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TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
SEPTEMBER 10, 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: 2:22 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Martha Liebman

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun, Angelina Scales, Jackie Bussanich, Amy
Cerovsky; Hank Schwedes; Lisa Pointer; Louann Barnett; Kristin Bell; John
Megariotis; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Val Kazhdan, NJEA; Patricia Rudolph; Raymond
Rudolph; Marissa Dominguez, attorney; Barbara Riefberg, attorney; Darin Harris;
David Rubin, attorney; Ronald Moreno; Jason Sokolowski, attorney; Janet Pilat;
Zbigniew Pilat; Brian Carenza; S. Gregory Moscaritolo, attorney



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 6, 2015
Approved


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Election of Board Member elected by Trustees Term: Sept 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2018 - Tabled
due to lack of quorum
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Retirement List
Approved

C-2 Chapter 221
Approved
C-3 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Ioviero, Jamie
Elizabeth BOE 6/1/2015 C Approved
D-2 Lockwood, Keith
Lenape Valley Reg HS District 12/1/2014 5 Reconsidered and Approved
D-3 Monthly OD Grid       Approved with the exception of
Nicole Panzarella, which was tabled
for an IME (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Bermudez, Emilio

03/15

5

Elizabeth BOE

Costello, Edith Anne

02/15

5

Edison Twp BOE

Doran, Gail E

01/15

A

Freehold Reg H S District

Maccullough, Janice

09/15

C

Monmouth Regional School

Mead, Jayne

06/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Morrow, Catherine

02/16

5

Englewood City BOE

*Panzarella, Nicole

07/15

B

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Reinking, Sharon

07/15

5

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Rios, Isabel M

07/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Rothman, Jodie R

08/15

5

Paterson BOE

Thomas, Jacqueline

07/15

5

Fort Lee BOE

Wier, Wendy

07/15

A

South Orange-Maplewood BOE

Woodrick, Anne C

10/15

5

Robbinsville Twp BOE

Zeidman, Elizabeth A

03/15

5

Medford Township BOE

*Tabled for IME    
Approved = 13 Tabled = 1 Total = 14


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Sullivan-Rubin, Sharon
East Orange School District 7/1/2014 5 10/2/2013
10/7/2013
Request to postpone Approved
E-2 Rudolph, Patricia
Ringwood Boro BOE 7/1/2015 C 10/29/2013
9/11/2014
Tabled for new IME
E-3 Burton, Sherry
Freehold Reg HS 7/1/2015 5 12/17/2013 Approved

E-4

Wilson, Angela
Burlington City BOE 7/1/2015 5 3/27/2014 Approved
E-5 Perez, Marianela
Elizabeth BOE 7/1/2015 D 3/11/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Kithcart, Sonya

East Orange School District 7/1/2015 5 4/9/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-7 Harris, Darin
Camden City BOE 5/1/2015 C 10/18/2010 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary (coaching)
E-8 Kacerosky, Colleen
North Brunswick BOE 4/1/2015 5 9/24/2013 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ #1-00121 - East Windsor Regional School District - Appeals assessment of charges for
Unauthorized Early Retirement Incentive
Denied and Denied request for a hearing and authorize Board Secretary to draft the Final
Administrative Determination; Approve request for repayment schedule (External Audit)
F-2+ Moreno, Ronald - Cumberland County Board Voc Ed - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture and apply prospectively (Retirements, Purchase, Withdrawals)
F-3+ Pilat, Janet - East Rutherford Boro BOE - Request to change
option from A to Maximum
Tabled due to lack of quorum
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1

Linder-Lavery, Rita - North Plainfield BOE - Appellate Division
Decisions Appellate Court upheld the Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Noted

G-2 Grieco-Hicks, Maria - City of Trenton BOE - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld Board's decision denying Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ decision
G-3 Healy, Doretta - Marlboro Twp. BOE - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Feintuck, Lawrence - Kearny Town BOE - Appeals denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Gaskin, Colin - Newark Public Schools - Appeals denial of
Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Kenny, Felicia - East Orange School District - Appeals denial of processing of
retirement application during pendency of administrative matter (NJAC 17:1-6-2)
Denied
H-4 Molloy, Joseph - Lenape Valley REG HS - Appeals denial of
request for service and salary credit from expired TPAF account
Denied
H-5 McCarty, Percy - Atlantic City BOE - Appeals denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Colon-Rivera, Carmen - Trenton City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-7 Duffy, Marilyn - Paramus BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-8 Polinik, Marlene - Union City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of accidental
disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1 Welsh, Claudia - Morris Co Ed Services Comm - Request to
interfund transfer PERS membership into TPAF
Tabled for clarification from employer/member
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Carenza, Linnea (deceased) - Englewood City BOE - Request to convert Group Life Insurance `
Approved (Death Claims)


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund E As of June 30, 2015
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D As of July 31, 2015
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Kantner vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E As of July 31, 2015
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 1, 2015.

 

 
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