BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo has a new tool to help inspect problem properties.
The city will be using a drone to get a bird’s eye view of vacant buildings.
Eagle Hawk One, Inc., which is based in Buffalo, had the winning bid.
Mayor Byron Brown says there is money already in the city budget for the drone and it will be used immediately.
"Let me stress, we're not looking at residences here, getting involved in anyone’s personal life,” Brown said. “This is just for vacant buildings; buildings we suspect are dangerous."
Officials say neighbors will be notified when the drone will be used.
The Buffalo Fire Department will also utilize the drone to help keep firefighters safe while battling fires and during water rescues.