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POLICE AND FIREMEN'S RETIREMENT SYSTEM
February 5, 2007
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 2007 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2006.

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.



OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:08 a.m.

Adjourned: 2:45 p.m.

Roll Call:

Fred Beaver, Dennis Connelly; Nicole Fava (arrived 11:15), Vince Foti, Sherryl Gordon; Mark Kandrac, Frank Leake, Richard Loccke; Rich Mikutsky, Tom Murphy, John Sierchio


Absent:  

Also Present: DAG Christine Lucarelli
   
Division Staff: Wendy Jamison; Gail Griffin; Virginia Martucci; Marylou Mayoros; Sandy Horan; Mike Czyzyk; Priscilla Lyons; Florence Sheppard; Susanne Culliton; Stephanie Washington
   
Members, Counsel, Employers, Consultants:
 

Timothy R. Smith, Esq.; Anthony Peccino; Eileen Den Bleyker, DAG; Keith Stouch; Rosemary Stouch; William Claxton, Esq.; Harry Ruiz; Michael Torsiello; Susan Rausch; Thomas Brennan; Rocco Ventura; David Wright

Union Groups:
  Regina Herz; Jack Prettyman, FOP; Jim Ryan, PBA


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 8, 2007 - (1)  Approved with the exception of the Santiago matter.
(2) The Santiago Minutes will be reconsidered at the March 12, 2007 meeting upon review of the transcript and letter (Vote 7-0-4; Trustees Connelly, Foti, Murphy and Sierchio recused)


OPEN SESSION

Finance

A-1
Common Pension Fund A as of November 30, 2006 - Approved
A-2
Common Pension Fund B as of November 30, 2006 - Approved
A-3
Trial Balance as of October 31, 2006 - Approved
A-4
Common Pension Fund B - revised statement as of September 30, 2006 - Approved
A-5
Common Pension Fund D as of October 31, 2006 - Approved


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1=
Active and Retired Death Lists - Approved
C-2=
Retirement List - Approved
C-3=
Chapter 104 PFRS - Approved

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability   


 
Member Name,
Number
Employer
Effective Date
Board's Decision

D-1

Abbondante, Thomas

Town of Kearny
9/1/2006
Approved

D-2
Pritchett, Tonia
Essex County 8/1/2006 Approved

D-3
Bald, Robert
Jersey City 7/1/2006 Approved; C. 428
(Trustee Foti abstained)

D-4
Monthly OD Grid

The Board of Trustees, on the basis of the medical examination and other documentation presented, approved the following Ordinary Disability retirements. Future examinations were waived with the exceptions of those noted with *.  The Board waived the 30-day waiting period with an effective date of January 1, 2007 and earlier.

Member's Name

Effective Date

P/F

Employer

Burgin, Kim W

10/06

P

Hudson County

Kelly, Brian P  *

11/06

P

NJ Transit Corporation

Klacik, Michael

06/06

P

East Windsor Township

Knowlton, Ronald

08/06

P

Morris County

Laurenzano, John

01/07

P

Essex County

Mastrogiovanni, Fred R

12/06

F

Vineland City

Quatrano, Gary M

01/07

P

Juv.Jus.Comm./NJ Train Sc

Total = 7

* Brian Kelly - re-exam in one year                      

** Cribb, Carmen L.  - Hudson County - Member withdrew his application for retirement

*** Horton, Dawn - Northern State Prison - Tabled for examination by IME
CaR


D-5
Murray, Donald
 
Borough of Barrington 12/1/2006 Approved; C. 428

D-6
Trammel, Edward
Township of Irvington 10/1/2005 Tabled for clarification; IME to consider the settlement agreement and its impact on the member’s disability

D-7
Coughlin, Daniel
DOC - Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center 10/1/2004 Reconsidered and denied request to purchase; Reconsidered honorable service and voted for Total forfeiture of service and salary; Case remains in OAL.

