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Upstate New York winning a civilian drone testing site from the Federal Aviation Administration is a step in the wrong direction for the Syracuse Peace Council. The anti-drone activists are trying to shutdown military drone activity in the region.

On Monday, New York won one of six coveted commercial drone test sites from the FAA. On Friday, Ed Kinane and other peace activists will be a court over their protests against military drones.

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Upstate New York has won a coveted test site designation for unmanned aerial systems - or drones - from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of that agency's work toward developing regulations for drones' integration into U.S. skies.

But for many here in upstate New York, the designation is more about the jobs and dollars that surround the booming drone industry, estimated to be worth $100 billion globally over the next decade. Industry trade groups predict the business will generated 70,000 jobs nationwide.

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New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, has formally joined the lobbying effort to see that upstate New York becomes a federally-designated drone testing site.

The Federal Aviation Administration will soon name half a dozen sites around the country as it works to come up with regulations for commercial drone use in U.S. airspace, scheduled for 2015. A coalition of defense contractors and universities, called NUAIR, submitted an application for a site in February.

Schumer has pledged to personally lobby the F.A.A. "over and over" to help New York win its bid.

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More than a dozen protestors rallied outside in a gated area across from Alumni Arena at University at Buffalo on Thursday. They were calling on the President to change his stance on a range of issues. The majority of protestors were there to urge the President to ban the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracking.

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Central New York's Air National Guard unit, the 174th Attack Wing, will soon be flying drone training flights over a large portion of the city of Syracuse.

The 174th ATKW was granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) last month to expand its permitted airspace south into Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties. The airspace includes the northern half of Syracuse and stretches from Camillus to Fayetteville from west to east.

The new airspace will allow the wing to conduct its training with less likelihood of weather impacts, according to wing commander Col. Greg Semmel. He says training missions will begin in the new airspace in about a week.