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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
February 6, 2006
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 2006 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2005.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING

The first portion of the meeting is open to the public. The second portion, in conformity with the Open Public Meetings Act, shall be closed to the public based upon the personal matters exception.Those matters are confidential unless expressly waived by the individual involved.



Open Session



Called to Order: 10:00 a.m.

Adjourned: 3:10 p.m.

Roll Call: Mark Kandrac; John Sierchio; Dennis Connelly; Fred Beaver; Rich Mikutsky; Vince Foti; Tom Murphy; Frank Leake; Nicole Fava; Alan Levine (arrived 10:10 a.m.; left 2:27 p.m.)

Absent:

Also Present: DAG Susanne Culliton
   
  Division Staff:
    Wendy Jamison, Gail Griffin; David Pointer; Sandy Horan; Janice Nelson; Mike Czyzyk; Kathy Coates; Jackie Bussanich
     
  Members, Counsel, Employers:
    Timothy Michener; Reed Layton; Steve Bruinell; Dave Gesin; Larry Loigman; Joseph Chiarulli; Michael Vanartsdalen; Anna Vanartsdalen; William Subin, Esq.; Albert Lepera; Anthony Rusciano; Dana Rusciano; George DePaul; Wayne Kummer; Robert Schafer; David Cochrane
     
  Consultants, Union Groups, etc.:
    Regina Herz; Jack Prettyman, FOP; George Borek, IAFF, Chris Herner, FOP


OPEN SESSION


Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 9, 2006 - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)


OPEN SESSION


Finance

A-1
Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2005 - Approved
A-2
Trial Balance as of November 30, 2005 - Approved
A-3
Common Pension Fund A as of December 31, 2005 - Approved
A-4
Common Pension Fund B as of December 31, 2005 - Approved
A-5
Common Pension Fund E as of December 31, 2005 - Approved

(Motions for all of the above were made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Murphy)


OPEN SESSION


Miscellaneous Issues

+B-1

Rowan Univ. - Chapter 204 PFRS Title Review - Rowan's Gun Policy for Campus Police and Eligibility for Continued Membership in the PFRS - Reconsidered and Approved Rowan to remain in the system. (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio; Trustee Beaver abstained)

B-2
Re-election of Police Trustee John Sierchio - Chairman Kandrac noted the re-election of Trustee Sierchio.


OPEN SESSION


Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists for January 27, 2006 - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Murphy)
=C-2
Return to Employment - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
C-3
Retirement List - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)

CLOSED SESSION


Ordinary Disability


Member Name,
Number
Employer
Effective Date
Board's Decision

D-1
Gore- Bell, Yvette
Hudson County
10/1/2005
Approved; No Forfeiture
(Motion made by Trustee Boucher; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
D-2
Sinisi, Christopher
Bergen County 3/1/2005 Approved; No Forfeiture
(Motion made by Trustee Boucher; Seconded by Trustee Levine)
D-3

Morano, Joseph

Barnegat Twp. 11/1/2005 Approved; No Forfeiture
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Levine)
D-2

Monthly OD 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 February 1, 2006 and earlier.

Member's Name

Effective Date

P/F

Employer

Abbott, James W

01/06

P

South Woods Prison-Dept. of Corr.

Balaguer, Victor M

01/06

F

Vineland City

Berger, Robert Matthew

11/05

P

Newark City

Cardillo, Richard M

03/06

P

Camden Co Bd. of Chosen Frhldrs.

Conners, Terence E

11/05

P

Camden City

Grant, Raymond E Jr*

03/06

P

Juv.Jus.Comm./NJ Train Sc

Guarda, Jacqueline R

04/06

P

Essex County

Hayman, Reginald B

11/05

P

Dept. of Corr. Vroom-Jones Farm

Mctighe, Leslie V *

01/06

P

Correct-Bayside State Prison

Miller, Mitchell

08/05

P

Burlington County/Payroll Dept.

