Housing authority has a 'no solicitation' policy

The executive director of the Harrietstown Housing Authority says the agency has a "no solicitation" policy at its facilities.

On Thursday's edition of WNBZ's "Talk of the Town," a local woman - Shirley Hossler - said that she was told she could not bring Valentine's Day gifts to residents at the high rise on Kiwassa Road.

Hossler regularly collects gifts locally and donates them to service men and women, low-income families, and the elderly. She says officials at the housing authority won't allow her to bring gifts this year.

"What is happening to Saranac Lake?" she said. "I've been in this town for 49 years. I love giving."

Hossler says the residents at the high rise appreciate the gifts she brings.

"Everything is going to the dogs," she said. "They'll have to put me in jail because I'm going to go out and help people."

David Aldrich is executive director of the Harrietstown Housing Authority, which oversees the high rise apartments on Kiwassa Road. He told WNBZ that the agency has a strict "no solicitation" policy.

"We don't allow people to go through the building and disturb residents," he said, adding that residents are entitled to their privacy.

"If she wants to ring the doorbell to see a specific person, that's fine and it's up to the individual," Aldrich added.

He says visiting residents who are prepared to accept guests is fine, but walking door-to-door is not permitted.

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