Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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August 29, 2015

Statement: The Great New York State Fair Announces Reopening of Comet II Roller Coaster

The following is a statement from Acting Director of the New York State Fair, Troy Waffner:

"The safety of our guests is the number one priority of the New York State Fair.  All rides were proactively inspected and certified by New York State Department of Labor prior to the opening of the Fair. Following yesterday's incident, a full and thorough investigation and inspection process took place.  Inspectors were not able to recreate the issue; however they were able to determine it was not a mechanical issue and found that proper protocol was not followed.  The Department of Labor and the State Fair's ride inspectors have since conducted rigorous testing of the ride and the ride has been certified by the Department of Labor to re-open.  In addition, all ride operators have been retrained on the operation of the ride."

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