Farm-to-foodbank bill awaits action by NY Gov. Cuomo

  • Farm-to-foodbank bill awaits action by NY Gov. Cuomo

Farm-to-foodbank bill awaits action by NY Gov. Cuomo

The use of "ticket bots", automated software that allows scalpers to buy up huge blocks of tickets for concerts, theater performances, and other events ahead of average customers, will soon be a crime in NY. The scalper then sells the tickets at a hugely inflated price, knowing people will be willing to pay when it's the only way of seeing a concert or event that's sold out. The definition of a "ticket bot" has also been expanded under the new law to mean any system, whether autonomous or human-controlled, used to quickly buy up tickets before the general public has access to them.

The lawmaker who sponsored the bill, Republican State Senator Rick Funke of Fairport, said the legislature will try again next year. However, that didn't do enough to curb the practice or cut into the profits of those using the bots. He said the new law is an important step in restoring fairness in the multi-billion dollar industry.

Senator Andrew J. Lanza said, "When I became Chairman of the Senate Investigations Committee, I vowed to pass legislation to combat the robotic ticket broker programs that unscrupulous speculators used to rig the system and deny my constituents and fans across ny a fair chance at buying entertainment tickets".

The new law will require a two-year moratorium on the DEC's plan to exterminate the state's mute swans by 2025 after declaring them a "prohibited species", Cymbrowitz said. Other recent on-sale events like the Temple of the Dog reunion tour and Phish's New Year's run at Madison Square Garden have also drawn a fair amount of backlash from ticket buyers. The new law will come into effect in 90 days. According to Ticketmaster, around 60 percent of the most desirable tickets for sale are swallowed up by bots. Violators could face substantial fines and imprisonment.