TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Tonawanda residents gathered Wednesday night to take a stand on environmental issues.
At a meeting, held by the Clean Air Coalition, neighbors filled out ballots to vote on their top five environmental concerns.
According to Rebecca Newberry, a community organizer, pollution was the most pressing issue.
"Our members think that pollution is a huge deal," Newberry said. "We get a lot of calls about smells - rotten egg smells, petroleum based smells - usually in the early morning or late at night."
Another member of the community, Jane Sheldon, says she hopes the meeting will help increase awareness about the real effects of environmental hazards.
After moving to Tonawanda in 1992, Sheldon says she started having congestion and breathing problems at night. Sheldon says she thinks pollutants in the area are partially to blame for her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which causes breathing difficulties.
Another public meeting will be held Tuesday, February 26 at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center. The State Department of Health will be there to further explain the results of their study.