The tragic Long Island mom whose son was left to freeze to death in an unheated garage is afraid she’s about to lose her home to foreclosure — but apparently shouldn’t be.
The Valley Stream condo Justyna Zubko-Valva now shares with her two surviving kids has been in foreclosure since 2018, when her estranged husband, Michael Valva, allegedly stopped paying the mortgage amid their divorce battle. On Thursday, following a divorce hearing, she said she was “in extreme danger of losing my home.”
But the company demanding payment told The Post Friday it has halted the legal proceeding after learning of the horrific January death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva, allegedly at the hands of his father.
Quicken Loans — which filed a judgment of foreclosure to sell the property Feb. 10 in Nassau Supreme Court — insists it has now stopped the proceeding and wants to work with Zubko-Valva. But they haven’t been able to reach her after multiple attempts over more than two weeks, the company claims.
“We will not be pursuing foreclosure of Ms. Zubko-Valva’s home, but it is crucial that she responds to our continued inquiries so we can open a dialogue on options for moving forward,” a spokesman told The Post.
Quicken wants “to do everything we can to ease this burden so she can spend this time focused on her family,” spokesman Aaron Emerson said in a statement Friday.
Michael Valva was arrested Jan. 24, accused of leaving the autistic Thomas in the frigid garage overnight until the boy died of hypothermia, his body temperature plummeting to 76 degrees.
The child’s death was the culmination of months of abuse at the hands of the NYPD transit cop and his fiancee, Angela Pollina, authorities said. The pair were both charged with murder.
Michael Valva, 40, had been given custody of his three sons with Zubko-Valva, and they had been living with Pollina’s three daughters in Center Moriches.
Zubko-Valva was given back temporary custody of Thomas’ brothers, Anthony, 10, and Andrew, 6, after their father’s arrest.
Zubko-Valva, who is the beneficiary of a GoFundMe drive which has raised more than $70,000 so far, apparently believes nothing can stop the foreclosure effort by Quicken Loans, which was demanding full repayment of the nearly $250,000 loan on the three-bedroom, 1.5-bath home.
“There is not much anybody could do at this point, nobody has that much money,” she said Thursday. “Michael destroyed me and my kids in every possible shape and form.”
The NYC corrections officer said her credit was ruined after Valva flouted three court orders to pay the mortgage and other bills as they hashed out their split.
She could not be reached for comment on the mortgage company’s offer to help.
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