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Canadian mayor supports Niagara walk

July 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, July 5 (UPI) -- The mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, sent a letter to a New York state senator supporting daredevil Nik Wallenda's plan to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire.

Mayor James Diodati said in a letter to state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, he supports Wallenda's plan to become the first daredevil to walk a tightrope above Niagara Falls legally since 1910, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Tuesday.

Maziarz co-sponsored a bill passed last month to allow for an exception to the ban on performing stunts at the falls.

"Bringing an act of such exceptional quality and stellar reputation as the Wallendas to Niagara Falls would be a great highlight for our city," Diodati wrote.

Wallenda said the walk would be part of his new Discovery Channel series, "Life on a Wire," and expenses would be paid by the cable network. He has not yet set a date for the attempt.

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