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Pensions and Benefits
POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
OCTOBER 19, 2015
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 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

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 (20K) Deferred -none
Special Adobe PDF (40K) Totals Adobe PDF (33K)
 

OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:06 AM

Adjourned: 3:45 PM

Roll Call:

Marty Barrett; Keith Bennett; Laurel Brennan; Tim Colacci; Susanne Culliton; Michael Kaniuk; Frank Leake; Richard Loccke; Brady Middlesworth


Absent: NONE

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Mike Weik; Lisa Pointer; Sharon Palmer; Valerie McManus; Kristen Bell; John Sloth; Mark Casey; Susan Grant; Helen Barrett; John Sierchio; John Feeley, Esq.; Craig Gumpel, Esq.; Trooper Cicchino; John Megariotis; Peter Andreyev, NJSPBA; James Davis; Paul Kleinbaum, Esq.; John DeFilippo; Michael Kornblau; Stuart Alterman, Esq.; Tim Smith, Esq.; Giancarlo Russo; DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Darren Nance, Mrs. Nance; Christopher Gray, Esq.; Brian Manetta, Esq.; Sean Kavanaugh; Edward Ochmanski; Savino Capilupi; Theresa Capilupi; Edward Taylor; Margaret Taylor; Mark Saunders; Thomas Webber; Marie Webber; John Giordano; Justine Branham; Michael Dietch; Marvin Dietch; Andrew Cox; Steven Kossup, Esq.; Kyanna Gordon; Brandi Rafferty; Robert Rafferty


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 14, 2015
Approved (Trustees Brennan, Leake, Loccke abstained)

Minutes from the meeting of September 14, 2015
Approved (Trustees Brennan, Leake, Loccke abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Discussion on methodology of contributions
Trustee Barrett made a motion seconded by Trustee Middlesworth that the methodology
used shall revert to the former methodology where the additional 1.5% employee
contributions mandated by Chapter 78, P.L. 2011 will be used to benefit the PFRS Fund
and not be used to lower the amount of contributions paid by the State and Local
Employers and that this shall take effect immediately, and effect all employer contributions
to be paid in 2016, including Local Employer contributions due April 1, 2016. (Vote: 8-1;
Trustee Culliton nae)
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
   

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

DECISION

D-1 Kavanaugh, Sean


Hillside Borough     1.) Honorable Service
2.) Ordinary Disability Tabled for
further investigation
D-2 Cardinale, Isaiah

Nutley Township     1.) Honorable Service
2.) Request to file for Ordinary
Disability Tabled per attorney
request
D-3 Ochmanski, Edward


Laurel Springs Borough 11/1/2013 1.) Honorable Service - Partial
forfeiture of service and salary from
February 1, 2011 until the end of
employment.
2.)Ordinary Disability - Denied
D-4 Capilupi, Savino

Middletown Township 11/1/2014 Denied
D-5 Monthly OD Grid         Rafferty, Brandi Lee; Warren County
BD of Chosen FRHLDRS; effective
7/1/15, Betancourt, Bridget, Newark
City ; effective 6/15/15 Approved  



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability

   

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1 Taylor, Marcus


Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey
      Honorable Service Total Forfeiture
E-2 Saunders, Mark


City of Camden 7/1/2013   1.) Reconsideration (Member -In-
Service)
2.) Request to file for Accidental
Disability Reconsidered and
Approved
E-3 Webber, Thomas

City of Elizabeth 8/1/2015 5/5/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Special
E-4 Giordano, John

City of Newark 4/1/2015 4/15/2014 Approved
E-5 Lee, Mark


Robbinsville Township 6/1/2013   1.) Honorable Service
2.)Request to file Accidental
Disability Tabled per attorney
request
E-6 Branham, Justine

City of Newark 8/1/2015 12/10/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
or Special  
E-7 Cox, Andrew


Elizabeth City 3/1/2014 8/10/2010 Reconsidered and Approved
withdraw from OAL
E-8 Gordon, Kyana

Union County 11/1/2014 11/18/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-9 Deitch, Michael

West Orange Township 2/1/2014 10/29/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Vote: 8-1: Trustee Culliton nae)
E-10 Miterko, David


