Dept. of Health Levies Fines for Violations

December 1, 2016, Last Updated at 6:00 a.m.

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    The state Department of Health listed the following food service violations and fines paid in documents obtained by

Maggie's on the River, 500 Newell St., Watertown
paid a total of $650 in fines.
Respondent: Reginald Schweitzer Jr.

$50 -  A severely dented 14 oz. can of condensed milk was on the dry storage shelves of the kitchen. 
$100 -  An unlabeled bottle of degreaser was located in the dishwashing area. 
$100 -  Raw bacon was stored on the stop shelf in the walk-in cooler above raw green vegetables. A half gallon of gravy was located on the stove in a pan without a flame below it. The gravy ranged in temperature from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to 127 degrees Fahrenheit. 
$100 -  A large pan of approximately 20 pounds of cooked pork was being cooled by an unapproved method unlikely to meet the required cooling curve.
$50 -  The prep cooler below the microwave did not have a thermometer to measure the air temperature in the unit.
$50 -  The panini press was filthy. It was soiled with grease and food debris. An employee wiped a knife on his apron and placed it in the top portion of the prep cooler.
$50 -  The floor in the kitchen was soiled with debris and grease along the walls and beneath equipment. The floor in the second floor waitress closet was peeling up and had some food debris present.
$50 -  Cardboard and garbage was stockpiled in the corner of the kitchen.
$100 -  The seal on the right hand door of the prep cooler was torn and not cleanable. The corner of the freestanding oven was detached, creating a gap. The third floor bar had an unfinished edge above the three basin sink. There was unfinished wood shelving in the beer on the first floor. The shelving in the walk-in cooler in the kitchen was showing some rust and was dirty with food debris.


Coleman's Corner, 849 Lawrence St., Watertown
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Leo Coleman Jr.

$100 -  Upon entering the kitchen to conduct the inspection, a waitress was observed cutting lemons for beverages with bare hands. 
$100 - Approximately 16 pounds of corned beef were in the process of cooling improperly. Large 8 pound pieces were wrapped in plastic  wrap on the bottom shelf of the walk-in cooler creating an insulated condition, inhibiting rapid cooling. The corned beef was at 66 degrees Fahrenheit after cooling for approximately four hours and 45 minutes.
$100 - Approximately 8 to 10 pounds of partially cooked chicken wings (confirmed by food service worker) were found in the bottom of a prep cooler. The final cooking temperature of the chicken wings had not been evaluated. 


Wood Boat Brewery, 625 Mary St., Clayton
paid a total of $100 in fines.
Respondent: Michael Hazlewood

$100 -  Various TCS (Temperature Controlled for Safety) food products were subject to pathogen growth in that they were not maintained at adequate cold holding temperatures in a malfunctioning refrigeration prep unit. TCS foods are required to be held at or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in cold holding. Shredded buffalo chicken, pulled pork, chopped raw tomato, homemade spaghetti sauce, greek chicken, mushrooms in garlic and oil, ground sausage, corned beef and chicken wings were held at a range of 54 degrees Fahrenheit to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Shorty's Place, 1280 Coffeen St., Watertown
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Michael Cavallario

$100 -  An unlabeled spray bottle of chemical cleaner was found in the mop sink of the facility.
$100 - Four cryovac packages of ribs were stored in the walk-in cooler. Approximately 10 pounds of new fish in a gray bus bucket was stored above ready to eat deli meat in the walk-in cooler
$100 - Home fries were being held in a hot holding bay with ice. The home fries were at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  


Burger King #400, Arsenal St., Watertown
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Carrols, LLC

