05/15/14 8:00am
05/15/2014 8:00 AM
Laura Wilson and Thomas Lashinsky have been living in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church's rectory since December 2010. They've sued the church in state Supreme Court, claiming its leadership hasn't adequately addressed mold issues in the building. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Laura Wilson and Thomas Lashinsky have been living in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s rectory since December 2010. They’ve sued the church in state Supreme Court, claiming its leadership hasn’t adequately addressed mold issues in the building. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A couple that’s been living in a Greenport church rectory is suing the church for more than $1 million in damages, claiming mold that was allowed to fester in the building for years during their residence there has made them chronically ill.

Thomas Lashinsky and his wife, Laura Wilson, moved into the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church rectory in 2010 and Mr. Lashinsky later began maintaining the parish’s Main Street properties. But things began to go sour last year and in November, they said, the church asked them to vacate the premises. The couple is now claiming church leadership allowed them to live in the rectory amid extensive mold without moving to fully rectify the problem, according to a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court.  (more…)