Nolte, David C

04/06

P

Bergen County

Ridenour, Daniel

06/05

P

Berkeley Township Municipal Bldg.

Salvo, Michael

02/06

P

Essex County

Wolffe, Doreen

10/05

P

Essex County

Yagiello, Stanley J

02/06

F

Harrison Township

Total=15

(Motion by Trustee Levine; seconded by Trustee Leake)

CLOSED SESSION


Accidental Disability


Member Name, No.
Employer
Effective
Date
Accident
Date
TP DR TE DM
Board's Decision

E-1
Vanartsdalen, Michael
11:00 AM
Juv. Justice Commission
2/1/2006
12/10/2004
Y
Y
Y
  Reconsidered and approved Accidental Disability (Motion made by Trustee Boucher; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
E-2
Henderson, Joseph
Essex County
1/1/2005
2/19/2003
Y
Y
N
  Reconsidered and reaffirmed decision denying Accidental Disability; Incident was brought into motion by member and there was no great rush of force. Continue Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; seconded by Trustee Leake)
E-3
Kennedy, Patrick
Little Egg Harbor Twp.
4/1/2005
12/10/2003
  Re-examination; Approved continued receipt of Accidental Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
E-4
Parlapiano, John
Salem County
1/1/2005
4/22/1990
N
N
Y
N
Denied Accidental Disability; Offer Service
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Foti)
E-5
O'Connor, Patrick
East Orange Police Dept
12/1/2005
9/28/1995
1/4/1996
3/3/1997
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
N
N
Y
Approved
Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Levine; Vote: 8:3 Trustees Boucher, Mikutsky, Levine: Nae)
E-6
Shogeke, Jacquie
Northern State Prison
3/1/2005
12/2/2004
N
N
N
  Denied Accidental Disability; eligible for Withdrawal only
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Kandrac)
E-7
Bartholomew, Kevin
Garden State Youth Correctional
5/1/2005
12/17/2003
Y
Y
N
  Reconsidered DR and denied Accidental Disability; Continue OrdinaryDisability; Approved hearing request (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
E-8
1 :00 PM
Lepera, Albert
Boro. Of Paramus
5/1/2006
8/29/2004
Y
Y
Y
  Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
E-9
1 :30 PM
Schroeder, John
City of Trenton
2/1/2006
10/11/2001
Y
Y
Y
  Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
E-10
Cox, Gerald
City of Asbury Park
9/1/2005
11/8/1997
Y
N
N
N
Denied Accidental Disability; Continue Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
E-11
Rivera, Daniel
City of Trenton
6/1/2005
1/18/2004
Y
Y
N
  Denied Accidental Disability; Granted Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Mikutsky)
E-12
Rapchak, Anita
Edna Mahan Corr. Fac. For Women
10/1/2005
5/30/2002
9/16/2003
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
  Denied Accidental Disability; Granted Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Levine; Vote: 10:1 Trustee Fava: Nae)
E-13
1 :30 PM
Rusciano, Anthony
Middlesex County Sheriff's Office
9/1/2005
8/2/2004
Y
Y
Y
  Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Levine; Vote: 10:1 Trustee Beaver: Nae)
E-14
Rivera, Matthew
Town of West New York
2/1/2006
10/17/2004
Y
Y
T
  Table Accidental reports; Granted interim Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Beaver; Vote 10:1 Trustee Levine: Nae)
E-15
Jones, Dorothea
Essex County
10/1/2005
11/3/2004
Y
Y
Y
  Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Boucher; Seconded by Trustee Connelly; Vote: 7:4 Trustees Fava, Mikutsky, Foti, Kandrac: Nae)
E-16
1 :20 PM
DePaul, George
Essex County
1/1/2006
6/30/2005
Y
Y
Y
  Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Levine)
E-17
Leone, Joey
West Orange Twp.
2/1/2006
10/4/2003
T
T
T
  Tabled for re-exam in 6 months and to obtain incident and police reports.
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Mikutsky)
E-18
Kummer, Wayne
Deptford Twp.
3/1/2006
1/31/2003
Y
T
T
  Tabled to seek clarification from IME on direct result; Granted interim Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Beaver; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)
E-19
Alvarado, Samuel
Juv. Jus. Comm.
6/1/2005
10/15/2003
9/14/2004
Y
T
N
  Tabled for incident report for 9/14/2004 incident
(Motion made by Trustee Kandrac; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)
E-20
Castronova, Charles
City of Passaic City
9/1/2005
10/8/2003
11/20/2004
N
Y
N
T
N
T
  Tabled for further review; Granted interim Ordinary Disability
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Levine)