Department of
Corrections
5/1/2015 1/29/2014 1.) Referral from Fraud Unit
2.) Accidental Disability Tabled for
IME review of additional information
E-11 Vilchez, Brandon

North Bergen
Township
3/1/2015 11/13/2013 Approved with 18 month reexamination
(Vote: 6-2-1; Trustees Middlesworth, Bennett nae; Trustee Loccke abstained)
E-12 Garish, Jr, Robert


City of Woodbury 1/1/2015 2/15/2011
Approved
E-13 Marranca, Justin

Union County 6/1/2015 11/15/2013 Tabled for IME review of additional
information
E-14 Portalatin, Heydi


Belleville Township 11/1/2014 10/8/2013 Denied filing of Accidental Disability
(not a member in service)
E-15 Benigno, Dennis

Woodbridge Township 7/1/2015 5/10/2014 Approved
E-16 Boaggio, Christopher

Corrections Bayside
State Prison
5/1/2015 6/7/2010 Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Davis, James - City of Bayonne - Request to implement pension while serving in elected office
Approved
* Deputy Director Megariotis advised the Division will be seeking advice from the Attorney General's Office regarding the decision as it violates General Regulations (Vote: 8-1: Trustee Culliton nae)
F-2 McClean, James - Corrections - 1.) Honorable Service
2.) Special
Tabled per attorney's request
F-3+ DeFilippo, John - River Vale Township - Deferred Application (Removed for
cause)
Denied (Vote: 8-1; Trustee Barrett nae)
F-4+ Kornblau, Michael - Longport Borough - Referral from Pension
Fraud Unit
Revoked pension, seek restitution of overpayment of pension and referred the matter to
Criminal Justice.
F-5+ Brandon, Alonzo - Rutgers University - Request Chapter 428 benefits
Approved Vote: 6- 2; Trustees Loccke; Middlesworth nae: Trustee Culliton not present for
vote) (Retirement Bureau)
F-6+ Russo, Giancarlo - Middlesex County -
1.) Honorable Service - No forfeiture
2.) Service - Approved (Vote: 7-1; Trustee Culliton nae; Trustee Leake recused)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Nagy, Travis - Midddlesex County - Appellate Division Decisions
Court upheld Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted (Trustee Kaniuk recused)
G-2+ Balista, Natalie - Pine Beach Borough - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
Board's decision and denied Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
G-3 Chromey, Michael - North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue - Initial Decision
ALJ upheld Board's decision declining processing his application for Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision (Trustee Colacci recused)
G-4+ Sanchez, Gustavo - Middlesex County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld Boards denial
of Accidental Disability and Ordinary Disability
Adopted ALJ's decision (Trustee Kaniuk recused)
G-5 Harrison, Latasha - East Jersey State Prison - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed Board's decision of forfeiture of entire PFRS service and salary. ALJ ordered
Latasha Harrison to forfeit five years of service and salary credit.
Rejected ALJ's decision. The Board directed the Secretary to draft a Final Administrative
Determination. (DAG Kelly recused)
G-6+ Woods, James (deceased) - Jersey City Fire Dept. - Request for
Accidental Death Benefits
Reconsidered and tabled for additional meds (Trustees Brennan, Loccke abstained)
G-7 Jackson, Grover - Northern State Prison -
Motion to commence pension payroll effective January 1, 2016 with a 2 year repayment
schedule (Retirement Bureau)
   

OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Lucas, Ronald - City of Newark - Appeals Total Forfeiture of Service and Salary
Approved OAL
   

OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Nance, Darren - City of Newark - Request Forgiveness of Loan Interest
Denied (Vote: 7-2; Trustees Colacci, Barrett nae)
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Josephine Viglietta vs PERS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of July 31, 2015
Noted
L-3 PFRS Mortgage Statements/Memos
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of August 31, 2015
Noted
L-5 2015 Board Dates Police and Firemen's system
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel bill for July 29, 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Loccke and DAG Kelly recused)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel bill for August 31, 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Loccke and DAG Kelly recused)
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel bill for October 2, 2015
Approved (Trustees Culliton, Loccke and DAG Kelly recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 9, 2015.

 
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