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John D. Ceretto
Assembly District 145
 
Ceretto Urges Gov To Make June 15 Wallenda Event Free
May 17, 2012

Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,I-Lewiston) today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting his assistance in helping make Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls gorge a free event for all New York State residents.

“I believe that making this event free of charge for New York residents will help turn it into an even bigger success for both our Niagara Falls region and the state,” said Ceretto. “A free event will attract more people and will allow them to spend more money in our local shops and restaurants and will ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has the ability to see this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

In his letter to the Governor, Assemblyman Ceretto noted that tourism is a major industry in Upstate New York, bringing in billions of dollars every year to our economy and generating numerous good-paying jobs. The importance of tourism to the Empire State’s economic development has been the driving force behind the assemblyman’s efforts to strengthen this vital industry.

“If done right, the Wallenda event can be just what Western New York needs to help rebuild the American side of Niagara Falls and make it an indispensable tourism destination,” said Ceretto. “That’s why I am requesting the Governor’s help to make this event free to the public. A free event, in conjunction with the publicity the tightrope walk will generate, will help place Niagara Falls and our state in a better position to attract future top-flight entertainment.”

Assemblyman Ceretto also added that by making the event free, officials would stay true to the Park’s pioneers of the late 19th century who founded the Free Niagara movement.

“Just as the early conservation efforts ensured public access to the majesty of the Falls, we now must work to make certain that all New Yorkers are welcome to this event,” said Ceretto.

***Ceretto’s Letter To Governor Cuomo Is Attached***

May 17, 2012

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo
Office of the Governor
New York State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I write to you today to request your assistance in helping to ensure that Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls gorge is a successful event for both New York State and the Niagara Falls region.

As you know, tourism is a major industry in Upstate New York, bringing in billions of dollars every year to our economy and generating numerous good-paying jobs. The importance of tourism to the Empire State’s economic development has been the driving force behind my efforts to strengthen this vital industry.

If done right, the Wallenda event can be just what Western New York needs to help rebuild the American side of Niagara Falls and make it an indispensable tourism destination. That’s why I am requesting your help to make this event free to the public.

A free event, in conjunction with the publicity the tightrope walk will generate, will help to place Niagara Falls and our state in a better position to attract future top-flight entertainment. By making the Wallenda event free, we will also be able to ensure that every New Yorker, regardless of income level, has the opportunity to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Furthermore, by making the event free, we would stay true to the Park’s pioneers of the late 19th century who founded the Free Niagara movement. Just as their conservation efforts ensured public access to the majesty of the Falls, we must now work to make certain that all New Yorkers are welcome to this event.

I look forward to discussing this matter with you further. I can be reached at 716-282-6062.

Sincerely,
John D. Ceretto
Member of the Assembly

 
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