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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JUNE 2, 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: 10:43 AM

Adjourned: 2:35 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Howard Lipoff, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Edward McCarthy, Paul Orihel

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Amy Cerovsky; DAG
Christina Levecchia; DAG John Loforese; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Valerie McManus;
Susan Grant; Kelli Prinz, Esq.; Wolodymyr P. Tyshcenko, Esq.; Dorothy Scott;
Samuel J. Halpern, Esq.; Lester Voorhees; Michele Voorhees; Cheryl Chianese;
Saretta Dudley; Irene Savicky; Jackie Bussanich; Stephen M. Bacigalupo, II, Esq.;
Diane Potorski; John D. Feeley, Esq.; John Denardo



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of May 5, 2016
Approved with corrections


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 Starling, Kathleen Linden City BOE 1/1/2006 5 Denied Return to Employment;
Continue Involuntary Ordinary
Disability
D-2 Noyes, Deborah Woodbridge Twp. BOE 11/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Approved
D-3 Knipping, Susan Ridgefield Boro BOE 7/1/2016 5 Tabled for Re-examination
D-4 Hanson, Mary Lynn Stafford Township BOE 3/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Butler, Stephen Haddon Twp BOE 11/1/2003 5 Tabled for further administrative
review
D-6 Humphrey, Carolyn East Orange School
District
11/1/2015 A Tabled for Re-examination
D-7 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

 

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Acquaire, Lisa T

04/16

C

Ramapo Indian Hills Reg H S D

Carnevale, Nicole

02/16

C

Wood-Ridge BOE

Charewycz, Steven P

02/16

5

Bound Brook Boro BOE

Costa, Ernestine A

03/16

5

Montville Twp BOE

Fischetti, Marilyn L

07/16

5

Elizabeth BOE

Gregory, Joanne S

07/16

5

East Orange School District

Hahn, Linda A

05/16

5

Robbinsville Twp BOE           

Holterman, Denise E

03/15

5

Central Regional H S Dist

Millman, Arlene

02/16

5

Morris Plains BOE

Pulvino, Charles R

11/15

5

Secaucus Town BOE

Rahl, Scott

05/16

5

Lindenwold Borough BOE

Waterman, Susan M

07/16

5

Bridgeton BOE

Wilson, Dwayne E

05/16

5

Newark Public Schools

                                                                                                                                                                              


Total =13


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Potorski, Diane Princeton Charter
School
4/1/2016 D 10/16/2014 Approved Request to Change
Retirement Type from Accidental
Disability to Ordinary Disability;
Denied Ordinary Disability
E-2 Denardo, John Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2016 5 6/2/2014 Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Yrigoyen, Robert - Warren Hills Reg Schools - Honorable Service Deferred
Denied (Retirements)
F-2+ Upper Twp. BOE - Appeals assessment of unauthorized Early Retirement Incentive (ERI)
Tabled for Additional Information
F-3+ Scott, Ronald - Elizabeth BOE - a) Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture;
Reduce retirement benefit by 10%; Approved Service Retirement
b) Request for dependency - Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-4+ Voorhees, Lester - New Brunswick BOE - Honorable Service
No Forfeiture Continue Early Retirement benefits
F-5+ Vitta, Gary - Rockaway Twp. BOE - Request restoration of
monthly retirement benefit
Tabled for Additional Information
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Levinson, Eric - Ocean Twp BOE - Appellate Division Decisions ALJ court
upheld the Board's decision to deny non-contributory life insurance benefit to the Estate
after members death
Noted
G-2 Wynn, Barbara - Franklin Twp BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld
the denial to change retirement from service to ordinary disability; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's Decision; note exceptions; note reply to exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 McGuinness, Jeanette - Clearview Regional BOE - Appeals the Board's denial
of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Firestone, Robert - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals partial forfeiture due
to dishonorable service
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Trial Balance For March 31, 2016
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Robert Suy Ho Go vs. PERS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions George Elliot vs. PERS
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Thomas Logue vs. SPRS
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Jane Feigenbaum vs. PERS
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of April 30, 2016
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on July 14, 2016.

 

 
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