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New Wallenda spectacular?

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Tue, May 16th 2017 07:00 pm
Editor's note: The Niagara County Legislature did approve this funding.
Niagara County takes up resolution; helicopter stunt would commemorate 5-year anniversary of Wallenda's walk
By Christian W. Peck
 
Niagara County Public Information Officer
Niagara County lawmakers will take up a last-minute resolution tonight to appropriate $35,000 for a proposed helicopter stunt that would feature the wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda.
Under Erendira Wallenda's proposed display, she would hang suspended - by her teeth - from a helicopter flying over the world-famous falls.
The late funding resolution is expected to pass.
Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, who helped author the resolution, said, "Nik Wallenda's 2012 walk captured a billion people around the world's imagination, and moreover, generated an economic impact estimated at $21.5 million, with $3.3 million in direct revenues to the City of Niagara Falls. Plus, our tourism industry received a massive shot in the arm, with hotel bookings elevated for weeks after. We want to recapture that energy for our local economy."

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