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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
MAY 5, 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: 10:45 AM

Adjourned: 1:14 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; Val McManus; Sara Favinger; Kathleen Naprstek Cerisano, Esq.;
Victoria Morreale; Marianela Gonzalez; Cameron Morgan, Esq.; Marie Goodwin;
Christine Vespe; Luann Barnett; John Megariotis; Jacqueline Bussanich; Sunanda
Rana; Richard Bowman; Jaysahn Veal; Sukhbir Hundal; Jessica Kirkland



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of November 12, 2015
Approved Correction to minutes; Ratification of Adoption of Regulations - Adopted
Regulations Nunc Pro Tunc

Minutes from the meeting of April 07, 2016
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Discussion of Honorable Service -
Board directs the Secretary not to prepare case for an honorable service review by the
Board
B-2 Discussion of Honorable Service -
Board directs the Secretary not to prepare case for an honorable service review by the
Board
B-3 Discussion of Honorable Service -
Board directs the Secretary not to prepare case for an honorable service review by the
Board
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

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

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Baskerville, Constance M

04/16

D

Newark Public Schools

Bonino, Stacy A

09/15

B

Old Bridge BOE

Durham, James S

10/15

5

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Jacklin, Peter T

07/16

5

West Milford Township BOE

Jacobs, Nina

09/16

5

Passaic BOE

Jones, Angela M

02/16

5

Camden City BOE

Jones-Diiorio, Mary C

02/16

A

East Windsor Reg School Dist

Juzwiak, Thomas J

03/16

5

East Windsor Reg School Dist

Klein, Patricia

02/16

A

Rahway City BOE

*Komyati, Gwen

07/16

C

West Windsor Plainsboro Reg

Lukeman, Margaret A

04/16

5

Lyndhurst Twp BOE

Morgan, Susan M

07/16

1

Jersey City Public Schools

Olsen, Enid V

03/15

1

Newark Public Schools

Raub, Judith H

02/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Reganis, Amelia F

03/16

5

Pemberton Township BOE

Richmond, Sharon G

03/16

5

Sparta BOE

Safwat, Yasser

01/16

2

Paterson BOE

Scalcione, Susan

07/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Scanlon, Patricia

03/16

A

Elizabeth BOE

Shapiro, Roxanne

09/15

5

Camden City BOE

Sherman, Robert J

09/15

A

Monmouth Co Vocational Schools

Smith, Julie G

01/16

5

Salem Co Vocational Tech School

Snyder, Deborah A

05/16

5

North Warren Reg High School

Thomas, Martin A

05/15

A

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Valle, Luis A

07/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Wietsma, Jennifer L

05/15

1

Paterson BOE

Zimmerman, Michael A

04/16

B

Lenape Regional H S District

*Trustee Liebman abstained                                            
Total = 27


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Lawson, Patricia
Bayonne BOE 6/1/2016 5 1/15/2015 Tabled for new IME
E-2 Colrick, Jean Marie
Plainfield BOE 1/1/2016 5 10/23/2014 Approved
E-3 Stohrer, Robin

Freehold Reg H S
District
12/1/2015 B 7/18/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-4

Denardo, John
Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2016 5 6/2/2014 Tabled per attorney's request
E-5 Yuritch, Elaine
Washington Twp. BOE 9/1/2015 5 5/8/2014 Approved
E-6 Pupino, Nancy
Ridgefield Boro BOE 7/1/2015 5 9/11/2013 Denied Accidental, Offer Service

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Morreale, Victoria - Woodbridge Twp. BOE - Issue of Bona Fide
retirement
Non bona fide retirement; Cancel retirement; Re-enroll; Approved 10 year repayment for
overpayment of retirement benefits (External Audit, Enrollments, Retirements)
F-2+ Upper Twp. BOE - Appeals assessment of unauthorized Early Retirement Incentive (ERI);
Request to postpone
Approved
F-3+ Shamong Township BOE - Appeals assessment of unauthorized Eary Retirement Incentive
(ERI)
Affirmed Division's decision that sidebar agreement was an illegal ERI. The Board directed
the Division to establish a 10 year repayment schedule without interest, for the unfunded
liability (External Audit)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Wilson, Sandra - Fair Lawn BOE - Appellate Division Decisions
The Appellate Court upheld the Board's decision and denied retroactive retirement date
Noted
G-2 Deschenes, Patricia - Newark Public Schools - Initial Decision
ALJ upheld the Board's decision denying accidental disability retirement benefits;
Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision with modification of legal conclusion; Note exceptions, Note reply to
exceptions (Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-3 Mulcahey, Thomas - Freehold Regional HS District - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's decision and has now been granted accidental disability retirement
benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Rejected Initial Decision; Remand to the OAL; Note exceptions; Note reply to exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Kistner, Gary for Barbara (deceased) - Appeal's the Board's
denial of life insurance
Approved Hearing to the OAL
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Gonzalez, Marianela - East Windsor Reg Dist - Requests retroactive purchase
to qualify for post-retirement medical documents (20 yrs)
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For February 28, 2016
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Barr vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Theresa Triola vs. PERS
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D As of March 31, 2016
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of February 29, 2016
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund E As of March 31, 2016
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through January 31, 2016 (Bill #17813)
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 2, 2016.

 

 
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