Massapequa business holds fundraiser to raise money for rent amid lawsuit filed by landlord

A Massapequa business is seeking to stay afloat - holding a fundraiser just to be able to pay the bills in the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2021, 10:58 PM

Updated 1,232 days ago

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A Massapequa business is seeking to stay afloat - holding a fundraiser just to be able to pay the bills in the pandemic.
Catherine Camisa, who owns Mom's Ceramics, says she's invested her whole life into this business. Her store is filled with thousands of ceramics and molds for every season.
She says she's even applied for PPP but was denied twice because she doesn't have any employees.
Camisa hasn't been able to pay her rent because business isn't what it used to be. She has limited capacity restrictions inside her store.
Her landlord has also filed a lawsuit against her for back rent payments totaling $87,000 and is threatening to evict her. Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously extended a statewide moratorium on commercial evictions until May.
The community of Massapequa is trying to help her out by donating baskets which will be part of raffle to raise money so she can pay her rent
The raffles will be part of a fundraising event at a local restaurant scheduled for March 10. A GoFundMe page has also been made.
News 12 reached out to the landlord's attorney for comment.


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