Tonawanda Residents Calling for Action Over Crematory

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM EDT

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Town of Tonawanda residents will call for action tonight regarding the reopening of a crematory in their neighborhood.

The Sheridan Park Crematory, which is part of the Amigone Funeral Home, shut down temporarily over heavy smoke and foul odors. It now was given the OK to reopen.

Neighbors will join with the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York to call on the Town of Tonawanda Board to pass a resolution to keep the crematory to reopen in the Sheridan Park neighborhood.

A statement was issued Monday afternoon from the Sheridan Park Crematory, stating:

"In advance of tonight’s vote by the Town of Tonawanda board regarding their opposition to the reopening of Sheridan Park Crematory, it is important to reiterate that the operation of our crematory meets all New York State Department of Environment Conservation regulations and is in full compliance.

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 DEC regulations is false.

As we said last week, we are reviewing all of our options regarding the operations of our crematory, and will continue every effort to be a good neighbor."