The following is a statement released Friday by Assemblyman John Ceretto:
"Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Western New York to announce his regional economic councils. At that event he received an invitation from me to visit Niagara Falls to discuss tourism at one of our area's most famous landmarks, Niagara Falls State Park, which attracts approximately 12 million visitors to the state each year.
"State parks has been a focus of mine this legislative session, as I've sponsored legislation to finally deliver Niagara County its fair share, both in parking revenues and Albany paying local property taxes on state parklands, as several municipalities across the state enjoy. Furthermore, I've met with State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey regarding the need for immediate action to improve conditions at the park.
"In addition to discussing these investments, I have urged Gov. Cuomo to sign legislation allowing Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara Gorge on a high wire. This proposal has drawn interest across the world: from the BBC, the "Today" show, even The LA Times. While Nik Wallenda's visit may not be a cure-all, it can be a major step in the right direction toward rebuilding the American side of the falls.
"It is my hope that the state will invest in this region to help make our natural wonder the centerpiece of a growing tourism industry, drawing visitors from across the country as well as the globe. I plan to make that case to Gov. Cuomo and very much would like for him to see all that Niagara Falls has to offer with his own eyes."