OPEN SESSION


Retirement Issues

F-1
Massari, Ronald - Glassboro Borough - Creditable Salary regardingthe emlimination of clothing allowance payments - Approved(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Murphy; Vote: 9:2 Trustee Foti, Fava: Nae)
F-2
Orosz, David - Edison Township - Creditable Salary regarding longevity payments - Withdrawn from agenda for administrative review
+F-3

Layton, Reed - Glassboro Borough - Creditable Salary regarding the elimination of clothing allowance payments - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Murphy; Vote: 9:2 Trustee Foti, Fava: Nae)

F-4
Gesin, David - Glassboro Borough - Creditable Salary regarding the elimination of clothing allowance payments - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Murphy; Vote: 9:2 Trustee Foti, Fava: Nae)
F-5
Bruynell, Steven Michael - Glassboro Borough - Creditable Salary regarding the elimination of clothing allowance payments -Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Murphy; Vote: 9:2 Trustee Foti, Fava: Nae)
Approved to adjust retirement allowance on a prospective basis effective 3/1/06.
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Levine; Trustee Foti abstained)
F-6
Connelly, James - Galloway Twp. - Retirement Type Change - Request to Amend Retirement type from OD to Service - Denied request (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Mikutsky)
F-7
Johnson, Carl E. - Glassboro Boro. - Creditable Salary regarding the elimination of clothing allowance payments - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Murphy; Vote: 9:2 Trustee Foti, Fava: Nae)
+F-8
Chiarulli, Joseph - Waterford Twp. - Honorable Service - Table for additional documents relative to the final disposition of charges, final termination notice and Prosecutor's notice that no criminal charges were issued. (Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Levine; Vote: 8:3 Trustees Boucher, Sierchio, Kandrac: Nae)
F-9
Cochrane, David - Cranford Twp. - Creditable Salary - Denied
(Motion made by Trustee Levine; Seconded by Trustee Beaver; Vote 10:1 Trustee Connelly: Nae)
Approved verbal request for hearing in OAL; Consolidate with other Cranford case.
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Levine)
F-10
Schafer, Robert - Cranford Twp. - Creditable Salary - Denied
(Motion made by Trustee Levine; Seconded by Trustee Beaver; Vote 10:1 Trustee Connelly: Nae)
Approved verbal request for hearing in OAL; Consolidate with other Cranford case.
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Levine)

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Lake, Kathleen for Timothy Lake (deceased) - Middletown Twp. - Initial Decision with Attorney's Exceptions - ALJ affirmed the Board's decision to deny a change in retirement benefit from Ordinary Disability to Accidental Death - Tabled to allow DAG to file Reply to Exceptions; request 45 day extension. (Motion made by Trustee Kandrac; Seconded by Trustee Levine)

G-2
Rivchin, Leonard - Town of Kearny - Initial Decision with Attorney's Exceptions and DAG'S Reply to Exceptions plus Supplement - ALJ affirmed the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability due to No Traumatic Event - Modify ALJ's decision to include third prong for reasons stated in Reply to Exceptions; Reject Motion To Hold The Record Open; Noted Exceptions and Reply to Exceptions. (Motion made by Trustee Beaver; Seconded by Trustee Connelly)
G-3
Markey, Charles - Island Heights Boro. - Initial Decision with DAG'S Exceptions and Attorney's Reply to Exceptions - ALJ affirmed Traumatic Event, reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability - Rejected ALJ's decision for reasons stated in Exceptions; Noted Exceptions and Reply to Exceptions (Motion made by Trustee Kandrac; Seconded by Trustee Connelly)
G-4
Ellis, Charles - Dept. of Corrections - Hearing Withdrawals - Noted
G-5
Wallace, David - Burlington County / Payroll Dept. - Initial Decision with DAG's Exceptions - ALJ affirmed Traumatic Event, reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability - Adopted (Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Leake) (Retirement Bureau)

