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Rye Brook Mulls A 'No Knock' Policy

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Following complaints of constant solicitation from residents, Rye Brook is considering joining neighboring Harrison and the City of Rye in enacting a no-knock registry list.

“I don’t get a whole lot of solicitors. The few I do get annoy me because they seem to ring my bell at totally inconvenient times so I wouldn’t’ mind having this at all,” said Village Trustee David Heiser when the issue was discussed at last week's meeting of the Village of Rye Brook Board of Trustees.

Christopher Bradbury, the village administrator, said organizations must notify police and the administrator’s office of solicitation as part of village process, but there are those who slip through the cracks. The town will continue to discuss and consider a policy.

Permits to solicit are required only for-profit peddlers in Rye Brook – not for nonprofit groups, political campaigning, or religious organizations. If legislation is proposed and enacted in Rye Brook, these groups would still be exempt from the registry. “It does not prevent all of it,” said Bradbury

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

“They said most people don’t want to post that on their house,” said Bradbury. “It’s not a requirement in that community, but most people don’t want to put a sticker on their front door.”

Discussions have just begun in Rye Brook so specifics on a possible registry have not been reached.

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