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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
MAY 7, 2015
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 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

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: 10:36 AM

Adjourned: 12:25 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Edward McCarthy

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Hank
Schwedes;John Megariotis; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Jim Jameson; Val McManus;
William Donio, Esquire; Barbara Riefberg, attorney; Steven Roth; Susan Roth



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 2, 2015
Approved

Minutes from the meeting of April 22, 2015
Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
C-4 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Devaney, William
Camden City BOE 10/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Hilbert, Nancy
Camden City BOE 2/1/2012 5 Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary; Withdrawal from OAL
D-3 Fineberg, Phyllis
Union Co Educ Serv
Commission
1/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-4 Chen, Chunan
Hamilton Twp BOE 7/1/2015 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Gill, Cheryl
Piscataway BOE 2/1/2015 5 Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-6 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Arias, Tobi B

07/15

1

West Windsor Plainsboro Reg

Banta, Mary M

03/15

5

Plainfield BOE

Feltre, Anthony A

07/14

5

Parsippany Troy Hills BOE

Gnecco, Katharina M

01/15

5

Fair Lawn BOE

Goodwin, Melanie A

02/15

5

Delran Twp BOE

McMahon, Michael B

06/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Melhuish, Monica J

03/15

5

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Orgen, John E

07/15

D

Union City BOE

Rodriguez-Colbert, Joy

04/15

C

Newark Public Schools

Sanjai, Pushpalatha

07/15

B

Newark Public Schools

Telesca, Salvatore

01/15

A

Hackensack City BOE

Tellefsen, Maryellen

06/15

C

Middletown Twp BOE

Valenti, Dale S

02/15

C

Elizabeth BOE

Walls, Julia B

08/15

D

Pennsville Twp BOE

Total = 14

 


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Sharp-Conte, Saundra
Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2015 5 6/18/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Catanese, Dana
Pascack Valley Reg
H S Dist
1/1/2015 5 8/8/2011 Approved w/re-exam in 18 months
E-3 Mocco, Audrey
Paterson BOE 3/1/2014 5 12/12/2012 Denied Accidental; Continue
Ordinary

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Roth, Steven - Gloucester Co Sp Serv Sch Dist - Honorable Service Deferred
retirement
Denied (Total Forfeiture) (Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Middle Township BOE - Appeals assessment for unauthorized early retirement incentive
(ERI)
Affirm Division's decision that the Seperation Initiative was an ERI; Waive assessment
(External Audit)
F-3+ Upper Twp. BOE - Appeals assessment for unauthorized early retirement incentive (ERI)
Tabled for additional information
F-4 Stein, Bernard - Deotford Twp. BOE - Request retroactive
retirement date or restore monthly retirement allowance
Denied request for retroactive retirement date; Denied request to restore monthly
allowance; Apply adjustment prospectively (Retirement Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

  None
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1

Kozak, Natalie - Point Pleasant Beach BOE - Appeals the denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved

   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund D as of February 28, 2015
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of February 28, 2015
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers Non Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for February 28, 2015
Noted
L-6 Appellate Division Decisions Yessenia Montalvo vs. PFRS
Noted
L-7 Appellate Division Decisions Richard Clark vs. PERS
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund D as of March 31, 2015
Noted
L-9 Common Pension Fund E as of March 31, 2015
Noted
L-10 Trial Balance
Noted
L-11 Response from Director of Investment
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice - March 2015
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice - April 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 June 4, 2015.

 

 
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