Niagara Gazette

Local News

February 8, 2013

Amigone's future in Tonawanda remains unclear

Niagara Gazette — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — After years of resident complaints concerning emissions from Amigone's crematory and a six-month suspension of the operations, it's still not clear what the long-term future will hold for the company. But short term, the controversy over the crematory will be heard in court. 

Amigone signed a legally binding agreement with the attorney general's office in July, agreeing to halt operations amid backlash from area residents and the Clean Air Coalition. But in July, the contract expired. 

Although representatives of Amigone owners, Sheridan Park Inc., have refused to comment, residents that live near Amigone and the Clean Air Coalition believe Amigone hasn't resumed operations of its crematory since the expiration of the legally binding agreement. 

In July when the contract was signed, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said he reserved the right to file charges against Amigone if the company began using the crematory, which was launched in 1991 adjacent to Amigone's funeral home. 

“I could open it up tomorrow but the the attorney general could bring a suit and we’d go to court,” Vincent Amigone, who was unreachable Friday, said in November. “We don’t want to go through that route.” 

The agreement in July came after a study from the University of Buffalo indicated widespread pollution in the surrounding residential neighborhood, including human ash.

Residents of the area have been complaining of noxious smells and smoke for almost 20 years, and some living on Werkeley Avenue, the street right behind the crematory, said they have been suffering from severe illnesses as a result of the emissions. 

At the time of the agreement, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said the Amigone would need to research ways to reduce its emissions, or find a way to move the operation. 

During the six-month halt period, Amigone filed a request with the state cemetery board to move the crematory to a different location on Cooper Avenue.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results