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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
NOVEMBER 3, 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: 10:40 AM

Adjourned: 12:45 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: Paul Orihel

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Angelina Scales; Mary Ellen Rathbun; William Tedder; Cheryl
Chianese; Valerie McManus; Sue Grant; Kristin Bell; Amy Cerovsky; Luann Barnett;
Andrea Csaszi; Irene Savicky; Trooper Johnson; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Mike
Salerno, NJEA; Star Smith; Christopher Smith; Marda Segermeister; David
Segermeister; Joyce Whittley; Kristen Hendricksen



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of October 6, 2016
Approved as Corrected


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Return to Employment
Approved
C-2 Retirement List
Approved
C-3 Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Gordon, Robin Metuchen Boro BOE 12/1/2015 5 Reconsidered and Approved OD
Withdraw from OAL
D-3 Lee, Alice Orange City BOE 7/1/2015 5 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Monthly OD Grid       Approved
(See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective
Date

Opt

Employer

Aparicio, Hector F

07/16

5

Piscataway BOE

Badgett, Randi S

07/16

A

Atlantic City BOE

Balaban, David L

07/16

5

East Orange School District

Barber, Jeanne C

12/16

4

Palmyra Borough BOE

Bradshaw, Merodie C

01/17

5

Central Regional H S Dist

Bradshaw, Merodie C

01/17

5

Central Regional H S Dist

Elliott, Tina L

06/16

5

Riverside Township BOE

Fogel, David G

07/16

C

Verona BOE

Kaplan, Rebecca Ann

06/16

5

Millburn Twp Public Schools

Knipping, Susan Ruth

07/16

5

Ridgefield Boro BOE

Mirante, Michelle

07/16

5

Glen Ridge BOE

Nichols, Barbara P

01/17

5

Winslow Township BOE

Ritota, Nancy F

07/16

2

Toms River School Dist

Shady-Bowker, Kathryn S

05/16

5

Toms River School Dist

Weiner, Linda R

03/16

A

Matawan-Aberdeen Reg School

Total = 15
 


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Delape, Marguerite Pennsauken Twp.
BOE
7/1/2016 5 10/19/2011 Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Mocco, Audrey Paterson BOE 3/1/2014 5 12/12/2012 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary;
Continue in OAL

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1 Williams, Stanley - New Brunswick BOE - Honorable Service Deferred
retirement; Request to Postpone
Approved
F-2+ Smith, Star - East Brunswick Twp BOE - Request to change
retirement option
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Cooke, Lauren - Egg Harbor Twp. BOE - Settlement Proposal
Rejected Settlement Proposal; Continue in OAL
G-2 Gechtman, Elaine - Elizabeth BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed
the Board's decision and granted Ordinary Disability retirement benefits; Exceptions
Rejected ALJ's Decision; noted Exceptions. The Board directed the Secretary to draft a Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.
G-3 Minsavage (dec'd), Christine for David - Hanover Park Reg H S Dist - Final
Administrative Determinations
Approved Final Administrative Determinations
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Darling-Halpin, Kristin - Pemberton Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved for OAL hearing
H-2 Kindy, Larry - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's
denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved for OAL hearing
H-3 Martinez, Juan - Long Branch BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental
Disability retirement benefits
Approved for OAL hearing
H-4 Rappaport, Sharon - Newark Public Schools - Appeals the Board's denial of
Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Tabled for additional information
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Segermeister, Marda - Sayreville BOE_Selover Elm - Request to purchase
credit to qualify to meet twenty year requirement pursuant to Chapter 78, P.L. 2011
Denied
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

K-1+ Whittley (dece'd), Joyce for Harry - Greater Egg Harbor Reg. -
Request option 2 and life insurance (as orginally quoted)
Denied Option 2 amount originally quoted; Approved payment amount of life insurance
originally quoted (Claims Section)
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions George Garrett vs. PFRS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund D As of September 30, 2016
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund E As of September 30, 2016
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
   


OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 Pension Boards v. NJ - Appeal Update
Noted (Trustee Culliton and DAG Ignatowitz recused)
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on December 1, 2016.

 
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