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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 2, 2016
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 2016 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 21, 2015.

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 (7K) Deferred - none
Special Adobe PDF (29K) Totals Adobe PDF (20K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:09 AM

Adjourned: 1:36 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett, Keith Bennett, Susanne Culliton, Michael Kaniuk, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke, Brady Middlesworth


Absent: Tim Colacci, Laurel Brennan

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmell; Hank Schwedes; Lisa Pointer; Cheryl Chianese; Valerie
McManus; Peter Andreyev; Mark Casey; John Sloth; Helen Barrett; Paul Tyshchenko,
Esq.; Sue Grant; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Christopher Gray, Esq.; John Feeley, Esq.;
Annette Verdesco, Esq.; Ugo Bellomo; Jackie Bussanich; Trooper Johnson;
Christopher Lynch; Samuel Halpern, Esq.; Valentine Cooper; Mrs. Debblay; Hal
Simpkins; Mrs. Simpkins; Davin Lehman; Ryan Vandalinda; Joseph Czapla; Mrs.
Czapla; Steven Kossup, Esq.


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 31, 2016
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of April 11, 2016
Approved (Trustee Loccke abstained)

Minutes from the meeting of March 31, 2016
Approved Executive Session Minutes


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Retirement List
Approved
   

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Lee, Mark


Robbinsville Township
6/1/2013 Approved
D-2 Monthly OD Grid     Carradine, Tangelik, Garden State
Recp & YCC., effective 1/16;
Csanyi,Michael A, Woodbridge
Township, effective 1/16; Obrien,
Michael, Bayonne City, effective
3/16; Ocasio, Daniel; Hudson
County; effective 3/16 Approved



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Cooper, Valentine
Northern State Prison 7/1/2015 12/5/2008
6/5/2010
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only

E-2

Simpkins, Hal
City of Newark 8/1/2015 11/23/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Czapla, Joseph
City of Bayonne 8/1/2016 9/13/2014 Approved
(Vote: 6-1: Trustee Loccke nae)

E-4

Daniels, Dennis
City of Newark 10/1/2015 1/27/2015 Approved
(Vote: 6-1: Trustee Loccke nae)

E-5

Griffith, Jeffrey
Aberdeen Township 5/1/2016 8/28/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(Vote: 6-1; Trustee Barrett nae)

E-6

Calafiore, Joseph
Passaic County 6/1/2016 8/15/2013 Approved

E-7

Vandalinda, Ryan
Montvale Borough 2/1/2016 11/8/2013
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-8

(+) Lehman, Davin
Bloomfield Twp. 3/1/2013 4/1/2012 Approved

E-9

Conrad, Keith
Juvenile Justice
Commission
9/1/2015 12/7/2008
4/4/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-10

Tambe, Ishak

Union City 1/1/2016 7/24/2013 1.) Request to Amend application
with additional incident - Denied
2.) Hearing Request - Approved
OAL Hearing based upon denial of
Accidental Disability

E-11

Bonaventure (Siana), Danielle

East Jersey State
Prison
7/1/2015 2/15/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 6-1; Trustee Loccke nae)

E-12

Brown, Edward
City of Brigantine 3/1/2016 10/24/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Jackson, Grover - Northern State Prison - Honorable Service
Tabled per attorney request
F-2 Conyers, Noel - Hudson County - Dependency while incarcerated
Denied, member not currently eligible for benefit
F-3 Isaac, Keith - City of Newark - Reconsideration: Non-Bonafide Retirement
Tabled for additional information
F-4+ Bellomo, Ugo - Newark City - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of a 6% reduction of any eligible benefit (Retirement Bureau, Audit Unit)
F-5+ Khosa, Harjeet - Middlesex County - Honorable Service
Tabled for additional information from employer
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Kapler, Leah - Ocean County - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision effective 12/1/14 (Retirement Bureau)
G-2 Barr, Michael - City of Paterson - Appellate Division Decisions
Court upheld Board's decision and denied reopening of Petitioner's application for
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-3+ Rice, Daniel - Westville Borough - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
decision and denied Ordinary Disability retirement benefits, with exceptions and reply to
exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions
G-4 Shaloub, James - Englewood Cliffs Borough - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision approving Involuntary Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Tabled due to lack of quorum. (Trustees Loccke, Barrett recused)
G-5+ Whittle, Michael - Montclair Township - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Board's
decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-6 Kurinzi, Michael - City of Elizabeth - Initial Decision Petitioner abandoned his
appeal
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-7+ Stopko, Keith - Div. Of Criminal Justice - Initial Decision
Denied reconsideration and Adopted ALJ's decision dismissing appeal
G-8+ Bellomo, Ugo - Newark City - Initial Decision Reconsideration of ID reversing
denial of AD retirement.
Rejected ID and remanded back to OAL
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Faulk, Randy - East Orange City -
Denied reconsideration and approved hearing request
H-2 Cruz, Jose - Union City - Appeals denial of Accidental Disabililty
retirement benefits
Approved Hearing Request
H-3 Westphal, William - Gloucester Township - Appeals denial of
change from Involuntary Ordinary Disability to Accidental Disability Retirement
Denied reconsideration. The Board directed the Secretary to draft a Final Administrative
Determination
H-4+ Lynch, Christopher - Sussex County - 1.) Reconsideration of Total Forfeiture
2.) Hearing Request
Denied reconsideration and approved the hearing request (Trustee Loccke recused)
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Theresa Triola vs PERS
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance for February 28, 2016
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of March 31, 2016
Noted
L-4 PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 13, 2016.

 

 
 
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