Right to Know – NH Retirement System STONEWALLING on Pension Information

The APT is seeking information on the individual member contributions of Portsmouth’s top 20 pension recipients. NH Right to know law requires NH government to provide information immediately or within 5 working days in most cases. Transparency delayed is transparency denied. Currently the NH Retirement System has stated it will provide the information or a progress update 2 months and 16 days after it received the information request (doubtfully sooner based on the past). Here is an ongoing history of efforts to get this information:

Friday, December 9, 2011
New Hampshire Retirement System
54 Regional Drive
Concord, NH  03301-8507
 

RE:  Request for amounts paid into the NH Pension system by Portsmouth’s top 20 pensioners.

Dear NHRS,

Enclosed is the NHRS employer and member contribution rates since 1970. The APT is requesting what the each of the following top Portsmouth 20 pensioners contributed in to the NH Retirement System. Note, we are not looking for what the city contributed, only what the public employee paid under their member rate of the NHRS. As the NHRS can return money to members with a 8.5% rate, we expect this information to be available on an individual basis.

Below are Portsmouth’s top 20 annuitants, with the date the benefit was effective and the plan:

To be specific, an example of the information we are looking for would like like:

Name Total amount member paid into the NHRS

Michael J. Magnant $200,000

William A. Irving $142,000

William D Mortimer $130,000

And so on.

The following individuals we seek this information on are are below.

Michael J. Magnant  11/1/2009 – Police $121,334.88
William A. Irving 5/1/2008 – Police $93,479.04
William D. Mortimer 3/1/1988 – Police $92,704.44
Leonard E. DiSesa 11/1/2009 – Police $90,848.64
Vassilios Pamboukes 1/1/2008 – Fire $87,246.96
John M. Yerardi 6/1/2008 – Police $86,611.38
Michael J. Ronchi 10/1/2007 – Police $85,957.38
David M. Young 3/1/2006 – Police $83,257.08
Robert J. Lister 7/1/2009 – Emloyee, Ports. School District $82,613.16
Janet Champlin 1/1/2009 – Police $82,376.76
Robin N. Burdick 7/1/2009 – Teacher, Ports. SD $77,869.44
Diane Tibbetts 1/1/2003 – Police $76,500.42
Bradley J. Russ 2/1/2003 – Police $75,294.42
Frank S. Ott 8/1/2003 – Fire $74,531.10
Kevin M. Semprini 2/1/2005 – Police $73,150.62
James E. Coughenour 9/1/2008 – Fire $72,099.12
Adam H. Price 2/1/2002 – Police $71,690.58
Paul A. Famulari 4/1/2000 – Police $67,357.38
Dante P. Puopolo 11/1/2009 – Police $64,392.48
Colleen R. Franzoso 5/1/2007 – Employee - $62,953.56

Sincerely,

Mark Brighton, APT President

 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Marty Karon – NHRS Public Information Officer
New Hampshire Retirement System
54 Regional Drive
Concord, NH  03301-8507

Mr. Karlon,

Currently the NHRS is not in compliance with RSA 91-A:4 IV:
If a public body or agency is unable to make a governmental record available for immediate inspection and copying, it shall, within 5 business days of request, make such record available, deny the request in writing with reasons, or furnish written acknowledgment of the receipt of the request and a statement of the time reasonably necessary to determine whether the request shall be granted or denied.
In your response dated Dec 21, 2011, you put off the APT Right-To-Know request by a month to Jan 18, 2012. No response has been received.
1) We are requesting immediate compliance and response with our request dated Dec 9, 2012.
For expediency, we request you respond via this email and send a letter to the address provided.
Attached are two (2) PDF’s: The Dec 9, 2011 APT request letter sent and the only NHRS response received, dated Dec 21, 2011.
Sincerely,
Mark Brighton
Via Email
January 20, 2012
Mr. Brighton,
I put a reply in the NHRS outgoing mailbox on Jan. 18, so hopefully you will receive it shortly. I am attaching that reply to this response. I typically send both hard copies and electronic copies when responding to RTK requests, but did not have an email address for your group.
After reviewing the response, feel free to contact me next week if you have additional questions.

Marty Karlon
Public Information Officer
NH Retirement System, 54 Regional Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Friday, January 20, 2012

Marty Karlon – NHRS Public Information Officer

 

New Hampshire Retirement System
54 Regional Drive
Concord, NH  03301-8507
Mr. Karlon,
Thank you for your response today. March 1, 2012 will mark 2 months and 16 days from when the NHRS received the Dec 9th, 2011 initial request letter.
1) To clarify: Is it true that you are going to provide us the information requested in our Dec 9, 2011 letter?
2) Specifically, what is the delay in providing the information.
For expediency, we request you respond via this email and send a letter to the address provided.
Sincerely,
Mark Brighton

Sent via email.
Wednesday, February 8,  2012
Marty Karlon – NHRS Public Information Officer
New Hampshire Retirement System
54 Regional Drive
Concord, NH  03301-8507


Dear Mr. Karlon,
Thank you for your email dated January 23, 2012 and letter dated January 25, 2012 containing the same response. While we do sympathize with the NH Retirement System’s time sensitive project, the NH Retirement System is currently in violation of NH RSA 91-A. The information we requested in our Dec. 9th, 2011 letter is due immediately.
We are requesting:
1) The information we requested in our Dec. 9th, 2011 letter which is due immediately.
2) The name of the person or person(s) who made the decision to put off our Dec. 9th, 2011 NH Right to Know  request to March 1, 2012.
3) Their contact information,  their current salary and if they are members of NH Retirement System.
4) The contact information of the NHRS lead attorney.
For expediency, we request you respond via this email and send a letter to the address provided.
Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers
P.O. Box 223
Portsmouth NH 03802-0223
 
Below is the original Dec 9, 2011 APT request letter sent.
Sincerely,
Mark Brighton
Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers
P.O. Box 223
Portsmouth NH 03802-0223

 

A reply was finally sent on Feb. 17, 2012 answering the Dec 9th request.

 

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