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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
June 12, 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 (None)
Special Adobe PDF (28K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:10 AM

Adjourned: 2:33 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett, Keith Bennett, Laurel Brennan (left 1:35 p.m.), Tim Colacci, Susanne Culliton, Mike Kaniuk, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke, Brady Middlesworth


Absent: NONE

Also Present: DAG Danielle Schimmel; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Mike Weik; Luann Barnett; Valerie McManus; Sue Grant; John Sloth; Mark Casey; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; Charles West; DAG Sadyhe Bradley; Jackie Bussanich; Peter Andreyev; Landre Johnson; Anthony Blackfeld; Patrick O'Dea, Esq.; Roy Riggatano, CFO, City of Garfield; Arthur Murray, Esq.; Paul Kleinbaum, Esq.; Trooper Cabrerra; Trooper Sorrentino; Elvis Hines; James Katz, Esq.; Jennifer Williams; David M. Bander, Esq.; Eric Richter; Martin Venezio; Thomas Fetigente, FOP; Colette Stewart; Audrey Boyd-Iovino; Tamika Veal; George Deukos; Ken Hawkins; Brian Renda; Michelle Renda; Chief Raymond Kovach; Chief Kevin Amos; Samuel Halpern, Esq.; Christopher Gray, Esq.


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of May 8, 2017
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of May 8, 2017
Approved Executive Session Minutes


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Police and Firemen's Retirement System list of Officers (N.J.A.C. 17:4-1.3) Fiscal Year 2018-Beginning July 1, 2017 (ADMINISTRATIVELY REMOVED)
B-2+ City of Newark - Appeals application of N.J.S.A .43:16A-15.1 and N.J.A.C 17:1-3 which governs an Employer liability - Denied application to declare regulation is inconsistent with the Statute; postponed review of appeal from Newark Firefighters Union to permit attorney to provide additional information on a case by case basis. (Vote 8-1; Trustee Barrett nae)


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists for June 1, 2017
Approved (Vote: 8-0-1; Trustee Barrett abstained)
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
   

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Gulick, Stephen

Sayreville Borough 5/1/2014 Reconsidered and denied; continue in OAL
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 both issues for additional information
(Trustee Loccke recused)
D-3 Walker, Cherrie

Middlesex County 7/1/2016 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
(Trustee Kaniuk recused)
D-4 Monthly OD Grid     Boyd-Iovino, Audrey; Division of Taxation; eff. 10/15; Cermak, Steven; Cranford Township, eff. 1/17; Howe, Michael, Clifton City, eff. 5/17; Lopez, Feliix, Bayonne City, eff. 3/17; Scala, Thomas G, Long Hill Township; eff.5/17; Tirado, Josue, Maplewood Township, eff. 7/17; Wenskoski, Joseph, Edison Township, eff 5/17 - Approved



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

(+) Otlowski, Christopher Freehold Borough 1/1/2017   Request to apply for Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Denied
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Barrett nae)

E-2

Flatley, Liam Bergen County 4/1/2017 6/24/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary or Special
(Vote: 6-1; Trustee Barrett nae; Trustee Loccke recused)

E-3

Hernandez, Kim City of Newark   2/4/2007
9/13/2008
8/20/2011
Reinstatement from Disability retirement - Approved

E-4

(+) Siverstein, Bernard Eatontown Borough     1.) Determine if an Honorable Service review is required - Tabled for Uricoli anallysis.
2.) Request to file for Accidental Disability retirement benefits - Tabled until issues with settlement agreement resolved.

E-5

(+) Stewart, Colette Edgewater Borough 8/1/2016 8/18/2013 Tabled for IME clarification
(Vote: 6-1; Trustee Barrett nae; Trustee Loccke recused)

E-6

(+) Nordaby, Steven Camden County Regional Police   9/19/2014 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only

E-7

Bodega, Luis North Hudson Reg.
Fire & Rescue
10/1/2016 7/24/2015 Approved
(Trustee Colacci recused)

E-8

Lugo, Angelica Union City 9/1/2016 5/10/2015 Tabled for IME clarification

E-9

Crandall, James Jersey City Fire Dept. 12/1/2016 2/14/2016 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-10

Matani-Pagliaro, Deneen Atlantic City 9/1/2016 12/17/2012
12/17/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (not due to the incident, other reasons)
(Trustee Bennett recused)

E-11

Ramos, Victor Juv. Jus. Comm./Medium Sec.Fac. 9/1/2016 4/13/2010 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (not due to the incident, other reasons)
(Vote: 7-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
E-12 (+) Renda, Brian Clark Township 2/1/2017 3/7/2013
3/7/2015
Approved
E-13 (+) Gonzalez, Benito Camden County Reg. Police 8/1/2014 6/22/2011 Denied reconsideration and continue in OAL
E-14 Brown, Shakeem South Woods Prison- Dept. 4/1/2016 5/7/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Johnson, Landre - City of Newark - 1.) Honorable Service - No forfeiture (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Culliton nae) 2.) Special - Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Blackfeld, Anthony - City of Garfield - Request to change retirement type from Ordinary Disability to an Involuntary Ordinary Disability
Denied (Vote: 7-1; Trustee Barrett nae; Trustee Loccke recused)
F-3 Ascolese, Joseph - Jersey City - Suspension of benefits due to Indictment
Approved (Trustee Loccke recused) (Retirement Bureau)
F-4 Leech, Brian - Montville Township -
1.)Determine if Uricoli Analysis is required - No Uricoli required
2.) Service Retirement - Approved (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Ramos, Diane - Southern State Corr. Fac. - Failure to appear
Noted
G-2+ Brandolini, Francis - Winslow Twp. - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3+ Denham, Michael - Freehold Township - Initial Decision The ALJ granted the Board's application for Summary Disposition, thereby affirming the Board's denial of Michael Denham's application to apply for Accidental Disability; exceptions and reply to exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions.
G-4 Martella, David - City of New Brunswick - 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-5 Truzzolino, Anne - Juv. Jus. Comm - Appellate Division Decisions The Court upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disabiity retirement benefits
Noted
G-6 Kim, John - City of Camden - Initial Decision The ALJ reversed the Board's decision and remanded the matter back to the Board to consider reopening the appeal of the denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision (Retirement Bureau)
G-7 Jones, Steve - Millville City - Initial Decision The ALJ reversed the Board's decision and ordered no total forfeiture or partial forfeiture of pension and that the petitioner qualifies to apply for Accidental Disabiity retirement benefits
Tabled to allow DAG additional time to file exceptions.
G-8 Conyers, Noel - Hudson County -
Settlement Proposal - Rejected; continue in OAL
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Johnson, Matthew - Human Service Police - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2 Harris, Bruce - Beachwood Borough -
1.) Reconsideration - Denied
2.) Hearing Request - Approved OAL Hearing
H-3+ Ulrich, Jason - Ewing Township - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-4 Esposito, Christopher - Rutherford Borough - Appeals denial of Accidental Disabillity retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing (Trustee Loccke recused)
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1
City of Trenton - Overage Hire - Tamikia Veal - Approved (Vote: 8-0-1; Trustee Leake abstained)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Executed Settlement Agreement-Keith Stopko
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the month of April 2017
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of April 30, 2017
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of April 30, 2017
Noted
L-5 New Jersey State Investment Council meeting of Wednesday May 24, 2017
Noted
L-6 Appellate Division Decisions Maria Grieco-Hicks vs TPAF
Noted
L-7 State Investment Council Minutes and supplements
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance as of April 30, 2017
Noted
L-9 PFRS Notice of Election
Noted
   

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

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

 

 
 
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