Back in 2015, we launched a petition urging our United States government to sign the BOTS Act (aka Better Online Ticket Sales Act) effectively criminalizing the use of ticket bot software to hack websites and purchase tickets before average consumers. At the time, the bill was being pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and his influenced helped Governor Andrew Cuomo sign similar legislation into law for New York State.Shortly thereafter, Congress actually passed the BOTS Act through both houses, sending it off to President Obama for his approval. Today, we’ve learned that the BOTS Act has been officially enacted into federal law!The summary for the new act explains that it “prohibits the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for certain events.” The new legislation even allows the federal government to file civil lawsuits for those who were affected by scalpers using ticket bots. Of course, the real challenge will be enforcing this new law, but putting this into the country’s legislation is a huge first step in the fight against ticket scalping. Let’s hope this means fairer ticket buying for all.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As president and CEO of Uniondale-based RXR Realty, Long Island’s largest commercial landlord, Scott Rechler has rare insights into local real estate market. We recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on his latest development, the importance of thinking regionally, how to keep up with the fast pace of information and why his homemade pizza dough is the best. Here are excerpts of our conversation:Long Island Press: You have a few projects in the planning and development phase. Which one are you most excited about?Scott Rechler: The one that I’m most excited about is what we’re doing in Glen Cove with Garvies Point. It is going to be so transformative to the Glen Cove community in taking what was a blighted, abandoned site and really making it an asset for opening up the waterfront to the community at large.LIP: What is your vision for the company?SR: Our focus is really understanding our customers and community that live in the New York Metropolitan region. As the economy changes and demographics change and the needs of our customers change, what we do is create real estate products that ultimately enhance the quality of life and serve our customers and communities. Really having a good understanding of our customers and community is what drives our vision and our strategy.LIP: How about your vision for The Hub, the area in central Nassau that includes Nassau Coliseum, Museum Row and several colleges and major commercial buildings?SR: Obviously, we own a lot of property around The Hub and I think having it developed as a mixed-use community with office and entertainment and housing would be a very big positive for that whole downtown Nassau County. I’m disappointed it’s taken so long to get something going there and I’m hopeful now with the new county executive, Laura Curran, it gets accelerated.LIP: How do you juggle your real estate business with your roles at the MTA and the Regional Plan Association?SR: Part of it is going back to our strategy, which is very much regionally focused and being an active member of our community. There’s a consistent element of those activities and RXR’s activities that overlap in terms of understanding the community and trying to make the community a better place for people to live and work.LIP: How do you think the new federal State and Local Tax deduction cap will impact LI?SR: It’s not a good thing. We already live in a high-cost-of-living community. To the extent that we have higher taxes that add more weight to a branch of something that already has a lot of weight on it. Although I think that people who live in the New York Metropolitan region recognize they have a higher cost of living and they live here for the quality of life, for the job opportunities, for the cultural opportunities. I don’t think we’re going to see a large migration from it, but I think that we’d be better off without having additional costs.LIP: How did growing up on Long Island shape your worldview?SR: I grew up in Port Washington and spent a lot of time in downtown Glen Cove because my grandparents lived there, so I spent the summers there. I think growing up, a recognition of the importance of community was always key for me. To have a vested interest in maintaining its vibrancy and competitiveness. Being someone who has always traveled around to the city and the region, understanding that Long Island and New York City and New Jersey and Westchester, while they’re independent, they’re inexplicably linked in the sense that the successes of each are critical for the region as a whole. Having that regional lens from a young age honed my focus.LIP: Do you have any sayings?SR: Every six months I put a new saying by my office door of what I want people to be focused on and what I want to be focused on. Right now, it’s ‘regularly recalibrate reality.’ Because we’re living in a world that’s changing so quickly that what was true today, may not be true tomorrow and it may not be true yesterday. My view is you have to regularly recalibrate what that reality is and shift gears as appropriate.LIP: What would readers be surprised to learn about you?SR: I love to cook. I don’t know if people know that about that me. I studied cooking in Italy. I pride myself on my homemade pizza dough and pizzas.
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Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the German Grand Prix in a dramatic qualifying session. Rosberg had to abort his first run in the top-10 shootout because of an electronic error but had the fastest lap of the weekend on his final run.Hamilton went out to do his final lap afterwards but two errors meant he ended up 0.107secs adrift. Daniel Ricciardo headed Max Verstappen in an all-Red Bull second row. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fifth and sixth.Rosberg’s pole was his second in a row and his fifth of the season and it is the first time he has beaten Hamilton on merit when the two have been fighting it out in the final seconds of the session. Of his past four poles, Hamilton was unable to compete in China and Russia because of engine problems, he crashed in the European Grand Prix in Baku after an error-strewn performance and had to back out of his final lap in Hungary last weekend when he came across Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, which had spun.As such, it was a key step for Rosberg, who lost the championship lead to Hamilton for the first time this season following the Briton’s fifth win in six races last weekend.The title rivals are now tied 6-6 on their head-to-head qualifying records this season. “It is a great feeling,” said Rosberg. “Just a great lap. I also had extra fuel because to make sure I do have another shot, so I had fuel for three laps.”Hamilton said afterwards: “It has been a good weekend. I had no problems. I had the pace but I just didn’t finish it off on the last lap. Pole was definitely on. I was 0.2secs up on the lap and I just didn’t finish it. That’s it.”Red Bull continued their recent surge in form, which looks as though it could move them ahead of Ferrari as the second team in the championship, and Ricciardo confirmed his position as a qualifying ace. The Australian edged Verstappen by 0.108secs and has still been beaten only once in qualifying by a team-mate all year.Ferrari were again disappointing. On a weekend that started with news they had parted company with their highly rated technical director James Allison, Raikkonen was 0.779secs off pole – and 0.173secs ahead of Vettel, who looked out of sorts.Vettel also incurred the wrath of Alonso, who accused him of holding him up on his final run. Alonso stormed out of the McLaren garage after being knocked out in the second session, which he ended 14th, two places and 0.132secs behind team-mate Jenson Button.Briton’s Jolyon Palmer put in a strong performance to line up 16th, a place and 0.061secs ahead of his more experienced team-mate Kevin Magnussen as both face questions over their futures at the Renault team in 2017.It was 30 years ago this week that Nico Rosberg’s father Keke qualified on pole at Hockenheim. He finished fifth.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram