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New Wallenda Spectacular? County Takes up Resolution

Helicopter Stunt Would Commemorate 5-Year Anniversary of Wallenda's Walk

Author: Christian Peck/Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Categories: General, Legislature

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LOCKPORT—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.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda traverses Niagara Falls on a tightrope in June 2012. The event had a $21 million or greater economic impact, including $3.3 million in direct revenues to the City of Niagara Falls, and caught the attention of one billion people worldwide, according to studies.


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 attached in PDF format, and 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.”

Majority Leader Randy Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, supports the proposed Wallenda helicopter spectacular.      

WHO:  Niagara County Legislature.

WHAT:  Funding proposed Wallenda helicopter spectacular in Niagara Falls planned to commemorate five-year anniversary of June 2012 Wallenda high-wire walk over Niagara Falls.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Niagara County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, 175 Hawley St., Lockport.

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