Amigone Funeral Home

Lawsuit seeking shutdown of Amigone crematorium dismissed

Mar 29, 2019
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A legal challenge to close and force relocation of Amigone Funeral Home's crematorium in the Town of Tonawanda was dismissed Friday morning in State Supreme Court. While the attorney representing the funeral home successfully convinced a judge to side with his arguments, the attorney who filed the action on behalf of neighbors says he's considering another strategy.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Amigone Funeral Home is headed back to State Sumpreme Court, in downtown Buffalo, Friday. People living feet away from the company's crematory, on Sheridan Drive, in Tonawanda, are suing to shut the operation down. The neighbors say foul and toxic emissions from the crematory are ruining their quality of life and their health.

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The Buffalo State campus will be the site of the annual Sleep Out - a night when students, activist groups and the community come together to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness in Western New York.

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An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home notified state officials two weeks ago that Amigone would resume cremating bodies at its Sheridan Drive location today. However, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking to stop the move.

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


County panel votes to keep Tonawanda crematory closed

Oct 10, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Opponents of a plan to reopen a crematory in Tonawanda received a boost from a County Legislature panel Thursday. The Government Affairs Committee recommended revoking Amigone Funeral Home’s status as cemetery land, which is needed to operate a crematory out of its Sheridan Drive site.

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An Erie County Legislature committee delayed action yesterday on barring a Town of Tonawanda funeral home incinerator from ever starting up again.

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An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home told State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak Wednesday that Amigone has no plans to reopen its crematory on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.

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New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently block Amigone Funeral Home from reopening its crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

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The proposal to put a crematory near Sheridan Park in the Town of Tonawanda has been pulled back because of community opposition.

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A controversial crematorium at 2600 Sherdian Drive in the Town of Tonawanda has been shuttered for the the next six months.

State Attorney General Erie Schneiderman announced an agreement with Sheridan Park, the operators of the Amigone Funeral Home crematory. WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talked with residents and the CEO of Amigone

Under an agreement with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,  Sheridan Park, operators of the Amigone crematory will have to find solutions to eliminate odors, smoke, and particles or relocate to another site.

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For two decades a crematory with a high smokestack has overshadowed a quiet residential neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda.

Working with the Clean Air Coaltion residents of Werkeley Road are asking State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to shut down the Amigone Funeral Home crematory as a public nuisance.

The coalition has collected 300 postcards to Schneiderman to ask for the shutdown.

A pair of independent tests are supporting neighbors complaints regarding a crematory in the Town of Tonawanda.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation and the University at Buffalo ran a variety of tests and confirmed that particulate matter from the Amigone Funeral Home crematory on Sheridan Drive is in the soil of neighboring residences. Many approaches have been taken to address complaints about this discharge with no success.

The business claims that moving the crematory would be too expensive at this time, though that is agreed to be the best alternative.