Drone regulations could be tightened in Albany County
Albany County leaders are introducing new legislation regulating drone usage, after scary incidents at local schools.
The came after reports that an unauthorized drone has been flown over Eagle Elementary and Slingerlands Elementary.
The incidents inspired Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and other legislators to propose banning filming around schools and “critical infrastructure” sites such as electrical towers and plants.
Lawmakers had the support of Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, who said while the technology can be useful, regulations should be stronger.
“We need to protect our infrastructure, especially our most valuable and vulnerable infrastructure, which is housed in these buildings behind us right? Our kids,” said Apple, standing outside Eagle Elementary School. “So we want to keep our kids safe. We need to do a bit better job with the regulations, with the laws, and watch where these things are flying.”
The Federal Aviation Administration no longer regulates drones operating below 400 feet in most areas. However, a drone operator causing a public safety disturbance or endangering an aircraft could still lose their license and be fined up to $30,000.