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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
April 9, 2007
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 2007 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2006.

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 Special Totals


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:00 a.m.

Adjourned: 1:45 p.m.

Roll Call: Fred Beaver; Dennis Connelly; Vince Foti; Frank Leake; Richard Loccke; Rich Mikutsky; Tom Murphy; John Sierchio

Absent: Nicole Fava; Sherryl Gordon; Mark Kandrac

Also Present: DAG Christine Lucarelli
   
Division Staff:

Wendy Jamison; Gail Griffin; Marylou Mayoros; Sharon Palmer; Stephanie Washington;Wendy Weiss-Whitfield; Mark Schwedes

   
Members, Counsel, Employers, Consultants:
 

Steven Kossup, Esq.; Kelly Gottheiner; Kevin Tupper; Rebecca Tupper; Joseph Taglieri; Carl Jackson; Margaret Jackson; Regina Herz; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Charles Williams; Patricia Williams; Edmund Mashinney; Victor Francesco; Noah Romano; Jennifer Romano; Frank Crivelli, Esq.; Lynette Butler; Michael Butler; Edward Gaffney; David DeFillippo, Esq.; Fred Mastrogiovanni

Union Groups, etc.:
  George Borek, IAFF


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 12, 2007 - Approved


OPEN SESSION

Finance

A-1
Common Pension Fund A as of January 31, 2007 - Approved
A-2
Common Pension Fund B as of January 31, 2007 - Approved
A-3
Trial Balance as of January 31, 2007 - Approved
A-4
Common Pension Fund D as of December 31, 2006 - Approved
A-5
Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2006 - Approved
A-6
Trial Balance as of February 28, 2007 - Approved
A-7
Common Pension Fund A as of February 28, 2007 - Approved
A-8 Common Pension Fund B as of February 28, 2007 - Approved
A-9= Common Pension Fund D as of January 31, 2007 - Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Isssues

.. None


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists for March 23, 2007 - Approved
C-2= Return to Employment - Approved
C-3= Chapter 104 PFRS - Approved
C-4= Retirement List - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability   


.
Member Name,
Number
Employer
Effective Date
Board's Decision

D-1

Trammel, Edward

Township of Irvington
10/1/2005
Approved Chapter 428

D-2
Hernandez, Jacob

City of Newark 8/1/2006 Approved Reinstatement from Ordinary Disability

D-3
Grochowski, Louis

City of Paterson 12/1/2006 Approved Chapter 428
with re-exam in one year

D-4
Middleton, Derrick

City of New Brunswick 1/1/2006 a. Honorable Service
b. Ordinary Disability
Postponed per attorney's request until the May 14th meeting

D-5
Bunalski, Jr., John
Irvington Police Dept.   Tabled to await outcome of Settlement Conference scheduled for April 18, 2007

D-5

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 April 1, 2007 and earlier.

 Member's Name
Effective Date
 P/F
 Employer
Brown, Adrienne K
03/07
P
Edna Mahan Corr. Fac. For Women
Buckley, Ruben
04/07
P
Juv. Jus. Comm./Medium Sec. Fac.
Cole, Michael W
03/07
P
Garden St Recp & Youth Corr. Ctr. (C. 428)
Forlenza, Stephen
02/07
P
Florham Park Borough
Harris, Julian D
03/07
P
Mercer County
Kuprewicz, Michael
03/07
P
Mercer County
Luteran, Cindy Ann
05/07
P
Hackettstown Town
Myers, Wayne Thomas
04/07
P
Somerset County_Finance Office  (C. 428)
Rott, Thomas T
02/07
P
Southern State Crrtnl. Facility
Saccomanno, Gaetano
02/07
P
South Woods Prison-Dept. of Corr.
Salvatore, David
03/07
P
Trenton City 
Warfield, Melissa M
05/06
F
Woodbury City
Total = 12
(Trustee Loccke recused)

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability


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

E-1

Zamora, Pedro

Newark Police
2/1/2007
2/3/2005
Y
Y
Y
..
Approved

E-2

Jazikoff, Angel

Middlesex County
9/1/2006
2/17/2004
Y
Y
N
..
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability

E-3


Patounas, Anthony

Dept. of Corrections
1/1/2007 
2/3/2005
other incidents:
8/18/2005
10/8/2005
T
T
T
Tabled for referral to a new IME on TP and DR

E-4
Pisello, Renee


Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility
1/1/2005
1/28/2004

Y
Y
Y
.
Approved

E-5
Gottheiner, Kelly


NJ Environmental Protection
3/1/2007 
4/1/2006
Y
Y
Y
.
Approved
(Vote: 4:3:1 Trustees Connelly; Mikutsky; Beaver: Nae; Trustee Loccke recused)

E-6
Silva, Erik

Newark Police
4/1/2007
8/7/2005
Y
Y
N
.Y
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability; approved change in retirement date to 4/1/07

E-7
Young, John

City of Orange Twp. Police Dept.
1/1/2007
8/14/1992
9/19/1993
1/25/1996
1/05/2005
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
N
N
Denied Involuntary Accidental Disability; granted Involuntary Ordinary Disability
(Vote: 6:2: Trustees Connelly and Sierchio: Nae)

