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NY1 For You: Broken Elevator Keeps Elderly Tenants Stranded Months After Storm

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Over two months since Hurricane Sandy struck and many continue struggling in the aftermath, including those living in one Brooklyn building where a broken elevator has held elderly and disabled renters captive. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Vladimir Pintel, 89, has been confined to his Brighton Beach apartment since Hurricane Sandy struck, knocking out the only elevator in his building and he's not alone.

"I'm frustrated, I'm upset, I'm furious," said Michael Royzman, a fellow tenant.

The building has six flights and residents say many elderly and disabled tenants live on the upper floors and are literally trapped.

"I live on the sixth floor and everyday I cannot go out," said Alexander Fayn, a building tenant.

It's been especially trying for the disabled and elderly tenants who need medical attention but can't get out to go to their doctors.

"We're very worried about people who simply cannot get out to get food, water, medicine, to get to a doctor," said CIDNY Executive Director Susan M. Dooha.

To make matters worse, renters say they have no idea when the elevator will be fixed.

"They working very seldom, like once in a week maybe two times in a week, what I saw," Royzman said.

NY1 called the city Department of Buildings and a spokeswoman told us the owner’s elevator company is in the process of repairing the elevator. She went on to say the department will continue to monitor this process until the elevator is restored to service.

Meantime, it's not much help to residents who say two months is too long to be trapped.

"NY1 For You" will continue to follow this story.

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