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.



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    Jim Maney
    Executive Director

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    Mariangela Milea
    Assistant Executive Director of Administration

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    Michelle Hadden
    Assistant Executive Director of Program

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    Jenn Wood
    Director - Bureau of Information Management Systems

  • Rachel Lauria-

    Rachel Lauria
    Director - Bureau of Treatment & Recovery

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    Justina Ferrara
    OASAS Treatment Coordinator

  • Kristin Sweeter

    Kristin Sweeter
    Problem Gambling Resource Centers Director

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    Brandy Richards
    Director, Bureau of Prevention and Special Programs

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    Stelianos Canallatos
    Prevention Manager

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    Jenna Mitchell
    Senior Executive Assistant

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    Jonathan Crandall
    Special Populations Coordinator

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    Diana Reuter
    Director, Bureau of Training and Marketing/ Communications


Board of Directors

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

  • Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D
    1st Vice President, Chair, Research Committee, Personnel Committee
    SUNY Albany SS 251
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222
    Phone: (518) 442-4825

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

  • Maureen Corbett, MS
    Chair, Personnel Committee, Audit & Finance Committee
    801 Fifth Street
    Watervliet, NY 12189
    Phone: (518) 470-1738

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

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

  • Michael Slavett, LCSW
    Treasurer, Recruitment Committee, Research Committee
    Department of Veterans Affairs - Senior Social Worker
    113 Holland Avenue
    Albany, NY 12208
    Phone: (518) 232-7145

  • Cesar A. Sosa, CASAC-G
    Chair, Recruitment 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
    Recruitment Committee
    70 N. Clove Road
    Verbank, NY 12585
    Phone: (845) 677-4863

  • Reid McCauley
    Chair, Audit & Finance Committee, Personnel Committee

  • Connie Thompson
  • Leslie Waite, Psy.D.
    Nominating Committee
    6 Chestnut Street
    Castleton-on-Hudson, NY NY 12033-1506
    Phone: (773) 633-3139

  • Hugh Zuber
    39 Jacob Rumph Court
    Montgomery , New York 12549
    Phone: (845) 741-9757


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
[email protected]

For press inquiries or administrative questions, contact:
Jim Maney: [email protected]

For training center inquiries, contact:
Diana Reuter: [email protected]

For gaming industry relations, prevention, outreach and education, contact:
Michelle Hadden: [email protected]

For treatment and recovery, contact:
Rachel Lauria: [email protected]


For 24/7 Support, Call the NYS OASAS HOPEline at 1-877-8HOPENY

 It is important for those affected by the harms associated with gambling and people close to those with a gambling problem can suffer impacts that include conflicts in relationships, financial strain,

and feelings of anger, fear, shame or worry.

For more information and to get help, call the NYS OASAS HOPEline any time

at 1-877-846-7369.

For additional resources, please visit https://oasas.ny.gov/gambling or https://oasas.ny.gov/prevention/gambling