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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
OCTOBER 1, 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: 10:43 AM

Adjourned: 2:00 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Martha Liebman, Howard Lipoff, Ed McCarthy, Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Jackie Bussanich; Amy
Cerovsky; Louann Barnett; Val McManus; Sharon Barnes; Robert Murphy, NJPSA;
Val Kazhdan, NJEA; Barbara Riefberg, attorney; Errol Stewart; William M. Sheehy,
attorney; Edward Sheratsky; Ronald Shaw; Kathleen Naprstek Cerisano, attorney;
Rina E. Traub, attorney; Deborah Mitchell-DeBerry



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of September 10, 2015
Approved (Trustee Liebman abstained.)



OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Election of Board member elected by Trustees Term: Sept 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2018 -
Trustee Paul Orihel was reelected.
(Trustee Culliton abstained.)
   

OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Retirement List
Approved

C-2 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Burton, Gayle
Pemberton Twp. BOE 7/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Connelly, John
Camden City BOE 10/1/2014 A Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Kaufmann-Millman, Lisa
Demarest Boro BOE 7/1/2014 5 Approved (Board noted member
deceased)
D-4 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Beriont, Roberta J

03/16

A

Kingwood Township BOE

Carr, Linda A

11/15

A

Midland Park Boro BOE

Fairchild, Eileen J

12/15

D

Green Brook BOE

Herring, Cynthia L

04/15

2

Mercer Co Special Ser Sch Dist

Marquet, Kathryn Mary

07/15

5

Wood-Ridge BOE

Provost, Janine M

10/15

5

Livingston BOE

Samuel, Joyce M

12/15

5

Newark Public Schools

Total = 7


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Massing, Lisa
Clearview Regional
School District
4/1/2015 A 1/10/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(Slipped in parking lot)
E-2 Sharp-Conte, Saundra

Newark Public
Schools
4/1/2015 5 6/18/2014
11/5/2014
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary;
Approve Hearing in OAL

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Stewart, Errol - Paterson BOE - Honorable Service Deferred
Tabled For 60 days to obtain attorney (Trustee Joyner recused)
F-2 Smith, Donna - Sparta BOE - Request to change option from D
to Maximum
Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-3 Macanga, Joseph - Lumberton Twp. BOE - Honorable Service Deferred
Retirement - Total Forfeiture (not eligible for Deferred).
(Retirements)
F-4+ Sheratsky, Edward - Paterson BOE - Request to change option
from A to Maximum
Denied (Trustee Joyner recused).
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Benitez-Mir, Maria - Union City BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Dela Rosa, Gloria - Penns Grove Carneys Point Reg. - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Adopted ALJ Decision
G-3+ Shaw, Ronald - Newark Public Schools - Initial Decision ALJ
upheld the Board's decision not to reopen his retirement account; Exceptions; Reply to
Exceptions
Adopted ALJ's decision; note exceptions, note reply to exceptions
G-4 Kenny, Felicia - East Orange School District - Final Administrative
Determinations
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Giles, Sharon - East Orange School District - Appeals the Board's denial of
ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Marable, Donna - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Tabled For IME review
H-3 Molloy, Joseph - Lenape Valley REG HS - Reconsideration of
Hearing request
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Bolandi, Barbara - Kearny Town BOE - Request interfund transfer expired TPAF
account into active TPAF account
Approved Transfer of non-vested (Tier 1) into Tier 4


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Mitchell-DeBerry, Deborah - Newark Public Schools - Request
contributory Group Life Insurance (GLI)
Denied
   

OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Josphine Viglietta vs. PERS
Noted
L-2 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Manzo vs. PFRS
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Kantner vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 TPAF Board Meeting dates
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund E As of August 31, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1+ Outside legal counsel invoice for August 2015
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused.)

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November 12, 2015.

 
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