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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
MARCH 3, 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: 1:42 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Amy Cerovsky; Val
McManus; Cheryl Chianese; Luann Barnett; Hank Schwedes; Irene Savicky; DAG
Daniel Thornton; Tim McMullen; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Robert Firestone; Arlene
Firestone; Samuel J. Halpern, Esq.; Charles Ferrara; Peter Genovese; Charles J.
Uliano, Esq.; Gary Kistner; Nadege D. Allwaters, Esq.



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 4, 2016
Approved (Trustee Orihel recused)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1+
Prudential Report Policy G-14800-3 (formerly 14300-1)
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-2
Chapter 221
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Galea, Mary
West New York BOE 8/1/2015 5 Involuntary a) Approved
b) Approved Hearing Request
D-2 Havas, Robert
Morris Co Vocational
Sch Dist
10/1/2015 Approved
D-3 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Bagniewski, Christine M

03/16

2

Cranford Twp BOE

**Branch, Stephen M

01/16

C

Passaic Co Manchester Reg High

**Gottschalk, Hilary R

04/15

5

North Brunswick BOE

Haas, Joni

05/16

3

West New York BOE

**Khalil, Michael

04/16

A

Newark Public Schools

Klossek, James

01/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Kusher, Janet

02/16

A

Old Bridge BOE

Martin, Amy

07/16

5

Lopatcong Township BOE

Murphy, Deana

10/15

D

Vineland City BOE

Orlando, Michael P

11/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Piazza, Tracey A

01/16

5

Mercer Co Special Ser Sch Dist

Resnick, Michael F

01/16

A

Vineland City BOE

Rock, Marian Valerie

02/16

5

Chesterfield Twp BOE

Rodriguez, Carlos A

02/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Vrettos, Margarita

10/15

A

Barrington Boro BOE

*Wietsma, Jennifer L

05/15

1

Paterson BOE

*Tabled for IME                                                         
**With 18 month re-exam
Approved = 15; Tabled = 1; Total = 16


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Yuritch, Elaine
Washington Twp BOE 9/1/2015 5 5/8/2014 Tabled to obtain clarification from the IME
E-2 Loder, Clarence
Millville BOE 2/1/2016 5 11/13/2014 Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Burgess, Judith - Willingboro Twp. BOE - Request to change Option D beneficiary
Denied
F-2+ Firestone, Robert - Elizabeth BOE - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture Equal to Six Years Divided by Total Service (Retirements)
F-3+ Ferrara, Charles - Franklin Twp BOE - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture Equal to Six Years Divided by Total Service (Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Santangelo, Patricia - Camden County Technical School - Remand from Appellate Court
Reconsidered Issue of Timeliness of Appeal - Received Timely; Denied Hearing, Draft Final
Administrative Decision
G-2 Braun-Emolo, Gail - Wallington BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying application for ordinary disability retirement benefits as member was not disabled when she left employment
Adopted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Gonnella, Angela - Newark Public Schools - Appeals Board's denial of extension of expiration of TPAF membership
Denied, Draft Final Administrative Determination
H-2 Zidziunas, Susan - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved for OAL Hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Riccio, Rocco - Mercer County Special Services Sch Dist - Request reduction in monthy loan payment
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Kistner, Gary for Barbara (deceased) - Verona BOE - Request conversion of group life insurance
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Vincent Tavaglione vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Edward O'Neill vs. PERS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Robert Petry vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Connie Buendia vs. PERS
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Dennis Schuck vs. PERS
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of January 31, 2016
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of January 31, 2016
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance For December 31, 2016
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on March 31, 2016.

 

 
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