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Pensions and Benefits
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
AUGUST 21, 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’ website 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

Option Changes - none
Totals Adobe PDF (8K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:02 AM

Adjourned: 2:20 PM

Roll Call:

Thomas Bruno, Leon Flanagan, Ned Thomson, Ronald Winthers, Max Hurst, Michael Weik, Peter Maurer, William O'Brien (arrived @ 12:23), Suzanna Buriani-DeSantis (arrived @ 12:23)


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Hank Schwedes; Jackie Bussanich; Marylou Mayoros; Val McManus; Amy Cerovsky; Cheryl Chianese; DAG Roger Gibson; Mike Czyzyk, Mark Schwedes; Raschelle Wiggins; Jasen Mitchell; Christy Mitchell; Darryl Saunders, attorney; Doreen Corino, attorney; Tom DePaul; Neil Young; Michael Hawthorne; Brian DeQuarto; Justin Schwam, attorney; Richard Kosmoski; Merick Linsky; Lisa Pointer; James TenHoeve; Ronald Salahuddin; Chris Alevras, attorney; Audrey Pellegrini; Anthony Randazzo, attorney; Lisa Gochman



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of July 17, 2013
Approved (Trustee Weik abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1

Board Agenda Items (trustees – motions) PERS Trustees responsible to make motions for the Board Meetings effective August 2013 - July 2014
Noted



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2
Return to Employment
Approved
C-3
Retirement List
Approved
C-4
Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Thomas, Laura
Ocean City BOE
2/1/2014
A
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Maginn, Eileen
Bergenfield BOE
5/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Sinkus, Robert
Unemployment Ins & Disability
3/1/2013
D
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-4 Imperiose, Sebastian
Rutgers University
7/1/2011
5
Cancel retirement application; Offer
Deferred (no show for appts)
D-5 Booth, Carolyn
Morris School District
2/1/2013
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-6 Decicco, Scott
Superior Court of NJ Camden
5/1/2013
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-7 Cole, Doreen
Bergenfield BOE
 10/1/2012 
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-8 Kuhl, Timothy
Manalapan Englishtown Regional
10/1/2013
B
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-9 Simpson, Kathryn
NJ State Dept. of Health
4/1/2012
5
Tabled for re-exam in 6 months
D-10 Allen, Virginia


NJ State Dept. of Health
4/1/2013
5
Approved
D-11 Martinez, Migdaila
Camden City BOE
1/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-12 Gray, Kimberly
Woodbine Developmental Center
9/1/2012
2
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-13 Randolph, Margaret
Treasury-Division of Pension and Benefits
9/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
(Trustee Weik recused.)
D-14 Monthly OD Grid
 
  
  Approved (see list below)
D-15 Rodriguez, Madelene
Carteret Borough
3/1/2013
5
Off payroll over 2 years Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alfano, Joseph

