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August 19, 2011


DiNapoli to Audit Electronic Ticketing at New York State Fair

Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced he will audit the New York State Fair’s electronic ticketing pilot program to ensure reliable reporting of Midway ticket sales.

DiNapoli said a team of auditors will be on site during the State Fair in Syracuse, which runs from August 25 through September 5, to observe, test, and verify the new electronic method and determine whether ticket sales are accurately reported.

 “With a million visitors coming through the gates for this historic annual event, we want to make sure this Midway ticketing method is viable,” DiNapoli said.  “It’s our job to ensure the fiscal integrity of the New York State Fair.”

The new pilot program uses electronic wristbands and bar-coded cards instead of paper tickets for Midway and Kiddieland rides.  

The audit was suggested by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which manages the State Fair. If successful, the Department may expand electronic ticketing next year to include State Fair admissions and events.

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