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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JANUARY 9, 2014
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 2014 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2013.

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


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:40 AM

Adjourned: 12:55 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Paul Orihel, Erland Nordstrom, Edward McCarthy, Martha Liebman, Susanne Culliton, Neil Williams


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Michael Weik; Cheryl Chianese; Val McManus; Mark Schwedes; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Val Kazhdan, NJEA; Judah Landa; Jeffrey Moses; Linda Masiello; Joseph Masiello



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 5, 2013
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-3
Return to Employment
Approved
C-4
Retirement List
Approved
C-5
Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Miller, Wendy
Freehold Regional H.S.
District
7/1/2013
1
Reconsidered and denied Ordinary;
Continue collecting Service
D-2 Walkiewicz, Edward
Secaucus BOE
5/1/2013
5
Involuntary Approved
D-3 Stander, William
East Orange School
District
7/1/2013
4
Approved
D-4 Streater, Luz
Jersey City Public
Schools
11/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdraw from OAL
D-5 Timko, Joseph
East Brunswick
Twp. BOE
7/1/2014
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-6 Gross, Harvey
Warren County
Vocarional School
9/1/2010
  Request to continue Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits -
ADMINISTRATIVELY REMOVED
D-7 Monthly OD Grid  
  
  
Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Blessinger, Walburga L

10/12

1

Gloucester City BOE

Campanelli, Deborah A

08/13

5

Holmdel Township BOE

Dezso, Louis W

11/13

5

Essex Co Vocational School

Donald, Diane J

08/13

5

Irvington BOE

Fluellen, Rose G

11/13

5

Atlantic Co Vocational Schools

Gillen, Michael John

01/14

A

Ramsey Borough BOE

Mackin, Elizabeth M

12/13

5

West New York BOE

Malatesta, Karen

11/13

D

Vineland City BOE

Martinez, Rosa B

09/13

5

New Brunswick BOE

Moline, Donna L

08/13

5

Bergen Co Vocational School

Napoli, Debra A

01/14

5

Lindenwold Borough BOE

Osborn, Jennifer

01/14

D

Jackson Township BOE

Reichert, Diane R

02/14

2

Pennsville Twp BOE

Roche, Karen M

07/13

5

Elizabeth BOE

Ryan, Timothy J

07/14

5

Hamburg Borough BOE

Salls, Richard J

12/13

5

Westfield Town BOE

Sifonios, Mary

03/14

D

Hoboken BOE

Wong, Katherine Y

05/14

B

Union City BOE

Yansak, Deborah A

12/13

5

Pemberton Township BOE

Zisa, Joann F

01/14

5

Montgomery Twp BOE

Total = 20


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Robinson, Linda
Camden City BOE
4/1/2013
5
3/14/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Ioviero, Jaime
Elizabeth BOE
12/1/2013
C
10/19/2011
Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Prima, Susan - Lakehurst Boro BOE - Honorable Service
Tabled pening final adjudication of appeal of tenure case
F-2+ Landa, Judah - Middlesex BOE - Honorable Service
No Forfeiture; Approve Service retirement (Vote: 5:2; Nae: Trustee Orihel and Trustee
McCarthy)
F-3+ Moses, Jeffrey - New Brunswick BOE - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture ; Reduce retirement benefit by 20% (Retirement Bureau)
F-4+ Masiello, Linda - Oradell BOE - Option Change
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Reis, Regina - Ridgewood Twp BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective November 1, 2011; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted w/modification to factual findings proposed by DAG Gibson
G-1 Pierce, Gladys - Bridgeton BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions filed by Petitioner; Exceptions filed by DAG; Postpone to allow DAG to file reply to exceptions
Postponed
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Campanella, Larry - New Brunswick BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Pasquale, Mary - Clayton Boro BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Reaffirmed original decision; Approved hearing
H-3 Dela Rosa, Gloria - Penns Grove Carneys Point Reg. - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Chacon-Rosado, Tzeitel - Willingboro Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial to reinstate withdrawn TPAF account
Denied
H-5 Habel, James - Wall Township BOE - Appeals the Board's denial to receive balance of remaining pension plus interest (Beyond 45 days)
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Gallagher, Steven - Cedar Grove Twp. BOE - Request retroactive enrollment in TPAF
Denied


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Clement Kackos vs. PERS
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance for October 31, 2013
Noted
L-3 Board Member Address List Updated
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund B as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-8 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 6, 2014.

 

 
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