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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MARCH 9, 2015
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 December 18, 2014.

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 (20K) Deferred - none
Special Adobe PDF (24K) Totals Adobe PDF (33K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:02 AM

Adjourned: 2:02 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Keith Bennett; Laurel Brennan; Tim Colacci; Susanne Culliton; Wayne
Hall; Frank Leake (arrived 10:07 a.m.); Rchard Loccke; Brady Middlesworth


Absent: Vince Foti

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; DAG Robert Kelly; Mike Weik;
Luann Barnett; William Johnson; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; John Latham; Jackie Bussanich;
Kristin Bell, Sue Grant; Peter Andreyev, NJSPBA; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Edward
Ochmanski; Trooper Walther; Rayne Crovetti; Gary Coslop; John Feeley, Esq.;
Thomas Griffin, Esq.; Sean Higgins; Christopher Megna; Robert Bischoff; Jerry
Delguercio; Marissa Dominguez, Esq.; Leo Kinney; Mrs. Kinney; James Cheeseman;
Daniel Harper; Michael Bouchard; Laura Campos; Anthony Iazzetti; Ryan Lockman,
Esq.; Jamie Jiminez; James Parks; DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Danny
Schich, FOP; Keith Johnson, FOP Lodge 62


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 9, 2015
Approved (Trustees Brennan, Hall abstained)

Minutes from the meeting of February 9, 2015
Approved Executive Session (Trustees Brennan, Hall abstained)

 


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 Ernest, Joseph
Metuchen Borough   Request to amend application from
Accidental to Ordinary (Case
pending in the OAL) Denied
(Trustee Loccke recused)
D-2 Melendez, Sweeney
Paterson City   Reinstatement from Disability
Retirement Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)
D-3 Schoch, David
Bridgeton City 11/1/2014 1) Request for Special Disability
retirement - Denied
2) Request to Change from Regular
Ordinary Disability to Involuntary
Ordinary Disability retirement -
Approved
D-4 Monthly OD Grid     Approved Kirby, Eric - Robbinsville
Twp (eff. 3/1/2014);
Lopez, Edward - Atlantic County (eff.
8/1/2014);
Mannion, Dean - North Hudson
Regional Fire & Rescue (eff.
6/1/2013); (Trustee Colacci recused)
Murphy, James - East Jersey State
Prison (eff. 11/1/2014);
Neggia, Kevin - Paterson City (eff.
10/1/2014)
D-5 (+) Ochmanski, Edward

Laurel Springs Borough  11/1/2013 1) Honorable Service
2) Eligibility to file for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Tabled for additional information
from employer



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

(+) Griffin, Thomas
Middlesex Borough 4/1/2014 9/29/2007
1/17/2011
1) Honorable Service - Partial
forfeiture of salary and service from February 2010 until the end of employment.
2) Accidental Disability - Denied
Accidental Disabiity granted
Ordinary Disability with an 18 month re-evaluation
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-2

(+) Kinney, Leo
Franklin Borough 2/1/2015 9/27/2013 Approved

E-3

Garish, Robert Woodbury City 1/1/2015 2/15/2011
8/31/2013
Tabled for clarification from the IME.

E-4

(+) Coslop, Gary Linwood City 1/1/2015 4/5/2014 Approved
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Culliton nae)

E-5

(+) Leeds, Christopher Pleasantville City 9/1/2014 4/22/2013 Approved
(Vote: 7-2; Trustees Culliton, Loccke nae)

E-6

Gromek, Karen
Hudson County 9/1/2014 1/25/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

(+) Higgins, Sean
Passaic County 11/1/2014 5/22/2012 Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-8

(+) Parks, Timothy
Deptford Twp. 8/1/2014 5/20/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-9

(+) Cheeseman, James
Altantic City 11/1/2014 4/24/2010 Approved
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Loccke nae)

E-10

(+) Megna, Christopher
Sussex County 11/1/2014 10/17/2013 Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-11

Goldsborough, Teresa
Bayside State Prison 9/1/2014 7/1/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-12

(+) Bouchard, Michael
Watchung Borough 3/1/2015 2/13/2014 Approved

E-13

McLaughlin, John
Weehawken Twp. 9/1/2001   Approved for re-examination

E-14

(+) Crovetti, Rayne
Washington Twp. 11/1/2013 11/14/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-15

(+) Campos, Laura
Hackensack City 8/1/2014 4/8/2010 Tabled granted interim Ordinary
Disability
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-16

(+) Bischoff, Robert
Union Twp. 12/1/2014 1/22/2002 Approved

E-17

(+) Delguercio, Jerry
Essex County 8/1/2014 2/15/2013 Approved
(Vote: 6-2; Trustees Hall, Bennett nae; Trustee Loccke recused)

E-18

Delgado, Esthel
Camden County 11/1/2014 4/28/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-19

(+) Gundle, John
Brooklawn Borough 1/1/2014 4/17/2009
5/24/2011
9/3/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
with an 18 month re-evaluation

E-20

(+) Simons, Herbert
Pleasantville City 11/1/2014 4/22/2013 Approved
(Vote: 7-2; Trustees Culliton, Loccke nae)

E-21

(+) Jimenez, Jaime
Willingboro Twp. 12/1/2014 1/29/2013 Tabled to obtain additional records
on other incidents.



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Johnson, William - Albert C. Wagner Youth Corr. Facility -
1) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of service and salary from July 1, 2008 until the
end of employment - (Trustee Leake abstained)
2) Service retirement effective January 1, 2015 - Approved (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Hundemann, Wayne - Carteret Borough - Appellate Division
Decisions The Court upheld the Board's decision in denying Accidental Disability retirement
benefits
Noted
G-2 Cunningham, Neil - Hudson County - Initial Decision The ALJ upheld the Board's
decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions
G-3 Bailey, Robin - Voorhees Twp. - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-4= Smith, Deems - Newark City - Reconsideration of matter pending in
the Appellate Division
Reconsidered and authorized DAG to settle case and granted Accidental Disability
retirement effective September 1, 2012 (Trustees Loccke, Bennett nae) (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1+ Cistaro, Alfred - Long Branch City - Appeals the forfeture of PFRS salary and
service credit and the inability to file for Accidental Disabiity
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2 Abdul-Haqq, Ibrahim - City of Newark - Appeals the denial to file for
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Denied Hearing Request. The board directed the Secretary to draft a final administrative
determination.
H-3 Bacchues, Denise - Camden County Regional Police - Appeals the denial of
Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-4+ Edelstein, David - Edison Twp. - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-5 Liobe, Paul - Sussex County - Appeals the Board's denial of "Tier I" PFRS
membership.
Denied Hearing Request. The Board directed the Secretary to draft a final administrative
determination
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+
North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue - Request for PFRS membership for John Latham
Approved (Vote 5-2-1; Trustees Culliton, Leake nae; Trustee Loccke abstained; Trustee
Colacci recused) (Enrollment Bureau)
 


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Lawrence O'Reilly v. PERS Board
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of December 31, 2014
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance as of December 31, 2014
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers as of February 9, 2015
Noted
L-5 Chapter 52 Training for Certifying Officers
Tabled
L-6= Resignation of Trustee Wayne Hall effective July 31, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1= Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
Noted (Trustees Culliton, Loccke recused; DAG Schimmel recused)
M-2= Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for February 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Loccke recused; DAG Schimmel recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 13, 2015.

 

 
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