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Councilman Vallone drafting law to combat drones flying around city

A Queens councilman is drafting legislation to combat the “rampant proliferation” of illegal drones buzzing around New York City.

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said Thursday that he’s working with the Queens DA’s Office on a local law that would “mirror” federal regulations so they can be enforced by NYPD cops. “It is scary to think that anybody can simply go buy a drone and fly it with wanton disregard for the safety of those around them,” Vallone said.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal drones after The Post exclusively reported that an NYPD helicopter encountered two of the “toys” near the George Washington Bridge on Monday.

Operators Remy Castro, 23, and Wilkins Mendoza, 34, were charged with reckless endangerment.

A clerk at B&H Photo Video recently told The Post that the business sells around 200 drones a day in-store and online.

Federal Aviation Administration rules ban any use of drones for commercial purposes, while city hobbyists are allowed to fly them only in parks, no higher than 400 feet.

See full article at New York Post.