Press Release: CivicStory Public Forum

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lisa Allen, Publicist

Finance Experts to Discuss NJ Pension Fund Solutions

NJ State Investment Council Chair Byrne and former State Treasurer Sidamon-Eristoff will join Summit forum April 3

The public is invited to tackle the complex issue of New Jersey's pension funds with expert analysts who have studied the state's finances over many years.  Entitled "NJ Pension & Health Benefits - Sowing Solutions," the non-partisan, no-blame forum takes place on Monday, April 3, 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the auditorium of Central Presbyterian Church in Summit.  

Speakers include NJ State Investment Council (SIC) Chair Tom Byrne, who is a member of the NJ Pension & Benefits Study Commission, and NJ former State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, a lawyer who previously served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation.

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, whose prior career was in nursing, and Dr. Christina Johnson, Family Physician at Overlook Hospital, will provide perspectives on long-term public health issues that impact funding and legislative reform.

"Solutions to difficult problems need time for public reflection" says forum organizer Susan Haig, Creative Director of CivicStory. "We look forward to deepening our understanding through the panelists' extensive experience." 

Moderator Lisa Allen is known to Summit area residents as a host on HomeTowne TV (Channel 33/36.)  The forum will include perspectives from other civic leaders and audience members.   

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Background Information

Event Flyer
Related Column: Opinion - The Coming Federalization of NJ Pension and Benefits

Speakers' Biographies

Brendan T. "Tom" Byrne is Chair of the NJ State Investment Council and a member of the NJ Pension and Health Benefits Study Commission. Following studies at Princeton University and Fordham Law School, he was a trader of institutional securities with Lehman Brothers financial services. He later served on the Brady commission that studied the 1987 stock market crash and reported to President Reagan, and authored the book, "The Stock Index Futures Market: A Trader’s Insights and Strategies." In 1988, he was a member of the team that developed the trading halt procedures now in place at the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago futures exchanges.  Byrne currently heads his own investment management and advisory firm in Princeton, NJ, and serves on various nonprofit boards including The Fund for New Jersey, Isles, and the Regional Plan Association. He is married to the former Barbara Ann Moakler, a vice chair of Barclays Capital.

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Skidmore College, and a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter College. She has worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Recovery Room at Mass General and Bellevue Hospitals, the Emergency Room at Lenox Hill Hospital, and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In the NJ State Assembly she serves on the Health and Senior Services, Commerce and Economic Development, and Women and Children Committees, as well as on the Legislative Services Commission and the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. Previously, Munoz was president of the PTA/PTO at Summit grammar, middle, and high schools, as well as President of the Presidents Council. Assemblywoman Munoz took office in 2009 to complete the unexpired term of her late husband, Assemblyman Eric Munoz, M.D., and was elected to her fourth term in the NJ General Assembly in 2015.    

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff is a lawyer, private investor, international technical assistance consultant, public affairs columnist, political activist, and public administrator based in Princeton, N.J. He served from 2010 to 2015 as Treasurer of the State of New Jersey under Governor Chris Christie. Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff’s public career includes service as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation from 2003 to 2006, as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Finance from 1999 to 2002, and as a three-times elected member of the New York City Council (R-Manhattan) from 1993 to 1999. He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1985 (BA, Politics) and received his juris doctor degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff is married to the former Catherine E. Baxter, a former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Inc. and Constellation Wealth Advisors in New York

About CivicStory

CivicStory is a nonprofit news site and producer of videos focused on creative growth and sustainability in NJ cities, with a mission to advance solutions-based news about citizens creating change. Founded in 2009 (as NJ Arts News), CivicStory received the 2016 Broader Vision Award from the Garden State Film Festival for "film-making dedicated to the greater good." CivicStory is launching the Heart of the City fundraising project to finance key programs and increase organizational capacity.  

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