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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 5, 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 (14K) Deferred Adobe PDF (8K)
Special Adobe PDF (26K) Totals Adobe PDF (9K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:05 AM

Adjourned: 12:50 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Laurel Brennan; Tim Colacci; Susanne Culliton; Vince Foti; Wayne Hall; Frank Leake (arrived late 10:12 ); Richard Loccke; John Sierchio


Absent: Mike Postorino

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Cheryl
Chianese; Mike Weik; Debbie Beetel-Sparano; Chris Santarelli; Valerie McManus;
Sharon Barnes; Jim Scott; Marc Greenfield; Kristin Bell; Florence Sheppard; Sue
Grant; Mark Lagerkvist, NJ Watchdog; Cleve Bryan, CBS 3 News; DAG Joseph
Dorfler; Wayne Morrison; Wolodymr Tyshchenko, Esq.; John Feeley, Esq.; Jeff Frett;
Mr. Frett Senior; Trooper Johnson; DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Edward Wengerter; Jeffrey
Spreng; Armando Molina; John O'Neil; Robert W. Fox, NJSFOP


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 14, 2014
Approved (Vote: 7-0-1:Trustee Foti abstained)

Minutes from the meeting of April 14, 2014
Approved Executive Session Minutes (Vote: 7-0-1:Trustee Foti abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Mid-Election report
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
   

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 (+) Wengerter, Edward

North Hudson Reg Fire
Rescue
9/1/2012 1.) Honorable Service - Partial
forfeiture of service and salary from December 1, 2010 to the end of employment (Vote: 7-1; Trustee Culliton nae; Trustee Colacci recused)
2.) Ordinary Disability - Denied
Ordinary, offered Withdrawal (Vote: 7-1; Trustee Barrett nae; Trustee Colacci recused)
D-2 Monthly OD Grid     Approved Rocco Simone; Voorhees
Township; effective 11/1/13



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Jordan, Denise
Mercer County 12/1/2013 12/2/2012 Approved

E-2

(+) Frett, Jeffrey

City of Camden 1/1/2011 9/27/2008 Honorable Service - Total Forfeiture

E-3

Arriaga, Edwin
City of Plainfield 6/1/2014 6/13/2012 Approved

E-4

(+) Molina, Armando
West New York Town 7/1/2013 1/5/2012 Approved

E-5

(+) O'Neil, John
Independence Twp. 5/1/2014 6/23/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(Vote; 8-1; Trustee Barrett nae)

E-6

(+) Spreng, Jeffrey
Winslow Township 12/1/2013 3/12/2012 Denied Accidental, Granted Ordinary
and denied request to change
retirement date


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

  None
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Wood, John - Corrections Bayside State Prison - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Ketcham-Nardone, Kara - Belmar Borough - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's decision denying salary used in the calculation of retirement allowance. ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Modified ALJ's decision, adopted salary and rejected Accidnetal Disability
(Vote: 7-1; Trustee Barrett nae; Trustee Loccke recused; DAG Schimmel recused)
G-3 Zadroga, Glen - Belleville Township - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision with modification as delineated in DAG Garrison's exceptions and
noted Petitioner's exceptions. (Trustee Sierchio recused)
G-4 Martinez, Gerardo - Hammonton Town - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Rejected ALJ's determination. Noted exceptions and reply to exceptions. (Vote; 8-0-1;
Trustsee Leake abstained; DAG Schimmel recused)
G-5 Haspel, James - Madison Borough - Appellate Division Decisions Court upheld
Board's decision of total forfeiture of pension .
Noted
G-6 Crowder, Terrence - City of Camden - Interlocutory Review
Approved Request to Reverse ALJ's order in Petitioner's Motion to Suppress Expert Report
& Expert Testimony and required a new IME (DAG Schimmel recused)
G-7= DeHerde, Francis - East Orange City - Settlement Agreements
Approved request for settlement and to authorize the secretary to execute the settlement
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Reed, William - Egg Harbor Township - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing.
H-2 Caraballo, Jeanice - City of Newark - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing.
H-3 Stanczak, David - City of Trenton - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing.
H-4 Balista, Natalie - Pine Beach Borough - Appeals denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Tabled per attorney request.
H-5 Gillespie, John - Deptford Township - Appeals the equitable
distribution calculation
Denied OAL hearing, the Board directed the secretary to draft a Final Administrative
Determination.
H-6 Harrison, Latasha - East Jersey State Prison - Appeals Total
Forfeiture of Pension
Approved OAL Hearing.
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1
Merced, William - Northern State Prison - Purchase
Denied
J-2+ Morrison, Wayne - Passaic Valley Sewerage Comm - Request to enroll in PFRS
Denied
J-3 Welsh, John - Passaic County - Request to merge PFRS Accounts
Denied request, offerred withdraw and purchase of service credit (Vote: 7-1; Trustee
Sierchio nae;Trustee Loccke recused)
 


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1

Barnas, Gregory (deceased) - Jersey City Fire Department - Accidental Death
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the month of February 2014
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Jeffrey Clayton vs PERS
Noted
L-3 PFRS Report For Month Ending 2/28/14
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of March 31, 2014
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 9, 2014.

 

 
 
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