Howard relishes new case involving so-called ‘hot dog hooker’

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Do you recall Cathy Scalia?  Maybe not by her name…but you do recall her. Trust me you can’t forget her no matter how hard you may try.

Cathy got into hot water a couple of years ago for selling hot dogs out of her mobile camper.  Well, not just hot dogs. Police said her version of a condiment was may have involved more than fries with her shake, if you catch my meaning.  She was convicted of turning tricks out of her wienermobile, although she still denies the crime.

Now she’s back in a landlord-tenant dispute.

Robert Perez and his fiancé Caylyn Schaeffer got in touch with us.  They’ve been renting a room in Scalia’s house in East Rockaway since January.  They have a handwritten lease and rent receipts. The only problem is Scalia’s mom owns the house. It’s not clear she knew about the rentals. And now she wants Robert and Caylyn out.

Cathy claims the receipts are fake and the couple says Cathy is making their lives miserable.

All Robert and Caylyn wants is time to move out by August 20th and to live in peace until then.  So I decided to try to play peacemaker.

You really should take a look at the video because my summary and these quotes can’t do the story justice.

“We found out she’s not the owner of the house,” Robert told me about Cathy.

“My mother wants them out! We went to the deed with the court! My mother wants them out of here!  He harasses me every day!” Cathy said.

Caylyn: “I just want her to stop harassing us. I get called a whore, a prostitute everything!" Caylyn said.

“That’s what they call me!” was Cathy's rebuttal.

You see what I was up against?

I wound up calling the lawyer who represents Cathy’s long suffering mom.  He agreed to try to give Robert and Caylyn until August 20th. All parties wound up going to court this week and working out a settlement.  It gives Robert and Caylyn until late October to vacate. But Robert says he plans to move to his foster parents’ home by August 20th.

We’ll follow up on this. It’s impossible to forget.