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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MAY 8, 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 (10K)
Special Adobe PDF (28K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 AM

Adjourned: 1:17 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett, Keith Bennett, Laurel Brennan, Tim Colacci, Susanne Culliton, Mike
Kaniuk, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke (absent between 10:35 a.m and 11:54 a.m.),
Brady Middlesworth


Absent: NONE

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Cheryl
Chianese; Valerie McManus; Susan Grant; Mark Casey; Luann Barnett; Trooper
Walther; Susan Champion, Esq.; Lynn Rogow; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Paul
Kleinbaum, Esq.; Christopher DeSarno; Kara Ansley; Saretta Dudley; Joseph
Slawinsky, Esq.; Stephen Klink; Vincent Pepe; Christopher Petrone, Christopher Gray,
Esq.; Manuel Avila; Daryl Barnes; Thomas Gorman; Candice Gorman; Elvis Hines;
Jennifer Williams (sister); Jeffrey Patti, Esq.; Jason Campbell; Marc Greenfield; John
Goebel; Charles Schlager, Esq.; Steven Kossup, Esq.; Julio Lopez; John Feeley,
Esq.; Anthony Tozzi; Chief John Retalis; Jamie Pirchio; Kody Hamrah; Marj Kush;
Peter Andreyev


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 10, 2017
Approved with change (Trustee Bennett abstained)

Minutes from the meeting of April 10, 2017
Executive Session Minutes - Approved (Trustee Bennett abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Gorman, Thomas

Audubon Borough   Request to file for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
D-2 Hines, Elvis

City of Camden   1.) Request to apply for Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
2.) Determine if Honorable Service
Review is required - Tabled for
member's legal representation.
D-3 Campbell, Jason

Morris County 2/1/2011 1.) Honorable Service
2.) Application for Ordinary
Disability - Tabled for additional
information.
D-4 Khosa, Harjeet (Deceased)

Middlesex County 4/1/2015 Ordinary Disability, member passed
away prior to processing his
application - Approved
D-5 Monthly OD Grid     Duran,Stephen J; Atlantic City; effective 2/17; Reilly, Peter J; Woodbridge Twp. Fire; effective 3/17
Approved



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Gilliard, Olivia
Northern State Prison 6/1/2011 6/24/2009 Tabled for further administrative
review

E-2

Goebel, John
Camden Co BD Of
Chosen FRHLDRS
10/1/2016 9/2/2015
1/18/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Esposito, Christopher
Rutherford Borough 1/1/2017 2/11/2016 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-4

Lopez, Julio
Bloomfield Township 10/1/2016 3/19/2015 Approved

E-5

Tozzi, Anthony
Hamilton Twp. Fire
Dist.7
6/1/2017 11/25/2015 Approved

E-6

Patrizi, Michael
Cherry Hill Fire Dist.
13
6/1/2017 1/16/2016 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-7

Pirchio, Jaime

City of Ventnor     Request to file for Accidental
Disability retirement benefits - Denied
(Trustees Bennett, Middlesworth
recused)

E-8

Cordelle, Christopher
Human Service Police 8/1/2016 7/29/2010
Approved

E-9

Kush, Marj
City of Paterson 9/1/2016 4/16/2010
9/1/2012
Approved

E-10

Hamrah, Kody
Watchung Borough 10/1/2016 8/16/2015 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only

E-11

Candia, Jorge
Bergenfield Borough 7/1/2017 8/10/2016 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Trustee Loccke recused)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Diaz, Jesse - City of Trenton - Request to change retirement type
from Ordinary Disability to Accidental Disability
Denied (Trustee Middlesworth recused; Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
F-2+ Fairchild, Jason - Millburn Township - Request Chapter 428 Service Retirement Benefits
Denied (Vote: 5-3; Trustees Barrett, Bennett, Kaniuk nae; Trustee Loccke not present for
vote)
F-3+ DeSarno, Christopher - Aberdeen Township -
1.) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of salary from January 1, 2015 until the end of
employment.
2.) Service - Approved (Retirement Section, Audit Section) (Trustee Loccke not present for
vote)
F-4+ Klink, Stephen - Paramus Borough - Issue of Bona Fide retirement
Retirement deemed bona-fide; no action necessary. (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
F-5+ Pepe, Vincent - Paramus Borough - Issue of Bona Fide retirement
Retirement deemed bona-fide; no action necessary. (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Rossbach, Jamielyn - Monmouth County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Court'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. (Trustee Loccke not
present for vote)
G-2+ Sarnecki, Thomas (Deceased) - Clark Township - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
G-3+ Simpkins, Hal - City of Newark - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the
Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
G-4 Martella, David - City of New Brunswick - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits; with
exceptions
Tabled to allow DAG additional time to file reply to exceptions. (Trustee Loccke not present
for vote)
G-5 Reichelderfer, Jonathan - Mount Ephraim Borough - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective
Adopted ALJ's decision (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
G-6 Barlett, Allan - Albert C. Wagner Youth Corr Fac - Appellate
Division Decisions Court upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Noted (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
G-7 Sperber, Jonathan - Berkeley Twp. - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Sims, Donald - Bridgeton City - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
H-2+ Petrone, Christopher - Ocean County - 1.) Reconsideration
2.) Hearing Request
Tabled for further clarification from the IME regarding new information. (Trustee Loccke not
present for vote)
H-3+ Avila, Manuel - City of Paterson - Appeals service credit from
7/1/2010 to 6/30/16 is not credible for pension purposes
Approved OAL Hearing (Trustee Loccke not present for vote)
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+
Barnes, Darryl - City of Newark - Request refund for the payment of Military Service
Denied (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Barrett nae)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Rogow, Scott (Deceased) - City of Paterson - Request to amend from Accidental
Disability to Accidental Death
Denied (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Barrett nae)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Jaclyn Thompson vs TPAF
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of March 31, 2017
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of Marcdh 31, 2017
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the
month of March 2017
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1= Outside Legal Counsel Bill dated April 30, 2017
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Loccke and DAG Schimmel recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 12, 2017.

 

 
 
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