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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
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 December 18, 2014.

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: 12:10 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Paul Orihel, Howard Lipoff, Edward McCarthy,
Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Michael Weik; Val
McManus; Sharon Palmer; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Ronald Scott; Dorothy Scott; John
Anello, attorney; Cynthia Foxworth; Martin Isenberg, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 8, 2015
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Retirement List
Approved

C-2 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Antoshkiw, Robin L

11/14

5

Parsippany Troy Hills BOE

Archibald, Sandra A

10/14

A

Wayne Board Of Education

Bucca, Anthony J

04/15

5

Washington Twp BOE

Cessna, Ellen H

04/15

5

Pennsauken Twp BOE

Daugherty, Mary M

01/15

5

Toms River School Dist

Diaz, Betsy

02/15

5

Englewood City BOE

Dickerson, Benjamin H

01/15

A

Rumson Boro BOE

Field, Sandra

05/13

5

Gloucester Co Special Services

Finn, Edward F

02/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Fronczak, Cecilia

10/14

1

Black Horse Pike Reg Sch Dist

Grossman, Debra A

01/15

5

Paterson BOE

Higgins, Linda M

12/14

5

Bloomfield Twp BOE

Kovach, Victoria L

04/15

C

West Milford Township BOE

Mairagas, Katherine

12/14

5

Elizabeth BOE

Micara, Michael

07/15

5

Manalapan Englishtown Regional

Pitts, Isaac

03/15

C

Newark Public Schools

Pyzik, Candace

01/15

5

Perth Amboy BOE

Reformato, Lorraine

10/14

5

Freehold Reg HS District

Southard, Amparo

12/14

5

Toms River School Dist

Tripp, Renay

09/14

5

West Milford Township BOE

Visco, Kimberly A

03/15

5

Gloucester Twp BOE

Wiggs, Willie D

02/15

5

Asbury Park BOE

Wolpert, Barbara L

12/14

A

Plainfield BOE

Total = 23


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Hiller,Torise                    Passaic BOE  9/1/2012  5 9/1/2010 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue in OAL

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Scott, Ronald - Elizabeth BOE - Request to process Retirement Application
during pendency of Criminal Charges
Tabled for status of criminal charges
F-2+ Foxworth, Cynthia - Pennsauken BOE - Suspension of
Retirement Benefits
Approved the continuation of benefits until accumulated contributions are exhausted or until
check dated January 1, 2017
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1

Boyd, Janet - Plainfield BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed Board's decision and
granted Ordinary Disability retirement benefits effective January 1, 2013
Adopted ALJ decision

   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Deschenes, Patricia - Newark Public Schools - Appeals denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Castello, Wayne - Perth Amboy BOE - Appeals denial of Ordinary
Disability retirement benefits
Tabled for additional information regarding medical conditions
H-3 Allen, Belinda - Hammonton Town BOE - Appeals denial of Accidental Disability
retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Miller, Kenneth - Bound Brook Boro BOE - Appeals denial of Deferred
Retirement
Denied
H-5 Gechtman, Elaine - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals the denial of Ordinary Disability
retirement benfits
Approved
H-6 #1-00344 - Middletown Township BOE - Appeals assessment (Unfunded Liability) resulting
from the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions James Moran vs PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions John Bekisz vs PFRS
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance for November 30, 2014
Noted
L-4 Agenda assignments effective March 5, 2015
Noted
L-5 Board Member Address List
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice - January 2015
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 5, 2015.

 

 
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