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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JANUARY 7, 2016
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 2016 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 21, 2015.

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: 10:39 AM

Adjourned: 12:27 PM

Roll Call:

Howard Lipoff, Wendy Jamison, Paul Orihel, James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Edward
McCarthy


Absent:  

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Sharon Barnes; Amy
Cerovsky; Kara Ansley; Val McManus; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Sara Favinger, NJEA;
Lisa Pointer; Ernesto Gonnella; Luann Barnett; DAG Chris Tattory



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of December 3, 2015
Approved (Trustee Jamison abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Discussion of Honorable Service
Board directs Secretary not to prepare case for an honorable Service review by the Board
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Foster, Sharon Willingboro Twp. BOE 10/1/2015 5 Approved
D-2 Rean, Joanne Paramus BOE 1/1/2015 1 Approved
D-3 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)
D-4 Schatteman, Frances Sussex County Voc. 2/1/2016 A Tabled to provide additional medical
records

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Beebe, Cheryl Lynn

11/16

5

Camden City BOE

Cardaci, Catherine A

12/15

D

Randolph Township BOE

Cosgrove, Laurie D

08/15

5

Manasquan Borough BOE

Dinzes, Joanne L

07/16

5

Passaic BOE

Fitzpatrick, Lea M

08/15

2

Pine Hill Borough BOE

Flood, Terrence

01/16

5

Union City BOE

Gilbert, Kathi L

02/16

5

Dover BOE

Gruber, Amanda Anne

11/15

D

Ocean County Vocational School

Israel, Judith L

05/16

5

Camden City BOE

Jordan, Joann

02/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Leto, Maria C

02/16

5

Camden City BOE

Mckee, Ellen J

10/15

5

Branchburg Twp BOE

Milita, Janet D

11/15

C

Warren Township BOE

Nitka, Ann B

07/15

D

Mountain Lakes BOE

Shaheed, Hassan A

01/16

D

Orange City BOE

Stetsko, Susan

02/16

D

Manchester Township BOE

Tantillo, Barbara

01/16

5

Bayonne BOE

Total = 17


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Zidziunas, Susan Newark Public
Schools
7/1/2015 5 2/23/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(DAG Ignatowitz recused)
E-2 Marable, Donna Newark Public
Schools
12/1/2014 5 12/17/2013 Reconsidered and Approved

E-3

Deegan, John North Brunswick BOE 9/1/2014 5 12/21/2004 Denied Accidental; Continue
Ordinary

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Shinkle, Lewis - Hamilton Twp BOE - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (dismissed for cause) (Trustee Liebman recused)
(Retirements)
F-2 Stewart, Errol - Paterson BOE - Honorable Service Deferred - Ten percent reduction of monthly retirement
(Trustee Joyner recused)
(Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Wake, Patricia - Ocean County - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Harrington, Regina - Freehold Reg H S District - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exception, note reply to exceptions
G-3 Lane, Tammy - Paterson BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision
denying ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exception, note reply to exceptions
G-4 Lyons, Michael - Edison Twp. BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's decision
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Soloway, Cynthia - Millburn Twp. Public Schools -
a)Reconsideration - Denied
b)Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Moreno, Ronald - Cumberland Co Bd of Voc Ed -
a)Reconsideration - Denied
b)Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of total forfeiture of TPAF pension
Approved
H-3 Maloney, Jacqueline - Union City BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Gonnella, Angela - Newark Public Schools - Request extension of expiration of
TPAF account
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Brett Anastos vs. PERS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Glenn Zadroga vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance For July 31, 2015
Noted
L-4 Court Ordered Pension Forfeiture
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Irma Nieves vs. PFRS
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance For August 31, 2015
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund D As of November 30, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice for November 2015
Approved (Trustee Jamison and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
M-2 Newly Filed Amicus Brief
Approved Proceed forward and reaffirm Chairman's approval to file on behalf of Board
(Trustee Jamison and DAG Ignatowitz recused)

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on February 4, 2016.

 

 
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