E-8
Hild, Scott

Lyndhurst Twp.
4/1/2007
6/1/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y.
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-9
Taylor, John

Dept. of Corrections
4/1/2006 
8/11/2003
9/2/2005
N
Y
N
Y
N
N
.Y
Resubmission
a. Honorable Service
Partial forfeiture from 10/1/2004 - 9/30/2005
b. Ordinary Disability - Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability

E-10
Tupper, Kevin

South Woods State Prison
8/1/2005
9/19/2001
N
N
Y
.Y
Denied Accidental Disability; withdrawal only

E-11
Taglieri, Joseph

City of Hoboken
2/1/2007
12/25/2004 
T
T
T
.Y
Tabled for clarification from IME on TP and DR

E-12
Jackson, Carl

City of Woodbury
3/1/2007
8/19/2005
T
T
T
.Y
Tabled for referral to a new IME & signed reports

E-13
Mastrogiovanni, Fred

 
City of Vineland
12/1/2006
9/11/2001
10/8/2001

Y
Y
Y
Y
N
N
.Y
Denied Accidental Disability; continue Ordinary Disability
(Vote: 7:1 Trustee Mikutsky: Nae on 9/11/01 incident only)

E-14
Scheidegger, Daniel

Bergenfield Borough
8/1/2007
4/20/2005
Y
Y
Y
.Y
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-15
Tatusko, Rosemarie


Burlington County
12/1/20061/2006
10/22/2005
Y
Y
N
.Y
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability
(Trustee Loccke recused)




OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+

Williams, Charles - Camden County Sheriff's Dept. - Request to change retirement date from 9/1/05 to 5/1/06 - Approved change to April 1, 2006.
(Vote: 5:1:2: Trustee Beaver: Nae; Trustees Foti and Murphy abstained) (Retirement Bureau)

F-2+

Mawhinney, Edmund - Atlantic City - Request to collect Special retirement benefits while appealing termination from employment - Tabled until charges have been fully resolved.
(Vote: 7:0:1: Trustee Foti abstained)

F-3+

Romano, Noah - Essex County - Unable to consider this matter due to lack of quorum
a. Honorable Service
b. Special Retirement
(Trustees Foti; Loccke; Sierchio recused and were unable to vote in this matter) 



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Markey, Charles - Island Heights Borough - Appellate Division Decisions -
The Court upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement - Noted

G-2

Jones, Mark - Northern State Prison - Initial Decision with Exceptions - The
ALJ affirmed the Board's denial of Accidental Disability due to no traumatic event - Adopted with
modification.

G-3

Owens, Allen - Dept. of Correction - Appellate Division Decisions - The Court found no traumatic event and as a result upheld the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Noted

G-4

Strauss (Collodel), Donna - Sussex County - Appellate Division Decisions - The Court found traumatic event and as a result reversed the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Tabled until the May 14, 2007 meeting to reconsider entire previous packet.

G-5

Favetta, Samuel - West Orange Twp. - Initial Decision  -  ALJ denied petitioner's (Mr. Favetta) motion for summary decision. ALJ granted respondent's (PFRS) motion for summary decision. In addition, ALJ determined that Mr. Favetta was not performing his regular or assigned duties of the position of Fire Captain at the time of the incident on January 29, 1999. Consequently, ALJ upheld the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Adopted

G-6

Torres, Rosa - City of Newark - Initial Decision - Resubmission - with exceptions and reply to exceptions - ALJ upheld the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Reconsidered and reaffirmed determination of March 12, 2007; Adopted Initial Decision; noted exceptions and reply to exceptions.

G-7

Donnerstag, Billy - City of Bayonne - Initial Decision - ALJ found no traumatic event and upheld the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Adopted




OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1

Hooks, Dwayne - East Jersey State Prison - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability Retirement - Approved

H-2

Butler, Lynette - William Paterson University - Employer appeals the Board's denial of Involuntary Ordinary Disability for Ms. Butler – Reaffirmed original position to reinstate Ms. Butler; approved hearing request on behalf of William Paterson University

H-3
City of Jersey City - Appeals the denial of PFRS enrollment for Jonathan Gutierrez - Approved
H-4

Ventura, Rocco - Twp. of Lakewood Police Dept. - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved

H-5

Templeton, Richard - Juvenile Justice Commission/ Medium Security Facility - Appeals the Board's decision to deny Accidental Disability - Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+

Gaffney, Edward - Berkeley Heights Twp. - Transfer of Membership from PERS to PFRS - Denied



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1

Appellate Division Decisions regarding Andrea Goldberg vs. TPAF - Noted

L-2

Memo from Janet Crenna, Actuary for Buck Consultants, regarding the measurement of plan assets - Noted

L-3

Wire Transfers for Prudential Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit
Claims for February 2007 - Noted

L-4

State Investment Council Minutes for the meeting of January 18, 2007 - Noted

L-5

Memos from DAG Marc Krefetz regarding Implementation of L. 2005, c. 381 (Extension of PFRS retirement age) - Noted

L-6 State Investment Council Minutes for the meeting of February 15, 2007 - Noted
L-7 PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos for February 2007 - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on May 14, 2007.

 

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