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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
FEBRUARY 10, 2014
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 2014 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2013.

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 (9K) Deferred - none
Special Adobe PDF (21K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:02 AM

Adjourned: 2:45 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Tim Colacci; Susanne Culliton; Vince Foti, Wayne Hall; Frank Leake; Richard Loccke; Mike Postorino; John Sierchio


Absent: Laurel Brennan

Also Present: DAG Daniell Schimmel; Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Mike Weik; Cheryl Chianese; Valerie McManus; Trooper Ventola; Charles Schlager, Esq.; Michael Kantner; Mark Lagerkrvist, NJ Watchdog; Robert Fox, FOP; Albert Wunsch, Esq.; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Christopher Orosz; Mark Schwedes; Luann Barnett; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; Joseph Ryan; John Salvaggio; Steven Bushinsky, Esq.; Mike Macey; Lou Hall; Rich Michael; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Anthony Galiazzi; Eric Gandy; Jaymes Swain; Mrs. Swain; Ramze Ramadan; Viincent Lucatorto


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 13, 2014
Approved Trustee Culliton abstained

Minutes from the meeting of January 13, 2014
Approved Executive Session Trustee Culliton abstained


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1=
Active and Retired Death Lists for February 4, 2014
Approved
C-2=
Retirement List
Approved
C-3=
Chapter 104 PFRS
Approved
   

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 (+) Salvaggio, John

Albert C. Wagner Youth
Correctional Facility
5/1/2010
Return to Employment Tabled for
additional information.
(DAG Schimmel recused)
D-2 Rice, Daniel
Westville Borough
11/1/2013
Denied
D-3 Mannix, Paul

Cliffside Park Borough
7/1/2013
1) Membership decision as a result
of the audit (3 non-retired members transferred to PERS effective May 1, 1998)
2) Ordinary Disabiity application
Tabled for legal advice
D-4 Monthly OD Grid     Approved Juliano, Christopher;
Bloomfield Township; effective
8/1/13 - (Trustee Sierchio recused)
Mermini, Anthony; Union County;
effective 11/1/13
Wiggins, Leval; Hudson County
DOC; effective 11/1/13 - (Trustee
Loccke recused)



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

(+) Destefano, Gary
City of Paterson
10/1/2013
2/7/2012
Approved

E-2

Spirra, Anthony
Juv. Justice
Commission/NJ Train SC
1/1/2014
5/3/2011
Approved

E-3

Simmons, Awanda
Jersey City
2/1/2014
2/23/2011
Approved with a one year reevaluation

E-4

Nonestied, Todd
South River Borough
1/1/2014
2/23/2013
Approved

E-5

(+) Crespo, Elizabeth
City of Passaic
11/1/2013
2/22/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only

E-6

Crespo, Craig
North Bergen
Township
10/1/2013
9/1/2012
Approved with a one year reevaluation
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)

E-7

Toussainte, Michele

Department of
Corrections
7/1/2013
2/21/2010
Denied Accidental, Continue collecting Ordinary Disability

E-8

(+) Gandy, Eric
Corrections-Bayside
State Prison
2/1/2013
8/25/2011
Approved with a one year reevaluation

E-9

(+) Swain, Jaymes

Millville City
1/1/2013
10/24/2011
Tabled for examination with the IME
E-10 Che, Gary
City of Newark
1/1/2014
1/2/2012
Approved

 
E-11 (+) Dimone, Ryan
City of Hoboken
1/1/2014
6/29/2012
Approved with a one year reevaluation
E-12 (+) Galiazzi, Anthony
City of Camden
4/1/2013
1/22/2012
Approved
E-13 (+) Ramadan, Ramze
City of Passaic
9/1/2013
8/10/2012
Approved
E-14 Cisrow, Benita
South Woods Prison -Dept.
6/1/2013
2/4/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-15 Mandy, Suzanne
Hillside Township
12/1/2013
11/8/2008
Approved with a one year reevaluation
E-16 Sutton, Robert
Pompton Lakes Borough
9/1/2013
8/9/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Trustee Loccke recused)
E-17 Bartholomew, Christal
Township of Pemberton
12/1/2013
3/14/2011
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-18 (+) Lucatorto, Victor
City of Hoboken
9/1/2013
3/25/2011
Approved
E-19 Wenzel, Ronald
Lincoln Park Borough
5/1/2014
6/4/2012 6/8/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
E-20 Rak, Joanna
Hudson County
3/1/2014
6/15/2010
Approved with a one year reevaluation
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
E-21 Brandolini, Francis
Winslow Township
11/1/2012
7/18/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Fiore, John - East Windsor Township - Request for Dependency
Tabled for additonal information
F-2 Sloboda, John - Bridgeton City - Deferred Retirement (Remove for Cause)
Denied
F-3 Sheldon, Robert - Atlantic County - Request Extension on Repayment of Funds
Tabled for legal advice.
F-4+ Ruroede, Kelly - Hasbrouck Heights Borough -
1,) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of service and salary from May 1, 2007 until the
end of employment.
2.) Service Retirement - Approved effective September 1, 2013 (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Taylor, Robert - Newark City - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-2 Cushner, Brian - Millville City - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2012
Adopted ALJ's decision (Retirement Bureau) (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
G-3+ Kantner, Michael - Camden Board of Chosen Freeholders - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision canceling Mr. Kantner's retirement benefits and reenrolling
him in PFRS effective January 4, 2010
Adopted ALJ's decision, noted petitioner's exceptions. (Vote: 7-0-1; Trustee Barrett
abstained; Trustee Trustee Loccke recused)
G-4 Manzo, Michael - Jersey City Fire Department - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision to deny reinstatement of PFRS account and cancellation of retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-5+ Lopez, Roberto - City of Camden - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision
and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-6 Cacoilo, Augusto - Corrections -Adult Diag. & Treatment - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-7+ Hamilton, Bryant - City of Camden - Final Administrative Determinations
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-8+ Orosz, Christopher - Middlesex County - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
The Board voted for partial forfeiture of last year of service and salary. (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
The Board voted to adopt the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law.(Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Acevedo, Irvin - Mercer County - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2 Wingo, Clifford - Burlington City - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-3 Powell, Charlayne - City of Paterson - Appeals denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing (Trustee Postorino recused)
H-4 Mazzagatti, Anthony - Winslow Township - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability reversing his disability to Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+
Ryan, Joseph - Monroe Twp. Board of Ed - Request for PFRS Enrollment
Tabled for three months to allow Mr. Ryan to provide official military records.
 


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund A as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund B as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for November 30, 2013
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the month of November 2013
Noted
L-7 Appellate Division Decisions Carmine A. Pecorelli vs. PERS
Noted
L-8 Case Updates
The Board seeks clarification from Criminal Justice regarding investigations (Vote: 8-1;
Trustee Culliton nae)
L-9 2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 40A-Municipalities and Counties
Section 40A:14-152-Members and Officers shall have powers of peace officers and Constables
Noted
L-10 Trial Balance for December 31, 2013
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 10, 2014.

 
 
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