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TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
January 8, 2009
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 2009 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 18, 2008.

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

Service Early Veteran

Deferred Option Changes - none Totals



Called to Order: 10:35 a.m.

Adjourned: 1:55 p.m.

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Dennis Testa, Neil Williams, Martha Liebman, Susanne Culliton (seated as Treasurer’s Representative)


Absent: Marie Flynn and Paul Orihel

Also Present:

DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Marylou Mayoros; Michael Czyzyk; Hank Schwedes; Amy Mazzeo; Mark Schwedes; Ginny Martucci; Richard Klockner, NJPSA; Jim Jamison; NJEA; Robert Schwartz, attorney; Paul Saxton; Patricia Saxton; Pamela York; Richard Loschiavo; Wayne Threlkeld; Theresa Sierchio, Business Administrator, Hopatcong Borough; Barbara Carlon, Hopatcong Borough; Rob Muccilli, attorney; John Mazzei; Anthony Sciarrillo, attorney, Little Silver BOE; Bobbi Merce; Meredith Merce



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 4, 2008 - Approved

Finance

A-1

Common Pension Fund D as of August 31, 2008 - Approved

A-2

Common Pension Fund A as of October 31, 2008 - Approved

A-3 Common Pension Fund B as of October 31, 2008 - Approved

Miscellaneous Issues 

B-1

Memorandum regarding location for the TPAF 2009 Annual Convention for election of member-trustee - Noted Receipt

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists - Approved

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


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

.

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

DECISION

D-1

O’Dowd, Grace

Black Horse Pike Reg School Dist

7/07

C

Reconsidered and Reaffirmed Denial; Offer Service; Approved Hearing Request

D-2 Monthly OD Grid w/Supp . . . Approved (see list below)

D-3+

York, Pamela

Pleasantville BOE

10/08

5

Tabled for additional review by IME

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Bacon, Mary B

05/09

D

Westampton Township BOE

Debenedetto, Marianne

12/08

5

Passaic BOE

Hiatt, Suzanne H

07/08

C

Edison Twp BOE

Hoffman, Celestine M
(Trustee Testa recused)

12/08

D

Bergen Co Bd of Special Services

Katz, Beatrice

11/08

D

Camden City BOE

Madigan, Thomas

11/08

5

Monmouth Co Vocational Schools

Munyon, Wayne C

07/09

A

Gloucester Co Special Services

Nagel, Lida A

11/08

1

Freehold Reg HS District

Teter, Melissa Lee

12/08

3

Lopatcong Township BOE

Yuncza, Valerie A

11/08

5

Hamilton Twp BOE

Total = 10


Accidental Disability
 

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Andrews-Williams, Kathy

Pennsauken Twp BOE

7/09

5

5/12/06

Denied; Only eligible for withdrawal (less than 10 years)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+

Saxton, Paul - Ramapo-Indian Hills Reg. HS Dist - Creditable Compensation (SCI) Denied; Apply reduction retroactive to effective date of retirement; Return pension payments for 3 year period and apply to money owed; Grant stay of the decision ( Vote: 4:1; Trustee Culliton: Nae); Grant OAL Hearing

F-2+
Loschiavo, Richard - West New York BOE - Option Change - Approved prospectively effective February 1, 2009 retirement check (Vote: 4:1; Trustee Culliton: Nae) (Retirement Bureau)

Hearing Decisions

.G-1

Baluk, Adele - Scotch Plains Fanwood BOE - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted

.G-2
Ferroni, Olga - Evesham Twp. BOE - ALJ upheld the Board's decision and denied her request to change from Ordinary Disability to Early retirement benefits - Adopted ALJ Decision
.G-3
Bueno, Bertha - New Brunswick BOE - Appellate Division Decision - Affirmed denial of Ordinary Disability – Noted
.G-4
Natusch, William - Newark Public Schools - Initial Decision - Failure to Appear - Adopt ALJ decision

Hearing Requests

H-1

Williams, Michelle - Trenton Bd. Of Ed. - Appeals Board's denial of traumatic event on the incidents of 6-6-00 and 9-2-03 (collecting Accidental based on 4-11-96 incident) - Approved


Active Membership Issues

J-1

Franklin, Laurie - Old Bridge BOE - Request to purchase out-of-state service - Denied

J-2+
Threlkeld, Wayne - Hopatcong BOE - Creditable Compensation - Tabled for additional administrative review (External Audit)
J-3+
Pemberton Township BOE - Creditable Compensation - Tabled for Audit Section to conduct a further investigation (Audit Section)

Death Claim Issues

K-1+
Merce, Bobbi for Donald (deceased) - Little Silver BOE - Accidental Death - Denied

Informational Issues

L-1

Wire Transfers - Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 - Noted

L-2

Wire Transfers - Contributory group insurance policy #14300 - Noted

L-3

Chapter 89, P.L. 2008, Public Employee Benefits Reform Act of 2008 - Noted

L-4
Board Member Address List - Updated list - Noted
L-5
State Investment Council Schedule of Meetings for 2008-2009 - Noted
L-6
State Investment Council Minutes for the REGULAR meeting on November 20, 2008 - Noted
L-7
State Investment Council Minutes for the ANNUAL meeting for November 20, 2008 - Noted
L-8
State Investment Council Agenda for the December 18, 2008 meeting - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 5, 2009.


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