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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
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
2012 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2011.

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 (8K) Deferred - none
Special Adobe PDF (18K) Totals Adobe PDF (15K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:01 AM

Adjourned: 1:00 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Laurel Brennan (left at 11:00 a.m.); Susanne Culliton (arrived 10:08 a.m.); Vince Foti; Wayne Hall; Frank Leake; Richard Loccke; Richard Mikutsky; Mike Postorino; John Sierchio


Absent: Sherryl Gordon

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Marylou Mayoros; Valerie McManus; John Megariotis; Mark Schwedes; William Claxton, Esq.; Ida Haspel; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; Rufus Smith; Romulo Bittencourt; Laura Hamilton; Manuel Vendrell; Allison McGuire; Thomas Cushane, Esq.; Jeffrey Kelly; Tim Smith, Esquire; John Gray, Esq.; Christopher Gray, Esq.; Robert Toth; Kara McIntosh; David Ekelburg; Wayne Muhlbaier; Charles Schlagger, Esq.; Eric Weir; George Abrams; Howard Abrams; Daniel Koropchak; Jason Bonfante; Jarrett Renshaw, Star Ledger

OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 9, 2012
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Opportunity to meet with the Honorable Sheila Oliver, Speaker of the NJ Assembly, to
discuss recommended PFRS legislative changes
Postponed indefinitely


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists for February 1, 2012
Approved

C-2=
Retirement List
Approved
James Dischler, Jersey City Fire Department - Tabled
C-3=
Chapter 104 PFRS
Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Monthly OD Grid

 
2/1/2012
Amey, Robert (Phillipsburg Town)
effective 8/12;
Bullard, Bradford (South Plainfield Boro) effective 10/11;
Coughlin-Peterson, Kelly
(Cape May County) effective 9/11;
Emmetts, David (East Jersey State Prison) effective 2/12;
Martinelli, Vincent (Maplewood Township) effective 11/11;
Ruane, Patrick (Atlantic City)
effective 12/11;
Seetoo, Paul (Manalapan Township) effective 1/12;
(+) Smith, Rufus (East Jersey
State Prison) effective 1/12; Kendall Vaughan (Roselle Borough) effective 5/12 - Approved
(+) Bittencourt, Romulo (Belleville
Township) - Tabled for IME review


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

(+) Vandrell, Manuel
Newark Police Department
12/1/2011
4/26/2004
Approved
(Vote: 7-2; Trustees Barrett, Mikutsky nae)

E-2

Bartiromo, Brian
Fanwood Borough
3/1/2008
6/9/2005
Denied reopening of the Accidental Disability application. Non
compliance on two separate disability applications. Not a
member-in-service. Not eligible for Deferred Retirement due to removal
for cause based upon forfeiture of public employment in 2007.
(Trustee Sierchio recused)

E-3

(+) McGuire, Allison
Gloucester Township
5/1/2010
11/9/2008
Approved with a one year re-exam.
Remove matter from OAL.

E-4

Lang, Dianne
Corrections
4/1/2011
6/4/2005
Tabled for additional information and new IME review.

E-5

Knight, Nina
Orange City
4/1/2011
3/21/2005
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability. Matter continues in the OAL.

E-6

Felice, Joseph
South Woods Prison-Dept. of Corrections
7/1/2009
1/14/2004 5/6/2008
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Sommers, Joseph
Adult Diag Treatment Center
10/1/2011
5/12/2010
Approved

E-8

(+) Kelly, Jeffrey
Irvington Township
7/1/2011
6/25/2010
Denied Accidental Continue Ordinary (Vote: 6-3; Trustees Hall, Sierchio, Barrett nae)
E-9
Lugo, Shayne
City of Plainfield
2/1/2012
3/28/2010
Approved

E-10

(+) Bonfante, Jason
Township of Old Bridge
10/1/2011
12/1/2010
Approved
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Mikutsky nae)

