New York City tax collectors are looking to drones to help them increase revenues by using unmanned aircraft to conduct property assessments. Setting up their own pilot certification program is also on the agenda. However, experts point out that a decades-old law prevents drones from being used in the city, even by NYC tax collectors.
A New York drone pilot used his unmanned aircraft to find a Golden Retriever pup that had been missing for over a week in a wooded area near Andes, NY.
The Saratoga Springs City Council approved a proposal from Big Rock Technologies, a finalist in the NATO Innovation COVID Challenge to make the city testing grounds for contactless delivery of COVID-19 test kits and medications by drone.
On Sunday, first responders found the body of a 20-year-old man who was reported missing on Saturday. The aerial search included drones and helicopters.
Last Wednesday, the City Council has approved plans to study how drones can be used for building facade inspections in New York City. The plans to study the use of drones for building facade inspections were well received within the drone industry. They offer a rare opportunity for an otherwise grounded industry in New York City.
On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed home a team of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, volunteers, and two drone pilots of the New York Air National Guard, who have been helping battle and contain wildland fires raging in California, Nebraska, and South Dakota for the past two weeks.
A drone delayed the Yankees-Rays baseball game for five minutes after the unmanned aircraft was spotted flying over Yankee stadium.
Auburn Police Department in the state of New York plans to start a drone program with seized drug money, but needs to receive approval from the city council before they can go ahead and do so.
Back in April, as he was taking aerial photos of the mass burials on Hart Island, award-winning National Geographic and New York Times photographer, George Steinmetz had his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone confiscated by the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Update: There has been some confusion as to what drone exactly was confiscated. An earlier version of this article mentioned it was a DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. I emailed George Steinmetz and he replied saying that it was indeed a DJI Mavic 2 Pro as we originally reported.
It was a Mavic 2 Pro. – George
Now, here’s something worth writing about. This drone video shows the 9/11 Memorial unlike you have never seen before, without people and from the air. The video was made by Kevin P. Coughlin and Jin-Sup Lee from All Island Aerial for the State of New York. It is definitely worth watching as the drone gives an entirely new perspective on a very well known and sacred landmark.
New drone video surfaces that show the Black Lives Matter street art in Brooklyn, NY. Apparently, this is the first of five murals that are to be completed in the various boroughs of New York City.