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July 17, 2013

Amigone may move town crematory

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Amigone Funeral Home is considering moving the crematory to the other side of its Sheridan Drive property in the town, the owner of the facility said Tuesday. 

Owners of Amigone asked the Erie County Legislature to hold a hearing on moving the operation to the corner of Parker Boulevard and Sheridan Drive — just a few hundred feet from its current location. 

A resolution setting the hearing for Sept. 9 will come before the body during Thursday’s session, Legislator Kevin Hardwick said.

“Amigone indicated to us that without the hearing, they would reopen at their current location July 30,” Hardwick said. “So now the assumption is that they won’t reopen, which is a good thing.”

Anthony Amigone, the owner of the funeral home company, said he wants to give residents the chance to air their concerns. 

“We want to satisfy the residents before we move the crematory,” he said.

But Amigone also responded to his neighbors’ claims. 

”We have never had any body parts or smell problems,” he said. “It seems like this is a bandwagon cause. I practically live in this building. My kids are here, my grandchildren work in this building. But at the hearing, the neighbors can express themselves. And we can tell them some of the facts that aren’t dreamt up by people.” 

Hardwick said that if Amigone moves the crematory to the other side of the property, the Erie County legislature would first have to designate that area as cemetery land, even though the company already owns it. 

If Amigone chooses to reopen in its current location, it must give the state attorney general’s office two weeks notice. 

The discussion comes more than a year after Amigone signed an agreement with the state attorney general’s office consenting to halt crematory operations for six months. The agreement came amid resident complaints about noxious smells and alleged sicknesses from the crematory’s emissions. 

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