New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law

Sec. § 25.27
Commissions to Employees of Places of Entertainment

No licensee, other person or entity, whether or not domiciled, licensed or registered within the state, shall pay to any officer or employee of any place of entertainment, any commission, gratuity or bonus in connection with the sale, delivery or payment of tickets or in connection with the business being done by such licensee, other person or entity, whether or not domiciled, licensed or registered within the state, in tickets of admission to such place. * NB Effective until July 1, 2017 * § 25.27. Unlawful charges in connection with theatre tickets.


Any owner, operating lessee, operator, manager, treasurer or assistant treasurer of any theatre wherein public performances are held, or of any stadium, arena, garden or other place of amusement showing sporting events, or his agent, representative, employee or licensee who, if a price be charged for admission thereto, exacts, demands, accepts or receives, directly or indirectly, any premium or price in excess of the regular or established price or charge, plus lawful taxes, as printed upon the face of each ticket or other evidence of the right of entry thereto, whether designated as price, gratuity or otherwise, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. A conviction for each violation hereof shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed one year, or both.


The provisions of this section shall also apply to the sale of theatre tickets and tickets for sporting events to persons licensed to resell theatre tickets and tickets for sporting events, pursuant to the provisions of this article.


In any prosecution under this section the attorney general shall have concurrent jurisdiction with any district attorney and in any such prosecution he or his deputy shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties which the district attorney would otherwise be authorized to exercise or perform therein. * NB Effective July 1, 2017

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