Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, praised Nik Wallenda on Tuesday, his final day of local training before his walk across the Niagara Falls gorge. Ceretto sponsored the legislation to allow Wallenda to traverse the Niagara Falls gorge.
"This event is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for our region and a tremendous opportunity to showcase Niagara Falls to the world," Ceretto said. "This is exactly what we need to bring attention the American side of Niagara Falls and help strengthen our region's tourism industry. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with local stakeholders to make this event a tremendous success for the City of Niagara Falls."
Ceretto noted that, while Wallenda was practicing in Niagara Falls, he took the time to visit schools and other venues to stress the benefits of nutrition and exercise, while talking to kids about the importance of following their dreams.
"Nik has been extremely generous with his time and has been a great partner in promoting our city," Ceretto said. "I am grateful and thankful that Nik chose the New York side of Niagara Falls to hold public practice sessions, as his presence at the Seneca Niagara Casino has drawn thousands of people to the sidewalks and shops of downtown Niagara Falls these past few weeks."
Wallenda's walk will be aired live on ABC as part of a three-hour special on June 15.