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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
MAY 4, 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: 11:55 AM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Edward McCarthy

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Angelina Scales; William Tedder; Valerie McManus; Amy
Cerovsky; Luann Barnett; State Police Sgt. Nick Carlini; Robert Murphy, NJPSA;
Sarah Favinger, NJEA; Barbara Riefberg, Esq.; Mary Lynn Hanson; Ingrid Schoen;
Debra Smith



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of April 6, 2017
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


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 Slobodin, Arlene Diane New Brunswick BOE 7/1/2012 5 Reconsidered and Approved (DAG
Kelly recused)
D-2 Hanson, Mary Lynn Stafford Twp BOE 3/1/2016 5 Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
continue in OAL
D-3 Solowinski, Michele Passaic BOE 9/1/2016 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Nealon, Linda Stafford Twp BOE 9/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-5 Merritt, Kathryn Camden City BOE 2/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
effective March 1, 2016
D-6 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Bifulco, Maryann

05/17

D

Verona BOE

Boyle, Colleen

01/17

5

Parsippany Troy Hills BOE

Coletta, Rachele

04/17

5

Asbury Park BOE

Dantono, Denise E

12/16

5

Irvington BOE

Destefano, John R

04/17

2

Buena Reg Sch Dist

Egizi, Eneida

03/17

5

Passaic BOE

Francis, Joan J

02/17

5

Newark Public Schools

Hess, Melinda L

07/17

5

Cherry Hill Twp BOE

McGonigal, Lori J

07/16

5

Kearny Town BOE

Mersiowsky, Kim M

11/16

D

Camden City BOE

Montgomery, Yvette

10/17

5

Hopewell Valley Reg Sch Dist

Ragan, N Elizabeth

07/17

5

Asbury Park BOE

Rendon, Libardo

01/17

5

Paterson BOE

Rivera Jr, Carlos

12/16

2

Plainfield BOE

Trezza, John M*

12/16

D

Hillside BOE

*With 1 year re-exam Total = 15
 


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Schoen, Ingrid Medford Twp BOE 7/1/2015 5 5/12/2011 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-2 Cooper, Sharon Orange City BOE 1/1/2017 5 5/5/2016 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
E-3 Kelly, Maura
Newark Public
Schools
3/1/2017 5 4/9/2015
9/21/2015
Approved (on the 9/21/15 incident)

E-4

Hosford, Margaret Cape May Co
Technical Sch Dist
12/1/2016 5 1/23/2014
3/9/2015
Approved
E-5 Pudelko, Melanie Bridgeton BOE 3/1/2016 5 2/19/2015 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(Trustee Savicky recused)

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Smith, Brian - Sparta BOE - Request for dependency during
incarceration
Approved (Retirements)
F-2 Mizzone, Victor - Paterson BOE - Creditable compensation
request for pension credit as a result of a back pay award
Approved upon receipt of reimbursement to his TPAF pension account (Retirements, Audit)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Firestone, Robert - Elizabeth BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Chavez, Erine - Cranford Twp BOE - Initial Decision ALJ ordered
forfeiture of service and salary from January 2000 through February 2002
REMOVED FOR FURTHER ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION
G-3 Bailey, Gene - Elizabeth BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions
Noted ALJ's Decision; noted Exceptions; remanded to OAL
G-4 Thompson, Jaclyn - North Hunterdon-Voorhees - Appellate
Division Decisions - The court affirmed the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Heleine, Joan - Netcong Borough BOE - Request for retroactive enrollment in
TPAF from 2003-2006
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For February 28, 2017
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Timothy Clarke vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund E As of March 31, 2017
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D As of March 31, 2017
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance For March 31, 2017
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on June 1, 2017.

 
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