FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Bad blood spilling over into a bitter family feud has two brothers struggling over the fate of their elderly mother, who is still living in the house they grew up in and now facing possible eviction.
CBS 2’s Lou Young got an exclusive interview with the son who had his mother served with eviction papers.
“I’m the bad guy,” Peter Kantorowski joked as he spoke with Young.
Peter Kantorowski, 71, tried to laugh it off, but it’s hard. He is the estranged son of 98-year-old Mary Kantorowski and person trying to have his mother evicted from the house he grew up in. Peter Kantorowski has also been on the receiving end of many hate messages.
“I’ve done everything possible that I could do for her and I’m portrayed like I started this process and I’m trying to help her,” Peter Kantorowski said. “I love my mother.”
Mary Kantorowski said last week that she doesn’t want to leave the house.
It’s really a battle between the two brothers. Peter was given the home when his dad died 15 years ago with the condition his mother live in as long as she wants. She’s allowing Jack to live there as well. The brothers don’t talk.
“He did his own thing with drinking and it got escalated all these years — it got worse and worse and worse and it’s out of control,” Peter Kantorowski said. “He’s taking advantage of her.”
Mary’s expense included more liquor store and cigar purchases than you would expect from a 98-year-old woman, which is why a judge appointed a conservator to handle her bills last summer. Now part of the family wants to cut Jack out of the picture entirely, including Jack’s own son.
John Kantorowski, Jack’s son, said the intention of the eviction notice was “To get Jack Kantorowski out of the house, not my grandmother.” He explained that he was fine with the scenario provided his grandmother was taken care of.
Jack Kantorowski wasn’t interested in talking to CBS 2 on Monday. His mother, Mary, spent most of the day in the house alone, reluctant to come to the door. The unusual family eviction case goes to court at the end of the week.
Because of the dispute, Mary Kantorowski’s financial affairs have been in the hands of a court-appointed conservator since July.
Both brothers insist they want only what’s best for her.
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