With the legislation to allow Nik Wallenda to traverse Niagara Falls atop a tight rope at the governor's desk awaiting final approval, Assemblyman John Ceretto and State Sen. George Maziarz today urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law and offered 10 reasons why the bill is good for Western New York.
"I have discussed this issue with the governor and his staff at length and I am hopeful that he will see the benefits that a nationally televised event will have for the Niagara Falls region and its economy," Ceretto said. "The bill hit the desk of Governor Cuomo on Sept. 12, and he now has 10 days to sign this bill. Governor, the clock is ticking and now is the time to sign this important tourism legislation into law."
"Niagara Falls can once again be the great city that it has been in the past, but its revitalization must be driven through tourism and economic development efforts that highlight the majesty and splendor of hosting one of the 'Seven Wonders of the World,' " Maziarz said. "Niagara Falls, for all intents and purposes, must continue to evolve into a world-class destination. The 'Wallenda Walk' would be a huge catalyst in that evolution."
Ceretto's 10 reasons why Cuomo should sign this legislation into law:
1. The event would bring national and global attention to Niagara Falls and would air on the Discovery Channel, which has 600 million subscribers.
2. The event will help strengthen the region's tourism industry.
3. It will increase sales tax and other revenue for the Niagara Falls region.
4. Attract attention to struggling American side of Niagara Falls.
5. Help establish the American side of the falls as a premier tourist destination.
6. Nik Wallenda is an experienced and dedicated professional.
7. All safety precautions have been taken into account.
8. A number of local representatives from U.S. and Canada, including the mayor of Niagara Falls Ontario, Jim Diodati, are in favor of holding the event.
9. Both houses of the state Legislature overwhelmingly passed the bill.
10. Niagara Falls needs this event (as well as others) to help boost its tourism industry.
Attached is the letter Ceretto and Maziarz sent to Cuomo urging him to sign the Wallenda bill into law.