Incoming councilor now up-to-date on taxes; Longview Tower property sold

  • Daniel Guin, seen at a 2005 Town Council meeting. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Longview Tower along the Mohawk Trail in Greenfield as traffic streams by on a rainy evening this fall. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • An early image of the Longview Tower and gift shop on the Mohawk Trail in Greenfield. FILE PHOTO

Published: 12/11/2019 10:30:37 PM

GREENFIELD — For the first time since at least 2012, newly elected City Councilor Daniel Guin doesn’t owe the city money.

According to Treasurer-Collector Kelly Varner, Guin squared the $21,435.87 he owed in back taxes Tuesday following the sale of 497 Mohawk Trail, one of a few properties he owned.

The property was sold Tuesday to Mark Zaccheo, of Greenfield, for $60,000, according to the deed.

The Greenfield Recorder initially found out about Guin’s debts through a public records request and published the information last month leading up to Greenfield’s November election. At the time, Guin was running unopposed for a Precinct 2 City Council seat. His debt raised a concern about potential conflicts of interest because, as a public official, Guin would have had to recuse himself from discussions related to back taxes.

Guin is quoted in the November article as saying, “(I am) working through the matter, which will be cleared up by the time I take office in 2020.”

Having won the four-year term City Council seat with 505 votes, Guin will take office at the beginning of January.

Tuesday’s sale marks an end to Guin’s tenure as caretaker of 497 Mohawk Trail, which previously housed the former Longview Specialty Shops. He managed the Route 2 store beginning in 1994 and purchased the property in the early 2000s. The business — which opened in 1923 and sold everything from Beanie Babies to Christmas trees under his management — closed around the early 2010s.

Guin, of Greenfield, first became a local politician in 2001 when he won a Precinct 9 seat as a write-in candidate. He moved a few years later into an at-large seat, which he held for a number of terms and went on to become the council’s original president, a position he stepped out of in 2011, based on Recorder archives.

Over the years since then, he has faced repeated legal consequences for nonpayment of property taxes. Between 2012 and 2018, for example, he paid the city $27,004.44 for debts, according to the records request.

The city foreclosed on the Longview Tower property in March 2014. Guin redeemed it in 2018. Additionally, two other properties on the Mohawk Trail previously owned by Guin were seized and sold at an auction in 2017.

Following this week’s transaction, Guin still owns a private home and property adjacent to the tower on Route 2.


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