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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
June 1, 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
Totals Adobe PDF (47K)


OPEN SESSION


Called to Order: 10:40 AM

Adjourned: 12:30 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner (left at 12:10 PM), Howard Lipoff (acted as Chairperson from 12:10 PM until adjournment), Edward McCarthy (arrived at 10:50 AM), Paul Orihel, Irene Savicky, Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Angelina Scales; William Tedder; Cheryl Chianese; Valerie McManus; Amy Cerovsky; Saretta Dudley; Dawn Lewis; Sue Grant; Marc Greenfield; Kristin Bell; Luann Barnett; Gwynne Sasileo; Trooper Sand; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Mike Salerno, NJEA; Kristen Murdock; Jill Kubicki; Rocco Riccio; Edward Cridge, Esq.; Mary Susan Fisco; Andrew W. Li, Esq.; Thomas Fanuka; John Mastellone



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of May 4, 2017
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Chapter 221
Approved
C-2

Return to Employment
Approved

C-3
Retrirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(See list below)
D-2 Komsa, Francene Wycoff Twp BOE 1/1/17 5 Approved w/re-exam in 18 months

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

 

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Berardino, Candice

12/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Dayer, Diane Z

03/17

5

Randolph Township BOE

Dugan, Dawn

07/17

5

New Brunswick BOE

Fort, Constance L

07/16

5

Long Branch BOE

Heredia, Myriam E

01/17

5

New Brunswick BOE

Lieber, Michael S

07/17

A

Teaneck BOE

Murdock, Kristen

09/16

5

Brick Twp BOE

Norris, Robin-Jo

03/17

5

Little Egg Harbor Twp BOE

Orellano, Carmen C

03/17

5

Newark Public Schools

Pisano, Noreen M

09/17

5

Delaware Valley Reg HS Dist

Prostak, Janice

07/17

A

Greenwich Twp BOE (Warren)

Rhoades, James W

07/17

5

Bloomfield Twp BOE

Tagliareni, Lawrence V

09/16

A

Cliffside Park BOE

Teixeira, Marlenes L

05/17

2

Elizabeth BOE

Ulrich, Leslie M

12/16

5

Pequannock Twp BOE

Wilson, Lydia B

10/17

A

Newark Public Schools

Wright-Nace, Felecia D

10/16

5

Department Of Education

  Total = 17
 


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Misak, Diane Eductional Serv
Comm of NJ
1/1/17 5 10/29/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Pagan, Marilus Camden City BOE 1/1/2017 5 2/28/2013
11/22/2013
Tabled for additional information
E-3 Weinstock, Shelley
Plainfield BOE 2/1/2017 5 9/29/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary w/re-exam in 1 year (Trustee McCarthy abstained)

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Kubicki, Jill - Lawrence Twp BOE - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement Denied (Total Forfeiture) (Retirements)
F-2 Fisco, Mary Susan - Woodbridge Township BOE - Honorable Service Partial Forfeiture ; Forfeit 15% of retirement benefit (Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Ku, Earl - Irvington BOE - Hearing Withdrawals Noted
G-2 Smith-Walter, Pamela - Trenton City BOE - Hearing Withdrawals Noted
G-3 Mulcahey, Thomas - Freehold Regional HS District - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits based on incident of April 11, 2007; Petitioner's Exceptions;Respondent's Reply to Petitioner's Exceptions; Respondent's Exceptions; Petitoner's Reply to Respondent's Exceptions Rejected ALJ's findings that the incident of April 11, 2007 occurred during Mr. Mulcahey’s regular or assigned duties and adopted ALJ's findings that the incident of March 30, 2009 was not the direct cause of Mr. Mulcahey’s disability, thereby reaffirming the Board’s decision denying Mr. Mulcahey’s application for Accidental Disability retirement benefits; noted Petitioner's Exceptions; noted Respondent's Reply to Petitioner's Exceptions; noted Respondent's Exceptions; noted Petitoner's Reply to Respondent's Exceptions
G-4 Polinik, Marlene - Union City BOE - Initial Decision ALJ affirmed the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits Adopted ALJ's Decision
G-5 Duffy, Marilyn - Paramus BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits Adopted ALJ's Decision
G-6 Chavez, Erine - Cranford Twp BOE - ALJ ordered forfeiture of service and salary from January 2000 through February 2002 Adopted ALJ's Decision (Retirements)
G-7 Grieco-Hicks, Maria - Trenton City BOE - Appellate Division Decisions The Appellate court upheld the Board's denial of Accidental Disabilty retirement benefits Noted

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Diaz-Gordils, Carmen - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits Approved for OAL hearing
H-2+ Riccio, Rocco - Willingboro Twp BOE - 1) Reconsideration; Appeals the Board's denial of the reduction in the loan repayment 2) Reconsideration; Hearing Request; Beyond 45 days Denied reconsideration and hearing request (Beyond 45 days). The Board directed Secretary to draft a Final Administrative Determination
H-3 Sosa, Albert - West New York BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits Approved for OAL hearing
H-4 Pudelko, Melanie - Bridgeton BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits Approved for OAL hearing
H-5 Cooper, Sharon - Orange City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits Approved for OAL hearing


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Lee, Patricia Ann - Lumberton Twp BOE - Request by employer to waive late enrollment liability fee Denied
   



OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Allan Barlett vs. PFRS
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 Common Pension Fund D As of April 30, 2017
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund E As of April 30, 2017
Noted
L-6 Interest Not Assessed on Pension Contributions For Victor Mizzone
Noted




OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

M-1 Information pertaining to lawsuit
Noted (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel invoice dated April 30, 2017
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)


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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on July 6, 2017.

 
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