For those who have not heard, Nik Wallenda of the famous Flying Wallendas is hoping to walk a tightrope across the gorge in Niagara Falls. We think this is a great idea. Although the Falls draws millions of visitors every year, the new found publicity that such an event would generate would reinvigorate the tourism trade in Niagara Falls.
We're not alone in our support. The story has been covered by news outlets across the globe, and has received bi-national support from governmental and tourism entities on both sides of the border.
There are two people, however, that are opposed to Wallenda's efforts to bring worldwide publicity to the city: Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and some guy by the name of Paul Gromosiak, who the Buffalo News figured was quote-worthy for their story. Dyster, according to the News, is concerned that the event could be perceived as a "sideshow" to the falls. Gromosiak said that the idea would take away from the area's natural beauty. I'm sorry, what? A sideshow to the falls? What does that even mean? Of course it'd be a sideshow to the falls - everything is a sideshow to the falls.
Let's call this the way it is - former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte is working furiously behind the scenes to kill this thing because current Assemblyman John Ceretto and Senator George Maziarz are the ones making this happen, and DelMonte can't bear the thought of Ceretto getting credit for it. She is lobbying a multitude of elected officials on this issue (as well as many others, despite a two-year lobbying ban for elected officials. I'm thinking this may be the first case for Eric Schneiderman's new anti-corruption office in Buffalo), and now she has Dyster doing her dirty work for her. It is politics at its worst and another attempt by DelMonte to stay relevant. As a side note, we hear DelMonte is wildly angry about Sam Hoyt getting his new gig from the governor, since no one is looking to help her out in her now six month+ job search.
Let's hope Dyster does the right thing for the city he supposedly represents and gets behind the Wallenda walk. Anything else stinks of corruption and desperation. Then again, it is Niagara Falls.