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Vallone wants restrictions on free-flying drones in New York City

New York City needs to enact no-fly zones for drones, according to a Queens lawmaker.

City Councilman Paul Vallone will introduce a bill Wednesday that would ban drones within 5 miles of an airport or close to schools and hospitals.

Under the proposed legislation, drones would also be prohibited from having weapons or being used for surveillance.

“Drone technology is rapidly advancing and quickly becoming more available and affordable,” Vallone (D-Bayside)said.

“New York City can regulate drones now without waiting for the FAA to update federal regulations or for a tragedy to happen.”

Nine City Council members — including Mark Weprin and Julissa Ferreras — have already signed on as prime sponsors of the bill.

Vallone has been in touch with the de Blasio administration and the NYPD, his spokesman said, but neither has yet taken a position on the bill.

See full article at Daily News.