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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JULY 2, 2015
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 2015 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on December 18, 2014.

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: 10:40 AM

Adjourned: 2:15 PM

Roll Call:

Martha Liebman, Paul Orihel, James Joyner, Howard Lipoff, Edward McCarthy
(arrived 10:45), Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Cheryl
Chianese; Kristin Bell; Donna Wood; Hank Schwedes; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; John
Connelly; Denise Connelly; Joseph Molloy; Cindy Malloy



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of June 4, 2015
Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Reorganization of Board Members
Chairperson - James Joyner
Vice-Chairperson - Martha Liebman
Actuarial Selection Committee - Paul Orihel
(Trustee Culliton abstained)
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Retirement List
Approved

 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Espinoza, Santiago
Franklin Twp. BOE 9/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary;
Approve hearing in OAL
D-2 Petty, Lori
Phillipsburg Town BOE 2/1/2015 5 Approved (member deceased)
D-3 Pagliaro, Helen
Lakewood Twp. BOE 4/1/2014 B Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-4 Feintuck, Lawrence
Kearny Town BOE  2/1/2015  5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Lockwood, Keith
Lenape Valley
Reg. HS Dist
12/1/2014 5 Denied
(Trustee Liebman abstained.)
D-6 Connelly, John
Camden City BOE 10/1/2014 A Tabled for new IME
D-7 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Biegley, Diane Lorraine

09/15

5

Trenton City BOE

Chadwick, Lillie

06/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Core, Carol A

04/15

D

Buena Regional School Dist

Cosgrove, Kate S

06/15

B

Middletown Twp BOE

Cucco, Pamela A

07/15

D

Millburn Twp Public Schools

Dyer, Karen B

07/15

1

Audubon Borough BOE

Edwards, Maureen S

05/15

A

Teaneck BOE

Gipson, George

05/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Gregory, Evelyn M

05/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

LaRusso, Lisa A

01/15

5

Stafford Township BOE

Luby, Edward

04/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Marino, Maureen A

07/15

5

Waldwick Boro BOE

Miller, Susan C

04/15

5

Cherry Hill Twp BOE

Paul, Norman E

10/15

D

Trenton City BOE

Regan, Seamus J

05/15

5

Bergenfield BOE

Thomas, Ellen R

07/15

5

New Providence BOE

Triano, Patricia

07/15

5

Kearny Town BOE

Tucker, James M

07/15

5

Ewing Township BOE

Williams, Dennis J

03/16

5

Paterson BOE

Total = 19



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Maloney, Jacqueline Union City BOE 11/1/2014 5 4/15/2014 REMOVED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE
REVIEW
E-2 Polinik, Marlene
Union City BOE 7/1/2015 5 9/23/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-3 Beard, Diane
Berkeley Twp. BOE 9/1/2012 C 10/19/2010 Acknowledged member is totally
and permanently disabled; Refer to attorneys regarding moving forward in OAL

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Molloy, Joseph - Lenape Valley Reg H S Dist - Request to reinstate former TPAF retirement benefit
Denied and Waive remaining amount of overpaid retirement benefits (Retirement Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Scott, Ronald - Elizabeth BOE - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
G-2 Dantinne, Stephen - Vineland City BOE - Settlement Proposal
Rejected and Continue in OAL
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Fineberg, Phyllis - Union Co Education Services Commission -
Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Mocco, Audrey - Paterson BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1 Mioli (Deceased), Gary - Park Ridge Boro BOE - Accidental Death Request to postpone
Approved postponement until August meeting
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Angelo Bonanno vs. PERS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Vincent Esposito vs. PERS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Towns of Harrison, Vernon, Ramsey, Woodbridge, and Linden vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Trial Balance for April 30, 2015
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund D as of May 31, 2015
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E as of May 31, 2015
Noted
L-7 Trial Balance for May 31, 2015
Noted
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel - Invoice for May 2015
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
M-2 Preliminary Analysis of NJ Supreme Court ruling in Burgos Case
Noted (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on August 6, 2015.

 

 
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