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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
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 2013 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2012.

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 - none
Special Adobe PDF (21K) Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:03 AM

Adjourned: 1:20 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Susanne Culliton; Vince Foti; Wayne Hall; Richard Loccke; Mike Postorino; John Sierchio


Absent: Laurel Brennan; Timothy Colacci; Frank Leake

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Wendy Jamison; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Marylou Mayoros; Mike Weik; Cheryl Chianese; Valerie McManus; Mark Schwedes; Luann Barnett; William Claxton, Esq.; Sean Hutchins; Shalom Stone; Esq.; Joseph Bober; John Feeley, Esq.; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Nancy Martin Esq.; Joseph Inga; Jeffrey Lenarski; Michael Johnson; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; Trooper Sand; Richard Dunn; Michael Whittle; Mary Ann DiMasi; Steven Saymon; Ciro Violante; Louis Violante; Joseph Herzberg; Mr. Herzberg (Senior); John Pilles, Esq.; Glenn Zadroga; Catherine Elston, Esq.


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 5, 2013
Approved

Approved Executive Session Minutes


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists for July 31, 2013
Approved
C-2=
Active and Retired Death Lists for September 3, 2013
Approved
C-3=
Retirement List
Approved
C-4=
Return to Employment
Approved
   


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 (+) Dunn, Richard

City of Bayonne
7/1/2013
1.) Honorable Service - Partial
forfeiture of service and salary from
January 1, 2009 until the end of
employment
2.) Ordinary Disability - Approved
D-2 Brikowski, Barry
Freehold Township
9/1/2012
Approved
D-3 (+) Hutchins, Sean
Morris County
10/1/2012
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Powell, Charlayne
Paterson City
12/1/2012
Involuntary Tabled for additional
medical information
(Trustee Postorino recused)
 
D-5 Monthly OD Grid   
 
Approved Ducote, Shari; DOC;
effective 10/1/12
Goode, Renee; Middlesex County;
effective 12/1/12
Muller, Steven; Pine Hill Borough;
effective 4/1/13
Thompson, Reginal; South Wood
Prison/DOC; effective 2/1/13
Groom, Tina; Hunterdon County;
effective 2/1/13 - Approved with an
18 month re-evaluation


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

(+) Whittle, Michael
Township of Montclair
3/1/2012
2/12/2009
Honorable Service - Total Fofeiture

E-2

(+) Perkins, Robert
Camden City
4/1/2013
8/22/2012
Approved

E-3

(+) Rodriguez, Julio
City of Camden
4/1/2013
5/8/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 5-2; Trustees Hall, Barrett nae)

E-4

Dougherty, Michael

Hamilton Township
6/1/2013
7/18/2005
Approved

E-5

(+) Pierson, John
Passaic County
9/1/2013
10/24/2011
Approved
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-6

(+) Saymon, Steven

Brooklawn Borough
9/1/2012
9/11/2001
Denied Accidental. Continue
collecting Special.

E-7

(+) Tuohy, Joseph
Monmouth County Hall of Records
10/1/2013
9/15/2009
Approved with a 2 year re-evaluation
 

E-8

(+) Violante, Louis
Montville Township
6/1/2013
6/10/2012
Approved with a 2 year re-evaluation

E-9

Fraley, Gerald
Bayside State Prison /DOC
2/1/2012
9/14/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary with a 2 year re-evaluation
E-10 Williams, Craig
Camden City
2/1/2013
4/4/2012
Approved 

 
E-11 (+) Rivera, Jazmine

Winslow Township
3/1/2013
11/20/2011
Approved
E-12 Wiesniewski, Matthew
Burlington City
1/1/2013
6/25/2011
Approved
E-13 (+) Herzberg, Joseph
Bordentown Twp. Fire District #2
11/1/2012
7/13/2008
Approved with a 2 year re-evaluation
(Vote: 6-1; Trustee Loccke nae)
E-14 Roman, Jose
City of Newark
7/1/2011
3/6/2008
Tabled for additional information
E-15 (+)Zadroga, Glenn
Belleville Township
8/1/2011
7/2/2009
Reconsidered and Denied Accidental Disability. Case remains in the OAL
(Vote: 6-0-1; Trustee Sierchio
abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Bober, Joseph - NJ Transit Corporation -
Honorable Service - No forfeiture (Vote: 5-2; Trustees Culliton, Loccke nae)
F-2 Southerland, Frederick - Irvington Township - Deferred Retirement (removed for cause)
Tabled per member's request to seek legal representation
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Carlo, William - Human Service Police - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Rejected ALJ's decision and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions
(Vote: 4-3; Trustees Hall, Postorino, Foti nae)
G-2 Farina, Lori - Runnemede Borough - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-3 Rivera, Eli - Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision and noted exceptions. (Trustee Loccke recused)
G-4 Figueroa, Melvin - Camden City - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision and modified Findings of Fact
G-5 Mesghali, Ali - Corrections-Bayside State Prison - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-6 Rinyu, Donald - Juvenile Justice Comm./Medium Sec. Fac - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision with modification and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions
(Retirement Bureau)
G-7 Parker, Evadell - Department of Corrections - Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law
Approved
G-8 Moran, James - Jersey City Fire Department - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability
Rejected ALJ's decision per DAG exceptions and noted exceptions and reply to exceptions
(Vote: 5-2; Trustees Hall, Postorino nae)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Lalley, Michael - Newark City - Appeals forfeiture of entire service and salary credit
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2 Bachok, Danyal - Passaic County - Appeals the denial to purchase additional credit in the PFRS
Denied OAL Hearing, the Board directed the Secretary to draft a Final Administrative Determination
H-3 Taylor, Robert - City of Newark - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-4 Sherma, David - Buena Borough - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-5 Lehman, Davin - Bloomfield Township - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing (Trustee Sierchio recused)
H-6+ Stopko, Keith - Division of Criminal Justice - Appeals the denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-7+ McClellan, Andrew - Long Beach Township - Appeals the denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-8+ Ernest, Joseph - Metuchen Borough - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-9 D'Errico, Joseph - Hamilton Township - Appeals the approval of reinstatement from disability and the cancellation of retirement benefits
Denied reconsideration and granted OAL Hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1
Mayhew, Jeffrey - Cumberland County - Request to Purchase service credit
Denied
J-2+
Inga, Joseph - Sussex County - Request to enroll in the PFRS
Denied
J-3+
Lenarski, Jeffrey - Ewing Township - Request to recalculate rate differential as deliquent enrollment (Transfer from PERS to PFRS)
Denied (Trustee Loccke recused)
J-4+
#3-21102 - City of Newark - Michael Johnson matter - Request to enroll in the PFRS
Approved (Vote: 6-1; Trustee Culliton nae) (Enrollment Bureau)
 


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

 

None



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 Benefit Claims for the month of June 2013
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D as of June 30, 2013
Noted
L-3 Governor Christie Creates Investigative Unit to Root Out Pension and Benefits Fraud and Abuse
The Board requested the Secretary extend an invitation to the Director of the Pension Fraud Unit to attend a Board Meeting - Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund A as of June 30, 2013
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund B as of June 30, 2013
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E as of June 30, 2013
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 7, 2013.

 
 
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