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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
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
2011 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 17, 2010.

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 (9K) Deferred Adobe PDF (8K)
Special Adobe PDF (16K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:00 AM

Adjourned: 4:05 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Laurel Brennan (left 10:10 am; returned 11:52 am; left 4:00 pm); Susanne Culliton; Vince Foti; Wayne Hall; Frank Leake; Richard Loccke; Richard Mikutsky; Mike Postorino; John Sierchio;


Absent: Sherryl Gordon

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Marylou Mayoros; DAG Robert Kelly; John Megariotis; John Feeley, Esq.; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.; Eldridge Hawkins, Sr.; Captain Kevin Sooy; Timothy Smith, Esq.; Jayson Belfort; John Fiore; Earl Armstrong; Michael Volk; Michael Knight; Patrick Murphy; Steven Gaechter, Esq.; Nina Knight; Samuel Halpern, Esq.; Keith Neuschwanter; Edwin Smith; Steven Vanhook; Mrs. Vanhook; Jason Duncan; William Meadows, Esq.;
Yessenia Montalvo; Jason Hatez; William Lynch; Christopher Gray, Esq.; Sean Carter


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 8, 2011
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of August 8, 2011
Approved Executive Session Minutes


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists as of August 31, 2011
Approved

C-2=
Retirement List
Approved
C-3=
Chapter 104 PFRS
Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Dickerhof, Walter
Linden City
11/1/2010
Reconsidered and Approved
D-2 Tatarek, Vincent
Albert C. Wagner Youth Correction Facility
 
Reinstatement from Disability Retirement
D-3 DelGuercio, John
Northern State Prison
12/1/2010
Reinstatement from Disability
Retirement Approved
D-4 Monthly OD Grid  
 
Approved Baltuskonis, Dara - Southern State Cor. Fac. -
effective 5/1/11
Diori, John - Southern State Cor. Fac. - effective 8/1/11
Hancox, Stephen - Middlesex County - effective 1/1/11
Kaspereen, Anthony - Madison Borough - effective 3/1/11
Kernan, Francis - West Orange Township - effective 4/1/11
Penn, Keith - Burlington County - effective 7/1/11
Smith, Wilford - DOC Vroom Jones - effective 7/1/11
Tortorello, Michael - Kearny Town - effective 2/1/12
White, Steven - Trenton City - effective 7/1/11



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

(+) Hawkins, Eldridge

West Orange Township
3/1/2010
10/20/2009
Tabled to review new information

E-2

(+) Suanno, John

Jackson Twp.
11/1/2008
9/10/2007
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental Disability
(Vote: 9-1; Trustee Loccke nae)

E-3

(+) Smith, Edwin
City of Camden
3/1/2011
1/25/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-4

(+) Vanhook, Steven
Borough of Haledon
3/1/2011
5/30/2007
Approved

E-5

Conover, Robbin

Albert C. Wagner Youth Correction Facility
3/1/2011
9/23/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 7-1; Trustee Hall nae)

E-6

Kowalczyk, Gregory
Union County
8/1/2011
11/5/2010
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-7

Ricks, Robert

City of Asbury Park
1/1/2011
8/13/2009
8/28/2010
Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-8

Leon, Vanise
Dept of Corrections
1/1/2011
11/25/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-9
Serviss, John
Long Branch City
7/1/2011
5/28/2004
Approved

E-10

(+) Duncan, Jason
Essex County
6/1/2011
11/15/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 8-1; Trustee Mikutsky nae; Trustee Loccke recused)

E-11

(+) Kraft, Robert
Gloucester City
5/1/2011
11/14/2009
Approved

E-12

Santos, James
Monmouth County/Hall of Records
7/1/2010
3/25/2009
Reconsidered and found the
member is no longer disabled.
Approved reinstatement from
disability. Case remains in the OAL on the contested issues.

E-13

Barber, Frank
Perth Amboy
8/1/2010
8/5/2006
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental Disability effective
8/1/2010. Withdrawal the matter from the OAL.

E-14

Henderson, Richard
Township of Egg Harbor
4/1/2011
4/15/2010
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability. Member will continue collecting Ordinary Disability.

E-15

(+) Neuschwanter, Keith
Weehawken Township
2/1/2011
12/3/2008
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-16

Fisher, Donald
Juv Justice Comm
9/1/2011
7/23/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-17

(+) Hatez, Jason
North Brunswick Township
11/1/2011
8/4/2010
Approved

E-18

(+) Lynch, William
North Brunswick Township
10/1/2011
9/15/2010
Approved

E-19

Lyons, Michael
Hamilton Township
9/1/2011
1/16/2010
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused) 

E-20

Sheppard, Ricky
Corrections
11/1/2011
8/5/2009
Approved 
E-21
Martin, Michael
Hudson County
4/1/2011
9/15/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 9-1; Trustee Culliton nae)

E-22

Ketchum-Nardone, Kara
Belmar Borough
1/1/2008
12/27/2000
9/2/2003
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability, continue
collecting Ordinary Disability. Case remains in OAL. Refer salary issue to the Retirement Bureau for review.
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-23

(+) Belfort, Jayson
Camden City
3/1/2010
1/30/2009
Approved
(Vote: 9-1; Trustee Loccke nae)

