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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
FEBRUARY 6, 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: 10:43 AM

Adjourned: 1:30 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Paul Orihel, Susanne Culliton, Edward McCarthy
(arrived 10:54)


Absent: Erland Nordstrom and Neil Williams

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Cheryl
Chianese; Val McManus; Mark Schwedes, Sunanda Rana; Robert Murphy, NJPSA;
Val Kazhdan, NJEA; Richard Friedman, attorney; Harvey Gross; John Petrozzino;
Irene Riolo; Linda Rutter



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 9, 2014
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Chapter 221
Approved

C-2
Retirement List
Approved
C-3
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Lerch, Heather
Willingboro Twp. BOE
5/1/2013
D
Tabled for additional information
D-2 Baldassarre, Jacalyn
Cranford Twp BOE
10/1/2013
5
Approved
D-3 Gross, Harvey
Warren County
Vocational School
9/1/2010
 
Request to continue Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits denied
continuation of Ordinary Disability;
Re-enroll 11/1/12; Repay
overpayment of retirement benefits
(Retirement Bureau, External Audit, Enrollment Bureau)
D-4 Monthly OD Grid  
 
 
Approved (see list below)
Alison Young - 1 year re-exam
Wendy Bowes - see notes on
diability list below
D-5 Person, Bobbie
Burlington City BOE
11/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abrams-Raymond, Linda

11/13

5

Pemberton Township BOE

Bowes, Wendy*

 

 

 

Bushrui, Nilsa R

01/14

D

Elizabeth BOE

Cole-Felder, Alysia Y

08/12

C

Jersey City Public Schools

DeStefano, Mary

03/14

5

East Orange School District

Dondarski, Judith A

01/14

D

Edison Twp BOE

Foster, Aileen R

01/14

5

Camden County Technical Schools

Giorgio, Diane M

02/14

D

Jersey City Public Schools

Kaighn, Margaret

02/14

5

Ocean City BOE

Kinkead-Brida, Dawn Jean

01/14

5

Pemberton Township BOE

Lee, Ella S

07/14

D

Upper Deerfield Twp BOE

Lehr-Cecere, Sandra

08/13

5

Lacey Township BOE

Loll, Linda R

06/14

D

Palisades Park BOE

Mansour, Mariam

05/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Miller, Harold A III

02/14

D

Camden City BOE

Miller, Thomas W

07/14

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Slavinsky, Eileen

02/14

5

Passaic BOE

Taksler, Sharon R

06/13

A

Mansfield Twp BOE

**Young, Alison L

07/13

D

Cherry Hill Twp BOE

Total = 19

*The Board approved Ms. Bowes’ application on the basis that she was found totally and permanently disabled; however, soon after the Board meeting, it was determined that she does not meet the requisite number of years of NJ service to qualify for the benefit.

**1 year re-exam for Alison Young                                                                           


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Spiridon, John

Newark Public Schools
1/1/2014
B
11/9/2011
11/23/2011
4/8/2013
Denied Accidental, Offer Service

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Petrozzino, John - Union Twp. BOE - Issue of bona fide retirement
Continue retirement; no repayment required
F-2+ Riolo, Irene - Union Twp BOE - Issue of bona fide retirement
Continue retirement; no repayment required
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Pierce, Gladys - Bridgeton BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Exceptions filed by DAG; Reply to exceptions filed by DAG
Approved with factual modifications as noted by DAG
G-2 Habel, James - Wall Township BOE - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-3 Chacon-Rosado, Tzeitel - Willingboro Twp BOE - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved w/modification
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Kooistra, George - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Harper, Clarice - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Kahn, Justin - Point Pleasant Boro BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of delayed inter-fund from withdraw PERS account into active TPAF account
Denied
H-4 Fernandez, Julia - West New York BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Ioviero, Jamie - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement beneifts
Approved
H-6 Rykala, Joyce - Somerdale Boro BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Rutter, Linda - Sayerville BOE - Purchase request to qualify for 20 year Health benefit requirement (Chap. 78, PL 2011)
Denied


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance for November 30, 2013
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Carmine A. Pecorelli vs PERS
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund A as of November 30, 2013
Noted
L-4 Board Member Address List
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund B as of December 31, 2013
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D as of December 31, 2013
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E as of December 31, 2013
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund A as of December 31, 2013
Noted
L-9 Trial Balance for December 31, 2013
Noted
   

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

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

 

 
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