SCHENECTADY — The state Department of Taxation and Finance on Tuesday seized the Fireside Pizzeria and Sandwich Pub on Eastern Parkway for back taxes, but returned the property to the owner the next day.
State spokesman Brad Maioney said the Fireside owes $102,243 in sales taxes, covering a period from March 2004 to May 31, 2007. He said the state returned the property to the owner Wednesday after working out an agreement for him to repay the tax warrant.
“We are working with the taxpayer,” Maioney said. “We gave him the keys back today [Wednesday].”
Robert J. Pace is listed as the owner of Fireside. A person who answered the phone at the business Wednesday said Pace was not available for comment. The person, who did not identify himself, said the Fireside is open for business and the state seizure “was an error.”
Maioney said the state’s general practice in these cases is to work with the taxpayer on a payment plan to satisfy the warrant. If the taxpayer refuses to pay, the state can seize the property and sell it at auction.
Fireside is considered a local tradition noted for its pizza. It has been in existence for at least 30 years.