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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
SEPTEMBER 8, 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: 10:36 AM

Adjourned: 12:09 PM

Roll Call:

Wendy Jamison (Treasurer's Representative), James Joyner, Howard Lipoff, Edward
McCarthy (arrived 10:40 a.m.), Paul Orihel


Absent: Martha Liebman

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Angelina Scales; Lisa Pointer; Amy Cerovsky; Valerie McManus;
Cheryl Chianese; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Robert P. Vacchiano, Esq.; Susan Fenimore;
Maria Spirito; Kara Ansley; Michael T. Barrett, Esq.; Trooper Glenn Stanley; Sara
Favinger; Sue Grant; Jacqueline Bussanich; Robin Stohrer; Donald Stohrer; Robert
Murphy, NJSPA



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of August 04, 2016
Approved as presented.

Minutes from the meeting of August 25, 2016
Approved as presented.


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 Bond, Peter
Randolph
Township BOE
 7/1/2016 Approved with a one year re-evaluation
D-2 Mercandetti, Gloria
West New York BOE 7/1/2015 5 Involuntary Approved
D-3 Rappaport, Sharon

Newark Public Schools 7/1/2016 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-4 Halpin, Kristen

Pemberton Twp 11/1/2014 C Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-5 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Bonkoski, Maryelizabeth C

07/16

B

Morris School District

Butler, Oliver R

10/16

1

Paterson BOE

Caggiano, Karen A

07/16

5

Middletown Twp BOE

Gillman, Maria

07/16

5

Parsippany Troy Hills BOE

Goodman, Javette O

07/15

A

East Orange School District

Harter, Amy-Karen

07/16

5

Flemington Raritan BOE

Humphrey, Carolyn T

11/15

A

East Orange School District

Larrauri, Amanda J

04/16

5

Paterson BOE

Long, Denise M

07/16

5

Newark Public Schools

Medina, Loren M

07/16

5

Hackensack City BOE

Miller, Annette A

05/16

1

Woodbury Heights BOE

Quinn-Schneck, Shannon

09/16

B

Franklin Twp BOE (Somerst)

Shelton-Hutchinson, Robin

03/16

C

Jersey City Public Schools

Wearing, Katherine M

03/16

B

Trenton City BOE

White, Marianna

06/16

5

Paterson BOE

Zakrzewski, Amy F

03/16

5

Delaware Twp BOE

Total = 16


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Kindy, Larry

Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2016

B

 

 

11/3/2014
10/26/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary or offer Service
E-2 Mocco, Audrey

Paterson BOE 3/1/2014 5 12/12/2012 Reconsideration of an OAL case
Tabled to obtain clarification from the IME

E-3

Bender, Abby

Atlantic City BOE 7/1/2016 D 2/4/2015 Approved
E-4 Martinez, Juan

Long Branch BOE 7/1/2016 B 3/22/2013
11/17/2014
Denied Accidental, Offer Service

E-5

Spirito, Maria

Trenton City BOE 11/1/2016 5 2/16/2015
9/22/2015
12/3/2015
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Delape, Marguerite

Pennsauken Twp BOE 7/1/2016 5 10/19/2011 Tabled to obtain clarification from the IME

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Warren, Jimmie - Clifton City BOE - Honorable Service Request to postpone
Tabled per attorney request.
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Bowman, Michalene - Orange City BOE - Initial Decision ALJ
reversed the Board's decision and granted accidental disability retirement benefits;
Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's Findings of Fact and Rejected the ALJ's Conclusions of Law; Rejected decision that she is entitled to Accidental Disability benefits
G-2 Ziznewski, Carol - Edison Twp BOE - Initial Decision ALJ
determined that the MSD2 be granted and impose a partial forfeiture of service and salary
for the period from January 1, 2006 through June 30, 2010; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision with modification; noted exceptions and reply to exceptions
(Retirement Bureau)
G-3 Connelly, John - Camden City BOE - Failure to Appear
Noted
G-4 Costelow, Kathleen - Hamilton Twp. BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Gonnerman, Michael - Paramus BOE - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Stohrer, Robin - Freehold Reg H S District - Appeals the Board's
denial of accidental disability retirement benefits; Beyond 45 Days
Approved
H-3 Scoccola, Rita - Union City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Fenimore (deceased), Susan for Frank - Warren Hills Reg Schools -
Request conversion of group life insurance
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 Certifying Officers Letter
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Schaffer vs. PERS
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Steven Bogart vs. PFRS
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund E As of June 30, 2016
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on October 6, 2016.

 
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