The Recorder

State seizes Girard’s for outstanding taxes

John Purcell/Recorder staff A sign posted on a front window at Girard’s Uncorked Wine Bar & Eatery informs the property was seized by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

John Purcell/Recorder staff
A sign posted on a front window at Girard’s Uncorked Wine Bar & Eatery informs the public the property was seized by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

By JOHN PURCELL

Recorder News Staff

Bottles will be corked indefinitely at Girard’s Uncorked Wine Bar & Eatery after the state recently seized the Amsterdam property for back taxes owed.

Orange signs with “seized” are posted in several windows at Girard’s on Bridge Street after the state Department of Taxation and Finance representatives reportedly took over ownership of the property last week. The state reportedly changed the locks on the property after it was seized, according to local authorities.

The business has nine open warrants for a total of $39,072 in taxes, which include seven warrants for sales tax and the remaining two for withholding tax, according to state Tax Department spokesman James Gazzale.

“In general, anytime we seize a business we continue to communicate with the business owner in hopes of finding a mutually beneficial way of resolving the debt as quickly as possible,” Gazzale said in an email.

Attempts to reach the business owner, Raymond Gumuka, were not successful Wednesday.

The state seized Gumuka’s business nearly four years to the day he had celebrated its grand reopening. The establishment had closed when he left the area, but after he returned he decided to reopen the business.

“I left the area for a while and was happy to be able to come back and be able to do it again,” Gumuka told The Recorder in September 2013.