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Pensions and Benefits
TEACHERS' PENSION AND ANNUITY FUND
MARCH 6, 2014
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 2014 annual meeting schedule was mailed to the Secretary of State, Star Ledger and the Trenton Times on November 12, 2013.

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: 11:33 AM

Adjourned: 1:30 PM

Roll Call:

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


Absent: None

Also Present: DAG Robert Kelly; Mary Ellen Rathbun; Jackie Bussanich; Amy Cerovsky; Florence
Sheppard; Henry Matwiejewicz; Tim McMullen; Michael Weik; Cheryl Chianese;
Robert Murphy, NJPSA; Val Kazhdan, NJEA; Pamela Espenshade; Kim Clemenson;
Chris Santorelli, Pete Wozniack, John Megariotis; Scott Porter, Milliman



OPEN SESSION

Minutes

Minutes from the meeting of February 06, 2014
Approved (Trustee Williams abstained.)

Minutes from the meeting of February 28, 2014
Approved (Trustee Orihel abstained.)


OPEN SESSION

Miscellaneous Issues

B-1+

Actuary Report presented by Milliman
Approved



OPEN SESSION

Retirement and Death Lists

C-1

Retirement List
Approved

C-2
Return to Employment
Approved
C-3
Chapter 221
Approved
 

CLOSED SESSION

Ordinary Disability

 
MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.
EMPLOYER
EFFECTIVE
DATE
OPT
DECISION
D-1 Pena, Milagros
Newark Public Schools
2/1/2014
5
Approved w/re-exam in 1 year
D-2 Castello, Wayne
Perth Amboy BOE
7/1/2014
5
Denied Ordinary, Offer Service
D-3 Gunzelman, Gregory
Trenton City BOE
1/1/2013
Approved
D-4 Monthly OD Grid  
 
  
Approved (see list below)
Addendum - Wendy Bowes – The
Board rescinded its previous
approval because she did not meet
the requirements to apply for the
benefit.

ORDINARY DISABILITY APPROVALS

Member's Name

Effective Date

Opt

Employer

Burd, Jeannine E

11/13

D

Hampton Borough BOE

Cerreta, Virginia A

04/14

5

Edison Twp BOE

Genovese, Samuel

01/14

5

Jersey City Public Schools

Giannascoli, Maria A

04/14

A

Vineland City BOE

Nayar, Pushpa

01/14

5

Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School Dist

Oliveri, Maria A

01/14

5

Clifton City BOE

Parry, Vicki K

01/14

5

Bedminster Twp BOE

Phillips, Diane C

03/14

5

Pine Hill Borough BOE

Platzner, Rebecca Ann

10/12

5

Hackensack City BOE

Salamone, Danielle

02/14

C

Pine Hill Borough BOE

Scheyer, Rachel

12/12

5

Ocean City BOE

Scott, Annette L

07/13

5

New Brunswick BOE

Vergaray, Florence

02/14

C

Marlboro Township BOE

Total = 13

CLOSED SESSION

Accidental Disability 

 

MEMBER'S NAME
AND NO.

EMPLOYER

EFFECTIVE
DATE

OPT

ACCIDENT
DATE

DECISION

E-1

Griggs, Susan
Lacey Township BOE
3/1/2014
5
2/17/2010
4/9/2013
Denied Accidental, Offer Service
(note incident on 3/23/13 - fall at
home)
E-2 Cooke, Lauren
Egg Harbor Twp. BOE
10/1/2012
5
5/1/2002
Reconsideration of an OAL case
Tabled for additional information

 


OPEN SESSION

Retirement Issues

  None
   


OPEN SESSION


Hearing Decisions

G-1 Chica, Astrid - New Brunswick BOE - Initial Decision ALJ upheld the Board's
decision denying ordinary disability retirement benefits; Exceptions; Reply to Exceptions
Adopted ALJ Decision; Noted exceptions; Noted reply to exceptions
G-2 Kahn, Justin - Point Pleasant Boro BOE - Final Administrative Determinations
Approved
   

OPEN SESSION


Hearing Requests

H-1 Ritacco, Michael - Toms River School Dist. - Appeals the Board's determination of total forfeiture due to dishonorable service
Approved
H-2 Miller, Wendy - Freehold Regional H.S. District - Appeals the Board's denial of Ordinary Disability retirement benefits
Approved
H-3 Robinson, Linda - Camden City BOE - Appeals the Board's 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 Letter of withdraw as a candidate for the trustee position
Noted
L-2 Common Pension Fund A as of January 31, 2014
Noted
L-3 Common Pension Fund D as of January 31, 2014
Noted
L-4 Common Pension Fund E as of January 31, 2014
Noted
L-5 Common Pension Fund B as of January 31, 2014
Noted
L-6 Wire Transfers TPAF Contributory group insurance policy #14300
Noted
L-7 Wire Transfers Non-Contributory group insurance policy #14800 benefit claims
Noted
   

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

The next meeting of the Board will be held on April 3, 2014.

 
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