Hearing Requests

+H-1

Schreppel, Arthur - Middletown Twp. - Remand from Appellate Division - Issue Final Administrative Determination. (Motion made by Trustee Fava; Seconded by Trustee Foti)

H-2
Jaslow, Denis - East Jersey State Prison - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Denied Reconsideration; Approved hearing request (Motion made by Trustee Kandrac; Seconded by Trustee Foti)
H-3
Belenski, Angelica - Juvenile Justice Comm. - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved(Motion made by Trustee Mikutsky; Seconded by Trustee Connelly)
H-4
Basile, Ronald - City of Atlantic City - Appeals the Board's decision to impose a partial forfeiture of service and salary - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
H-5
McNicholas, Stephen - Boro. Of Ramsey - Appeals the Board's decision to deny purchase - Denied; Prepare Final Administrative Determination (Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Kandrac)
H-6
Gomez, Luis - Paterson Police Dept. - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
H-7
Schupak, Evan - Essex County - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Foti)
H-8
City of Hoboken PBA Local No. 2 - Appeals the Board's decision to deny training costs as creditable compensation - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Sierchio; Seconded by Trustee Foti)
H-9
City of Hoboken Police SOA - Appeals the Board's decision to deny "Vacancies" and "Vacancies - Eliminated" as Creditable Compensation - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)
H-10 Bunalski, Jr., John - Irvington Twp. - Appeals the Board's decision to deny reinstatement from Ordinary Disability - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)
H-11 Boro. Of Upper Saddle River and Upper Saddle River PBA Local No. 218 - Appeals the Board's decision to deny longevity and to deny work in the higher rank/ senior duty pay as creditable compensation - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Mikutsky; Trustee Foti abstained)
H-12

Vassallo, Richard - Jersey City Fire Dept. -

a. Reconsideration of AD on issue of Traumatic Event - Denied
b. Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved

(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Sierchio)

H-13 Rivera, Richard - Town of West New York - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved (Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)
H-14 Mottola, Anthony - Union City - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Foti; Seconded by Trustee Boucher)


OPEN SESSION


Active Membership Issues

J-1

City of Hoboken IAFF Locals No. 1078 and 1076 - Creditable Salary -

Local 1078:

(a) Article VI Overtime - denied as creditable
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Beaver)

(b) Article XXXII Specialization Clause (Compensation for 41st and 42nd hours) - Approved
(Motion made by Trustee Kandrac; Seconded by Trustee Fava)

Local 1076:

(a) Article XXIV Overtime - denied as creditable
(Motion made by Trustee Connelly; Seconded by Trustee Beaver)

(b) Article XXI Chief Inspector Title - Table for administrative review
(Motion made by Trustee Kandrac; Seconded by Trustee Mikutsky)

Informational Issues

L-1
PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos for November 2005 - Noted
L-2
Appellate Division Decisions regarding Charles J. Femminella, Jr. PERS - Noted
L-3
Appellate Division Decisions regarding County of Camden vs. William J. Simon PERS - Noted
L-4
Appellate Division Decisions regarding Glynn Moore SPRS - Noted
L-5
Appellate Division Decisions regarding Robert Patterson SPRS - Noted
L-6
Legislation Ch. 326, P.L. 2005 - Noted
L-7
Legislation Ch. 366, P.L. 2005 - Noted
L-8
Legislation Ch. 381, P.L. 2005 - Noted
L-9
PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos for December 2005 - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 6, 2006.

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