Mr. Maziarz co-sponsored legislation to allow the first wire walk across the falls since 1910. The measure, which was approved by the Legislature last month but not yet sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, directs the state parks agency to write rules and regulations specifically for Mr. Wallenda’s walk across the Niagara River Gorge.
In his letter to Mr. Maziarz last week, Mr. Diodati wrote: “Bringing an act of such exceptional quality and stellar reputation as the Wallendas to Niagara Falls would be a great highlight for our city.”
Niagara Falls, N.Y., Mayor Paul Dyster and tourism officials on the U.S. side of the border support the stunt, but Mr. Dyster has said his economically struggling city needs to take into account concerns that the event could be perceived as a “sideshow” to the falls.
If Mr. Cuomo signs the bill into law, Mr. Wallenda still would need permission from Canadian officials if he is to end the walk in an area overseen by the Niagara Parks Commission. The Ontario commission has denied such requests in the past.
Army ripped over Fort Bragg concert
RALEIGH — A trio of civil liberties groups says Fort Bragg leaders were out of line when hosting a Christian rock concert at the base last fall.
The American Civil Liberties Union, its state chapter and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State sent a letter to Army Secretary John M. McHugh on Tuesday.
The letter says the “Rock the Fort” event in September breached military regulations regarding support for religious events. The groups also say the base compounded the problem by not providing similar support to a planned atheist event originally scheduled for the spring.
The groups are asking the Army to provide training for Fort Bragg officials regarding events held by outside groups.
Fort Bragg officials have said they followed proper procedure for both events.
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