The approval of Harrison's long anticipated 'no-knock' registry has created a busy week in the town clerk's office, as residents jump at the opportunity to ban solicitors from knocking at their doors.
Harrison Town Clerk Jackie Greer said more than 50 people have visited her office to fill out paperwork since applications became available Monday. Even more people are expected to sign up now that the applications have been made available online.
"It's a big response," Greer said. "We're working hard on it, it's been a busy week."
by the Harrison Town Board last week, the "no-knock" registry is a list of homes that are given to licensed door to door solicitors that cannot be visited. It is similar to a "no-call" list for telemarketers, only it protects doorsteps rather than phone lines.
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Harrison residents can sign up for the list either online or by visiting Greer's office in town hall. Joining the registry is free and takes less than five minutes to complete.
Greer said she will be visiting senior centers in Harrison and West Harrison this week to inform Harrison seniors about the new option.
The idea of a 'no-knock' registry in Harrison dates back a few years. Late Town Clerk Joseph Acocella Jr. had worked on creating a registry while he was in office and Greer has been working to finalize the law since taking office in January.
Although there are limitations to the law, including non-profit charities, volunteer organizations and visits from politicians and religious groups, the registry bans for-profit sales pitches all together.
Greer said this week she wasn't surprised by the quick response following the law's passage, saying she has been receiving inquaries about the list since it was first discussed publicly in February.