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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JANUARY 10, 2013
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 2013 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 9, 2012.

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

Option Changes - none
Veteran - none


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:35 AM

Adjourned: 12:42 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Neil Williams, Paul Orihel, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Erland Nordstrom

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; DAG Robert Kelly; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy
Cerovsky; Michael Weik; Marylou Mayoros; Val McManus; Val Kazhdan, NJEA;
Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Barbara Riefberg, attorney; Michael Dougherty; Michael
Barrett, attorney; Carol Ziznewski



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 6, 2012
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1

Proposed Amendment NJAC 17:3-1.4
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-3
Retirement List
Approved
C-4
Chapter 221
Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

  
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Dominguez, Sandra
Paterson BOE
12/1/2012
5
Approved
D-2 Olhiger, Eileen
Monmouth County
Vocational Schools
8/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Taylor, James
Englewood City BOE
1/1/2013 
5
Involuntary Denied
D-4 Kohut, Robert
Ewing Township BOE
1/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Monthly OD Grid  
  
  
Approved (See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

DiAngelo, Margaret A

02/13

5

Magnolia Borough BOE

Esposito, Frances

01/13

5

Camden City BOE

Fraser, Annie A

07/13

D

Pleasantville BOE

Fulmer, Richard

04/13

2

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Glass, Wanda A

07/13

5

East Orange School District

Green, Theodore R

12/12

A

Newark Public Schools

Puliatte, Elaine C

04/13

5

Norwood BOE

Samra, Nancy L

10/12

5

Paterson BOE

Thompson, Mark J

12/12

5

Freehold Reg HS District

Viso, Nancy M

12/12

B

Lodi BOE

Wormack, Leslie N

12/12

C

Newark Public Schools

Total = 11


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Harrington, Regina
Freehold Reg HS District
11/1/2012
5
2/28/2011
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-2 Weitzman, Mathew
West New York BOE
6/1/2012
5
4/29/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(disability is unrelated to incident)

E-3

Grey, Doreth
Orange BOE
2/1/2009
5
2/6/2004
Reconsidered and Denied (Not
eligible to apply - account expired;
Did not originally offer proof of total and permanency); Recall from OAL
(no factual issues)
E-4 Thornton, Mariann
Pleasantville BOE
7/1/2012
5
6/4/2010
Approved

E-5

Bernstein, Julianne
Park Ridge Boro BOE
8/1/2012
C
5/6/2007
10/1/2011
Tabled, Grant Interim Ordinary
Disability
E-6 Grieco-Hicks, Maria
Trenton City BOE
1/1/2013
C
9/3/2010
Denied Accidental, Offer Service




OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Dougherty, Michael - Trenton City BOE - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit service and salary from June 1, 2008 thorugh termination of
employment (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Hayes, Marstiner - Asbury Park BOE - Honorable Service
No Forfeiture
F-3 Dellas, Norman - Lowe Cape May Reg School Dist - Request
waiver of repayment of pension while incarcerated
Approved (Retirement Bureau)



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Bryant, Karin - Jersey City Public Schools - ALJ reversed the Board's decision and has granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective October 1, 2009 under maximum option
Adopted ALJ decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits (Retirement
Bureau, Health Benefits)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 McAloon, James - Monroe Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Cooke, Lauren - Egg Harbor Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3+ Ziznewski, Carol - Edison Twp BOE - a) Reconsideration
b) Hearing Request
Considered statements of member and letter from attorney; Reaffirmed original decision;
Approved OAL Hearing
H-4 Long, Lisa - Bridgewater-Raritan Reg School Dis. - Appeals the Board's denial
of Interfund Transfer from PERS to TPAF
Denied



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Steele, Michael - Irvington BOE - Request to Reactivate accounts
Denied


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Thomas Saccone vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Jerri Trevino vs. PERS
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance For October 31, 2012
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of November 30, 2012
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 7, 2013.

 
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