“Do Not Knock” Meeting April 12th

Orangetown – A public hearing is scheduled tomorrow night Tuesday, April 12th for town residents to learn and voice their opinion about an amendment to the “hawking and peddling law” that presently imposes various restrictions on door-to-door solicitation. In the present law vendors must obtain a permit from the town clerk that is revocable for any violation of the permit terms. Fingerprinting and background checks are routine. Town Supervisor, Andy Stewart said on The Morning Show, “My proposed amendment to the law creates a registry for town residents who wish to opt out of any contact, such as cable company sales or real estate agents asking to buy your home.” In the proposed amendment any town resident will be able to sign up, and vendors will be told not to approach these homes or their permit will be revoked. Supervisor Stewart said, “I started working on this because a town resident with elderly parents was worried about her father falling down while trying to answer the doorbell.” Other towns already have a “Do Not Knock” registry, but this will be the first one in Rockland County. Recently, there have been reports of aggressive real estate tactics, so the proposed amendment would cover door-to-door sales as well as vendors seeking to buy things, such as homes. A public hearing is required to change town code. The hearing will be held, tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 12th at 8pm in Town Hall, 26 Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg – it is part of their regular Town Board Meeting that starts at 7:30. A copy of the proposal can be downloaded at www.orangetown.com, viewed on CableVision Channel 78 or Fios Channel 30 and are posted on YouTube.

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