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TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
AUGUST 4, 2011
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
2011 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 17, 2010.

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: 10:35 AM

Adjourned: 11:50 AM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Dennis Testa, Martha Liebman, Neil Williams, Susanne Culliton


Absent: Paul Orihel

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; DAG Natalia Chan; Jim Jameson, NJEA; Richard Klockner, NJPSA; Valerie Klazidan, NJEA; Marylou Mayoros; Valerie McManus; Fred Polio; Michael Czyzyk; Sunanda Rana; Bruce Skerbetz; Uma Swaminathan; Lennox Hinds, attorney; Michael Epps, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of July 07, 2011
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

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


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Padovano, Kathryn
Hackensack City BOE
7/1/2011
B
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Park, Anna Elizabeth
Dover BOE
7/1/2008
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Monthly OD Grid  
  
  
Approved (see list below)
D-4 Skerbetz, Bruce
Franklin Twp. BOE
11/1/2010
5
a) Honorable Service - No Forfeiture
b) Ordinary Disability - Off payroll over 2 years - Denied; Offer Deferred
D-5 Callan, David
Cherry Hill Twp. BOE
1/1/2011
5
Involuntary Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Abel, Trent W

11/11

5

Jackson Township BOE

Blackwell, Ira Jesse

07/11

5

Plainfield BOE

Bryant, Bernice

07/11

D

Camden City BOE

Cooper, Diane B

01/11

5

Wildwood City BOE

Couto, Maria C

07/11

5

Newark Public Schools

Fernandez, Aleida

01/12

5

Bloomfield Twp BOE

Jackson, Shellie

07/11

5

Burlington City BOE

Koss, Lee G

07/11

D

Millburn Twp Public Schools

Logan, Carolyn A

07/11

5

Newark Public Schools

Vodola, Denise P

07/11

5

Wall Township BOE

Wolff, William C

08/11

C

Spotswood BOE

Total = 11

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT DATE

DECISION

E-1

Mirabella, Linda
Livingston BOE
7/1/2011
D
10/13/2010
Denied Accidental, Offer Service



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 DeMatteo, Kimberly - Linden City BOE - Honorable Service Deferred Retirement
Denied (Total Forfeiture) (Retirement Bureau)
F-2+ Swaminathan, Uma - Piscataway BOE Admin Bldg - Creditable Compensation
Denied Creditable Compensation; Reaffirm Division's decision



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Lowenstein-Mase, Lori - Elizabeth BOE - Appellate Division Decisions Appellate Court affirmed the Board's decision to use the salaries provided by the employer to calculate Ms. Lowenstein-Mase's retirement benefit
Noted


OPEN SESSION

Hearing Requests

H-1 Yanuzzi, Christine - Harrison Town BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Smith, Linda - Elmwood Park Borough BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
Accidental Disability; Wants to pursue on Ordinary Disability retirement benefits only
Approved
H-3 Atlantic City Board of Education - Appeals the Board's denial of Sick Leave Sell Back Plan
for the 2008-2009 school year
Denied


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Anne Tomasello-Monagas vs. PERS
Noted
L-2 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-3 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-4 Chapter 78, Certifying Officer Letter
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance As of June 30, 2011
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund A As of June 30, 2011
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund D As of June 30, 2011
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on September 8, 2011.

 
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