NIAGARA FALLS, NY - During his visit to Western New York Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a deal that would keep the Maid of the Mist operating on the American side of Niagara Falls.
The family that owns the tour boat company will invest $32 million in the former Schoellkopf Power Station site for winter storage and maintenance of its boats.
The investment not only allows Maid of the Mist to continue operations, it also provides a revenue source for Niagara Falls State Parks.
"The agreement that the State of New York has reached with the Maid of the Mist for a winter boat storage location on the New York side of the falls will ensure that this WNY corporation continues to bring great value to the region's tourism and economy, including revenues for State Parks," said Governor Cuomo in a statement. "At the same time, the agreement provides capital improvements for enhanced outdoor recreational attractions for the public's enjoyment, making this multidimensional accord a win-win for Niagara Falls State Park, the region and New York State."
Earlier this year, the Niagara Parks Commission announced it awarded its tour bid to a company from California, Hornblower, ending its decades-long agreement with locally based Maid of the Mist.
That change sparked concerns on the American side, because Maid of the Mist uses Canadian property to store its boats during the off-season months.