Howard P. Milstein leads the third generation of the legendary business and philanthropic family. An entrepreneurial builder and leader of innovative companies, Howard is a major figure in local, national and global affairs and a trusted advisor on economic, civic and philanthropic matters.
The Milstein family has been recognized for generations for their ability to see the potential in economically challenged communities. In areas like the Lincoln Center, Times Square, and Battery Park City neighborhoods in Manhattan, Starrett City in Brooklyn, and the New Jersey waterfront, the Milstein family has worked diligently to foster the type of development that, over time, revitalizes and restores entire communities.
Howard and the Milstein family are active in numerous charitable organizations. In Western New York, Howard and Niagara Falls Redevelopment, LLC, have supported numerous organizations and charitable causes, including Community Missions, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the Niagara Falls Police Club, the Harry F. Abate Elementary School, the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association, the Niagara Aerospace Museum, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and many others. At Cornell University, Mr. Milstein is a Trustee and Presidential Counselor, and an Overseer of Cornell Medical College. He is also on the Board of the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Howard also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the New York Blood Center and American Skin Association and is a board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Howard is also an active supporter of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF).
Among many honors, Howard has received the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Humanitarian Award, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Gold Medal Award, the Emerald Isle Immigration Society Robert Briscoe Award, the Make a Wish Foundation Award, the Tanenbaum Center Corporate Bridge Builder Award, and awards from the Jewish National Fund and B’nai B’rith Youth Services. In 2008, Howard was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Cornell University. In March of 2012, he was sworn-in as an honorary FDNY Battalion Chief, in recognition of his significant support for the New York City Fire Department.
Howard is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank. He also chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies, including: Milstein Properties, Milford Management, and the Milford Agency. In 2011, Howard was selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Howard’s appointment in June 2011.
A graduate of Cornell University, Howard earned a B.A. in Economics summa cum laude (1973). At Harvard University, he earned both his Law and Business degrees in the JD/MBA Program (1977). He was admitted to the New York State Bar, and is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations.
Anthony Bergamo (1946 – 2017)
Anthony (“Tony”) Bergamo served as President and CEO of Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) until his untimely death in September 2017. Tony was a leader in business, nonprofit and civic circles. He was also a person of unassailable integrity, loyalty, and modesty.
A classic tale of the American dream, Tony Bergamo rose from humble beginnings in New York City’s “Hells Kitchen” neighborhood. He got his start tending bar for his father, then drove delivery trucks in New Jersey while working his way through law school. Tony graduated with a J.D. from New York Law School.
In his role as CEO of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, Tony led the effort to clear, secure and market key parcels in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. He was instrumental in supervising the investment of more than $90 million into Niagara Falls, and in charitable contributions to numerous organizations in the area. In 2016-2017 alone, NFR contributed to groups that include the Niagara Falls Police Benevolent Association, the Kiwanis Club, the Niagara Falls Law Enforcement Foundation, the Niagara Falls Firefighters Christmas Toy Fund, the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, and Dominion Life Christian Center. Through the Niagara Falls Education Foundation, Tony also supervised contributions of dozens of scholarships, as well as donations to support classrooms and athletic programs.
In addition to his role with Niagara Falls Redevelopment, he also served as Vice Chairman of Milstein Properties and Senior Advisor to Emigrant Bank. Tony served on the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department, and as the Audit Chairman of the State of New York Mortgage Agency.
In 1998, Tony founded the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, which he chaired until his death. Originally formed to support families of FBI agents killed in action, the Foundation now provides financial assistance to all federal and local law enforcement agencies, as well as those suffering from a serious illness or recovering from a natural disaster, such as fire, hurricane or earthquake. Since beginning its work, the Foundation has donated more than $17 million, through 4,400 grants and 3,525 scholarships, in over 300 communities and 12 foreign countries.
Over the years, Tony was honored by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Office of Labor Racketeering, U.S. Department of Labor, District Attorneys of New York State, the New York Police Department, New York ASIS Chapter, and New Jersey Police Chiefs Foundation––just to name a few.
Roger Trevino is an accomplished marketing executive and businessman who has successfully combined his expertise in brand marketing and commercial real estate to establish a unique yet interesting career.
As an executive in Niagara Falls Redevelopment, LLC (NFR), Trevino oversees the day-to-day real estate interests in Niagara Falls, NY for Milstein Properties, a multi-billion dollar entity with significant holdings in the Niagara Falls market. Strategically located at the gateway entrance to Niagara Falls and adjacent to the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, the 140-acre assemblage may be one of the most attractive entertainment development sites in North America.
The Buffalo News published an account about one of many NFR community initiatives entitled, “The Man Behind the Falls Walk” chronicling Trevino’s almost two years behind the scenes effort to secure Nik Wallenda’s worldwide television broadcast of Wallenda’s historic walk across the Falls – a feat most knowledgeable professionals said would never happen and now acknowledged as the largest event ever held in Niagara Falls.
Before joining NFR, Trevino operated his own sports marketing and management firm representing Fortune 100 companies, entertainers, and professional sports figures and was a founding board member of the NFL Quarterback Club which included Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, and Warren Moon, to name a few. The venture was touted by NFL Properties as a marketing coup in delivering a first in the sports licensing industry, now a common practice in all of team sports.
Besides the Wallenda wire walk, Trevino has been an innovator in developing a number of community-based and nationally sponsored events and promotions for charitable causes. His knowledge and expertise in packaging promotions have proved invaluable to secure funding for events ranging from television and event production to sponsorship treatments designed to deliver bottom-line oriented results.
Trevino has served or been a member of the Board of Directors for the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, NAACP, the Festival of Lights, Kelly for Kids, United Way, New Millennium Group, and Niagara Falls Park Advisory Panel.
Trevino proudly served two years active duty in the U.S. Navy during which time he was nominated for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, but chose to receive his honorable discharge and return to Texas where he continued to serve his country in the Naval Reserve, fulfilling his commitment.
Proud of his family and his Hispanic heritage, Trevino developed an interest in genealogy and has been successful in tracing his family lineage back to the original Spanish Land Grant in Texas and tracing his mother’s Latvian roots in Riga, Latvia. He developed this interest as a Texas landman in the oil and later as an underwriter for St. Paul Title Company.