NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Some business owners in Queens claim they are being harassed by the city's health department.
Kelly's Bar, located on Crescent Street in Astoria, was slapped with a dozen summonses after receiving 132 violation points during its last inspection earlier this month.
The health department says it's only doing its job.
An inspection report released by the department shows Kelly's Bar received critical violations for evidence of mice, using pesticides not in accordance with labels or applicable laws, not providing a hand washing facility near or in a food preparation area and toilet room; raw, cooked or prepared food that was adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated and/or not discarded in accordance with the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) plan, and not having a supervisor on duty with a food protection certificate.
Sondra Tesseman, who has owned the bar for 40 years, says each violation could cost her anywhere from $200 to $2,000. Tesseman claims the health department closed the bar down for six days for having low water pressure in a kitchen she says doesn't get used because food is not served at the establishment.
Tesseman says it was the first time the bar has ever been closed down for a health violation and believes the cash-strapped city is sending health inspectors to the area to raise money at the expense of business owners.
Kelly's Bar is not the only one suffering.
Owners of a neighboring doughnut shop say they have also been fined by the health department for minor violations including having signs posted in a wrong spot.
Inspection reports for Gleason's and The Doral Coffee Shop show the establishments received several violations, including evidence of live mice, rats and roaches.