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  • Aimee Manoccio Nason
    Assistant Chief, Deputy Attorney General
  • Gabriel Chacon
    Assistant Chief, Senior Deputy Attorney General
  • Amy Chung
    Assistant Chief, Deputy Attorney General

The Pension and Financial Transactions Section (“PFT Section”) provides counsel and representation to the Division of Pensions and Benefits, the various State pension and health benefit boards and committees in the Department of the Treasury, and certain other divisions within the Department of the Treasury, including the Division of Purchase & Property, the Division of the State Lottery, the Office of Public Finance, the Office of lnformation Technology, the Division of Property Management and Construction, and the Division of lnvestment. The PFT Section also provides counsel and representation to various State authorities that handle, among other things, financing, housing, economic development, and real estate development. These authorities include the Economic Development Authority, the Educational Facilities Authority, the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Garden State Preservation Trust, the Building Authority, the Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank.

The Pensions Unit of the PFT Section represents the Boards of Trustees for State-administered retirement systems in a wide variety of matters. The Boards are fiduciaries of the funds and responsible to ensure that retirement benefits are paid only to persons who qualify. An important part of the Pensions Unit’s work involves defending the Boards’ decisions in contested disability retirement applications filed by public employees who claim to be permanently and totally disabled from performing their job duties. Pensions deputies handle matters from their commencement through hearings conducted in the Office of Administrative Law and the appeal process to the Appellate Division (in the event a litigant takes an appeal from an unfavorable decision). Deputies use litigation and writing skills ranging from taking discovery (including subpoenas) to examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses to drafting post-hearing briefs, exceptions and/or replies to exceptions, and appellate briefs. Deputies representing the Division of Purchase and Property provide advice to the Division on a variety of procurement vehicles such as requests for proposals, cooperative contracts and waivers, draft and negotiate contracts, including licenses agreements, provide guidance on final agency decisions, and also appear in Superior Court and in the Appellate Division on contract litigation matters.

Deputies representing the Office of Public Finance and the State authorities issuing bonds, notes and other financing obligations provide advice on constitutional and State law issues. Deputies in this assignment serve as “issuer’s counsel” and review and negotiate bond financing documents, attend the pre-closings and deliver opinions on behalf of the Attorney General. These matters are often complex and fast-paced and, at times, involve the development and documentation of novel financing structures.

 
     
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