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability


 
Member Name, No.
Employer
Effective
Date
Accident
Date
TP DR TE DM
Board's Decision

E-1

Hornick, Timothy
    
Mount Laurel Township
1/1/2007
3/29/2005
Y
Y
N
NY
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability

E-2

Pellechio, Carmine
Township of North Bergen
1/1/2007
1/31/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Vote: 10-1; Trustee Loccke: nae)

E-3


Stouch, Keith

Irvington Twp.
4/1/2005 
8/23/2000
Y
Y
Y
Y Approved

E-4
Miltenberger, James

Atlantic City
9/1/2005 
8/26/2004

     
Y
Approved reinstatement from Accidental Disability

E-5
Rando, Deborah


Atlantic City
11/1/2001 
9/22/1999
N
N
T
Y
Tabled to seek expert witness to counter or affirm decision and obtain copy of transcript from trial

E-6
Taylor, John
Dept. of Corrections
4/1/2006 
8/11/2003
9/2/2005
T
T
T
T
T
T
Y
1. Honorable Service -
Tabled for additional information from the employer

E-7
Ventura, Rocco
Lakewood Twp.
10/1/2005 
6/1/2000
Y
Y
N
N Denied Accidental Disability; continue Ordinary Disability
DR from 6/1/00 - 9/15/00 and 7/01 to present
(Trustee Loccke recused)

E-8
Vessichellli, Samuel
 
County of Essex
3/1/2006
8/28/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved

E-9
Ruiz, Harry
Town of Dover
10/1/2006 
10/7/2001
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved

E-10
Torsiello, Michael
 
Essex County
2/1/2007
9/23/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Trustees Foti and Loccke recused)

E-11
Gonzalez, Ruben
Hudson County
3/1/2007
4/27/2005 
Y
Y
Y
Y
Withdrawn from Agenda; member cancelled his request for retirement

E-12
Castillo, Gregory
City of Newark
1/1/2007
11/25/2003
3/21/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Vote:  9-2; Trustees Beaver and Loccke, nae)

E-13
Lazzaro, Antonio
Essex County
2/1/2007
9/13/2006
Y
Y
N
Y
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability
(Vote:  9-2, Trustees Connelly and Fava, nae)

E-14
Grieco, Thomas
Camden County
Board of Freeholders
3/1/2007
2/11/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Trustees Foti and Loccke recused)

E-15
Nusome, Sheila

Essex County
1/1/2006
7/1/2004
Y
Y
N
Y
Denied Accidental Disability; continue Ordinary Disability

E-16
Banfield, Stephen
City of Perth
2/1/2007
7/7/2002
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Trustee Foti recused)

E-17
Cepeda, Harry
Essex County
5/1/2006
8/25/2005
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved
(Vote: 9-2, Trustees Loccke and Murphy, nae)

E-18
Hooks, Dwayne
East Jersey State Prison 7/1/2006
4/18/2005
Y
Y
N
Y
Denied Accidental Disability; granted Ordinary Disability

E-19
Rausch, Susan
South Brunswick Township
2/1/2007
4/16/2001
Y
Y
Y
Y
Approved

E-20
Templeton, Richard
Juvenile Justice Commission
11/1/2006
4/21/2005
Y
Y
N
Y
Denied Accidental Disability;
only eligible for withdrawal

E-21
Wright, David
City of Trenton
7/1/2006
6/7/2001
Y
T
N
T
Tabled for IME to comment
on direct result and delayed manifestation; grant interim Ordinary Disability

E-22
Brennan, Thomas
City of Plainfield
6/1/2006
1/31/2001
Y
Y
N
N
1. Honorable Service - Partial forfeiture of final year of service and  salary
2. Denied Accidental Disability;  granted Ordinary Disability


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Decisions

G-1
Williams, Dennis - Dept. of Corrections - Initial Decision - Adopted decision finding that Williams’ appeal was not timely filed within 45 days.
G-2

Alvarado, Arlin - City of Newark - Initial Decision - Tabled for extension for DAG to file exceptions

G-3

Final Administrative Determination for Larry S. Loigman, Esq. - Approved



OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1
Acevedo, Fernando - City of Newark - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability benefits - Approved
H-2

Kvederas, Brian - Morristown Town -
1.  Request to rescind the Board's previous action approving Ordinary Disability;
2.  Appeals the Board's approval of Ordinary Disability if #1 above is not approved (hearing request)
Tabled at request of attorney; in the interim, seek clarification on dates of temporary disability and
obtain additional records from employer. (Trustee Mikutsky recused)

H-3
Minguela, Angel - City of Vineland - Appeals the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability - Approved
H-4

Montesano, Victor - Essex County - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability - Approved



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1

Appellate Division Decisions Robert McKenzie v. PERS Board of Trustees (veteran’s retirement benefits) - Noted

L-2
Appellate Division Decisions Deborah McCauley v. PERS Board of Trustees - Noted
L-3
Wire Transfers from January 24, 2007 - Noted
L-4

Board Member Address List - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 12, 2007.

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