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Working to bring risky high wire act over Falls

Nik Wallenda performance
Nik Wallenda Website photo
Nik Wallenda performance

By Eileen Buckley


Niagara Falls, NY – A feat that has not been performed in more than 100 years is expected to take place in Niagara Falls, New York.

A member of the famed Flying Wallenda's is visiting the Falls Wednesday to work out details.

Nik Wallenda is in Western New York with a team of technical staff to meet with stakeholders about his proposed high wire walk above the Falls. He will meet privately with state and local elected officials.

State Senator George Maziarz organized the meeting. Maziarz said it will be a time to get questions answered and concerns addressed.

"If he does it, all the liability falls upon him. All the costs must be born by him. The Discovery Channel is actually the major sponsor, so I would presume they are paying for the bulk of it," said Maziarz.

The Discovery Channel will film the event.

The State Legislature approved a bill in Albany to allow the high wire walk above the Falls. ut in order for the walk to occur, Governor Cuomo must sign the bill into law, and the appropriate approvals must be also granted by Canadian officials.

Wallenda and his team will also meet with Canadian stakeholders in Niagara Falls, Ontario Thursday.

You can click the above audio to hear WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speak with Senator Maziarz about the proposed hire wire performance above the Falls.