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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
APRIL 7, 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: 12:40 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Amy Cerovsky; Robert
Murphy, NJSPA; Barbara Riefberg, Esq.; Irene Savicky; Val McManus; Kathleen
Naprstek Cerisano, Esq.; Sara Favinger; Luann Barnett



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of March 3, 2016
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of March 31, 2016
Approved (Trustee Liebman abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with the exception of
Ernestine Costa, Javette Goodman,
Marlene Peters, and Joanne Gregory, which were tabled for an IME
(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Babyatt, Ira B

01/16

B

Sayreville BOE Selover Elm

Barnes-Hutchins, Denise C

03/16

A

Plainfield BOE

Birnstiel, Patricia Ann

07/16

5

Millville BOE

Bruno, Delfos

11/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Buchman, Michael

07/16

5

North Brunswick BOE

Capone, Maureen T

01/16

A

Chathams School District

Castagna, Sandra F

10/15

5

Camden County Technical Schools

*Costa, Ernestine A

03/16

5

Montville Twp BOE

Cronk, Anita

03/16

5

Paterson BOE

Cusimano, Catherine M

07/16

D

Lodi BOE

Gerner, Judith L

07/16

D

Mantua Township BOE

Givens, Margaret A

07/16

A

Long Hill Twp BOE

*Goodman, Javette O

07/15

A

East Orange School District

*Gregory, Joanne S

07/16

5

East Orange School District

Hobson, Tamara B

07/15

5

Hackensack City BOE

Hogans, Kelly L

10/15

5

Paterson BOE

Kaufman, Ronnie L

07/16

5

Union Co Educ Serv Commission

Kolb, Lynne M

03/16

5

Paterson BOE

Marinkovic, Jennifer Lynn

10/15

5

Ridgewood Twp BOE

*Peters, Marlene

01/16

5

Gloucester Co Sp Serv Sch Dist

Ramirez, Yolanda

05/16

5

Asbury Park BOE

Sherman-Dunford, Robyn L

09/15

D

Linden City BOE

White, Altarik B

08/15

5

Newark Public Schools

*Tabled for IME                                                         
Approved = 19; Tabled = 4; Total = 23


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Pupino, Nancy
Ridgefield Boro BOE 7/1/2015 5 9/11/2013 Tabled to obtain additional
information
E-2 Smith, Judy
Newark Public
Schools
7/1/2015 1 12/4/2013
12/4/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary on a Neuro basis
(Vote: 5:1; Trustee Orihel: Nae)
E-3 McGuinness, Jeanette
Clearview Regional
BOE
7/1/2015 D 3/14/2014
3/14/2014
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 None
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Davis, Wandamarie - Belleville BOE - Appellate Division
Decisions ALJ upheld the Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Noted
G-2 Gonnella, Angela - Newark Public Schools - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-3 Gaskin, Colin - Newark Public Schools - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-4 Santangelo, Patricia - Camden County Technical School - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
G-4 Galea, Mary - West New York BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 None
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Rowe, Susan - Franklin Twp BOE - Request to interfund expired PERS account to active TPAF account
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For January 31, 2016
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Kyle Clark, Next of Kin of Wayne Williams (deceased) vs. PERS
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Matthew Chrzanowski vs. PERS
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of February 29, 2016
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of February 29, 2016
Noted
L-8 Court ordered pension forfeiture
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Appellate Division Brief regarding law suit
Noted (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through February 29, 2016 (Bill #17935)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through March 31, 2016 (Bill #18076)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on May 5, 2016.

 

 
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