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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JUNE 5, 2014
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 2014 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2013.

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: 10:34 AM

Adjourned: 11:56 AM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Erland Nordstrom, Paul Orihel, Janice Nelson


Absent: Martha Liebman, Edward McCarthy and Neil Williams

Also Present: SDAG Eileen Schlindwein Den Bleyker; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Debbie Beetel Sparano; Michael Weik; Cheryl Chianese; David Pointer; Wendy Jamison; Hank Schwedes; Lisa Pointer; Mike Czyzyk; Val McManus; Ronald Shaw; Beverly Katz; Marcus Barry; Sal Rizzo; Kevin Kelleher, NJEA; Julie Plotkin, NJEA; Steve Wollmer, NJEA; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Mark Magyar, NJ Spotlight



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of May 1, 2014
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1

Discussion regarding membership letters on the potential violation of Chapter 78, P.L. 2011 -

Prior to the next meeting, retain independent legal counsel to advise the Board of its rights and responsbilities as a result of the Executive Order in which the Governor will not be making the mandatory pension contributions as required by Chapter 78, P.L. 2011. (Motion Failed; Vote: 2-2: Nae; Trustees Orihel and Nelson)



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 Nicinski, Nikki Hackettstown BOE 7/1/2013 C Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-2 Monthly OD Grid  
  
   
 Approved *Christopher Reetz - 1 year re-exam (see attached list)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Barra, Margaret F 01/14 D Guttenberg Boro Bd of Ed
Special Education Teacher
Braxton, Claudette P 07/14 B Jersey City Public Schools
Teacher
Brewin, Charles D 08/14 D Brigantine City Bd of Ed
Board Secretary/Business Administrator
Duffy, Wendy J 06/14 5 Pleasantville Bd of Ed
Teacher
Freeman, Jeannette M 07/14 C Washington Twp Bd of Ed (Glouc)
Teacher
Getty, Alexander T 07/14 A Asbury Park Bd of Ed
Teacher
Getty, Desly L 07/14 1 Asbury Park Bd of Ed
Teacher
Harrison, Maria T 07/14 A East Orange School District
Teacher
Jupiter, Barbara 06/14 5 Roxbury Twp Bd of Ed
School Nurse
McGrath, Janice M 02/14 5 Woodstown-Pilesgrove Reg School
Teacher
Mullany, Patricia 07/14 5 Passaic Co Vocational School
Teacher
Reetz, Christopher 11/13 A Riverside Township Bd of Ed
Teacher
Tanfara, Donna L 04/14 5 Marlboro Township Bd of Ed
School Nurse
Tenenbaum, Gwen M 07/14 C Elizabeth Bd of Ed
Teacher
Tibbitts, Lynn D 07/14 5 Middle Township Bd of Ed
Special Education Teacher
Total = 15




CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Pennell, Melissa Jackson Township
BOE
3/1/2014 5 9/20/2012 Approved
E-2 Blanco, Marisel Elizabeth BOE 1/1/2014 5 11/10/2009 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Shaw, Ronald - Newark Public Schools - Creditable compensation
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Davis, Wandamarie - Belleville BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions, Noted reply to exceptions
G-2 Young, Gregory - South Plainfield BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Wynn, Barbara - Franklin Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of changing retirement type from service to Ordinary Disabiity retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Jasper, Twana- Hillside BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Dantinne, Stephen Vineland City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of partial forfeiture of service and salary due to dishonorable service
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Barry, Marcus - South Brunswick BOE - Request to combine TPAF accounts
Approved (Enrollments Bureau)


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance for March 31, 2014
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 James Haspel vs. PFRS
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund E as of April 30, 2014
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers Non 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 July 10, 2014.

 

 
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