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Solicitors beware, Albany looks to change rules

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At least one Albany Commissioner wants to see the city's solicitation ordinances strengthened after his family members were targeted by peddlers.

Roger Marietta hopes the city commission will discuss his proposed changes to the city's existing ordinance as early as next week. Marietta wants to see a limit put on the hours people can be solicited at their homes.

Right now its 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, but he wants it reduced to 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. He also wants to the commission to allow someone who solicits a home that's posted no soliciting signs to be charged with violating the ordinance.

"I just want to put some teeth in the ordinance so that if you have a no soliciting sign in the front of your sub division or in the front of your house and a peddler comes and knocks on your door, then they're technically violating the law," said Roger Marietta, Albany City Commissioner.

Marietta said nearly 700 people city wide were encourage to switch their alarm system carriers by a group that went door to door and were dishonest about what home owners were signing. He believes the changes could protect unsuspecting people including the elderly.

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