Jersey City Residents Can Add Their Names to No-Knock Registry

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Starting today, Tuesday, March 28, Jersey City residents will be able to add their names to the city’s No-Knock Registry.

Council President Rolando Lavarro, introduced ordinance 17-022 on February 22, to establish a No-Knock Registry in Jersey City. The registry aims to protect homeowners from aggressive real estate soliciting, safeguard their privacy, and prevent potential criminal activity. The ordinance resulted from a series of meetings and collaborative efforts from community activists, interfaith clergy members, Council President Lavarro and At-Large Councilwoman Joyce Watterman. The addition of a No-Knock Registry is meant to protect long-time homeowners who may feel harassed and vulnerable by overly aggressive real estate or other commercial solicitation. The City Council unanimously adopted the ordinance at its March 8 council meeting. (See the full language of ordinance 17-022 on  page 30 of the City Council Ordinance Hearing, Second Readings.)

“As Jersey City grows, this is an important first step to protect homeowners, particularly those of modest means and especially seniors, who may be targeted by unscrupulous solicitors,” said Lavarro.

The City Clerk will maintain a list of owners or occupants who have notified the city that canvassing or soliciting is not permitted on their property. Owners or occupants can sign on to the registry at the City Clerk’s office during regular business hours at City Hall (280 Grove Street). Decals to affix for display on resident’s premises, notifying solicitors of the no-knock policy, will be provided to residents that register within six weeks of registration.

The notice will read as follows:

“These premises are listed on the City of Jersey City’s ‘No-Knock Registry’ {City Code Sec. 9245-20.11}. You may not enter or attempt to enter these premises for the purpose of canvassing or soliciting, which includes offering to purchase real estate on behalf of any person or organization. Charitable, political, religious organizations are exempt from this law. Violation of Jersey City Code Sec. 245-20.1, may result in a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 90 days of community service.”

Questions or inquiries about the No-Knock Registry can be directed to the City Clerk at 201-547-5150.

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Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She’s lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she’s studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.