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September 7, 2010

Re:       Division of Pensions & Benefits Group Counseling Sessions

Dear Mayor:

Due to increased demand for retirement counseling, starting September 13, 2010, the Division of Pensions and Benefits will begin to offer Group Counseling Sessions at its office at 50 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey.

The Division has developed these Group Counseling Sessions for members of Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) who are planning to visit their office to obtain information and/or file their application for retirement.

During the sessions, attendees will be provided with an official Estimate of Retirement Benefits and their counselor will go over the estimate during the session to explain all of the benefit options and the retirement process.  The counselor will also explain post-retirement issues such as taxes and health benefits.  After the session you will have an opportunity to ask the counselor individual questions and have the opportunity to file your retirement application during this session. 

The sessions are offered at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:

September 13                         October 4                                         November 1
September 17                         October 6                                         November 3
September 20                         October 8                                         November 5
September 21                         October 15                                       November 12
September 24                         October 18                                       November 22
September 27                         October 22                                       November 24
September 29                         October 25                                       November 29
October 27                                      
October 29    

Group Counseling Sessions will be limited to 15 attendees to ensure that the staff can provide a high level of personal service.  Therefore, Group Counseling Session attendees cannot sit with another counselor after the session – a separate counseling appointment is needed for one-on-one counseling and will be considered unnecessary.

Seating at the Group Counseling Session is limited and members interested in attending must register online at

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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