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Cooperstown Board of Trustees propose law that could affect drone users

Cooperstown residents who own drones and fly them around the village could soon face a hefty fine.

Posted: Mar 26, 2018 11:38 PM

COOPERSTOWN -- Cooperstown residents who own drones and fly them around the village could soon face a hefty fine.


Members of the Board of Trustees proposed a new law, regarding drones, during their meeting on Monday.

Board members say they are concerned with public safety and protecting public property.


The proposed law will not allow people to launch drones from public property within the village.

Board members proposed amendments for the law at the meeting.


Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz says air space is already regulated by the federal government.


He says the law that he proposed will regulate use of public property within Cooperstown.

"When you have such a popular tourist place like Cooperstown, it's hard to kind of control the situation,” Katz said. “You never can. But the more we can kind of get a handle on the drones that are in the air, the safer I think we'll be able to have the experience be for people who visit here."

The mayor says it is important to have rules for drones.


He says Cooperstown holds many large public events and he wants to assure the safety of the public.


The proposed law could be voted on as early as April 2nd.


Drone owners who violate the law could face a one thousand dollar fine and confiscation of their drones.

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