WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Over the next two days, officials in the State of New York will have the ability to attend the 5th annual UAS Summit.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and its partner, NUAIR, will host 200 federal, state, and local public safety officials at the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Summit in the Mohawk Valley.

Day one took place on Tuesday at Whitesboro High School. Terry Hastings, Senior Policy Advisor, explains further:

“For day one, it’s really a lot of presentations, some panel discussions, some case studies, and then what I think is the best part about it is the networking,” explained Hastings.

“You get a chance to hear directly from the FAA, directly from other federal agencies that are involved in this, share ideas amongst the different agencies that are operating drones, and just really collaborate,” he said, “I think that’s really the benefit of today.”

“And tomorrow is over at Griffiss where we’re going to do more sort of hands-on,” he explained, “There’ll be a bunch of different drone companies there, showing their latest and greatest technologies, and there’ll be some demonstrations there.”

As Hastings said, a significant number of drones will be in the air at Griffiss on Wednesday, so if you’re in the area and happen to see them fly by, don’t worry, it’s just training for law enforcement.