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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
MARCH 2, 2017
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 2017 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 20, 2016.

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: 10:41 AM

Adjourned: 2:39 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Howard Lipoff, Edward McCarthy, Paul Orihel, Irene Savicky, Susanne
Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Angelina Scales; William Tedder; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Cheryl
Chianese; Valerie McManus; Sharon Barnes; Amy Cerovsky; Luann Barnett; Michael
Weik; Tim McMullen; Trooper DiGirolamo; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Wayne Oppito,
Esq., NJPSA; Sarah Favinger, NJEA; Barbara Riefberg, Esq.; Joseph Malloy; Patricia
Lorusso



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 02, 2017
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of February 27, 2017
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1+
Prudential Policy Report G-14800-3 (Formerly 14300-1) Policy year July 1, 2015 through
June 30, 2016
Approved as presented. The Board requested a representative from Prudential attend a
future meeting.
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Lewis, Jennifer

Clark Twp. BOE 10/1/2016 5 Approved w/re-exam in 18 months
D-2 Sanchez, Edwin
Camden City BOE 11/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

 

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Aquino-Samuel, Mary

01/17

5

Randolph Township BOE

Bremer, Gary

02/17

C

New Providence BOE

Bustamante, Rosa E

02/17

5

Elizabeth BOE

Carrino, Corrine

07/17

A

Toms River School District

Caruso, Juliette B

07/17

A

Ridgewood Twp BOE

Castles, Wendelyn

11/16

5

Edison Twp BOE

Churgin, Carol R

09/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Ferrell, Lisa B

12/16

5

Buena Regional School District

Goodell, Wendy C

01/17

5

Franklin Lakes BOE

*Heckman, Nicole

09/16

5

Lumberton Twp BOE

Ilarraza, Maria

05/17

D

Freehold Regional H S District

Joyce, Kathleen M

11/16

5

Paterson BOE

Lamb, Nina R

02/17

5

Deptford Twp BOE

Leelike, Susan

07/17

5

Livingston BOE

Pacelli, Joyce

02/17

A

Jackson Township BOE

*Saulli, Nova

11/16

5

Franklin Twp BOE (Somerst)

Serano, Holly A

09/16

5

Camden City BOE

Vatuna, Dawn Marie

11/16

5

Phillipsburg Town BOE

Velasquez, Margot V

11/15

2

Wharton Borough BOE

*With 18 month re-exam      Total = 19
 


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Lindsay, Bruce

East Orange School
District
3/1/2016 1 3/22/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Cato, Shirley

Newark Public
Schools
11/1/2016 5 12/19/2013 Approved
E-3 McGuinness, Jeanette
Clearview Regional
BOE
7/1/2015 5 3/14/2014
3/14/2014
Reconsideration of an OAL case
Reconsidered and reaffirmed denial of Accidental Disability; Continue Ordinary Disability; Continue in OAL

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Connors, Ailene - New Brunswick BOE - Request to change
retirement option
Approved (Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1+ Molloy, Joseph - Lenape Valley REG HS - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of request for service and salary credit from expired TPAF
account to be used in the calculation of member's current retirement benefits; Exceptions;
Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's Decision; Noted Exceptions; Noted Reply to Exceptions; Noted Mr. Malloy's
presentation
G-2 Price, Cynthia - Trenton City BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed
the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's Decision; Noted Exceptions; Noted Reply to Exceptions
G-3 Segermeister, Marda - Sayreville BOE Selover Elm - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved Final Administrative Determination
G-4 McWilliams, Christine - Holland Twp BOE - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved Final Administrative Determination
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1+ Riccio, Rocco - Willingboro Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of reduction
in monthly loan payment (beyond 45 days)
Denied (Beyond the 45-day timeframe to file)
H-2 Dunckley, James - Rockaway Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's
decision of partial forfeiture
Approved for OAL hearing
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Lorusso, Patricia - Brick Twp BOE - Request for purchase credit to qualify to
meet 20 year requirement pursuant to Ch. 78, P. L. 2011
Approved (Vote: 5-1; Trustee Culliton nae) (Purchase, Health Benefits, Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund D As of January 31, 2017
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Information pertaining to litigation expenses for lawsuit
Noted (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated January 31, 2017
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
M-3 New Jersey State Investment Council Annual Report 2016
Noted (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 06, 2017.

 
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