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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
March 10, 2008
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 2008 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 28, 2007.

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’ website 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: 10:05 a.m.

Adjourned: 3:25 p.m.

Roll Call: Fred Beaver; Vince Foti; Sherryl Gordon; Wayne Hall; Mark Kandrac; Frank Leake;
Richard Loccke; Richard Mikutsky (arrived 10:50 a.m.); Tom Murphy; John Sierchio

Absent: Nicole Fava

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Peter Garcia
   
Division Staff: Wendy Jamison; Gail Griffin; Virginia Martucci; Marylou Mayoros; Sharon Palmer; John Megariotis; Florence Sheppard; Mike Czyzyk; Mark Schwedes
   
Members, Counsel, Employers, Consultants:
 

Janet Cranna, Buck Consultants; Timothy Smith, Esq.; Anthony Puccino; Robert Narducci; Susan Narducci; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Brian Donahue; James Evans; Robert Gleisberg; Frank Russo; Anthony LaRocco, Esq.; Steven Kossup, Esq.; Gary Muccigrossi; Gina Muccigrossi; Arthur Snellbaker; Salvatore Perillo, Esq.; Charles Ulliano, Esq.; Jerry Keelen, NJHMFA; Jim Hall, NJHMFA

Union Groups:
  Keith Dunn, PBA; Steve Eckel, FOP; Ceaser Bennett, PBA; Joe Maliagrino, PBA; Anthony Williams, PBA; Clifford Rumpf, PBA; Gregory Kelley PBA; William Wertz, PBA; Greg Cusino, PBA; Todd McConnell, PBA; Tony LaRocca, PBA


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 11, 2008 - Approved with corrections


OPEN SESSION

Finance

A-1

Trial Balance Revised 2/20/08 as of July 31, 2007 - Approved

A-2 Trial Balance Revised 2/20/08 as of August 31, 2007 - Approved
A-3 Common Pension Fund E as of September 30, 2007 - Approved
A-4 Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2007 - Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues 

B-1+

Actuary Valuation Report as of July 1, 2007 - Accepted as presented



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists as of March 4, 2008 - Approved

C-2 Return to Employment - Approved
C-3 Retirement List - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability


.
Member Name,
No.
Employer
Effective Date
Board's Decision

D-1+
Pomponio, Ronald
Newark Police
7/1/2006
A. Honorable Service - Total forfeiture
B. Ordinary Disability -  not eligible as a result of total forfeiture of service and salary
(Trustee Sierchio recused)

D-2+
Narducci, Robert
Bellmawr Borough
4/1/2007
Approved Involuntary Ordinary Disability

D-3+
Baker, Robert
Township of Irvington
11/1/2006
A. Honorable Service -
B. Ordinary Disability -
Tabled Honorable Service and Ordinary Disability for outcome of pending litigation

D-4
Pflug, James
Township of Clark
2/1/2008
Approved, C. 428

D-5+
Donahue, Brian
Lower Township Police Department
 
Approved reinstatement

D-6
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 March 1, 2008 and earlier.


Member's Name

Effective Date

P/F

Employer

Colon, James P
(Trustee Loccke recused)

11/07

P

Englewood Cliffs Borough

Hanna, Richard G

02/08

P

Essex County

Munoz, Zaida

03/08

P

Essex County

Riddell, Wayne E

01/08

P

Camden Co. Bd of Chosen Frhldrs

Steckel, Dennis P

01/08

P

Department of Correction

Weaver, Debra Ann

02/08

P

Middlesex County

Total = 6

 

D-7
McMillian, Joseph
City of Newark
7/1/2007
Approved Involuntary Ordinary Disability



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 


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

E-1
Hayes, Quentin
Mercer County
3/1/2008
12/31/2001
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Trustees Murphy and Loccke recused)

E-2

Canestri, Paul
Middlesex Co. Sheriff's Dept.
3/1/2008
9/20/2005
1/11/2007
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved

E-3
Morales, Daniel
Newark Police
10/1/2007
7/14/2006
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved with re-exam in one year

E-4
Sharp, Gilbert
Edison Township
3/1/2008
4/28/2003
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved

E-5+
Evans, James
City of Bridgeton
4/1/2008
2/23/2003
Y
T
T
.
Tabled to await the Supreme Court ruling in similar matters; granted interim Ordinary Disability
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-6


