Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, and other lawmakers today to discuss the proposed $100 million cut to New York’s federal homeland security funding.

Sen. William Larkin, R-Orange County, said the money needed to go to New York, not a part of the country that wouldn’t be a target for terrorists.

“Do you think Podunk, Idaho is some place they would be looking at? I don’t think so,” Larkin said during the news conference.

The mayor said the city continue to stands out as a target.

“New York is the iconic symbol of the United State around the world for those people who don’t like the fact we’re in charge of our own destiny and we have the right to say what we say,” Bloomberg said.

“Unfortunately the likelihood of something happening again is very high,” he added, saying the cut would impact the city’s ability to thwart an attack and adequately respond to one.

After U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, concerns have been raised that another attack would be launched on U.S. soil. Information in the compound where bin Laden was hiding included plans to bomb trains in the United States, possibly on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ball, the chairman of the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, sent a letter to President Obama last month urging him to reconsider the cut.

Ball also held a committee meeting on the issue of preparedness, which was criticized for including witnesses who are critical of Islam.