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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
JANUARY 9, 2017
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 2017 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 20, 2016.

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 Adobe PDF (16K) Deferred - none
Special Adobe PDF (28K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:15 AM

Adjourned: 2:30 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett, Keith Bennett (left 1:30), Laurel Brennan, Tim Colacci, Susanne
Culliton, Mike Kaniuk, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke (left 2:15) , Brady Middlesworth


Absent: NONE

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; DAG
Daniel Thornton; DAG Robert Garrison; Valerie McManus; Peter Andreyev; John
Sloth; Florence Sheppard; James Wrightson; Robert Gilmartin; Saretta Dudley; Susan
Grant, Cheryl Chianese, William Tedder; Kara Ansley; Rosalind Corley; Jimease
Bailey; Eric Kjems; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Manuel Avila; Trooper Broadus ; Annette
Verdesco; Ugo Bellomo; Valerie Tarr; Edward Foley; Paul Kleinbaum, Esq.; Dawn
Lews; Joe Malinconico, Patersonn Press.com; Jackie Bussanich; Paul Tyshchenko,
Esq.; Patrick Dacey; Walter Hires; Marcie Mitola, Esq.; Daniel Murray; Jennifer Blum,
Esq.; Michael Nowicki; Christopher Gray, Esq.; Alex Ferenczi; Robert Lakind, Esq.


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 05, 2016
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of December 05, 2016
Approved Executive Session Minutes


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 (+) Hummel, Wayne


East Windsor Twp.     1.) Review Settlement Agreement
2.) Request to file for Ordinary
Disability
ADMINISTRATIVELY REMOVED
FROM AGENDA
D-2 Khosa, Harjeet

Middlesex County     1.) Request to apply for Ordinary
Disability - Approved
2.) Honorable Service - Moot
D-3 (+) Brennan, Michael

Mountainview Youth Corr.     1.) Review to determine if eligible to
file for Ordinary Disability -
Approved
2.) Review Settlement to determine
if Uricoli analysis - Moot at this time
D-4 Monthly OD Grid        Herbert, George; Atlantic County;
effective, 8/16;
Torres, Gerardo; Trenton City; effective 11/16;
Denequolo, Frank M; Essex County;
effective 10/16;
Hummel, Edward; Edison Township; effective 6/16;
Lawrence, Donna E; Ocean County;
effective 1/17;
Mack, James RIII; Trenton City; effective date; 11/16;
Vincent, Ahmad S; Essex County;
effective; 2/17
Approved with supplement



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Godfrey, Michael
Jersey City Fire Dept. 8/1/2016 7/26/2015 Approved

E-2

(+) Molina, Miguel
Hackensack City 2/1/2017 5/21/2015 Approved with an 18 month reevaluation
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-3

(+) Unger, Dewey
Toms River Twp. 2/1/2017 7/15/2015 Approved

E-4

(+) Hires, Walter
Atlantic City 4/1/2016 7/3/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Trustee Bennett recused)

E-5

Peterson, Michael
Manville Borough 12/1/2016 3/31/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
or Special

E-6

Kalafut, Jeffrey
Mount Olive Township 8/1/2016 9/8/2015 Approved

E-7

(+) Garrison, Sean
East Brunswick Twp. 4/1/2016 5/28/2014 Approved

E-8

Feuster, Todd
Juv.Jus.Comm. 4/1/2017 12/11/2015 Approved with an 18 month reevaluation

E-9

(+) Petrone, Christopher
Ocean County 9/1/2016 10/19/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 6-2; Trustee Barrett,
Middlesworth nae)

E-10

(+) Nowicki, Michael

East Jersey State
Prison
12/1/2014 4/16/2012 1) Request to file for AD - Denied
2) Honorable Service - Moot
(Vote: 7-1; Trustee Barrett nae)

E-11

McClendon, Todd
City of Newark 4/1/2016 12/7/2013 Approved

E-12

Hernandez, James
NJ Institute of
Technology
6/1/2016 11/28/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Lewis, Torshika
South Woods Prison 8/1/2016 2/16/2008
7/29/2010
2/7/2016
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-14

Graham, Christopher
Little Egg Harbor Twp. 12/1/2016 11/17/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
with an 18 month re-evaluation
(Vote: 5-3; Trustees Kaniuk,
Middlesworth, Barrett nae)

E-15

Passano, Fiorella
Passaic County 6/1/2016 11/11/2014
10/9/2015
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-16

Kline, Matthew
Little Egg Harbor Twp. 12/1/2016 11/17/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
with an 18 month re-evalution
(Vote: 5-3; Trustees Kaniuk,
Middlesworth, Barrett nae)

E-17

Sanford, Walter
Little Egg Harbor Twp. 12/1/2016 11/17/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
with an 18 month re-evalution
(Vote: 5-3; Trustees Kaniuk,
Middlesworth, Barrett nae)

E-18

(+) Murray, Daniel
Hudson County 4/1/2016 6/10/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
with an 18 month re-evalution
(Vote: 6-1; Trustee Barrett nae;
Truistee Loccke recused)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Corley, James - Jersey City - Request for Dependency due to
incarceration
Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Kjems, Eric - Carteret Borough -
1.) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of 1 year of service and salary
2.) Deferred (not removal for cause) - Approved effective November 1, 2015 (Retirement
Bureau, Audit Section)
F-3+ Avila, Manuel - Paterson City - Review of membership service for eligibility for
Special Retirement
Tabled for further information (Vote: 7-2; Trustees Bennett, Kaniuk nae)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Penna, Dominic - City of Camden - Appellate Division Decisions
Court upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-2 Grant, Dawn - Northern State Prison - Initial Decision ALJ granted
Summary Decision thereby upholding the Board's decision in denying Ordinary Disability
retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-3+ Bellomo, Ugo - City of Newark - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision and
denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits, Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions
G-4 Sinnott, Robert - Island Heights - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
decision denying erollment into PFRS
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-5+ Marranca, Justin - Union County - Settlement Proposal
Rejected and continue in the OAL
G-6 Darling, Brian - Asbury Park City - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7 Martinez, Gerardo - Hammonton Town - Appellate Division
Decisions Court reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement
benefits; remand back to the Board
The Board requests the Attorney General's Office to Petition for Certification to the
Supreme Court
G-8 Letts, James - City of Trenton - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-9 Rowe, Richard - New Brunswick City - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
Approved
G-10+ Deitch, Michael - West Orange Twp. - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits with exceptions filed
by both DAG Thornton and Christopher Gray, Esq.
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions by both parties and reply to exceptions by
Christopher Gray, Esq.
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Whitley, Alterique - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Nelson, Andree - City of Newark - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
1.) Reconsideration - Denied
2.) Hearing Request -Approved
H-3+ Schneider, Roger - Branchburg Township - Appeals denial to file for Accidental
Disability
Approved
H-4 Gourley, Robert - Belleville Twp. - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-5+ Ruiz, Karen - City of Camden -
1.) Reconsidered and noted that the Board Secretary will correct the Board letter dated
October 26, 2016
2.) Hearing Request - Approved
H-6+ Travelino, John - Kearny Town - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7+ Ferenczi, Alexander - City of Hackensack - 1.) Reconsideration
2.) Hearing Request
Reconsidered and approved Accidental Disabiility (Trustee Loccke recused) (Retirement
Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+
Dacey, Patrick - Middlesex County - Request to purchase uniformed service
under the USERRA provisions
Approved (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Culliton nae) (Enrollment & Purchase Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy for #14800 Benefits Claims for
the month of October 2016
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2016
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2016
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the
month of November 2016
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for October 31, 2016
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 6, 2017.

 

 
 
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