BY Larry Mcshane DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Daredevil Nik Wallenda is about halfway to his dream of walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls.
The seventh-generation stunt scion is awaiting the OK from the Canadian government for his death-defying walk after getting approval from the New York Legislature.
"I almost tear up thinking about being out in the middle of that and what it's going to look like," Wallenda said after this week's votes by the state Assembly and Senate.
"It's going to be amazing."
But it's not going to happen unless the Ontario-based Niagara Parks Commission gives its approval to the plan for a walk above the 180-foot Horseshoe Falls.
The 2,200-foot trip would be the first of its kind, as other daredevils have done the walk downstream. The last pre-approved high-wire trip over the raging waters was done in 1910.
The Canadian commission, which has turned down a number of requests in the past, said it has not yet received an application from Wallenda.
The 32-year-old Wallenda, who walked his first tightrope at age 2, has until August 2012 to arrange his stunt under the New York legislation - although he has yet to pick a date. Gov. Cuomo must also sign off on the bill.
Wallenda, star of the new Discovery Channel series "Life on a Wire," has promised to cover all the costs of the event.
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