100-year-old WWII vet, Bed-Stuy resident receives free AC unit from councilmember

A 100-year-old World War II veteran got a cool delivery from Congressman Robert Cornegy Friday.

News 12 Staff

Jul 10, 2020, 4:51 PM

Updated 1,436 days ago

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A 100-year-old World War II veteran got a cool delivery from Congressman Robert Cornegy Friday.
James Been spent the last couple of days in the hospital, but is now in the comfort of his on home, with a brand new air conditioner.
Been has lived in Bed-Stuy for 90 years, and on June 19 he celebrated his 100th birthday.
Councilmember Cornegy was in attendance to celebrate his birthday. That when he says he noticed Been did not have air conditioning.
"it was one of the hottest days and the summer had just begun and we realized he didn't have any air conditioning. So, he never complained or said anything and we realized we were going to have some 90 degree days coming up," says Cornegy.
Thanks to the Naturally Occurring Reitrement Community, known as NORC, he was able to get him a brand-new air-conditioning unit.
"He served our country admirably, he's been a pilar and a fixture. He really gives us the opportunity to realize how important our seniors are, so we have to protect our seniors," says Cornegy.
The 100-year-old says he is beyond grateful.
"That is wonderful. I appreciate that a lot. I feel happy and surprised,” says Been.
 
 


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