E-24

McClendon, David
Newark City
4/1/2010
7/5/2007
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental Disability. Withdrawal the
case from the OAL.
(Vote: 6-4; Trustees Mikutsky, Leake, Barrett, Loccke nae)

E-25

(+) Ingram, Robert
South Woods Prison
7/1/2005
8/25/2003
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disabiltiy. Continue
collecting Ordinary Disability.
(DAG Pushko recused)

E-26

(+) Anuario, James
Jackson Twp.
9/1/2008
9/10/2007

Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental Disability.
(Vote: 9-1; Trustee Loccke nae)

E-27

Walder, Lorna
DEP
11/1/2007
4/1/2006
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability. Continue
collecting Ordinary Disability.
(Trustees Loccke, Mikutsky recused)

E-28

(+) Montalvo, Yessenia
Newark City
6/1/2011
8/3/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-29

Wilson, Joseph
City of Orange
8/1/2011
1/22/2003
2/27/2005
1/16/2007
9/22/2009
5/24/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary 

E-30

Whitmore, Sharon
Dover Town
4/1/2009
12/30/2003
Tabled for incident reports from Dover Town, final cert from employer, copies of complaint and any pending charges.
(Trustee Mikutsky recused)


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+
Fiore, John - East Windsor Township - Honorable Service
Continuation of collecting PFRS Benefits (Charges Pending)
Tabled per attorney request until November 14, 2011 Board meeting.
F-2+
Armstrong, Earl - Juv. Jus. Comm Central Office - Deferred Retirement (Removed
for Cause)
Tabled for additional information
F-3+
Volk, Michael - State Parole Board - Deferred Retirement (Removed for Cause)
Denied
F-4+
Knight, Michael - Newark City -
1.) Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of the final year of service and salary (November 1,
2009 through October 26, 2010)
2.) Service - Approved retirement date effective December 1, 2010.
3.) Contributions refunded after termination (October 26, 2010 through December 31, 2010)
(Trustee Sierchio recused)



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1+
Murphy, Patrick - Albert C. Wagner Youth Corr Fac - Initial
Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement
benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision and granted Accidental Disability effective November 1, 2008; noted exceptions. (Retirement Bureau)
G-2
Saccone, Thomas - City of Newark - Appellate Division Decisions
Remand on Petition for Certification
Tabled for administrative review until November 14, 2011.
G-3
Kennedy, Stewart - Passaic City - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-4
Torres, Angel - Somerset County - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-5
Meunier, David - Hamilton Township (Atlantic) - Initial Decision
ALJ reversed Board's decision and reinstated petitioner's pension
Adopted ALJ's decision with modification and noted exceptions (Retirement Bureau)



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1
Kimble, Michael - Parsippany Troy Hills Township - Appeals the reinstatement of
loan while in bankruptcy
Denied OAL hearing, the Board directed the Secretary to draw up a Final Administrative
Determination.
H-2
Wall, Thomas - Edison Township - Appeals denial of Ordinary Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-3
Carter, Sean - City of Newark - Appeals forfeiture of Service and Salary
1.) Hearing Request - Approved
2.) Hearing Withdrawal - Withdrawal per member's request
H-4
Cox, Cameron - Rutgers University - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disabilty
retirement benefits
Tabled for IME to review new medical records. (Retirement Bureau)
H-5
McMahon, Joseph - South Woods Prison-Dept. of Corrections -
Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6
Koziol, Tadeusz - Bergen County - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved (Trustee Loccke abstained)
H-7
Hyman, Garrett - Juv. Jus Comm/Medium Sec. Facility - Appeals denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8+
Knight, Nina - Orange City - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1

Crumrine, Gregory (Deceased) - Long Branch City - Request by spouse to waive loan balance
Tabled to request 5 years of tax returns (Vote: 7-2; Trustees Loccke, Culliton nae)



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1
Common Pension Fund A as of June 30, 2011
Noted
L-2
Common Pension Fund B as of June 30, 2011
Noted
L-3
Common Pension Fund D as of June 30, 2011
Noted
L-4
Appellate Division Decisions Phillip Ciallella vs PERS
Noted
L-5
Appellate Division Decisions John Catalano vs PERS
Noted
L-6
Appellate Division Decisions Lori Lowenstien-Mase vs TPAF
Noted
L-7
Appellate Division Decisions Joseph Janetta vs TPAF
Noted
L-8
Appellate Division Decisions Marc Chiappini vs PERS
Noted
L-9
Appellate Division Decisions East Windsor Regional School District, Active Members and
East Windsor Education Association vs TPAF
Noted
L-10
Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the
month of July, 2011
Noted
L-11
PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos for July 2011
Noted
L-12
Appellate Division Decisions Suzanne Hess v. PERS
Noted
L-13
Common Pension Fund A as of July 31, 2011
Noted
L-14=
Florence Sheppard's letters regarding recent PFRS creditable compensation board actions
Noted
L-15=
Article in Asbury Park Press on Police Disability Pensions from September 18, 2011.
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 3, 2011.

(If a member or representative of a member plans on attending the meeting, please contact
our staff at (609) 777- 4138 prior to the meeting date in order that your attendance may be noted.)

 
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