E-11

(+) Gray, John
Evesham Township
11/1/2011
10/14/2010
Approved
E-12 Smith, David
Millville City
11/1/2011
1/3/2011
Approved
(Vote; 7-2; Trustees Postorino, Barrett nae)
E-13 Fronczek, Meredith
South Woods Prison-Department of Corrections
10/1/2011
1/18/2010
Approved
E-14 (+) Toth, Robert
City of Trenton
1/1/2012
12/29/2010
Approved
E-15 Clark, Damon
Perth Amboy City
11/1/2011
12/13/2008
Approved
E-16 Leonard, Robert
Newark Police Department
10/1/2007
9/10/2006
Reconsidered and Denied, Case continues in the OAL.
E-17 (+) Caruso, Toni
Burlington County Payroll Dept.
2/1/2008
10/11/2005
Tabled for PTC clarification
E-18 (+) McIntosh, Kara
Mout Holly Township
6/1/2011
3/27/2011
Approved
(Vote: 7-2; Trustees Barrett, Culliton nae)
E-19 (+) Muhlbaier, Wayne
Wenoanah Borough
10/1/2011
4/17/2008
Approved
(Vote: 6-2; Trustees Culliton, Mikutsky nae; Trustee Loccke recused)
E-20 (+) Weir, Eric
Belmar Borough
2/1/2012
6/28/2010
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)
E-21 Russell, Keith
Jersey City
7/1/2011
1/1/2009
Approved
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
E-22 Capriglione, Salvatore
Edison Township
9/1/2011
8/12/2003 5/20/2008
Approved
E-23 (+) Abrams, Howard
Gloucester County
3/1/2012
4/27/2009
Approved
E-24 (+) Koropchak, Daniel
Clifton City
8/1/2011
4/9/2010
Approved
E-25 English, Derrick

Garden State Recp & Youth Ctr
4/1/2011
5/2/2010

Approved
(Vote: 7-2; Trustees Barrett, Loccke nae)


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+
Haspel, James - Madison Borough - Honorable Service
Total forfeiture of service and salary (Vote: 9-1; Trustee Barrett nae) (Retirement Bureau)
F-2
Gregg, Luther - Northern State Prison -
1.) Honorable Service -Partial forfeiture of service and salary from January 2008 through
the end of employment
2.) Service Retirement - Approved effective July 1, 2011 (Retirement Bureau)
F-3
Stewart, Thomas - Pemberton Township - Late Filing
Denied (Vote: 9-1; Trustee Barrett nae)


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1
Murphy, Quentin - Union County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2
Vandright, John - Hazlet Township - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability effective November 1, 2010
Adopted ALJ's decision (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Mikutsky nae) (Retirement Bureau)
G-3
Minosse, Michael - Gloucester Township - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective
February 1, 2011
Adopted ALJ's decision (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae) (Retirement Bureau)
G-4
Rivera, Richard - West New York Town - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-5
Baxter, Kevin - Department of Corrections - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-6+
Thorn, Thomas - Medford Township - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
Approved (Vote: 8-0-1; Trustee Loccke abstained)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1
Concepcion, Carlos - City of Camden - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2
Warner, Stephen - Passaic County - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-3
Karasik, William - Sparta Township - Appeals denial of Service Credit
Denied OAL Hearing. The Board directed the Secretary to draw up a Final Administrative
Determination.
H-4
Monto, Arthur - Sparta Township - Appeals denial of service credit
Denied OAL Hearing. The Board directed the Secretary to draw up a Final Administrative
Determination.
H-5+
Ellis, Herman - Harrison Town -
1.) Resubmission regarding suspension of pension - Cancel retirement effective November
1, 2008.
2.) Hearing Request - Approved OAL Hearing and stay of implementation of recoupment of
monies until OAL disposition.
H-6
Flax, Lynne - Southern State Correctional Facility - Appeals total forfeiture of
PFRS service and salary
Approved OAL Hearing
H-7
Younger, Laviv - Northern State Prison - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-8
Dessicino, Shelly - Atlantic City - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-9
O'Hare, Raymond - Mount Holly Township - Appeals denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-10
Heinzman, Vanessa - Ocean County -
Denied reconsideration and Approved OAL Hearing Request
H-11
Moran, James - Jersey City Fire Department - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-12
Carmichael, Keisha - Dept. Of Corrections - Appeals denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Denied reconsideration and Approved OAL Hearing Request
   

OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

 

None

   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1
PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos for November 2011
Noted
L-2
Appellate Division Decisions Marcia E. Bossart vs TPAF
Noted
L-3
Common Pension Fund A as of November 30, 2011
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund B as of November 30, 2011
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2011
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2011
Noted
L-7
Trial Balance as of November 30, 2011
Noted
L-8
Appellate Division Decisions Thomas J. O'Reilly vs PERS
Noted
L-9
Final Administrative determination
Noted
L-10 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the
month of December 2011
Noted
L-11 PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos
Noted
L-12 Common Pension Fund D as of January 31, 2012
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 12, 2012.

 

 
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