Judge clears way for Amigone Funeral Home to reopen crematory

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TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Complaints shut down a crematory in the Town of Tonawanda in 2012, but with the help of a New York State judge, it will likely reopen soon.

Much to the chagrin of its neighbors, the Amigone Funeral Home is free to reopen its Sheridan Park Crematory as soon as Friday. Neighbors are wary about if certain conditions set by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have been met.

One neighbor said since the cremations stopped in 2012, the smells have disappeared, and she is enjoying life, but isn’t convinced the Amigone owners have fixed emissions issues.

“I live right behind him,” Nancy Varco, a homeowner right next to the crematorium, said. “I would see some kind of trucks in there, hear some kind of noise, but nothing, nothing is going on, and if it has, he has not notified us.”

Schneiderman’s office attempted to halt the reopening in New York State court Wednesday, filing for a preliminary injunction that would legally impose measures forcing Amigone to address odor, soot, smoke and noise before it is reopening.

A judge sided with Amigone, however, denying Schneiderman’s request, according to Amigone’s attorney Dennis Vacco.

Crematory officials claim they have made the required adjustments, and say they are likely to reopen this Friday.

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