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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
DECEMBER 5, 2013
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 2013 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2012.

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: 10:38 AM

Adjourned: 12:45 PM

Roll Call:

James Joyner, Paul Orihel, Erland Nordstrom, Edward McCarthy, Neil Williams, Martha Liebman, Susanne Culliton


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Val McManus; Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Cheryl Chianese; Michael Weik; Wendy Jamison; Mark Schwedes; Michael Barrett; Steve Kalebic, Esquire; Leah Farrell; US Attorney's Office; Bill Carrathan, US Attorney's Office; Michael Symons, NJ Press media; Justin Kahn; Ray Moose



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of October 24, 2013
Approved (Trustee Orihel abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

None



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved

C-2
Retirement List
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Rykala, Joyce

Somerdale BOE 7/1/2013
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Deferred
D-2 Benitez-Mir, Maria
Union City BOE 12/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary; Approve OAL Hearing
D-3 Wood, Dolores
Bridgeton BOE 8/1/2012
5
Reconsidered and Denied Ordinary; Continue Service; Approve OAL Hearing
D-4 Santangelo, Patricia Camden County Technical
School
7/1/2010
5

Request to apply for Ordinary Disability while appeal is pending in Appellate Court - Denied

D-5 Adam, Joann
Mansfield Twp. BOE 8/1/2013
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-6 Monthly OD Grid  
  
 
Approved (see list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Aakhus, Teresa

10/13

C

West Windsor Plainsboro Regional

Burchill, John J

01/14

B

Paterson BOE

Carter, Jean R

08/13

A

Eastampton Township BOE

Cohen, Ira

01/13

D

Elizabeth BOE

Crawford, Barbara

09/13

A

East Orange School District

Deibert, Joanne E

09/13

5

Metuchen Boro BOE

Dinella, William G

06/13

5

Irvington BOE

Garcia-Pereira, Elisa

06/13

5

Elizabeth BOE

Grace, Patricia A

06/13

5

Sayreville BOE

Halbrook, Rodney M

01/14

5

Union Twp BOE

Hubbard, Dale E

03/14

5

Hardyston Township BOE

Ingemi, Barbara A

02/14

5

Pine Hill Borough BOE

Jones, Valerie J

02/13

5

Elizabeth BOE

Kalos, Carolyn Ann

08/13

5

Elizabeth BOE

Koffler, Allison

12/13

5

Monmouth County Vocational Schools

Ladzinski, Jeffrey

01/14

D

Bayonne BOE

Lanagan, Thomas P

09/13

A

Ocean County Vocational School

Leta, Lisa A

08/13

5

Winslow Township BOE

Maher, Theresa

01/14

A

Absecon BOE

Mareletto, Maureen

01/14

D

Cinnaminson Twp BOE

Melberger, Bernadette

01/14

C

Sparta BOE

Neetz, Lori T

01/14

5

South Orange-Maplewood BOE

Perez, Pilar

01/14

5

Piscataway BOE

Pignato, Nicholas R

11/13

A

Elizabeth BOE

Pracilio, Deborah

12/13

2

Washington Twp BOE

Raymundo, Jesusa J

11/13

A

Newark Public Schools

Rush, Eileen T

10/13

5

Upper Township BOE

Seaman, Mary M

07/13

5

Hamilton Twp BOE

Sobota, Theodore V

03/14

5

Paterson BOE

Sullivan, John

12/13

C

East Orange School District

Tackach-Gasser, Donna M

11/13

C

North Plainfield BOE

Umstead-Capers, Saundra

09/14

5

Moorestown Township BOE

Whyte, Michelle

08/13

5

Camden City BOE

Witkowski, Patricia G

01/14

A

Bridgeton BOE

Zavlek, Steve

10/13

5

Newark Public Schools

Total = 35


CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT DATE

DECISION

E-1

Harper, Clarice

Newark Public
Schools
7/1/2013
5
9/15/2010
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
E-2 Puchino, Tracy
Willingboro BOE
7/1/2013
5
1/31/2011
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary

E-3

Kooistra, George
Elizabeth BOE
4/1/2013
5
12/21/2007
2/1/2008
1/18/2012
3/8/2013
Denied Accidental Granted Ordinary
(no incident report for 3/8/13)
(T&P, but not related to any incident)



OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Masiello, Linda - Oradell BOE - Option Change Request to Postpone
Approved request to postpone
F-2 Moses, Jeffrey - New Brunswick BOE - Honorable Service
Tabled
F-3+ Ritacco, Michael - Toms River School Dist. - Honorable Service
Total Forfeiture (Retirement, Audit)
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Weitzman, Mathew - West New York BOE - Initial Decision Dismissal
Adopted ALJ decision
G-2 Shaffer, Kristen - Montville Twp. BOE - Failure to appear
Noted
   



OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Knox, Jenye - Union Twp BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Abrams, Dena - Old Bridge BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement beneifts
Approved
H-3 Staab, Walter - Bergen Co. Vocational School - Appeals the Board's denial of Accidental Disability retirement benefits
Approved
   



OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

J-1+ Kahn, Justin - Point Pleasant Boro BOE - Request delayed Interfund Transfer from WRD PERS into TPAF
Denied
J-2+ Moose, Ray - Middlesex Co. Vocational Schools - Purchase Request
Denied
   



OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Common Pension Fund D as of September 30, 2013
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E as of September 30, 2013
Noted
L-3 Appellate Division Decisions Bergen County vs. PFRS
Noted
L-4 Appellate Division Decisions Michael Larosa, Scott Newkirk & Susan Kamish vs. SPRS
Noted
L-5 Trial Balance for July 31, 2013
Noted
L-6 Trial Balance for August 31, 2013
Noted
L-7 Common Pension Fund A as of September 30, 2013
Noted
L-8 Common Pension Fund B as of September 30, 2013
Noted
L-9 Wire Transfers Non Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-10 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-11 Wire Transfers for September 30, 2013
Noted
L-12 Common Pension Fund A as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-13 Common Pension Fund B as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-14 Common Pension Fund D as of October 31, 2013
Noted
L-15 Common Pension Fund E asof October 31, 2013
Noted
L-16 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-17 Wire Transfers Non contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
L-18 Board Member Address List Updated
Noted
   

OPEN SESSION

Reports

M-1 New Business Report on Convention Presentation
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 9, 2014.

 
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