About the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Council

The CSBG Advisory Council was created to fulfill the mandate of Chapter 884 of the New York State Laws of 1982. In compliance with this statute, the council includes representation from private nonprofit providers, leaders within the community action community, and the public. Half of the representatives are appointed by the Governor, one quarter by the President pro-tempore of the Senate, and one quarter by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Council members consult with CSBG division staff and assist in the preparation of reports and development of the CSBG Application and Management Plan. The council meets twice annually, with additional meetings as needed.  The council also advises the Secretary of State on strategies and activities that promote the elimination of poverty and by adopting or amending bylaws necessary to address the appointment and terms of Council officers and their duties.  For more information on the CSBG Advisory Council, call the CSBG office at (518) 474-5741.

Council Members:

Gubernatorial Appointees Senate Appointees Assembly Appointees
Ms. Margaret M. Evans
Schenectady, NY 12308
Ms. Patricia Cruz
Pittsford, NY 14534
Mr. Daniel Maskin
Oneonta, NY 13820-2552
Mr. David Hahn-Baker
Buffalo, NY  14216
Ms. Belinda Groneman
East Islip, NY 11730
Mr. Stuart M. Mitchell
Rochester, NY 14607
Mr. Michael Martin
Buffalo, NY 14207
Ms. Mynita Holley-Atkinson
Hempstead, NY 11550
Mr. Yves Vilus
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Mr. Carlton Mitchell
Queens Village, NY 11429
Mr. Denis E. Wilson, Sr.
Fonda, NY 12068
Commissioner Bill Chong
New York, NY 10007
Tina Zerbian
Salamanca, NY 14779
Mr. Maurice A. Reid
Brooklyn, NY 11247-3219
Mr. Miguel Santos
Buffalo, NY 14901
Andrea Ogunwumi
Elmira, NY 14214