$50 -  Multiple containers of food items were uncovered in a small freezer unit. Buckets of sliced pickles were stored directly on the floor.
$100 - Multiple surfaces throughout the facility were soiled. The interior of the metal shelving and the interior bottom of Lang oven was extremely soiled with hardened on black debris and build up. The backsplash of the fryers were extremely soiled with black debris. The surfaces of the fryer equipment was soiled with splatter and grease. The fry holding unit was soiled with splatter from ketchup and mustard as well as grease from the fryers. The counter tops and shelving throughout the facility was soiled with debris. The door seals to multiple refrigeration and freezer units were soiled with debris. There was an excessive amount of crumbs around and behind the shake maker. The surface between the toaster counter and topping line was extremely soiled with debris and seeds.
$50 - There was a puddle of liquid underneath the Lang oven. There was a puddle of liquid under the garbage can across from the ice machine. The flooring under and around the shelving, equipment and around cove molding was extremely soiled with black debris. There were onion slices on the floor in the walk-in cooler. There was tape from boxes on the floor of the walk-in freezer.
$50 - The walls throughout the facility were soiled with debris and splatter including the wall by the food prep sink, by garbage cans, and behind and around equipment. The ceiling tiles throughout the facility were soiled and stained with food splatter. The ceiling near and around the ceiling vents were extremely soiled with dust and debris.
$50 - There were multiple tools on a shelf below a metal prep table next to the Lang oven. the side room off the back of the facility housing the soda syrup system was inaccessible due to the amount of broken down cardboard boxes.


Couples Restaurant, 111 Court St., Watertown
paid a total of $400 in fines.
Respondent: Chang He Zou

$100 -  Approximately 4 to 6 cups of sushi rice was located in a rice cooker behind the sushi counter. The cooker was not on and the rice measured 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
$50 -  A 50-pound bag of sushi rice and case of canned fruit were stored on the floor in the back of the kitchen. Various cases of beverages were stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler. Cases of lobster tails and other various seafood were stored on the floor in the walk-in freezer.
$50 -  Kitchen equipment such as the grill line, interior of coolers, the floor of the walk-in cooler and the lower shelves of the prep tables were soiled with grease, food debris and spills.
$50 -  The floor beneath the equipment and around the equipment was soiled with grease, food spills or debris.
$50 -  The ceiling had missing or moved ceiling tiles.
$50 -  The filters on the left half of the hood were dripping with grease. The hoods were excessively dusty and dirty.
$50 -  The premises was littered with personal items. A new sign for the building was blocking the dry storage portion of the kitchen. The sign was dusted with flour and staff were trying to work around and over but it was creating a nuisance by impeding cleaning. A baby stroller was located in the kitchen bathroom, a baby in crib just outside the bathroom and a car seat on the floor in front of the hand wash sink.


Bernardo's Pizzeria, 702 Coffeen St., Watertown
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Bernard Tufo Jr.

$100 -  Food products from unapproved sources were stored in the establishment including a small log of venison sausage; and two packages of beef sausage sticks, and packs of ground beef labeled "Not for Sale".
$100 -  An open package of rodent poison was found behind some boxes of take-out containers in the cellar of the facility.
$50 -  Two packages of ground beef, and several portions of cooked lasagna were improperly thawing at ambient temperature in the kitchen.
$50 -  The linoleum floor of the walk-in cooler was torn. There was significant ice buil-up on the floor of the freezer and around the door of the freezer.


Papa Tino's Pizzeria, 716 Mill St., Watertown
paid a total of $100 in fines.
Respondent: Brandon Spencer

$100 -  An unlabeled bottle of cleaner was found in the mop sink area of the facility.


Last Call Bar & Grill, 8700 Noble St., Evans Mills
paid a total of $200 in fines.
Respondent: Jessica Flack

$100 -  The label on a spray bottle of degreaser was deteriorated and no longer legible.
$100 -  A half gallon of milk in a bar cooler was held at 52 degrees Fahrenheit.


Nonna Dina Pizzeria, 114 E. Main St., Brownville
paid a total of $100 in fines.
Respondent: Vita Ciambra

$100 -  Raw chicken wings were stored on a shelf above a case of lettuce. Several cartons of raw eggs stored above cases of mozzarella cheese. A box from chicken wings was used to store tomatoes in the walk-in cooler. 


