Rockland County Legislator Proposes Drone Law

Apr 9, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Technology is improving faster than public policy can keep up, and that fault line is arguably most obvious in the national debate over drones. Supporters point to drones’ efficiency, but others worry about safety and privacy. Some concerned residents turned out to a public hearing in Rockland County Tuesday to suggest some rewording to ensure proposed drone legislation is not overly restrictive.


The Rockland County Legislature will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposed local law that seeks to regulate the use of drones within the county.

Drones Fly Into Limbo

Feb 13, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue its draft rules for the use of small drones any day now — but that has been the status quo for months.   New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has gotten involved, and it's hoped his clout may spur the FAA into making regulations official.

Drones — once the subject of science fiction, popularized on early 2000s TV shows like Dark Angel — are fast becoming common components of everyday life. But regulations have lagged behind technology’s cutting edge.

FAA Weighs In On Central Hudson's Possible Drone Use

Oct 15, 2014

The federal government says a utility in the Hudson Valley must seek permission before it implements plans to use drones to help inspect power lines and perform other tasks.

Courtesy of The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College has released a guide to key issues about drones. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with co-director of the center Dan Gettinger about the online and print publication called The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues. The primer is free and available at http://dronecenter.bard.edu/publication/the-drone-primer/

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses NYC police on drone use and Zephyr Teachout collecting the signatures she needs to challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

4/29/14 Panel

Apr 29, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Ukraine Sanctions
Grimm Charged
Drone Use
Sterling Update

Syracuse Airport Home For Remote Drone Pilots

Apr 10, 2014

Military drones piloted from Syracuse attack targets in Afghanistan. Griffiss airport in Rome tapped to test the safety of commercial drones.  With little fanfare upstate New York has become central to adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Last night, the controversy over drones came to Utica.

'Game Of Drones' Preview

Mar 13, 2014
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Next week, law professors, practicing attorneys and other experts will gather in Albany to discuss the use of drones, running the gamut from targeted killing to domestic drone use to drone journalism. 


Connecticut police are urging state lawmakers not to rush into regulating high-tech unmanned aircraft known as drones. A proposed bill before the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee would allow police to operate drones, but only for legitimate law enforcement purposes.Officers would have to get warrants, unless there's an emergency.