LIPA said on its website Sunday that it expected to restore power to 99% of its customers by the end of the day Tuesday. Roughly 95,000 customers remained without electricity across three counties.
The lights and running water came back on at a 915-resident, four-building high rise complex called The Sand Castle Saturday night, and the heat will hopefully kick on later Sunday, according to superintendent Danny Sanchez.
Most of the Far Rockaway complex's residents are senior citizens, who are "thrilled" LIPA got the elevators working again, Sanchez said.
Twice daily, 70-year-old Albina Williams had been dragging at least four gallons of water -- weighing about 35 pounds -- up six flights of stairs.
When CNN's Susan Candiotti caught up with Williams Saturday, the elderly woman wore a thick parka with a hood against the fall chill. Each clunking step up was an effort. On the third floor, the halfway point, she stopped to gather strength and catch her breath.
A neighbor passed her going up, also dragging water -- all the way to the 16th floor.
In her cold apartment, Williams explained how she layers four pairs of pajamas and blankets to stay warm at night.
"I put this on, and then I put this over it. Then pants on. Then this over it. Then, this comforter."
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, told insurance companies Sunday not to force hurricane deductibles on homeowners suffering from Sandy's aftereffects.
Unlike regular deductibles that require property owners to pay a set dollar amount -- typically $500 or $1,000 -- hurricane deductibles often require payments of between 1% and 5% of a property's value. For example, a policyholder with a house valued at $300,000 and a hurricane deductible of 5% would have to pay $15,000 toward damage repair before insurance payments kick in.
The National Weather Service has said Sandy didn't meet the technical criteria to be labeled a hurricane when it made landfall. Instead, it classified Sandy a "post-tropical cyclone."