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    Senate candidates spar over Wallenda site remarks

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, believes the former site of a now-defunct helium balloon ride in downtown Niagara Falls would make the ideal spot for a proposed attraction involving Nik Wallenda.

    There is at least one potential hang up with his plan: The site, located at 310 Rainbow Blvd., is already being eyed by a Buffalo development company as a possible location for a new hotel and mixed-use building.

    Maziarz, who played an active role in helping Wallenda obtain the clearances needed for his June 15 walk across Niagara Falls, said this week he believes the property, often referred to as parcel 4, would be the ideal spot for what has been described as Wallenda’s “temporary” entertainment center on the American side.

    Caution needed at the falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    This newspaper is not in favor of stunts that put both the daredevil and rescuers in danger. So we hope that the governor and State Legislature thought it through thoroughly before giving the green light to Nik Wallenda’s plan to walk a wire across Niagara Falls.

    The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. George D. Maziarz of Newfane directs the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to allow Wallenda to anchor one end of his wire on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. He still needs Canadian approval for the other end of the wire.

    While Wallenda may have the “unconditional support” of Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati and Ontario Parliament member Kim Craitor, he still needs the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    The argument for allowing this stunt is simple: It would boost tourism to the falls. The stunt itself would draw thou-sands to the falls, and news coverage of the event would provide free publicity around the world.

    Wallenda proposes to be a a modern-day version of the “Great Blondin” a century and a half after that daredevil’s tightrope walks across the gorge. In this age of 24-hour news channels and viral YouTube videos, the images would be projected worldwide.

    In addition, Wallenda’s inevitable tour of the morning and late-night talk shows would add to the hype.

    The arguments against Wallenda are many, starting with the question of whether such a publicity stunt diminishes the grandeur of one of the wonders of the world.

    Wallenda to meet with park, city officials about performance over gorge

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Nik Wallenda is scheduled to meet with state officials today to discuss the progress of his plan to perform a high-wire walk over the Niagara Gorge.

    Wallenda will discuss the logistical aspects of the proposed wire walk with representatives from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Park Police and the Niagara Falls police and fire departments.

    After the private meeting, Wallenda is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Top of the Falls Restaurant to offer an update on his plans.

    “This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the logistical aspects of how Wallenda’s high-wire walk could work,” said state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who organized the meeting. “This is a time to get questions answered and concerns addressed. I’m confident we can overcome any perceived difficulties with the walk by keeping an open dialogue and communicating our needs.”

    WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also has an article/video about the meeting.

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