Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and I convened a meeting  with the Mayor’s Office, city agencies, and community stakeholders to address the illegal ticket vending issue that has been plaguing the Battery, Peter Minuit Plaza, and the southern portion of Battery Park City for several years. Individual vendors, frequently using harassment and occasionally force, have continued to peddle ferry and boat tour tickets to Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and Staten Island to unsuspecting tourists and commuters.
In our first meeting, we discussed possible long-term solutions to this problem. All of the
stakeholders will continue to meet, with the ultimate goal of holding ferry and boat tour companies, as well as third-party ticket sellers accountable for their bad behavior. Read more about our efforts in the Staten Island Advance .