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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MARCH 13, 2017
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 2017 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 20, 2016.

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 (16K) Deferred Adobe PDF (8K)
Special Adobe PDF (28K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:15 AM

Adjourned: 3:25 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett, Keith Bennett, Tim Colacci, Susanne Culliton, Mike Kaniuk, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke (left at 3:10 p.m.), Brady Middlesworth


Absent: Laurel Brennan

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Sue
Grant; John Sloth; Kara Ansley; Trooper Donohue; Paul Jeter; Manuel Avila; Stuart
Alterman, Esq.; Juan Romaniello; Justin Schwam, Esq.; Bruce Jones; Darren Gelber,
Esq.; Natalie Fresco; Merick Limsky, Esq.; Daniel Murray; Susan Champion, Esq,
Lynne Rogow; Scott Parkin; Steven Gernant; Jonathan Krehel; Rob Zeidler; Thomas
Dyke; Gerald Behnke; Scott Wilson; Pedro Jual; Peter Andreyev; Daryl Bowen;
Trooper Sorrentino; Robert Wunsch, Esq.; Christopher Gray, Esq.; Garrett Faryna;
Eugene Brendel, Mrs. Brendel; Jackie Bussanich; James Wrightson


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 06, 2017
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of February 06, 2017
Approved Executive Session (Vote: 6-1; Trustee Barrett nae)

Minutes from the meeting of February 27, 2017
Approved Actuary Minutes (Trustee Loccke recused)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists for March 1, 2017
Approved
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
   

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Leech, Brian

Montville Township   1.) Request to file for Involuntary
Ordinary Disability - Approved
2.) Involuntary Ordinary Disability -
Denied
3.) Determine if Uricoli analysis is
required - Directed the Attorney
General's Office to issue a
subpoena for additional records
D-2 Larsen, Wagner
Passiac City
  Member-In-Service - Approved
Involuntary Ordinary Disability -
Approved
D-3 Monthly OD Grid     Armstrong, Jack; Evesham
Township; effective 10/15; Cooney,
Peter J; Newark City; effective 1/17;
Gwinn, Scott H; Plainfield City;
effective 1/17; ; Loper, Robert J;
Correct-Bayside State Prison;
effective1/17; Thompson, Charles;
South Woods Prison-Dept Of
Corrections; effective 12/16; Rivera,
Bianca A; Camden County Regional
Police; effective 8/16 Approved



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Berry, Andrea

Southern State Corr.
Fac.
        Request to file for Accidental
Disability retirement benefits -
Denied

E-2

Aponte, Silvia
Hudson County 8/1/2015 4/13/2012 Approved

E-3

Bowen, Daryl
Northern State Prison   3/20/2006

Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(disability due to other reasons)

E-4

Lombardo, Gerard

Bergen County         Reconsideration to file for
Accidental Disabiliy - Tabled ;
Directed the Attorney General's
office to issue a subpoena for
additional records.
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-5

Siverstein, Bernard

Eatontown Borough         1.) Request to file for Accidental
Disability retirement benefits -
Tabled
2.) Review settlement agreement to
determine if Uricoli is required -
Tabled

E-6

Albanese, Jason
Bridgewater Twp. 4/1/2017 1/17/2009 Approved  

E-7

Donahue, Brian
Lower Township 9/1/2016 4/16/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-8

Pumarejo, Julio
Millville City 5/1/2016 3/30/2015 Approved

E-9

Hargis, Barbara
Rowan University 6/1/2016 7/28/2014 Approved with 18 month reevaluation

E-10

Jackson, Irwin
East Orange City 11/1/2016 10/27/2015 Approved

E-11

Cypress, Larry

Edna Mahan
Correction Facility
10/1/2015 2/14/2014 Reconsideration of an OAL case
Approved; withdrawal from OAL.

E-12

Macri, Anthony
Highlands Borough 12/1/2016 6/16/2013 Approved

E-13

(+) Stanczak, David
City of Trenton 3/1/2013 10/24/2005 Reconsideration of an OAL case
Tabled per attorney request.

