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Niagara County Legislature to discuss proposed Wallenda stunt


LOCKPORT -- 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 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."                                                                                

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.