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September 11, 2013

Town board opposes Amigone crematory reopening


Tonawanda News — “Our role is to enforce the New York state law that is handed down to us,” he said. “If there are no violations and no laws being broken, I am not sure what we are enforcing.” 

In response to Monday’s efforts, Amigone’s spokesman, Kevin Keenan, released a statement reminding residents that the crematory is in full compliance with environmental regulations.

“Last year, the Amigone Family voluntarily and temporarily agreed to halt operations at our Sheridan Drive location in a good faith effort to work with the neighborhood and address its concerns. But any statement that implies the operation is not in full compliance with Department of Environmental Conservation regulations is false,” the statement reads. 

The statement also said that Amigone is still reviewing all of its options. The company has developed several plans to move the operation. Most recently, Amigone proposed moving the crematory 300 feet down its property to the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Parker Boulevard, but residents who live nearby the company protested the plan and said the move would result in the same odor and emission problems. 

Last week, ahead of a public hearing set for Monday, Amigone withdrew its request with the Erie County Legislature, which would have had to designate the area as cemetery land before the move. 

“After meeting with the neighbors and hearing from people who had canvassed the neighborhood, Amigone determined that the neighbors are not supportive of the proposal. Since the neighbors did not support of the move the request by Amigone for a designation of cemetery land was withdrawn,” Robert Knoer, an attorney representing Amigone, said in an email. 

Anthony Amigone Sr. said in a statement released last week that he has no immediate plans to reopen the crematory. The company is considering a number of different options, the statement reads.

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