The mission of the Forest Park Trust is to support the Forest and Highland Park Administrator’s Office in its effort to develop, maintain and secure funding in order to advance the future of Forest Park as a major recreational, environmental, educational and cultural facility for the residents of the surrounding areas and all of New York City.

Board of Directors

Michael Palermo, Maspeth Federal Savings & Loan

Nash Roe, City Underwriting Agency


Dr. Rev. David Benke, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

Compliance Officer



Salvatore Crifasi, Crifasi Real Estate

Chris Downes, O’Dwyer & Bernstein, LLP.

Diana Gaitan, Campbell and Dawes, Ltd.

Michael Gogditize, Astoria Bank

Jeffrey D. Lebowitz, Jaspen Schlesinger LLP.

Ivan Mrakovcic, Rand Engineering & Architecture

Angelo Russo, TD Bank