08/13

5

Passaic Valley Sewerage Comm

Anastasio, Roswita B

07/13

A

Judiciary/Somerset County

Andrews, Carol

09/13

1

Passaic County

Applegate, Genyne

07/13

5

Brookdale Community College

Avila, Theresa

09/13

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Bakr, Gail A

05/13

5

Mercer Co Board of Social Service

Beamer, Alan Hale

11/13

B

Operations/Traffic Operations

Bell, Karen

05/13

5

Morris County

Bell, Wayne J

09/13

5

Univ. of  Medicine & Dentistry

Bembry, Clark W

09/13

5

Newark Public Schools

Bergson, Karen J

07/13

5

Old Bridge BOE

Bihary, Kenneth J

05/13

5

Rutgers University

Blanford, Elizabeth

04/13

5

Passaic Co Board of Social Service

Brown, Richard W

04/13

1

East Orange School District

Cancel, Luis A

02/13

A

Rowan University

Cartwright, Carol A

02/13

A

Toms River School Dist

Celorio, Caridad M

07/13

5

West New York BOE

Cuseglio, Vincent

10/13

1

Bayonne City

Czucza, Stephen W

09/13

A

Bayonne BOE

Davis, Kelly L

04/13

C

Camden City BOE

Decker, Margaretha A

07/13

5

Rockaway Township BOE

Dequarto, Brian

03/13

C

Turnpike Authority

Diai, Stella

08/13

5

DDD Community Services

DosSantos, Maria Alice

08/13

5

Elizabeth BOE

Gioiosa, Marie

06/13

5

Lakewood Twp BOE

Jennings, Susan

01/13

5

Vocational Rehabilitation Comm

Johnson, Barbara A

02/13

A

Dept of Children And Families

Johnson, Sharon D

05/13

1

Newark City

Johnson, Thomas

07/13

A

Juvenile Justice Commission

Jones, Cheryl L

07/13

1

Human Services - PAFA

Jones, Jacqueline M

10/12

A

Unemployment Insurance & Disability

Knowles, Penny Saxton

01/14

2

Treasury-Division of Taxation

LaMonda, Sherrill L

07/13

A

Middlesex Co Board of Social Service

Lemme, Santa

07/13

5

Passaic County

Leone, Scott C

09/12

5

Treasury-Division of Taxation

Llantada, Araceli R

12/13

2

Passaic County

Ludeke, Rebecca B

06/13

5

Hopewell Valley Reg Sch Dist

Martin, Joan M

06/13

A

Carteret Borough

Martinez, Alberto

06/13

5

Newark Public Schools

Martinez, Ambrosio E

09/13

A

Regional Operations North

McGloin, Thomas Jr

03/13

5

Middletown Twp BOE

McCann, Kathleen

08/13

D

West Long Branch Borough

McCarthy, Joe E

08/13

A

Woodbine Developmental Center

McGarrigle, Michele

06/13

C

Pennsauken Twp BOE

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

McNamara, Dolores R

09/13

D

Bayonne BOE

Miller, Tracy Ann

06/13

5

Winslow Township BOE

Mingo, Marie

10/13

C

Passaic BOE

Minue, Patricia A

07/13

A

Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School

Modzelewski, John C

09/13

5

Kearny Town

Morizio, Lisa

06/13

5

Jackson Township BOE

Muntz, Rhonda L

05/13

D

Regional Operations South

Obanye, Emmanuel C

09/13

5

Hudson County

OConnell, Thomas W

04/13

A

Bergen County

Parker, Barbara A

06/13

5

Judiciary / Mercer County

Peterson, Mary E

08/13

5

Division of Consumer Affairs

Queen, Janice C

08/13

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Robertson, Lori A

08/13

1

Jackson Township BOE

Robinson, Linda L

07/13

5

Cape May Co Special Services

Rodriguez, Isidro

12/12

5

Rutgers University

Ruczynski, Phyllis

05/13

5

Franklin Twp BOE

Ruffin, Tammy

02/13

5

Dept of Corrections

Sciemello, James J Jr

02/13

C

Hillside Township

Sitze, Gregory

09/13

D

South River Borough

Smith, Charles T Jr

04/14

5

Morris Hills Regional District

Square, Larry C

08/13

5

Trenton Psychiatric Hospital

Sullivan, Cynthia Dawn

07/13

5

Judiciary / Burlington County

Thomas, Cherry-Ann G

11/12

5

Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry

Trotto, Edward V

07/13

5

Hamilton Township

Varley, Edward

09/13

A

Tuckerton Borough

Vesque, Wendy

06/13

1

North Jersey Development Center

Vonneudeck, Carol

11/12

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Ward, Christiana T

09/12

5

Greystone Park Psych Hospital

Whalen, Joanne

08/13

A

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Williams, Donna L

09/13

1

New Jersey City University

Wilson, Errick Wade

04/13

5

Camden Co Bd of Chosen Freeholders

Wisniewski, Raymond

09/13

A

Somerset County Finance Office

Total = 76


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Valdiviezo, Margarita
Passiac County
8/1/2013
1
8/31/2012
Approved
E-2 Raively, William
Vineland Housing
Authority
6/1/2011
1
8/7/2008
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL

E-3

Bartschat, Paul

Roxbury Twp. BOE
5/1/2013
A
7/6/2004
7/15/2005
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)
E-4 Hall, Arthur
Upper Township
4/1/2013
5
8/24/2012
Approved

E-5

Wilcox, Melissa
Lisbon Developmental
Center
8/1/2013
5
5/29/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)
E-6 Pappas, Thomas
Paterson City
5/1/2013
5
6/7/2010
Approved (based on 6/7/10 incident)

E-7

Treglia, Jean
Holmdel Twp. BOE
8/1/2011
5
10/12/2010
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Service
E-8 Destito, Antonio
Bayonne BOE
12/1/2013
A
9/15/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-9

Freeland, Michael
Medford Twp.
6/1/2013
A
9/17/2009
Approved
E-10 Hoffman, David
Ancora Psychiatric
Hospital
4/1/2013
5
12/23/2009
Denied Accidental, Offer Early 
 

E-11

Kielbasa, Karl
Roselle Park Boro
8/1/2013
C
5/13/2009
8/16/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(T&P is direct result of both incidents
combined)
E-12 Polito, William A
Nutley Township
10/1/2013
A
6/28/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-13

Tuohy, Edward


Atlantic County
1/1/2013
5
2/25/2002
10/22/2003
12/8/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(T&P is direct result of all three
incidents combined)
E-14 Raponkus, Paul
Kearny Town BOE
6/1/2013
A
6/12/2012
Approved

E-15

Kowalski, Howard
Randolph Township
10/1/2012
5
11/3/2011
Involuntary Approved
E-16 Werner, Albert
Livingston Township
4/1/2013
5
11/5/2011
Approved

E-17

Boyle, Richard
Old Bridge BOE
6/1/2013
5
12/5/2011
Approved
E-18 Wahler, Kenneth
Woodbine
Developmental Center
6/1/2013
5
6/6/2012
Tabled for re-exam in 6 months

E-19

Ablett, Edward
Greater Egg Harbor
Regional
8/1/2013
D
6/22/2011
Approved
E-20 Castro, Daniel
Fair Lawn BOE
7/1/2013
1
2/23/2009
12/3/2009
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-21

