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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
NOVEMBER 12, 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, and the November and December 2015 meeting dates were posted on October 28, 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: 10:55 AM

Adjourned: 1:45 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Martha Liebman

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales, Luann Barnett; Amy
Cerovsky; Susan Grant; Val McManus; Sharon Barnes; Jackie Bussanich; Robert
Murphy NJPSA; Val Kazhdan, NJEA; John Feeley, attorney; Sharon Sullivan-Rubin;
Christopher A. Gray, attorney; Karen Malone



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of October 1, 2015
Approved (Trustee Orihel abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1
Discussion of Honorable Service -
Board directs Secretary not to prepare case for an honorable service review by the Board
B-2
Discussion of Honorable Service -
Board directs Secretary not to prepare case for an honorable service review by the Board
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-3 Retirement List
Approved
C-4 Return to Employment
Approved
C-5 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Cullen, Michael Westfield Town BOE 1/1/2016 5 Approved with 1 year re-evaluation
D-2 Lerch, Heather Willingboro Twp BOE 5/1/2013 D Resubmission Denied Ordinary,
Offer Deferred
D-3 Lee, Alice Orange City BOE 7/1/2015 5 Tabled with re-evaluation in March
2016
D-4 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's
Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Barruzza, Susan M

01/16

B

Vineland City BOE

*Capalbo, William N

08/15

B

Irvington BOE

Corbisiero, Lisa

09/15

5

Northern Valley Reg H S Dist

Cruz, Elizabeth

09/15

5

Passaic BOE

Denman, Jaclyn H

07/15

B

Stafford Township BOE

Desousa, Christina

02/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Dicola, Michele E

01/16

C

Pitman BOE

Etz, Michele E

09/15

5

Wayne BOE

Fisher, Darlyn J

05/15

5

Hamilton Twp BOE (Mercer)

Gallagher, Suzanne

12/15

1

Ewing Township BOE

Harvey, Patricia M

07/15

5

Paterson BOE

Kachmarchyk, Rita Z

07/15

5

Atlantic Co Special Services

Kinne, Amy Beth

10/15

A

Manalapan Englishtown Regional

Mccrea, Anita

07/15

B

Elizabeth BOE

Mendel, Sheila S

12/15

D

Florham Park BOE

Murphy, Kathryn A

01/16

5

New Brunswick BOE

Naegele, Wolfgang M

07/15

5

Franklin Twp BOE (Somerset)

Porcelli, Karen E

09/15

A

New Brunswick BOE

Postiglione, Elizabeth

11/15

5

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Prusina, Rosemary

07/16

D

Bernards Twp BOE

Randolph, Elizabeth R

03/16

5

West Windsor Plainsboro Reg

Robertson, Nancy A

07/15

D

Harrison Twp BOE (Gloucester)

Ross, Frances C

10/15

D

Montgomery Twp BOE

Shepard, Veronica

06/15

D

Jersey City Public Schools

Shimansky, Diane

08/14

5

Caldwell West Caldwell BOE

Siracusa, Steven

12/15

D

Elizabeth BOE

Testa, Carol S

07/16

5

Alexandria Twp BOE

Trawick, Joseph Jr.

01/16

C

Irvington BOE

Wallace, Amy M

07/16

B

Lumberton Twp BOE

White, Christopher A

01/16

2

Edison Twp BOE

*With 18 month re-exam                                                                                            Total = 30                                                                                                                                           



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Dooley, William Perth Amboy BOE 7/1/2011 B 2/22/2011 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability; Continue
Service; Continue in OAL
E-2 Sullivan-Rubin, Sharon East Orange School Dist. 7/1/2014 5 10/2/2013
10/7/2013
Tabled to obtain additional
information; Continue Ordinary
Disability

E-3

Maloney, Jacqueline Union City BOE 11/1/2014 5 4/15/2014 Denied Accidental Disability; Grant Ordinary Disability; (no actual incident)
E-4 Premock, Lisa High Point Reg
High School
7/1/2015 5 2/25/2015 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(No incident report on file)

E-5

Soloway, Cynthia Millburn Twp
Public Schools
7/1/2015 A 9/8/2014 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-6 Davey, Melissa
Plainfield BOE 5/1/2010 5 3/10/2009
Reconsidered and Approved
Accidental Disability; Withdraw from OAL

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Malone, Karen - Newark Public Schools - Request option change
from D to Maximum
Approved (Retirement Bureau)
F-2 Pilat, Janet - East Rutherford Boro BOE - Request option change
from A to Maximum
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Skipper-Sisto, Elizabeth - Camden City BOE - Hearing Withdrawals
Noted
G-2 Yanuzzi, Christine - Harrison Town BOE - Initial Decision The ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits, effective March 1, 2011
under Maximum
Adopted ALJ Decision and Grant Ordinary Disability
(Retirements, Health Benefits)
G-3 East Windson Regional High School - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Harris, Darin - Camden City BOE - a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Kithcart, Sonya - East Orange School District - Appeals the
Board's denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Perez, Marianela - Elizabeth 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
transfer expired PERS account into TPAF account
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Travis Nagy vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 N.J.A.C. 17:3 Proposal Approved for Publication
Noted
L-3 Final Adoption N.J.A.C. 17:3; with comments
Noted
L-4 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-5 Wire Transfers Non-contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-6 Common Pension Fund D As of September 30, 2015
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund E As of September 30, 2015
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through October 2, 2015 (Bill #17306)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
M-2 Outside Legal Counsel Invoice for charges through October 31, 2015 (Bill #17444)
Approved (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on December 3, 2015.

 
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