About NYCPG

About The New York Council on Problem Gambling

Mission

The New York Council on Problem Gambling is a not-for-profit independent corporation dedicated to increasing public awareness about problem and disordered gambling and advocating for support services and treatment for persons adversely affected by problem gambling. NYCPG maintains a neutral stance on gambling and is governed by a Board of Directors.

History

In 1972, the Board of Trustees of Gamblers Anonymous in the New York City area requested their Spiritual Advisor, Monsignor Dunne, establish a Council on Problem Gambling to do what they could not do because of anonymity- call national attention and raise awareness of problem gambling in the United States. The National Council on Problem Gambling was founded at that time and in 1975, was chartered as a nonprofit organization.

Initially organized by an alliance of health professionals and recovering gamblers, the National Council benefited from the work of pioneers such as Dr. Robert Custer and Monsignor Joseph Dunne of New York. Until the National Council decided to relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C., the National Council and NYCPG were in essence one and the same. In fact, money was provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health to maintain the National Council on Problem Gambling Helpline. NYCPG was formally incorporated in 1994.

Today, NYCPG is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and works with various organizations, stakeholders and government entities to:

  • Produce and disseminate information leading to increased recognition, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.
  • Conduct and publicly support research activities to establish and document areas of need.
  • Provide training tools to healthcare and other professionals for the purpose of assessing and treating persons with gambling-related problems.
  • Foster expanded and improved services for residents adversely affected by gambling.
  • Assist industry and business leaders in developing customer- and employee-based problem gambling awareness programs.
  • Conduct workshops and conferences.

NYCPG strives to meet the ongoing and evolving need to address problem gambling in NYS as gambling and the associated problems continue to expand in various forms throughout the state.

 

Staff

  • Jim Maney
    Executive Director

  • Mariangela Milea
    Assistant Executive Director of Administration

  • Michelle Hadden
    Assistant Executive Director of Program

  • Jaime Costello
    Director - Bureau of Prevention and Training

  • Jenn Wood
    Director - Bureau of Information Management Systems

  • Rachel Lauria
    Director - Bureau of Treatment & Recovery

  • Kristin Sweeter
    Problem Gambling Resource Centers Director

  • Stelianos Canallatos
    Prevention and Communications Specialist

 

Board of Directors

  • Steve Block, CPGC, NCGC-II
    President
    51 Stanley Circle
    Staten Island, NY 10308
    Phone: (917) 846-1933

  • Ike Dweck, CASAC, CPGC
    1st Vice President, Treasurer
    PO Box 230035
    Brooklyn, NY 11223
    Phone: (866) 569-7233 ext. 315

  • Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D
    2nd Vice President
    SUNY Albany AS 217
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222
    Phone: (518) 442-4654

  • Gloria Block, MS Ed
    Secretary
    51 Stanley Circle
    Staten Island, NY 10308
    Phone: (917) 846-2558

  • Tony Bellanca
    Towanda Terrace
    410 Main Street, Apt 211
    Towanda, PA 18848
    Phone: (570) 637-8454

  • Joseph Barbera
    1506 North Avenue
    New Rochelle, NY 10804
    Phone: (914) 512-7312

  • Maureen Corbett, MS
    801 Fifth Street
    Watervliet, NY 12189
    Phone: (518) 470-1738

  • Cheryl L. Hecht, LCSW, MPH
    606 Johnson Ave, Suite 12
    Bohemia, NY 11716
    Phone: (631) 428-3799

  • Mara Mendicino
    4 Dylan Court
    Nanuet, NY 10954
    Phone: (845) 300-8236

  • Mayumi Okuda Benavides
    Columbia University Medical Center
    710 W 168th Street, 12 Floor
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone: (646) 774-8096

  • Michael Slavett, LCSW
    Department of Veterans Affairs - HCHV Program
    113 Holland Avenue
    Albany, NY 12208
    Phone: (518) 232-7145

  • Cesar A. Sosa, CASAC-G
    89-03 104th Street #2C
    Richmond Hill, NY 11418
    Phone: (347) 770-8658

  • Enoch Chen, Ph.D
    Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite SB
    Bohemia, NY 11716
    Phone: (631) 218-8800

  • Joan Cybulski, LMHC,pllc-, ICOGS, CASAC-G, EAS-C NCC, MAC, LPN
    70 N. Clove Road
    Verbank, NY 12585
    Phone: (845) 677-4863

 

Contact the New York Council on Problem Gambling

Interested in speaking to NYCPG about how you can raise awareness of problem gambling in your community through speeches or stories? Or are you a problem gambler in need of support? Contact us for more information or help.

New York Council on Problem Gambling
100 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 104
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: 518-867-4084
Fax: 518-867-4087
Council@NYProblemGambling.org

For press inquiries or administrative questions, contact:
Jim Maney: JManey@NYProblemGambling.org

For training center inquiries, contact:
Mariangela Milea: MMilea@NYProblemGambling.org

For gaming industry relations, contact:
Michelle Hadden: MHadden@NYProblemGambling.org

For prevention, outreach and education, contact:
Jaime Costello: JCostello@NYProblemGambling.org

For treatment and recovery, contact:
Rachel Lauria: RLauria@NYProblemGambling.org