NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda is back in Niagara Falls Monday afternoon. He’s been pushing tourism for western New York, but some political downfalls may be making that too big of a stunt, even for him.
Nik Wallenda has some unfinished business to settle with Niagara Falls. A permanent name-sake attraction is still to be built.
Wallenda said, “It’s a process to get anything done in Niagara Falls.”
News 4’s Ed Drantch asked Wallenda, “Had that facility been open here already, would you be here, rather than being at Darien Lake?”
“Absolutely. And the reason I went to Darien Lake is because they saw a need for Nik Wallenda to be here, and they stepped up,” Wallenda said.
Wallenda is losing a key ally who stepped up in the State Senate. Senator George Maziarz has announced he won’t seek re-election. The career politician was instrumental in changing state laws to make Wallenda’s 2012 wire walk a reality.
Wallenda explained, “He was my biggest proponent in that sense, but I have connections politically throughout the entire state, so that’s not a huge concern to be honest.”
Maziarz was last seen publicly unveiling an honorary plaque at Niagara Falls State Park. That’s the only attraction based on Wallenda in the Falls.
“When that monument was unveiled Mayor Dyster was right there, front of the line saying, ‘we’re going to work with Nik Wallenda, we want to make this happen,” said Wallenda.
Without the Maziarz muscle, Wallenda said, “It’s not a good thing or a bad thing. I think everything will continue to move forward.”
Wallenda is now looking to other political pundits to take Niagara Falls to new heights.