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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
DECEMBER 3, 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: 10:41 AM

Adjourned: 12:17 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Jeff Ignatowitz; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Angelina Scales; Amy Cervosky; DAG Amy
Chung; Val McManus; Sananda Rana; Sharon Fenstermacher; Rich Bowman; Susan
Grant; Kristen Bell; Robert Murphy, NJSPA; Sarah Favinger, NJEA; Ben A.
Montenegro, attorney; Thomas Gialanella



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of November 12, 2015
Approved (Trustee Liebman abstained)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1
Chapter 221
Approved
C-2 Return to Employment
Approved
C-3 Active and Retired Death Lists
Approved
C-4 Retirement List
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 Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-2 Thomas, Martin Hillsborough Twp. BOE
5/1/2015 A Tabled for new IME
D-3 Dounelis, Kathryn North Brunswick BOE 12/1/2015 5 Tabled for re-evaluation
D-4 Monthly OD Grid       Approved (See list below)

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Alarcon, Frank P Jr

07/15

5

Buena Regional School Dist

Conte, Veronica M

09/15

C

Lyndhurst Twp BOE

Enders, Mark

11/15

B

Deptford Twp BOE

Fanelli, Marc C

09/15

5

Paterson BOE

Hawkes, Kathleen

11/15

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Higgins, Anne Elizabeth

01/16

5

Palmyra Borough BOE

Humble, Denise M

12/15

5

East Greenwich BOE

Hyziak, Mary K

02/16

B

Lenape Valley Reg H S Dist

Masem-Lammers, Regina

11/15

1

Pennsauken Twp BOE

Mesiano, Sandra L

11/15

B

Haddon Heights BOE

Murdock, Charlotte

04/16

A

Randolph Township BOE

Panzarella, Nicole Barbara

07/15

B

East Brunswick Twp BOE

Porta, Eugene A

09/15

A

South Orange-Maplewood BOE

Quirk, Gayle T

08/15

5

Medford Lakes Boro BOE

Weisman, Steven

04/15

5

Piscataway BOE

Total = 15



CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Kolodziejski, Christine Neptune Twp BOE
7/1/2014 5 11/10/2010
12/6/2012
Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability; Offer Deferred;
Approved hearing in OAL
E-2 Rodriguez, Olga Hammonton Town
BOE
2/1/2015 5 9/5/2014 Reconsidered and Denied
Accidental Disability; Continue Early

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

F-1+ Gialanella, Thomas - Jackson Twp. BOE - Return to
Employment - Non bona fide retirement
Employment with Toms River Regional School District is non bona fide; Repay salary for
period from August 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013; Continue retirement
(External Audit, Retirements)
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Rykala, Joyce - Somerdale Boro BOE - Initial Decision The ALJ reversed the
Board's decision and granted ordinary disability retirement benefits, effective July 1, 2013
under Maximum
Adopted ALJ Decision and Grant Ordinary Disability
(Retirement, Health Benefits)
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Massing, Lisa - Clearview Regional School District - Appeals the
Boards denial of accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-2 Connelly, John - Camden City BOE - a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Asch, Glen - Penn Grove Reg School - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary
disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-4 Kacerosky, Colleen - North Brunswick BOE - Appeals the Board's denial of
accidental disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-5 Burton, Gaye - Pemberton Twp. BOE - a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of ordinary disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-6 Sheratsky, Edward - Paterson BOE - a) Reconsideration - Denied
b) Hearing Request - Appeals the Board's denial of retirement option change
Approved
   


OPEN SESSION

Active Membership Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Death Claim Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION

Informational Issues

L-1 Appellate Division Decisions Jose M. Burgos (deceased) vs. PERS
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund E As of October 31, 2015
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D As of October 31, 2015
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on January 7, 2016.

 

 
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