August 31, 2008 - Noted

A-2 Common Pension Fund A as of October 31, 2008 - Noted
A-3 Common Pension Fund B as of October 31, 2008 - Noted


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues 

B-1
None


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists - Approved

C-2 Chapter 104 PFRS - Approved
C-3 Retirement List - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability   

.

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

DECISION

D-1+

Leyva, Exequiel

City of Newark

11/1/2006

Honorable Service – Final Year Forfeiture of Service and Salary.
Ordinary Disability – Motion did not  carry  (Vote: 5-5) (Trustees Leake, Hall, Foti, Loccke and Barrett: nae)

D-2+

Testa, Frank

Newark City

11/1/2007

Ordinary Disability – Denied Ordinary Disability, may qualify for Deferred

D-3+

Saunders, Aaron

DOC

6/1/2008

Honorable Service – No forfeiture
Ordinary Disability – Approved

D-4

Hannigan, Thomas

Borough of Glen Ridge

2/1/2008

Involuntary; Chapter 428 – Tabled for 3 month for new IME.
(Trustee Loccke recused)

D-5

Hess, Dawn

Edna Mahan Corr. Fac. for Women

9/1/2008

Chapter 428 – Tabled for re-exam in 6 months with new IME

D-6

Monthly OD Grid

.

1/1/2009

Approved  (See Below)

Ordinary Disability Grid

The Board of Trustees, on the basis of the medical examination and other documentation presented, approved the following Ordinary Disability retirements.  Future examinations were waived with the exceptions of those noted with *.
The Board waived the 30-day waiting period with an effective date of January 1, 2009 and earlier.

Member's Name
Effective Date
P/F
Employer

Grentz, Thomas J

01/09

P

Brigantine City

Kneipher, Sandra J

03/08

P

Union County

Rivera, Domingo Jr

04/09

P

Camden City 

Total = 3


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

ACCIDENT
DATE

Decision

E-1

Crawford, Anthony

Hudson County DOC

8/1/2008

5/16/2005
1/28/2008

Denied Accidental Disability, granted Ordinary Disability
(Trustee Sierchio abstained)

E-2

Cyphers, Jennifer

Burlington County Payroll Dept.

9/1/2007

4/18/2007

Approved Accidental Disability with a one year reexam

E-3

Wonski, Jarett

Middlesex County

1/1/2008

10/15/2006
1/28/2007

Tabled for new IME

E-4

Holmes, Antoine

DOC Trenton

8/1/2008

7/25/2007

Approved Accidental Disability

E-5

Meier, Richard

Cranford Twp.

1/1/2009

3/13/2008

Approved
(Trustee Leake: nae)

E-6

Coviello, Richard

Passaic County

5/1/2008

10/1/2007

Approved
(Trustees Loccke, Foti recused)

E-7

Marcantonio, Joseph

East Brunswick Twp.

7/1/2008

2/7/2006
3/2/2007
3/28/2007

Approved Accidental Disability

E-8

Elphick, Martin

County of Passaic

7/1/2008

3/24/2006

Approved Accidental Disability

E-9

Gransden, Dean

City of Camden

2/1/2009

12/21/2007

Approved Accidental Disability with a one year reexam.

E-10

Gonzalez, Ruben

Hudson County

1/1/2009

4/27/2005

Denied Accidental Disability, granted Ordinary Disability

E-11

Teixeira,Eduardo

Hillside Township

2/1/2009

7/23/2007

Approved Accidental Disability

E-12

Griffins, Brian

Twp. Of Raritan

2/1/2009

10/27/2007

Approved Accidental Disability

E-13

Chubbuck, Chester

JJC

8/1/2008

5/30/2007

Denied Accidental Disability, offer Deferred

E-14

Horton, Dawn

Northern State Prison

10/1/2006

10/6/2005

Denied Accidental Disability, continue Ordinary Disability

E-15

O’Brien, Richard

Hamilton Twp.

2/1/2008

1/15/2006

Denied Accidental Disability, continue Ordinary Disability
Hearing request approved to OAL.
(Trustee Loccke abstained)

E-16

Peterson, Stephen

Long Branch City

9/1/2007

12/31/2003

Tabled for NIFRS report

E-17

Durrant, Philip

Brigantine City

1/1/2009

2/2/2008

Tabled for IME clarification.



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1
Hackney, Sean - Galloway Township - Creditable Compensation - The Board approved the longevity payments as part of Mr. Hackney’s PFRS retirement allowance (Vote: 7-1-1-1) (Trustee Beaver: nae) (Trustee Loccke recused; Trustee Foti abstained)
 (Retirement Bureau)
F-2

Alston, John - East Orange City  - A.) Honorable Service - No Forfeiture
B.) Service Retirement  - Approved effective July 1, 2008 (Retirement Bureau)

F-3+

Glass, James - New Jersey State Prison - A.) Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture of  service and salary 12/23/2005 - 12/22/2006. 
B.) Service Retirement - Approved effective July 1, 2008 (Retirement Bureau)

F-4

Macias, Jamie - Union City - Request for Dependency due to Incarceration - Tabled to request additional tax forms.



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Washington, Briane - Essex County - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits.  The Board voted to adopt the recommendation of the Administrative Law Judge denying Mr. Washington’s application for Accidental Disability retirement benefits. (Trustee Loccke recused)

G-2

Dinger, Michael - Clifton City - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits.  The Board voted to remand to OAL for clarification from ALJ.

G-3
Ricks, Richard - Mercer County - Hearing Withdrawals - Noted
G-4

Wassuta, Michael - Corrections-Adult Diag. & Treatment - Appellate Division Decision - Court affirm's the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement Benefits. - Noted

G-5

Bussey, Georgina - Department of Corrections - Hearing Withdrawals - Noted

G-6

Tatusko, Rosemarie - Burlington County/ Payroll Dept - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law - Approved

G-7
Rodrigues, Rui - Newark City - Hearing Withdrawals - Noted
G-8

Boone, Valenskie - Willingboro Twp. - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits. - The Board voted to adopt the ALJ’s Initial Decision granting Ms. Boone accidental disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2007. (Vote: 9-1) (Trustee Loccke: nae)  (Retirement Bureau)



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1

Michinski, Jennifer - Burlington County Payroll Dept. - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Approved

H-2+

Gerber, Kenneth - Springfield Twp. (Burlington) - Appeals denial of an increase in salary as creditable in the PFRS for retirement calculation purposes - Approved (Vote: 9-1) (Trustee Beaver: nae)

H-3

Gonzalez, Doris - Newark City - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement Benefits - Approved

H-4

Scott-Greene, Lori - East Jersey State Prison - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Approved

H-5
Sharper, Gail - Camden City - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability Retirement benefits - Approved


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1

West, Louise - State Parole Board - Request Extension to Mandatory retirement Date - Denied



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1

None



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1

Board Member Address List - Noted

L-2

Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the month of November 2008  - Noted

L-3
Mandatory Annual Ethics Briefing - Noted
L-4
Trustee Motions - Noted
L-5
Appellate Division Decisions In the matter of Bertha Bueno vs.TPAF – Noted
L-6
PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 9, 2009.

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