High Wire Walker Getting Closer To Niagara Falls

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 3:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News


High Wire Walker Getting Closer To Niagara Falls

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 3:22 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW-Release)

“Tightrope walking has been an attraction at Niagara Falls since 1859, and today, the Assembly passed a bill I authored that would give special permission for 7th-generation daredevil and famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara Gorge on wire (A.8206-A). This passage is historic; Mr. Wallenda has performed internationally and has the potential to draw record-breaking crowds. An event of this magnitude will showcase Western New York in a positive light worldwide, attract travel and provide a much needed economic boost to area businesses on both the American side and Canadian side of the Falls.

“Any stunt related to Niagara Falls has been outlawed for more than half a decade primarily due to the enormous risk involved. Although they are trained experts, Mr. Wallenda and his team will be responsible for making sure all necessary safety precautions are taken for this event, including added security. I’m confident his walk will be successful, however, with all the danger involved, safety has to be the number one priority for Mr. Wallenda as well as onlookers.”


Niagara Falls, N.Y.-(release) Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC) President and CEO John H. Percy offered the following comments in response to the passage of legislation Monday, which allows for Nik Wallenda to tightrope across the Niagara Gorge.

“The passage of this legislation is a nostalgic victory for the tourism industry here in Niagara Falls and across the Niagara USA region,” Percy said. “It has been more than 150 years since the ‘Great Blondin’ first traversed the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope and just as his efforts cast a spotlight on Niagara Falls, so will the efforts of Nik Wallenda.”

New York State Senator George Maziarz, R-Newfane and New York State Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, work toward passage of this legislation citing its benefit to the tourism industry locally.

“I’d like to applaud Sen. Maziarz and Assemblyman Ceretto for their work on this bill, as the impact this feat will have in terms of publicity and real tourism dollars for Niagara Falls and the Niagara USA region will be exponential,” Percy said. “Even to this day, people still come to our visitor center with a curiosity toward the daredevils and high wire performers of past generations. This attempt will solidify Nik Wallenda’s place in Niagara Falls folklore and add to the long-standing allure of conquering Niagara’s tremendous power.”


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