NYS charges Wallenda $225,000 for walk

From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

With just days before Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls, the seventh generation daredevil finally has the permission needed from New York State.

His lawyer, Henry Wojtaszek, said the permits have officially been issued.

“We had to work along with the state attorneys. They were very responsive, but it does take some time to get the documents together and to get information together,” the attorney explained.

Permit drafts were sent to Wallenda’s team on three separate occasions in the month of May. News 4 has learned not one of those permits was ever returned to state parks, until the signing on Tuesday in Albany.

Now, everything is all set for the walk – including the payment to the state. The permit itself costs $50,000 and by Friday, Wallenda’s team must fork over $150,000 for security and other management costs. The state also mandated they keep $25,000 in escrow to pay for any damage to the park.

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