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Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Walker, Owes Niagara Falls $25,000, According To City

07/20/2012 01:36 EDT | Updated 09/19/2012 05:12 EDT
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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The New York city of Niagara Falls says daredevil Nik Wallenda still owes about $25,000 for public safety costs from last month's tightrope walk across the falls, and it's having a tough time collecting.

Mayor Paul Dyster (DY'-stur) says the state legislation that granted permission for the walk required Wallenda to cover security and law enforcement costs. Dyster says the city spent about $43,000, mostly for police and fire overtime. He says it has received $17,500 so far, but Wallenda's team wants the city to forget the rest.

Wallenda representatives didn't immediately respond to messages Friday.

Wallenda walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on June 15. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mayor Jim Diodati (dee-oh-DAT'-ee) tells The Buffalo News he's not expecting full reimbursement for security.

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