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Rye Brook Adopts "No Knock" Soliciting Policy

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Following complaints of constant solicitation from residents, the Rye Brook Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enact a no-knock registry list.

The village joins neighboring Harrison and the City of Rye , which already have similar registries. The registry will allow owners of residential properties to sign up on a list with village hall to protect their homes from being the target of door-to-door solicitors. Any violators would be subject to ticketing.

Permits to solicit are required only for for-profit peddlers in Rye Brook – not for nonprofit groups, political campaigns or religious organizations. These groups still would be exempt from the registry. For those who do not sign up for the list, the board voted to limit the hours of commercial solicitation to take place only between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. year-round, but there is no limitation for not-for-profits.

The board opened a public hearing Sept. 24 to allow all residents to voice opinions on the amendment of the peddling and solicitation section of the Village Code and closed it Oct. 17. The board voted following the closing of the hearing.

After a series of past discussions, the board decided homeowners' associations cannot sign up on behalf of their residents and businesses will be exempt from the registry.

“I don’t think it’s right for a homeowners' association board to decide … whether or not to bind all of their occupants, all of their residents with respect to the no knock,” said Mayor Joan Feinstein. “Why should we treat individuals who live in a homeowners' association different than anyone else?”

The “No Knock” registry in Harrison was adopted by its town board in June, complete with online registration forms. In Harrison, solicitors are prohibited from knocking on the homes of residents on the registry between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Permits are issued to for-profit solicitors at a fee of $150 per month.

The City of Rye has had a “No Knock” online and in-person registry since Jan. 1, 2011. There currently are 488 registrants in Rye. Enforcement is primarily done through complaints or calls to the police department. Those who violate the law are subject to a maximum $250 fine and/or 30 days in jail.

Rye residents also can get decals to display to possible solicitors signaling they are on the registry, though officials said they rarely are used.

In an Aug. 1 poll by The Daily Voice , 25 percent of Rye Brook residents who voted said they thought the village needed a “No Knock” policy, but they would not put a sticker on their front doors. Seventy-five percent of residents who voted said they agreed with the policy because they “can’t stand solicitors.”

Check back with The Daily Voice to find out when and where you can sign up on the no-knock registry.

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