New York Pizzeria and Restaurant, 7580 S. State St., Lowville
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Carmelo Carbonaro

$100 -  Cooked pizza and stromboli with toppings such as mushrooms, onions, peppers, broccoli and sausage were held in the display case at inadequate hot holding temperature of 112 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and were not labeled with the discard time in according with the waiver conditions which was in place to allow for use of time as a control measure instead of temperature.
$100 -  Three bottles of cleaning chemicals stored in the facility were not labeled with the contents of the bottles.
$50 -  A severely dented can of olives was stored on the dry storage shelf in the facility. 
$50 -  A fifty pound bag of onions was stored underneath a case of raw eggs in the walk-in cooler subjecting the onions to possible contamination.


China Dragon, 29655 County Route 50, Black River 
paid a total of $450 in fines.

$100 -  The cook did not conduct proper hand washing after mixing raw chicken with seasoning , but only rinsed hands under water at the wok table
$100 -  4 large bowls of chicken were held at ambient temperature for a period longer than necessary. The chicken was at 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
$50 -  Food was not protected from contamination while in storage. There were several uncovered container and pails of cut and processed food in the walk-in cooler. There were open bags of food such as flour, sugar and cornstarch in the dry storage area. There was a large bag of sugar stored directly on the floor in the dry storage room and a large bag of carrots stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler. There was toothpaste and brush in a cup on a shelf with food items in storage.
$50 -  Several soiled wiping cloths were stored on counters in the facility, not in a sanitizing solution.
$50 -  The food prep counters were soiled with debris.
$50 -  The surfaces of equipment were not clean. The exterior of the rice steamer, inside of the smoker, the prep sink, three bay sink, the counters in dry storage, shelves in refrigeration units had food debris or spills. The handles of the rice cookers and refrigeration units were sticky. 
$50 -  The exhaust hood was coated with grease. Grease covered the filters and pipes in the hood.


Harrisville Central School, 14371 Pirate Lane, Harrisville
paid a total of $250 in fines.
Respondent: Rob Finster

$100 -  Ice was subjected to bare hand contact by an employee who reached into the ice bin with bare hands to retrieve ice for personal consumption.
$50 -  Two cartons of raw eggs stored above cases of peanut butter sandwiches in the walk-in cooler
$100 -  A tall rack with six sheet trays of chicken nuggets was held at ambient temperature waiting to be cooked. The chicken nuggets ranged from 58 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Brookside Diner, 1873 State St., Watertown
paid a total of $200 in fines.
Respondent: Ronald Frost

$200 -  Approximately ten pounds of cooked potatoes were stored in a large metal pot on a crate under the window in the kitchen. The cook was transferring the potatoes into a refrigerator drawer. The potatoes ranged in temperature from 81 degrees Fahrenheit to 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Interview indicated the potatoes had been held at ambient temperature for approximately 45 minutes.


Mr. Sub, 109 Mill St., Watertown
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Carl Farone

$100 -  The walk-in cooler was not functioning properly to maintain food products at or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit on July 8, 2015, August 20, 2015, or September 17, 2015. 
$100 -  On July 8, 2015, 10 pounds of roast beef, 4 dozen hard boiled eggs and 36 pounds of provolone were at 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the malfunctioning walk-in cooler.
$100 -  There was a jar of home canned peppers stored in the walk-in cooler. 


Miller's General Store, 6525 Number 4 Road, town of Watson
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Daniel Miller

$100 -  On March 22, 2016, the solenoid switch was plugged directly into a power outlet instead of being plugged into the Ultra Violet Light.
$50 - On March 22, 2016, the Water System Operation Report was not up to date. The last information was recorded on March 8, 2016.
$100 - On April 13, 2016, the Water System Operation Report was not up to date. The last information was recorded on April 5, 2016. This was a repeat violation.
$50 - The operator failed to sample and/or report the results of the 1st quarter (Jan. 1st to March 31st) bacteriological water sample for 2015.


