About The New York Council on Problem Gambling
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.
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 Addiction Services and Supports 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.
Board of Directors
- Steve Block, CPGC, NCGC-II President
51 Stanley Circle
Staten Island, NY 10308
Phone: (917) 846-1933
- Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D 1st Vice President
SUNY Albany AS 217
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-4825
- Cheryl L. Hecht, LCSW, MPH 2nd Vice President
606 Johnson Ave, Suite 12
Bohemia, NY 11716
Phone: (631) 428-3799
- 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
- Maureen Corbett, MS Member
801 Fifth Street
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: (518) 470-1738
- Joseph Barbera Member
1506 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Phone: (914) 512-7312
- Mara Mendicino Member
4 Dylan Court
Nanuet, NY 10954
Phone: (845) 300-8236
- Michael Slavett, LCSW Treasurer
Department of Veterans Affairs - HCHV Program
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 232-7145
- Cesar A. Sosa, CASAC-G Chair, Conference Committee
107-16 121st Street
South Richmond Hill , NY 11419
Phone: (917) 734-5452
- Joan Cybulski, LMHC,pllc-, ICOGS, CASAC-G, EAS-C NCC, MAC, LPN Member
70 N. Clove Road
Verbank, NY 12585
Phone: (845) 677-4863
- Reid McCauley Member
- Connie Thompson Member
- Leslie Waite, Psy.D. 6 Chestnut Street
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY NY 12033-1506
Phone: (773) 633-3139
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
For press inquiries or administrative questions, contact:
Jim Maney: [email protected]
For training center inquiries, contact:
Colleen Jones: [email protected]
For gaming industry relations, prevention, outreach and education, contact:
Michelle Hadden: [email protected]
For treatment and recovery, contact:
Rachel Lauria: [email protected]