Tonawanda News — The NFTA has previously been awarded funding from the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), some of which funded the creation of this counter-terrorism team. Schumer said much of this funding has been shifted in recent years, and the continued support of this team is at risk.
Schumer is being joined by NFTA Executive Director Kimberly Minkel and NFTA Police Chief George Gast in the effort to convince the Department of Homeland Security to approve the NFTA- Transit Authority Police Department’s application for funding through the FY2013 Transit Security Grant Program.
DHS will be issuing a new request for applications to this program at the beginning of May, and Schumer is pushing DHS to not only fund the NFTA’s application but to do so quickly, so that the Unit stays on the job in Western New York.
“The NFTA’s Counter Terrorism Unit provides a platform and ability for our department to interact both proactively and reactively with other law enforcement agencies on the local, state and federal levels in a unified effort to combat terrorism and provide a safe and protected transportation system in Buffalo Niagara,” Gast said in a statement released by Schumer’s office.
“Providing a safe and secure transportation system for our customers each and every day is an overriding goal of the NFTA’s,” Minkel added. “In light of the tragic events that occurred in Boston recently, it is incumbent upon all of us now more than ever to have the means necessary to thwart criminal activities in our public transportation system.”