Delle, Chiale
County of Passaic
Board of
Freeholders
2/1/2008
4/25/2007
Y
Y
N
.
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability;  the outcome of the incident  was not undesigned and unexpected; not caused by an external circumstance
(Trustees Foti and Loccke recused)

E-7
Grondski, LeAnn
Juvenile Justice Commission
4/1/2008
2/4/2007
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved

E-8+
Gleisberg, Robert
Egg Harbor Twp.
5/1/2007
12/2/1997
T
T
T
T
Tabled to await the Supreme Court ruling in similar matters

E-9
Bowers, Troy
Northern State Prison
9/1/2007
1/2/2003
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved

E-10
Scott, Linda
Bergen County
11/1/2006
8/29/2002
Y
Y
N
.
Reconsidered; denied  traumatic event; the outcome was not undesigned and unexpected; approved direct result; continue Ordinary Disability
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-11
Russo, Frank
Juvenile Justice Commission
10/1/2004
5/1/2004
Y
Y
Y
.
Reconsidered; approved traumatic event; approved Accidental Disability
(DAG Kellie Pushko recused)

E-12
Bauder, Mark
Essex County
2/1/2008
3/31/2007
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-13
Batista, Jeanette
Town of West New York
1/1/2008
4/28/2006
4/29/2006
Y
Y
N
N
Y
N
.
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability; the outcome of the incident  was not undesigned and unexpected
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-14
Schuler, Michael
Mt. Laurel Twp.
8/1/2007
1/19/2005
Y
Y
Y
Approved

E-15+
Cordasco, Angelo
Newark Police
3/1/2008
2/24/2003
Y
Y
Y
Approved

E-16
Russo, Craig
Northern State Prison
2/1/2006
11/8/2004
N
N
Y
Reconsidered; and approved traumatic event; reaffirmed denial of total and permanent and direct result; continue Service retirement
(DAG Kellie Pushko recused)

E-17+
Muccigrossi, Gary
Boro of South Plainfield
3/1/2004
2/1/1993
Y
N
Y
N
Reconsidered; reaffirmed denial of direct result and delayed manifestation; the disability was the result of a pre-existing disease alone or a pre-existing disease that was aggravated or accelerated by the work effort; continue Ordinary Disability
(DAG Kellie Pushko recused)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+
Snellbaker, Arthur - Atlantic City -
1. Creditable Salary - Denied
(Vote: 6:3:1: Trustees Sierchio; Foti; Hall: Nae: Trustee Murphy abstained)
2. Repayment of overpayment of benefits stayed pending the filing of an appeal within 45 days
(Retirement Bureau)
F-2+

Weldon, Terrance - Asbury Park City -
a.) Honorable Service - No Forfeiture
(Vote: 6:3:1: Trustees Leake, Foti and Loccke: Nae; Trustee Murphy abstained)
b.) Request for dependency due to incarceration - Tabled for updated listing of expenses, joint assets, any asset transfers in or out within the last 18 months, annuities and insurances.



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Smith, Linda - Dept. of Corrections - Hearing Withdrawals - Noted
G-2+ Hill, David - Newark City - Initial Decision - ALJ reversed Board's decision for total
forfeiture of PFRS pension-with exceptions - The Board reviewed the ALJ’s findings and took
into consideration the medical report from Dr. Lowe, factor #11 under Uricoli, the exceptions filed
by DAG Kellie Pushko and the reply to exceptions filed by Mr. Hill’s attorney, Steven Kossup.
The Board did not give the same weight as the ALJ to factor #11 under Uricoli and therefore, voted to reject the ALJ’s conclusions of law.


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1

Repa, Joseph - Camden City - appeals the denial of Accidental
Disability - Approved (Trustee Beaver recused)

H-2

Mayo, Brian - Middlesex County - appeals the denial of Accidental
Disability - Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1-1
Mol, Harvey - Clifton City - Request to Purchase - Denied

OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1

Police and Fire Retirement System Mortgage Program Update - Loan Balances and Available Funds - Noted; Mr. Gerald Keelan and Mr. Jim Hall of the New Jersey Housing, Mortgage and Finance Agency addressed the members of the Board providing an overview of the Mortgage Program and an update regarding its action to temporarily postpone processing of new applications.

L-2

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

L-3
PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 14 , 2008.

 

 

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