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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
AUGUST 7, 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: 10:38 AM

Adjourned: 2:42 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner; Martha Liebman; Edward McCarthy (arrived 10:44 a.m.); Erland Nordstrom; Paul Orihel; Neil Williams (arrived 10:39 a.m.); Mike Weik (Treasurer's Representative)


Absent: NONE

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Lisa Pointer; Amy Cerovsky; Sunanda Rana;
Cheryl Chianese; Andrea Csaszi; Valerie McManus; Susan Grant; Kristen Bell; Marc
Greenfiled; Sandra Wilson; Elizabeth Nastus; Beth L. Finkelstein, Esq.; Barbara
Preisig-Simone; Morris Summers; Mark A. DiPisa, Esq.; Allen Roth, Esq., Beverly
Board of Education; Mrs. Summers; Michael Barrett, Esq.; Wendy Jamison; Ronald
Shaw; Cathy Casano-Boris; Mr. Casano-Boris; Robert Murphy, NJSPA



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of July 10, 2014
Approved (Trustee Weik abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2 Return to Employment
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
C-4 Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

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

Neptune Twp. BOE 7/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Veitch, Gladys

Warren Twp BOE 4/1/2014 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Rodriguez, Maria

Clark Twp BOE 7/1/2014 5 Approved with a one year reevaluation
D-4 Monthly OD Grid       Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alfano, Anne M

07/14

3

Elizabeth Bd Of Ed

Anastasio, Angelo M Jr

06/14

5

Hopewell Valley Reg Sch Dist

Berger, Glenn L

07/14

D

Perth Amboy Bd Of Ed

Civera, Donna L

05/14

C

Middle Township Bd Of Ed

Cummings, Cassandra M

05/14

5

Orange City Bd Of Ed

Garuccio, Christopher A

01/14

5

Cumberland Regional School Dist

Greco, Anthony Mark

01/15

D

Toms River School Dist

Gregory, Lizette M

08/14

A

Trenton City Bd Of Ed

Kobasa, Stacy A

01/15

D

Harrison Twp Bd Ed (Gloucester)

Lavin, Victoriano

07/14

5

Passaic Board Of Education

Leonard, Terrence Patrick

07/14

C

Randolph Township Bd Of Ed

Markle, Iris G

04/14

5

Newark Public Schools

Naccarato, Janet M

07/14

5

Pemberton Township Bd Of Ed

Nanni, Pamela B

07/14

5

Burlington Twp Bd Of Ed

Raghavan, Janaki

06/14

A

Newark Public Schools

Rankin, Rennie B

05/14

5

Freehold Reg H S District

Ribeiro, Mariza

09/14

5

Newark Public Schools

Rusciano, Susan

04/14

5

Saddle Brook Bd Of Ed

Saar, Karyn

07/14

5

Denville Twp Bd Of Ed

Stolz, Geraldine

11/14

5

Lodi Bd Of Ed

Whittle, Vickie F

11/14

5

Hillsborough Twp Bd Of Ed

Total = 21


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Anepete, Anthony

Trenton City BOE 7/1/2014 5 5/9/2012
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary 

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Wilson, Sandra - Fair Lawn BOE - Request retroactive retirement date
Denied (Trustee Williams abstained)
F-2 Heyler, Elaine - Essex Co Education Serv Comm - Request retroactive retirement date
Denied
F-3 King, Joanne - Blairstown Twp BOE - Request to change option C beneficiary
Denied
F-4+ Nastus, Elizabeth - Delaware Valley Reg H S Dist -
a) Issue of bona fide retirement - Affirmed Division's determination of non bona fide retirement; repay the lesser of salary (already satisfied); continue retirement
b) Creditable salary - Affirmed Division's determination that the final average salary included components of non creditable salary; recalculate final average salary in accordance with Division's determination (External Audit Section; Retirement Bureau)
F-5+ Summers, Morris - Camden County Technical Schools - Return to Employment
Affirmed Division's determination post retirement employment was in violation of 18A:66-53.2(b); cancel retirement; require re-enrollment in TPAF and repay overpayment of
retirement benefits (External Audit Section; Retirement Bureau; Enrollment Bureau)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Kohut, Robert - Ewing Twp BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Surdi, Nancy - Ocean Twp. BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-3 Wunder, Robert - Cape May Co Special Services - Appellate Division Decisions
Appellate Court upheld the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Blanco, Marisel - Elizabeth BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved OAL Hearing
H-2+ Santangelo, Patricia - Camden County Technical School -
a) Appeals the Board's denial to file a new application for Ordinary Disability (beyond 45 days) - Denied
b) Request hardship to collect deferred pension prior to age 60 - Denied
The Board directed the Secretary to draft a Final Admnistrative Determination (Trustee Weik recused)
H-3+ Shaw, Ronald - Newark Public Schools -
Denied reconsideration and granted an OAL Hearing.
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Casano-Boris, Cathy - Livingston BOE - Request to purchase additional service credit
Denied


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund D as of May 31, 2014
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of May 31, 2014
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Gail W. Connors vs. PERS
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Joseph Felice vs. PFRS
Noted
L-5 Compliance with Internal Revenue Code- Maximum Pension Loan Balances
Noted
L-6 State Investment Update
Noted
L-7 Review of NJAC 17:3-1.4
The Board requested the Attorney General's Office provide written clarification on the residency requirement for serving as a trustee on the Board under NJSA 18A:66-56, and
any other applicable law including New Jersey First Statute.
L-8 Trial Balance for June 30, 2014
Noted
L-9 Wire Transfers TPAF contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-10 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-11 Common Pension Fund D as of June 30, 2014
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on September 4, 2014.

 

 
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