Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WKBW) US Senator Chuck Schumer joined with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) officials to call upon the Department of Homeland Security to approve grant funding for the WNY Counter-Terrorism Team.
The team was started in 2009 when $2.2 million dollars was awarded to the NFTA from the Federal Transit Security Grant Program.
Six specially trained officers and two explosive detection dogs make up the team which focuses on keeping travelers safe from any terrorist related threat.
While the counter-terrorism team's mission concentrates on local airports and the metro system, they are also used when Buffalo has large downtown gatherings such as the Taste of Buffalo.
The NFTA is seeking $1million dollars to keep the team operating over the next two years, and Senator Schumer says he plans to fight for the money.
Transit Officials say they are looking for alternate funding, but if none is found, the counter-terrorism team will be disbanded at the end of May.
"It is the kind of money that when you don't spend it, and God forbid happens, you say 'Why didn't we?'' commented Senator Schumer.