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Elderly Brooklyn Couple Not Fazed By Storm's Inconveniences

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While thousands of city housing authority tenants in Coney Island still have no utilities, one elderly couple who has been without electricity or heat since the since the storm hit remain surprisingly upbeat. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Three gas burners and a pot of boiled water are all that keep the Cooper's third floor apartment warm for part of the day.

"We have heat, you know with the stove. And we moved the bed to the front, and with warm water, and we are just toughing it out," said Mary Cooper.

Mary, 79, and her husband Henry, 80, have lived in O'Dwyer Gardens, a city housing authority building on West 33rd Street in Coney Island, for 19 years. The building has been without power and heat since Sandy hit, and somehow they have kept a positive attitude.

"The only thing we can do is just pray and hope everything will work out soon. There are so many people in worse shape than us. My daughter lost her home, all of my sons and son in laws lost their cars, you know and other people lost their lives so we are still blessed," said Mary Cooper.

When asked if he had expected the storm to be this bad, Henry said, "Not this bad. But we're doing alright, we're good."

The Coppers' children have been making sure they have the supplies they need, and being on the third floor, the couple has been able to get out, but only occasionally because of their ages and the circumstances they face outside.

When residents walk out of their apartments this is what they face. Total darkness. The only way that we were able to get around this building was with our camera light.

But the Cooper's say they aren't going anywhere.

"We really didn't think it would take this long, you know. We prefer to stay home," said Mary Cooper.

"I'm not worried, not a bit. Because if I had somewhere to go I would have left. But it's alright, we're making it good," said Henry Cooper.

Downstairs in the daylight, volunteer Travis Brooks from Bed-Stuy was helping clean-up the front of the Cooper's building.

"I hope things get better man, for everybody to do what they have to do, help clean and get back on track," Brooks said.

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