Lanza, Robert
Fair Lawn BOE
6/1/2013
D
4/20/2012
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-22 Nelson, Deborah
Franklin Township
9/1/2012
1
11/19/2007
2/21/2012
3/28/2012

2/1/10 - no report on file
3/6/12 - no report on file
3/17/12 - no report on file
3/27/12 - no report on file
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

E-23

Leto, Diane
Kearny Town
5/1/2013
A
6/4/2012
Approved
E-24 Rogers, Nykia
Passaic County
9/1/2013
C
7/15/2012
Approved

E-25

Donnelly, Paul
NJ Turnpike Authority
8/1/2013
B
1/19/2012
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(less than 10 years)
E-26 DiDonato, John
Fair Lawn BOE
4/1/2013
B
6/12/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-27

Collins, Michael
Hasbrouck Heights
Borough
2/1/2013
5
6/6/2011
Approved
E-28 Collins, Muriel
North Jersey
Development Center
7/1/2012
1
12/29/2010
Approved

E-29

Cruz, Gloria

Union Co Bd of Social Services
5/1/2013
D
2/16/2012
4/16/2012
12/18/2012
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(effective 6/1/14)
E-30 Hill, William

Barnegat Township
4/1/2013
5
1/11/2006
7/27/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-31 Troisi, Mauro

NJ Turnpike Authority
5/1/2013
5
8/29/2011
Approved (based on 8/29/11
incident)

E-32

Mitchell, Jason
Wildwood Crest
Borough
10/1/2012
5
2/10/2011
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
(T&P from EMT duties; not T&P from
alternate job duties of Public Safety
Telecommunicator)
E-33 Rasmussen, John
Regional Operations
North
1/1/2013
A
4/21/2011
Approved
E-34 Antoine, Sheila
Scotch Plains
Fanwood BOE
7/1/2013
5
4/26/2013
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Hamlin, Margot - Park Ridge Borough - Issue of Bona fide Retirement; Request to Postpone
Approved postponement
F-2 Monk, Helena - Dept of Children and Family - Return to Employment
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-3+ Kosmoski, Richard - Rutgers University - Issue of Bona Fide Retirement
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-4+ Ten Hoeve, James - Totowa Borough - Issue of Bona Fide Retirement
Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Repay retirement benefit (Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau and External Audit)
F-5+ Salahuddin, Ronald - Newark City - Honorable Service
Tabled for final adjudication of charges
F-6+ Pellegrini, Audrey - Bayonne City - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of service and salary; Forfeit 1 year of service and salary (Audit Section & Retirement Bureau)
F-7+ Jacalone, Valerie - Passaic County - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (total forfeiture) (Audit Section & Retirement Bureau)
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Fisher, Terry - Passaic Co Bd of Social Services - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved (Trustee Buriani-DeSantis recused.)
G-2 Lockett, Carolyn - Brookdale Comm Coll - Initial Decision ALJ dismissed the case for failing to state a claim upon which relief can be granted
Adopted ALJ decision
G-3 VanMeter, Bruce - Bayside State Prison - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-4 Ortiz, Benjamin - West Essex Regional School District - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-5 McGrosky, Walter (deceased) - CPM Project Management - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-6 Richey, Debra - Salem County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Reconsider with exceptions and reply to exceptions
Reconsidered and Reaffirmed; Adopt ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-7 Cooper, Kim - Judiciary/Passaic County - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions
G-8+ Rodriguez, Jesus - MVC - Shared Services - Settlement proposal
Rejected settlement proposal; Continue in OAL
G-9 Wong, Cheri - Dept. of Children & Framilies - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Remand to OAL for medical issues
G-10 Queen, Vivian - Juv. Jus. Comm/Community Prog. - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-11 Lomski, Gerald - Bergen County - Settlement Proposal
Rejected settlement proposal; Continue in OAL



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Jiles, Judy - Dept of Children & Families - Appeals the Board's denial of Deferred Retirement benefits due to dishonorable service
Denied
H-2 McManus, Carole - Cumberland County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Peters, Anthony - Kenilworth Boro - Appeals the Board's denial of a non-bona fide retirement
Approved
H-4 Brownfield, Robin - Camden County College - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Anderson, Gary - Freehold Reg H S District - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Gibson, Glen - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Wallace, Bernard - Jersey City Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 McDaniel, April - Morris County - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-9 Thigpen, Antonious - Dept of Children and Families - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-10 Batchelor, Melissa - Passaic County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-11 Titus, Ronnie - Maywood Borough - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Gochman, Lisa - Criminal Justice - Request refund of purchase
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 Siano, Giovina - Union County - Contested Claim
Reaffrim decision to pay spouse; Continue to suspend benefits; Grant OAL Hearing
(Trustee Weik recused.)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions John Hodavance vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance for June 30, 2013
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers PERS Contributory group insurance policy #13900
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefits claims
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of June 30, 2013
Noted
L-6 Board Member Address List -Updated
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E as of June 30, 2013
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund A as of June 30, 2013
Noted
L-9 Common Pension Fund B as of June 30, 2013
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on September 18, 2013.

 
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