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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JULY 10, 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: 10:41 AM

Adjourned: 1:56 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner; Martha Liebman; Edward McCarthy; Erland Nordstrom; Paul Orihel;
Mike Weik, (Treasurer's Representative); H. O'Neil Williams


Absent: None

Also Present: SDAG Eileen Den Bleyker; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; Amy Cerovsky; Hank
Schwedes; Valerie McManus; Cheryl Chianese; Sharon Fenstermacher; Wesley Little;
Michael Berman, Esq.; Dante Parenti, Esq.; John Rajczy; Sherry Rajczy; Susan
Prima; Jason Sokolowsky, Esq.; Gary Murphy; Dishon Dawson; Robert Schwartz,
Esq.; Francis Flood; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Val Kezhdan, NJEA; Howard Lipoff



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of June 05, 2014
Approved (Vote: 4-0-3; Trustees Weik; Liebman; Williams abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Reorganization of Board Members Chairperson - James Joyner
Vice-Chairperson - Martha Liebman
Actuarial Selection Committee Representative - Paul Orihel
State Investment Council Representative- James Joyner (7/14 thru 6/17)
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2 Retirement List
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Castello, Wayne

Perth Amboy BOE 7/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary,
offer Service
D-2 Costelow, Kathleen
Hamilton Twp. BOE 7/1/2014 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Claesgens, Dona
East Rutherford
Boro BOE
7/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-4 Solinski, Brian
Kearny Town BOE 9/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Arthur-Smith, Denise
Newark Public Schools 7/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Early
D-6 Monthly OD Grid  
  
   
Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Bernstein, Vicki

07/14

B

Middletown Twp BOE

Boehm, Kathleen

05/14

D

Wayne BOE

Bost DonnaJean

07/14

A

Burlington Twp. BOE

Cifello, Brian

07/14

5

Linden City BOE

Diaz-Cruz, Awilda

09/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Dwyer, Colleen

04/14

5

East Orange School District

Dwyer, Dana

07/14

5

Camden City BOE

Hamel, Jo-Ann

07/14

A

Rahway City BOE

Leonard, Judy

07/14

5

Monroe Twp BOE

McDonagh, Mary

04/14

A

Emerson Borough BOE

McGriff, L Monique

04/14

5

Teaneck BOE

Mead, Kathleen

10/12

D

Plumstead Twp BOE

Moise, Michele

06/14

5

Westfield Town BOE

Morrison, Catherine

07/14

C

Metuchen Boro BOE

Olejarski, Patricia

12/14

B

Salem City BOE

Sabb, Catherine

07/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Tomaro, Lee Ann

07/13

D

Bernards Twp BOE

Ulisse, Elizabeth

07/14

5

Northern Valley Regional HS District

Warfield, Dawn

07/14

5

Alloway Twp BOE

Wojcik, Raymond

07/14

2

Westfield Town BOE

Zablocki, John

03/14

C

Paterson BOE

Total = 21




CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

De Luca, Lourdes
Newark Public Schools 4/1/2014 C 10/2/2012
10/11/2012
10/24/2012
Approved based upon all 3 incidents
E-2 Mulcahey, Thomas
Freehold Regional HS
District
5/1/2011 5 4/11/2007
3/30/2009
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental, Granted
Ordinary;Continue in OAL

E-3

Little, Wesley

Trenton City BOE 3/1/2013 5 10/17/2012 Denied Accidental, Offer Deferred
(Trustee Nordstrom recused)
E-4 Harris, Darrin
Camden City BOE 5/1/2014 5 10/18/2010 Tabled for clarification regarding
termination from employment

E-5

McPhee-Spencer, Donna
Pemberton Township
BOE
10/1/2013 3 2/15/2006 Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-6 Jordao, Maria

Jersey City Public
Schools
6/1/2013 5 3/26/2010 Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Rajczy, John - Kingsway Regional School Dist - Request to change option
Denied
F-2 Noto, Barbara - Hammonton Town BOE - Request retroactive retirement date
Denied
F-3+ Prima, Susan - Lakehurst Boro BOE - Deferred Retirement
Denied
F-4+ Murphy, Gary - Hanover Township BOE - Return to Employment
Repay the salary earned during the period in excess of the 24 months. (Retirement
Bureau; External Audit) (Vote: 5-2; Trustees Orihel, Liebman nae)
F-5+ Flood, Francis - Cumberland Co Bd of Voc Ed - Honorable Service
Partial Forfeiture of final 3 years of service and salary (Retirement Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Lane, Tammy - Paterson BOE - Failure to appear
Noted
G-2 Wood, Dolores - Bridgeton BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Santangelo, Patricia - Camden County Technical School - Appellate Division
Decisions Appellate Court upheld the Board's decision denying ordinary disability retirment
benefits
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Person, Bobbie - Burlington City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2 Williams, Brenda - Jersey City Public Schools - Appeals the Boards denial of Accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-3 Shaw, Ronald - Newark Public Schools - a) Reconsideration
b) Hearing Request
Approved request for postponement
H-4 Santangelo, Patricia - Camden County Technical School - Appeals the Board's
denial to file a new application while appeal is pending in Appellate Court (beyond 45 days)
Approved request for postponement
H-5 Paisley, Betsy - Egg Harbor Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement beneifts
Tabled for IME review (Retirement Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Arthur G. Monto, Jr. vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Martin Barnes vs. PERS
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance for April 30, 2014
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund D as of April 30, 2014
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for May 31, 2014
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Non-contributroy group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   



OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 New Business Request that the Deputy Attorney General's Office provide written advice/clarification of the responsibilities, duties and obligations of the trustees under the statutes and rules governing the TPAF. (Trustee Weik recused)
M-2 New Business The Board approved a motion to obtain outside legal counsel to file a lawsuit
against the Governor for withholding the mandatory pension payments required under
Chapter 78, P.L. 2011 and authorized Chairperson, James Joyner and the Board
Secretary's Office to handle all aspects in retaining outside legal counsel.

In the near future, the information necessary for the Request for Qualification (RFQ) will be available on the Website of the Division of Pensions and Benefits.  Also included will be a link to the RFQ mailbox by which submissions should be made: BOTRFQOutsideCounsel@treas.nj.gov (Trustee Weik recused)

   

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Outside Counsel (PFRS) Links

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on August 7, 2014.

 
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