Will Wallenda Walk?

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Nik Wallenda

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM EDT

(WKBW release) New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey on Friday reached out to tightrope walker Nik Wallenda to inform him that New York State cannot support a high-wire act limited to the American Falls. Wallenda has not been able to secure approval for an international crossing from Canadian authorities.

The following is Harvey’s statement:

“A walk limited to the American Falls is not what New York approved or envisioned in legislation authorizing Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara River Gorge from the United States to Canada. The costs to New York State of managing a walk only across the American Falls would exceed $1 million in direct state expenses, while, because of the physical topography of Niagara Falls and crowd safety concerns, the number of people who could watch such a walk would be extremely limited.  As a result, despite the costs to New York State, the vast majority of people on the U.S. side would be turned away from the park and never see the walk.”