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TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
JULY 14, 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: 10:41 AM

Adjourned: 1:35 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Howard Lipoff, Edward McCarthy, Paul Orihel, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Martha Liebman

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Amy Cerovsky; Kara
Ansley; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Carol R. Smeltzer, Esq.; Jimmie Warren; Jody
Walker; Jeffrey J. Berezny Esq.; Luann Barnett; Valerie McManus; Susan Grant;
Kristin Bell



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of June 2, 2016
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1 Reorganization of Board Members
Chairperson - James Joyner
Vice-Chairperson - Howard Lipoff
Actuarial Selection Committee - Paul Orihel
(Trustee Culliton abstained)
B-2 Request guidance on N.J.S.A. 18A:66-63; Eligibility for membership in the TPAF
Recommends the member retain TPAF membership through June 30, 2016
B-3 Discussion of Honorable Service
Board directs the Secretary to prepare case for an honorable service review by the Board
   


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 Amador, Thomas

Perth Amboy BOE 7/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Sirdashney, Erica

Lindenwold
Borough BOE
5/1/2014 B Reconsidered and Approved
Ordinary Disability; Withdraw from
OAL; Re-exam 18 months
D-3 Rixford, Scott

Parsippany Troy
Hills BOE
2/1/2016 B Approved
D-4 Schatteman, Frances

Sussex County
Vocational
10/1/2016 B Approved
D-5 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(see list below)
D-6 Scoccola, Rita

Union City BOE 1/1/2016 A Off payroll over 2 years Denied
Ordinary, Offer Deferred

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Anusiem, Stella

10/15

5

Camden City BOE

Brown, Tonja R

06/16

2

Lawrence Twp BOE (Mercer)

Dounelis, Kathryn

01/16

5

North Brunswick BOE

*Fischer, Paula M

07/16

5

Keyport Borough BOE

Formica, Harry R

01/17

D

Atlantic City BOE

Garcia, Martha

12/15

A

New Brunswick BOE

Harris, Darcy M

12/15

5

Frankford Township BOE

Henry, Marsha E

05/15

5

Pleasantville BOE

Horan, Ronald

09/15

A

Monmouth Regional School

Hoyle, Lorraine E

03/16

5

Mount Olive Twp BOE

Jones, Yvette E

06/16

5

Asbury Park BOE

Kunik, Tim

08/16

5

Atlantic City BOE

Lawrence, Ellen

03/16

5

Montgomery Twp BOE

Margolis, Gail D

12/15

5

Saddle Brook BOE

Mcgee, Laurie P

07/16

C

Bayonne BOE

Mchugh, Stephen John

12/15

A

Black Horse Pike Reg Sch Dist

Palmer, Valerie

07/16

5

Chathams School District

Peters, Marlene

01/16

5

Gloucester Co Sp Serv Sch Dist

Pfeil, William N

05/16

5

West New York BOE

Rice, Evelyn C

06/16

5

Hammonton Town BOE

Scuilli, Suzanne

07/16

1

Clearview Regional BOE

Waldmann, Helena A

09/15

A

Paterson BOE

Walls, Edward

01/16

B

Delsea Reg High Sch District

Zale, David P

07/16

5

Jersey City Public Schools

*With 12 month re-exam                                          
Total = 24


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Smith-Walter, Pamela

Trenton City BOE 4/1/2016 5 4/24/2012
10/24/2013
Denied Accidental, Withdrawal only
E-2 Gonnerman, Michael

Paramus BOE 7/1/2015 5 1/5/2012 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-3 Garrido, Victortia
New Horizon
Comm Charter School
3/1/2016 5 5/5/2010
5/23/2013
Approved (Based on both incidents)

E-4

Lawson, Patricia

Bayonne BOE 9/1/2016 5 1/15/2015 Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Warren, Jimmie - Clifton City BOE - Honorable Service
Tabled for additional information
F-2+ Vitta, Gary - Rockaway Twp. BOE - Request restoration of
monthly retirement benefit
Denied request; Continue Suspension of Benefits (Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Solinski, Brian - Kearny Town BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's Decision; noted exceptions; noted reply to exceptions (Retirements)
G-2 Bodine, Lawrence - Plainfield BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's
decision and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ's Decision (Retirements)
G-3 Dooley, William - Perth Amboy BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Gonzalez, Marianela - East Windsor Reg School Dist - Appeals the Board's
denial of retroactive purchase
Denied Draft Final Administrative Determination
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Minsavage (deceased), Christine for David - Hanover Park Reg H S Dist - Request retired death benefits
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-3 Trial Balance For April 30, 2016
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions David Varga vs. PFRS
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Barry Lennon vs. PFRS
Noted
L-6 Appellate Division Decisions K.K.N. vs. PFRS
Noted
L-7 Board Member Address List Updated
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund D As of May 31, 2016
Noted
L-9 Common Pension Fund E As of May 31, 2016
Noted
L-10 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-11 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through April 30, 2016 (Bill #18219)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through May 31, 2016 (Bill #18365)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
M-3 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through June 29, 2016 (Bill #18514)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on August 4, 2016.

 

 
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