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TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
April 5, 2007
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 2007 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2006.

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

Service Early Veteran

Deferred Option Changes - none Totals




Called to Order: 10:38 a.m.

Adjourned: 1:05 p.m.

Roll Call:

James Clemente; Marie Flynn; Paul Orihel; Dennis Testa; Fred Beaver; James Joyner


Absent: Neil Williams

Also Present: Dawn Harris, DAG; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Ginny Martucci; Mark Schwedes; Mike Czyzyk; Jean Monahan; Stephanie Washington; Kathleen Coates; Kellie Pushko, DAG; Wendy Wise-Whitfield; Brian Volz, NJEA; Jim Jameson, NJEA; Rich Klockner, NJPSA; Dusty McNichol, Star Ledger; Terry Dopp, Bloomberg News; Jon Tamari, Gannett News; Joseph White; Robert Schwartz, attorney; Steven Kramer; Anthony Barckett; Michael Oropollo, attorney


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 1, 2007 - Approved w/correction to wording in Resolution A and B

Finance

A-1
Common Pension Fund E as of October 31, 2006 - Approved
A-2
Common Pension Fund A as of January 31, 2007 - Approved
A-3
Common Pension Fund B as of January 31, 2007 - Approved
A-4
Common Pension Fund D as of December 31, 2006 - Approved
A-5
Common Pension Fund E as of November 30, 2006 - Approved
A-6
Common Pension Fund A as of February 28, 2007 - Approved
A-7
Common Pension Fund B as of February 28, 2007 - Approved
A-8
Trial Balance as of January 31, 2007 - Approved

Miscellaneous Issues 

  None

Retirement and Death Lists

C-12 Active and Retired Death Lists for March 23, 2007 - Approved
C-2= Retirement List - Approved
C-3= Chapter 221 - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

D-1
Cilento, Edmund - Jersey City Public Schools - Effective January 1, 2007 - Option C - Approved w/1 year re-exam
D-2

Workman, Denise - Galloway Twp Public Schools - Effective November 1, 2006 - Option C - Approved w/1 year re-exam

D-3

Monthly OD Grid w/Supplement - Approved

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Blatherwick, Barbara A

07/07

5

Hamilton Twp BOE

Bruno, Patti Jo

02/07

5

Atlantic Highlands BOE

Cascioli, Philip Joseph

02/07

B

Trenton City BOE

Cooper, Betty P

12/06

5

Orange City BOE

Cullinan, Mary-Ellen

04/07

5

Mendham Township BOE

Makowski, Nancy

05/07

5

Holland Twp BOE

Mendolla, Anthony R

05/07

A

Hudson Co School of Technology

Mistretta, John V

01/07

5

Wall Township BOE

Moskovitz, Marla S

01/07

5

Hamilton Twp BOE

Oreilly, Margaret R

07/07

2

Haddonfield BOE

Pedalino, Mary

07/07

C

Toms River School Dist

Sanchez-Pingarron, Bertha

12/06

5

Newark Public Schools

Swanson, Judith L

06/07

5

Black Horse Pike Reg Sch Dist

Whyman, Lorraine Margaret

07/07

5

Lower Township BOE

D-4
O'Shea, Dennis - Newark BOE - Effective June 1, 2005 - Option A - Off payroll over 2 years - Denied; Offer Deferred

Accidental Disability

.

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

TP

DR

TE

DECISION

E-1

Licknack, Shelley

Lakewood BOE

1/07

5

6/4/03

Y

Y

Y

Approved

E-2

Mujica, Adam

Paterson Public Schools

9/01

5

9/22/00

Y

N

N

Denied Accidental; Grant Ordinary (Trustee Joyner recused)

TP = Total and Permanent; DR = Direct Result; TE = Traumatic Event


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+
White, Joseph - Teaneck BOE - Suspension of Pension Benefits - Suspend Benefits (Trustee Testa abstained) (Retirement Bureau)
F-2

Steele, Mark - Cherry Hill Twp. BOE - Suspension of Pension Benefits - Request to Postpone - Approved postponement until May 3, 2007

F-3+ Kramer, Steven - Montville Twp. BOE
a. Reconsideration of request to continue the processing of Early retirement application - Denied
b. Hearing Request - Denied
F-4+ Barckett, Anthony - City of Garfield BOE - Return to Employment - Continuation of   Retirement Benefits - Classified as a regular employee for TPAF purposes from February 2000 through the present time; Direct re-enrollment in TPAF retroactively to February 2000; Repay retirement benefits received, plus pension contributions which otherwise would have been paid; Allow maximum (10 years) repayment schedule  (Retirement Bureau, Enrollment Bureau, Adjustment, External Audit)
F-5 George, Marion - Teaneck BOE - Return to Employment - Continuation of retirement benefits - Tabled for advice from DAG (as requested by PERS Board)

Hearing Decisions

G-1 Goldberg, Andrea - Essex County Educational Services Commission - Appellate   Division Decision - Court upheld the Board's decision to deny Ms. Goldberg's request to purchase service credit for her work as a teacher at the Cerebral Palsy Center of North Jersey and at the Child Development Center, Inc.  Court upheld the determination that CPC and CDC were private schools for the disabled and not converted into public schools by reason of their contractual relationships with public school districts.  Ms. Goldberg’s service with CPC and CDC is not creditable for TPAF and is not eligible for purchase. - Noted
G-2

Teliszewski, Darice - Central Regional High School District - Initial Decision - ALJ reversed the Board’s decision and has granted accidental disability retirement benefits - Affirmed ALJ decision granting Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective July 1, 2005 under Maximum Option (Retirement Bureau, Financial Services, Health Benefits)

G-3 Weisser, Barbara - Jersey City Public Schools - Final Administrative Determination - Approved
G-4 Reed, Taft - Newark Public Schools - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted (DAG Harris recused from this matter.)
G-5 Reed, Ruby - Newark Public Schools - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted (DAG Harris recused from this matter.)
G-6 Fuller, Valarie - Jersey City Public Schools - Hearing Withdrawal - Noted


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Salamone, Benedict - Bloomfield Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's decision denying request to change retirement date - Denied

Active Membership Issues

J-1
Van Dyken, Gail - Wayne BOE - Request to Purchase - Resubmission - Denied

Death Claim Issues

 

None

Informational Issues

L-1

Wire Transfer for Prudential - Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14300 for February 2007 - Noted

L-2
Wire Transfer for Prudential - Non-Contributory Group Insurance Policy #14800 for February 2007 - Noted
L-3
Board Member Address List - Noted w/changes
L-4 Letter from Assistant Director Janice Nelson regarding State Ethics Standards - Noted (Trustee Testa noted that he does not agree.)
L-5 State Investment Council information - FYI - Noted (Trustee Testa requested information regarding the investments in hedge funds.)

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on May 3, 2007.

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