Shamrock tavern in Schenectady seized by state for back taxes

A sign on the tavern's front door announced the seizure
The Shamrock Wednesday
The Shamrock Wednesday

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SCHENECTADY — A longstanding downtown tavern has been seized by the state over failure to pay back taxes. 

The Shamrock Tavern owes $14,124 from periods going back to 2001, 2004 and 2005, according to the state Department of Tax and Finance.

The business, which is located at 157 Clinton St., was shut down on Tuesday. A bright orange paper with “SEIZED” in large lettering was posted to the business’ front window Wednesday.

“Warning. This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes, and is now in the possession of the state of New York,” the sign read in part.

Shamrock owner Jonathan Burns could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.

The business is up-to-date on city taxes, according to the city Corporation Counsel’s Office.

The rowhouse-style building is owned by Ennio Sartori, who purchased the building in 2013 for $84,900, according to county tax records. The structure was assessed at $138,700 last year.

Upstairs residential units will not be affected by the seizure, said a State Department of Tax and Finance spokesman.

It’s unclear if and when the business will reopen, and how much time Burns will be given to repay the debts. 

“Each instance is handled on a case by case basis, so I cannot discuss timelines,” said the spokesman. “Additionally, our communication with any one particular taxpayer is protected by secrecy laws.”

The Shamrock has been granted state liquor licenses since at least 1907, according to the bar’s Facebook page.

But it’s not immediately clear if the bar has always existed at the same location; aA license issued that year listed 19 Romeyn St., which was renamed North Barrett Street in 1933, as the tavern’s address.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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