Steiner's General Store, 25511 Route 12, town of Watertown
paid a total of $200 in fines.
Respondent: Forrest Steiner

$50 - The Water Systems Operation Reports for the months of March 2015, April 2015, July 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015 and December 2015 were not submitted to the Department. Water Systems Operation Reports for January 2015 and February 2015 were submitted late to the Department (both were submitted on March 18, 2015).
$150 - An investigation of unsatisfactory bacteriological sample results (positive total coliform and positive E.coli) taken by the operator on Dec. 29, 2015 and Dec. 30, 2015 revealed the chlorination system was not functional at the time of sampling. 


Ontario Place Hotel, 103 General Smith Dr., Sackets Harbor
paid a total of $300 in fines.
Respondent: Dave Maxon

$200 -  The facility was in operation without a Permit to Operate.
$50 -  The emergency light was not operational on the landing in the stairwell directly off the lobby.
$50 -  The emergency exit on the second floor off the back of the building was obstructed. The door was propped open with a garbage can to allow for a cord for a heater to run into the breeze way. The portable heater was being used to prevent pipes from freezing. 


Pleasant Night Inn, 30 N. Broad St., West Carthage
paid a total of $200 in fines.
Respondent: Keni Patel

$200 -  Both smoke doors were propped open on the first floor. A flip down door stopper installed on both doors was being used to keep the doors open. A magnet smoke door system was present but the magnet for the door was not present. The exit sign on both ends of the second floor hallway were not working when tested.


Watertown Econo Lodge, 1030 Arsenal St., Watertown
paid a total of $400 in fines.
Respondent: Jianming Yang

$100 -  The chlorine eroder was turned off because it was in disrepair.
$100 -  Chlorine tablets were being added directly to the pool to maintain chlorine residual.
$100 -  The chlorine residual in the pool was zero at the time of the inspection.
$100 -  The chlorinator was turned off at night to prevent overfeed of the chlorine.


Sandy Pines Mobile Home Park, 29822 Route 3, town of Rutland
paid a total of $200 in fines.
Respondent: Walt Davis

$100 -  The facility was in operation without  a valid Permit to Operate.
$50 -  A significant amount of garbage and debris was strewn around the dumpsters and into the woods at the edge of the property including mattresses, couches, televisions and other large items. 
$50 -  The skirting was damaged on trailers 3, 6, 10, 11, 17, 19, 29, 33, 35 and 39; allowing for the possible entrance and harborage areas for vermin.


The Alpine, 3008 Route 26, Constableville
paid a total of $150 in fines.
Respondent: Michael Wendt

$150 -  Potentially hazardous food items such as Alfredo, lobster sauce, garlic butter and hollandaise sauce were measured to be at a temperature range of 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 57 degrees Fahrenheit while in a cold table unit. The unit was not functioning properly. 


Champion Hill Estates, 21850 County Route 47, Town of Champion
paid a total of $150 in fines.
Respondent: Patrick Cleary

$100 -  There was no detectable chlorine residual in the water supply distribution system at the time of the inspection.
$50 - The facility failed to sample and/or report sample results to the Watertown District Office for the third quarter bacteriological sample (July 1st - September 30th) for 2015. 


New Golden Cheng, 323 State St., Carthage
paid a total of $400 in fines.
Respondent: Zhenfen Gao

$100 -  WD40 was stored on a shelf next to the hot holding table across from the cook line.
$100 - TCS (Temperature Control for Safety) Food products such as Lo Mein, pork, chicken and shrimp were held in a malfunctioning refrigeration unit. The temperature of the food products ranged from 56 degrees Fahrenheit to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  
$100 - A bowl of raw shrimp and a bowl of raw chicken were found on the counter at 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Neither product was being processed at the time of the inspection. A container of brown rice was held on the counter at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 
$100 - The cook line refrigeration unit was not functioning at the beginning of the inspection because it was not plugged in.


Official: New York State Department of Health  

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