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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
DECEMBER 6, 2012
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 2012 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 15, 2011.

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: 10:35 AM

Adjourned: 11:40 AM

Roll Call:

James Joyner (arrived 10:45), Martha Liebman, Paul Orihel, Erland Nordstrom, Neil
Williams, Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Kellie Pushko; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Florence Sheppard;
Wendy Jamison; Marylou Mayoros; Amy Mazzeo; Richard Klockner, NJPSA; Robert
Murphy, NJPSA; Val Kazhdan; NJEA; Lynda Corrado



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of October 25, 2012
Approved (Trustee Williams abstained.)


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
Retirement List
Approved
C-4
Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Katz, Nance
Pennsauken Twp. BOE
7/1/2012 
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Kolessa, Halyna
Elizabeth Bd. Of Ed
3/1/2012
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-3 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (see list below)
D-4 Young, Gilbert
Roselle Boro Bd of Ed     a) Request to apply for Ordinary
Disability - Denied
b) Only eligible for deferred; but was
removed for cause
D-5 Storms, Linda
Bridgeton Bd Of Ed
7/1/2012
5
Approved

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Bonner, John B

08/12

5

Elizabeth BOE

Brodwater, Karen M

11/12

5

Barnegat Twp BOE

Camporeale, Anna

10/12

A

Lakewood Twp BOE

Faughner, Gregory

07/12

A

Monroe Twp BOE

Grasso, Judith M

01/13

5

Hammonton Town BOE

Groeber, Louise A

02/13

5

Penns Grove Carneys Point Reg

Howarth, Susan S

03/13

A

Moorestown Township BOE

Hurlman, Dorothy

11/12

5

Elizabeth BOE

Kehr, Roseanne

01/13

A

Freehold Twp BOE

Nielsen, Pamela M

07/12

5

Pine Hill Borough BOE

Peterson, Barbara

08/12

5

Newark Public Schools

Ruiz, Joan

02/13

1

Bloomfield Twp BOE

Simpkins, Christa E

08/12

5

Florence Township BOE

Smith, Barbara Ann

05/13

1

Ridgefield Park BOE

Smith, Jacqueline H

10/12

C

Bellmawr Borough BOE

Spinosi, Kathi

07/12

5

Freehold Reg HS District

Welch, Joan

07/13

A

Camden City BOE

Winkler, Christina Lisa

10/12

5

Hillsborough Twp BOE

Total = 18

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Seymoure, Ruth


Asbury Park Bd of Ed
5/1/2012
5
2/20/2009
12/18/2009
1/18/2012
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; Continue Ordinary
Disability
E-2 Corrado, Lynda



Sea Isle City BOE
7/1/2008
5
9/19/2005
10/5/2005
10/5/2006
12/12/2006
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental; (less than 10 years);
Continue in OAL
(DAG Pushko recused.)

E-3

Lyons, Michael
Edison Twp. BOE
8/1/2012
5
12/2/2009
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-4 Murphy, Linda
Winslow Twp. Board
of Ed
2/1/2013
5
1/13/2011
Approved

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

  None
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Abdul-Ghafer, Hasan (dec'd) - Bloomfield Twp BOE - Initial Decision ALJ reversed the Board's decision and granted the request for the family to convert the group life insurance policy; Exceptions
Rejected the legal reasoning; Modify findings of fact; Adopt Conclusion to allow conversion;
Noted exceptions (DAG Pusko recused.)
G-2 Wolters, Coleen - Middlesex County Vocational School - Initial Decision Reconsideration - ALJ upheld the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability;
Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Reconsidered and adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-3 Santangelo, Patricia - Camden County Tech School - Initial Decision ALJ
affirmed the Board's denial of Ordinary Disabillity; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Shaffer, Kristen - Montville Twp. BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Wickersheim, Carol - Hackensack City BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Bingham, Kimberly - Lower Township Board of Ed - Appeals the denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund A As of September 30, 2012
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund B As of September 30, 2012
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D As of September 30, 2012
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E As of September 30, 2012
Noted
L-5 Appellate Division Decisions Robert Joya vs. PERS
Noted
L-6 Appellate Division Decisions Kristine Zutell vs. PFRS
Noted
L-7 Trial Balance for July 31, 2012
Noted
L-8 Trial Balance for August 31, 2012
Noted
L-9 Proposed Amendment to NJAC 17:3-1.4 - Election of member-trustee
The Board noted the proposed amendments; however, Trustee Liebman requested that the
procedure wherein delegates/alternate are provided to the Board office by the County
Superintendent offices remain in place regardless of whether or not there will be an actual
election.
L-10 Common Pension Fund B As of October 31, 2012
Noted
L-11 Common Pension Fund D As of October 31, 2012
Noted
L-12 Common Pension Fund E As of October 31, 2012
Noted
L-13 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-14 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-15 Trial Balance for September 30, 2012
Noted

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 10, 2013.

 

 
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