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Dancers perform during the National Dance Institute gala

Dancers perform during the National Dance Institute gala Noam Galai

The National Dance Institute raised more than $1.5 million at its 42nd Annual gala on April 30. The proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s arts education programs. Three-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann hosted the event, which featured about 500 guests, dinner, an auction and plenty of cocktails. Actress Bebe Neuwirth was also honored at the event, according to a press release.


The New York City Independent Budget Office has a slick new report detailing what services are provided by New York City’s senior centers. A new bill introduced to the City Council would require the Department for the Aging to issue an annual report with details about 250 centers spread throughout the city. About $100 million was spent on them in fiscal year 2017, according to the new report, serving nearly 30,000 seniors each day.


The American Cancer Society held a gala in Saratoga Springs on April 28. The Times Union features photographs of the event, held at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has been busy in recent days on two issues of importance to nonprofits. He launched the third phase of his $20 billion plan to combat homelessness. As an Oct. 2018 deadline looms and some stakeholders get nervous, here is who Cuomo put on a task force to evaluate the state and local effort to implement Raise the Age:

  • Anthony Annucci, acting commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

  • Hon. Michael Coccoma, deputy chief administrative judge for Courts Outside New York

  • David Condliffe, executive director, Center for Community Alternatives

  • RoAnn Destito, commissioner of the Office of General Services

  • Nancy Ginsburg, director of Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Team of the Legal Aid Society

  • Eric Gonzalez, district attorney, Kings County District Attorney's Office

  • Mike Green, executive deputy Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services

  • Peter Kehoe, executive director, NYS Sheriffs' Association

  • William Leahy, director, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services

  • Robert Maccarone, deputy commissioner and director of the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives at the Division of Criminal Justice Services

  • Edwina G. Mendelson, deputy chief administrative judge for justice initiatives

  • Sheila Poole, acting commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services

  • Naomi Post, executive director, Children's Defense Fund-NY

  • Allen Riley, commissioner of the state Commission of Correction

  • Todd Scheuermann of the New York State Division of Budget


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