E-14

Oswald, Andrea
Bridgeton City 1/1/2017 12/15/2015 Approved

E-15

Faryna, Garrett

Garden State
Reception & Youth
Corr.
3/1/2017 4/1/2016 Approved  

E-16

Zelna, Wayne
Borough of Cresskill 1/1/2017 1/16/2016 Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-17

Brendel, Gene
Nutley Township 10/1/2016 5/28/2015
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Avila, Manuel - City of Paterson - Review of membership service
for eligibility for special retirement
Approve service and salary as credible compensation for retirement purposes through June
30, 2010, the month of his acquital. (Vote: 6-2: Trustees Barrett, Kaniuk nae) (Retirement
Bureau, Audit Section, Fraud Unit)
Service Retirement - Approved
F-2+ Jeter, Paul - Atlantic County -
1.) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of the last 6 months of service and salary on a
prospective basis.
2.) Service Retirement - Continue collecting benefits based upon the above forfeiture.
(Vote: 7-1; Trustee Culliton nae) (Retirement Bureau, Audit Section)
F-3+ Romaniello, Juan - Jersey City - Suspension of Retirement
benefits
Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-4+ Jones, Bruce - Northern State Prison -
1.) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of service and salary beginning September 1, 2009
through the last date of pension contributions.
2.) Service - Approved (Retirement Bureau, Audit Section)
F-5+ Mercuro, Louis - Haledon Borough - Creditable Compensation;
Request retro salaries included in retirement calculation
Tabled per attorney's request.
F-6+ Fresco, Natale - Edison Township - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary from July 1, 2015 until the end of employment on a
prospective basis.
Special Retirement - Continue collecting benefits based upon the above forfeiture.
(Retirement Bureau, Audit Section)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Dullagan, Brendan - Belleville Township - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits with exceptions
and reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions.
G-2 Harrison, Latasha - East Jersey State Prison - Order dismissing appeal in
Appellate Division
Noted
G-3+ Pittius, Wendi - Middlesex County - Settlement Proposal
Rejected ALJ's decision, continue in the OAL
G-4+ Reyes, Isidoro - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and
granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits; with exceptions and reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions. (Vote: 7-1; Trustee
Culliton nae) (Retirement Bureau)
G-5+ Ghee, Emerson - Rutgers University - Initial Decision Summary Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision denying enrollment into PFRS
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions.
G-6+ Cruz, Jose - City of Union - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's
decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision (Retirement Bureau)
G-7+ Schaeffer, William - City of Camden - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-8 Malta, Joanne - Princeton - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's
decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits; with exceptions and reply to
exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions.
G-9 Eisape, Adebayo - Middlesex County - ALJ granted Grace Eisape widow's
survivor benefit, Michael B. Blacker attorney for Mary Brown, Donald O. Egbuchulam
attorney for Grace Eisape; with exceptions and reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions. (Claims Bureau)
G-10+ Lynch, Daniel - Belmar Borough - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
Approved with modifications as noted by the Board (Vote: 7-1; Trustee Barrett nae)
G-11 Nowicki, Michael - East Jersey State Prison - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-12 Stopko, Keith - Div. Of Criminal Justice - Settlement Proposal
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Passano, Fiorella - Passaic County -
1.) Request to amend Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Denied
2.) Hearing Request - Approved (Trustee Loccke recused)
H-2 Gushard, Wade - Edna Mahan Corr. Fac. For Women - Appeals
denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Woods (Deceased), James - Jersey City Fire Dept. -
ADMINISTRATIVELY REMOVED
H-4+ Pierson, Kevin - Tinton Falls Borough - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-5+ Murray, Daniel - Hudson County -
1.) Reconsideration - Denied
2.) Hearing Request - Approved (Vote: 7-1; Trustee Barrett nae)
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 Rogow, Scott - City Of Paterson - Request to amend from
Accidental Disabiity to Accidental Death benefits
Motion Failed to Carry (Vote: 4-4; Trustee Middlesworth, Colacci, Barrett, Kaniuk nae)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance for December 31, 2016
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D as of January 31, 2017
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance for January 31, 2017
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims ffor the
month of January 2017
Noted
L-5 Newspaper Articles
Noted
L-6= Board Member Address List
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1=
Outside Legal Counsel Invoice dated February 28, 2017
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Schimmel recused)
M-2= Outside Legal Counsel Bill for September 30, 2016
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Schimmel recused)
M-3= Outside Legal Counsel Bill for December 31, 2016
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Schimmel recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 10, 2017.

 

 
 
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