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TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
October 4, 2007
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 2007 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2006.

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
Service Early Veteran

Deferred Option Changes - none Totals



Called to Order: 10:32 a.m.

Adjourned: 12:45 p.m.

Roll Call:

James Clemente, Marie Flynn, Dennis Testa, James Joyner, Neil Williams, Paul Orihel, Susanne Culliton (seated as Treasurer’s Representative)


Absent:  

Also Present: DAG Dawn Harris; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Virginia Martucci; Mary Lou Mayoros; Mike Czyzyk; Richard Klockner, NJPSA; Jim Jameson, NJEA; DAG Danielle Bradus; Amy Mazzeo; Amy Campbell; SCI; Jim Becht, SCI; Ronald Larkin; Beth Finkelstein, attorney


OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 6, 2007 - Approved (Trustees Culliton and Flynn abstained)

Finance

A-1
Common Pension Fund D as of July 31, 2007 - Approved
A-2
Common Pension Fund A as of August 31, 2007 - Approved
A-3
Common Pension Fund B as of August 31, 2007 - Approved
A-4

Common Pension Fund E as of January 31, 2007 - Approved

A-5
Common Pension Fund E as of February 28, 2007 - Approved

Miscellaneous Issues 

, None

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1 Active and Retired Death Lists for September 26, 2007 - Approved
C-2 Return to Employment - Approved
C-3 Chapter 221 - Approved
C-4 Retirement List - Approved


CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

D-1
Moneypenny, Judith - Jefferson Twp - Effective April 1, 2007 - Maximum - Tabled for re-evaluation by IME
D-2

Ordinary Disability Grid - Approved

Member's Name
Effective Date
Opt
Employer
Battle, Justine
03/07
D
Newark Public Schools
Cinoski, Carol
07/07
5
Pleasantville BOE
Drew, Joel D
09/07
5
Millburn Twp Public Schools
Friedman, Christine A
07/07
C
East Brunswick Twp BOE
Friedman, Laurie
07/07
5
Fort Lee BOE
Klopsic, Pamela
07/07
5
Harrison Twp BOE
Makar, Theodora A
12/07
5
Perth Amboy BOE
Mcguire, Kathleen
07/07
5
Pequannock Twp BOE
Milburn, Dawn M
03/07
C
New Brunswick BOE
Montague, Evelyn A
03/07
5
Passaic BOE
Phinisee, Deborah Lucille
03/07
5
Newark Public Schools
Preda, Marius
08/07
1
Jersey City Public Schools
Ray, Deborah S
10/07
5
Bernards Twp BOE
Scudder, Carolann
07/07
5
Weehawken Twp BOE
Smile, Beth C
09/07
A
South Bound Brook BOE
Taubenslag, Patricia R
06/07
5
Edison Twp BOE
Wavra, Cheryl A
07/07
5
Frenchtown Borough BOE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Total=17



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability      

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

TP

DR

TE

DECISION

E-1

Lienhard, James

Hudson County

7/07

5

10/21/04

Y

Y

Y

Reconsidered; Approved under Richardson

E-2

Ruffalo, Richard

Belleville BOE

10/03

C

4/17/02

Y

Y

T

Reconsideration under Richardson; Tabled at request of attorney (pending outcome of worker’s compensation claim)

  T/P = a) Permanently and totally disabled, mentally or physically, from performing the regular assigned work duties; AND
b) Permanently and totally disabled, mentally or physically, from performing any other available job duties.
  D/R = The disability is not the result of a pre-existing disease that is aggravated or accelerated by the work.
  T/E = A work-connected incident that is:
a) Identifiable as to time and place;
b) undesigned and unexpected; and
c) caused by a circumstance external to the member.


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1
Lattimer, Penelope - New Brunswick BOE - Requests Extended Repayment Schedule – Approved 10 year repayment schedule; Assign life insurance policy (Retirement Bureau, Claims Bureau, External Audit)
F-2
Tobias, Samuel Leonard - Nutley BOE - Honorable Service - Partial Forfeiture; Forfeit last 3 years of service and salary prospectively (Retirement Bureau)
F-3+

Larkin, Ronald - New Brunswick BOE - Creditable Salary - Denied creditable salary retroactive to retirement date (Retirement Bureau, External Audit)

Hearing Decisions

G-1

Vederman, Lois - Cherry Hill Twp. BOE - Initial Decision - ALJ reversed the Board’s decision and granted Accidental Disability retirement benefits effective March 1, 2005 under maximum option; Exceptions; and Reply to Exceptions - Adopted; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions (Retirement Bureau, Financial Services, Health Benefits)

Hearing Requests

H-1

Baluk, Adele - Scotch Plains Fanwood BOE - Appeals Board’s denial of Ordinary Disability - Approved

H-2 Omenson, Phyllis - Black Horse Pike Regional School District - Appeals Board’s denial of Accidental Disability - Approved

Active Membership Issues

J-1
Shugars, Lynn - Southern Regional H S District - Creditable Salary - Denial (External Audit)

Death Claim Issues

 

None

Informational Issues

L-1

Wire Transfers - Non-contributory Group Insurance policy #14800 -  Noted

L-2
REMOVED FROM AGENDA
L-3

Wire Transfers - Contributory Group Insurance policy #14300 - Noted

L-4 Newspaper Articles -  Noted
L-5

Certifying Officer Letters regarding Disability Retirement Guidelines under Richardson - Noted

L-6
Appellate Division Decision - Robert Wilk v. SPRS Board of Trustees - Noted
L-7 Appellate Division Decision - Mary Burns v. PFRS Board of Trustees - Noted
L-8 State Investment Council Minutes for July 19, 2007 - Noted
L-9 State Investment Council information - Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 1, 2007.

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