WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Luisa Esposito just wants to stay in a safe house without mold.
“I literally cry every night. I just don’t think this is fair. I didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t know why this is happening. He should do the right thing by his house.”
The “he” is her landlord Roy Tuccillo. Luisa says his workers caused a leak in the roof of the West Hempstead house she’s rented for years. She says that led to mold all over her house. She wants Tuccillo to fix it. He wants her out.
Luisa says she can’t move because she has two large dogs and most landlords don’t want that. So just before Thanksgiving they went to court.
The judge hoped there would be a settlement. But no dice.
I tried to speak with Tuccillo’s lawyer, Charles Casolaro. But he was in a hurry and basically just kept scurrying down the hall. He did say Tuccillo is a good landlord.
Now both sides will tell it to the judge. A trial date is set for early next month. We plan to be there.