The Niagara Falls City Council on Monday passed a resolution directing Mayor Paul Dyster to stop efforts to collect the debt incurred by Wallenda for police and fire overtime for the June 15 stunt.
According to the Niagara Gazette, which first reported the development, the council chairman said the city looked "like a bunch of idiots to the world" because it was trying to collect the debt.
But Dyster says he doesn't have the authority to "gift" public funds. It wasn't immediately clear if he would follow the council directive.
The mayor was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
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