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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
FEBRUARY 4, 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: 10:40 AM

Adjourned: 11:29 AM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Paul Orihel

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Amy Cerovsky; Kara
Ansley; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Val McManus; Stephen M. Bacigalupo II, Esq.; Irene
Savicky; Patricia Randolph; Raymond Randolph; Marisa Dominguez; Cheryl
Chianese; Kristen Bell



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of January 7, 2016
Approved with correction to page 1


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2 Return to Employment
Approved
C-3
Chapter 221
Approved
C-4 Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 DiMarco, Stacey
Montville Twp BOE 6/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Approved
D-2 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with the exception of Enid
V Olsen, which was tabled for an
IME (see list below)
D-3 Williams, Charlotte

East Orange
School District
2/1/2016 5 Approved (or service if higher)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Altieri, Sophia C

03/16

A

Montgomery Twp BOE

Bailey, Melanie

02/16

A

Ogdensburg BOE

Baud, Lawrence W

03/16

A

Buena Regional School Dist

Bradford, Stacey

07/16

B

Pohatcong Twp BOE

Carrano, Diana

01/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Chism, Michelle M

11/15

A

Haddonfield BOE

Ciesla, Maryann E

02/16

3

Caldwell West Caldwell BOE

Curry-Sheret, Alice J

02/15

C

Mercer Co Vocational Schools

Flood, Helene

02/16

5

Hoboken BOE

Frazier, Tiffany T

07/15

5

Paterson BOE

Guy, David

07/15

5

Paterson BOE

Hill-Debreceni, Nancy L

12/15

5

Lawnside Borough BOE

Kesselman, Lynne I

12/15

A

Egg Harbor Twp BOE

Marinelli, Joan

09/15

5

Manasquan Borough BOE

Martin-Myers, Maureen P

07/16

A

Bethlehem Twp BOE

Nabi, Roya R

07/16

C

Eastern Camden Co Reg Sch Dist

Nagy, Richard Robert Jr

01/16

5

Carteret BOE

Newman, Roberta J

05/15

A

Perth Amboy BOE

*Olsen, Enid V

03/15

1

Newark Public Schools

Pierce, Lisa

07/14

1

Camden City BOE

Rabar, Florence A

12/15

A

Oaklyn Borough BOE

Rebhorn, Sally M

07/16

D

South Brunswick BOE

Roman, Raquel

05/15

5

Buena Regional School Dist

Sincak, John

09/15

5

River Dell Reg School District

Sutton, Alonzo S

09/15

A

Camden City BOE

Thorne, Cynthia B

04/15

5

Passaic BOE

Torrenzano, Jeanne M

11/15

A

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Von Ouhl, Tamara K

09/15

C

West Orange Township BOE

 

*Tabled for IME   Approved = 27; Tabled = 1; Total = 28


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Potorski, Diane
Princeton Charter
School
4/1/2016 D 10/16/2014 Denied Accidental, Offer Service
E-2 Rudolph, Patricia

Ringwood Boro BOE 7/1/2015 5 9/11/2004
10/29/2013
Approved

E-3

Pupino, Nancy
Ridgefield Boro BOE 7/1/2015 5 9/11/2013 Tabled to obtain clarification from the IME

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Vitta, Gary - Rockway Twp. BOE - Suspension of pension retirement benefit
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Abrams, Dena - Old Bridge BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits
Adopted and affirmed the ALJ's decision
G-2 Beard, Diane - Berkeley Twp. BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Lerch, Heather - Wilingboro Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved for OAL Hearing
H-2 Gordon, Robin - Metuchen Boro BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved for OAL Hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 Roman, Nola (deceased) - Bayonne BOE - Request Option 4 survivor benefits
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For September 30, 2015
Noted
L-2 Trial Balance For October 31, 2015
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D As of December 31, 2015
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E As of December 31, 2015
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-7 Trial Balance For November 30, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside legal counsel invoice for December 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 3, 2016.

 
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