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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton asked U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday to push for a "risk-based" approach to security funding that would give New York City a bigger piece of the pie.

Chertoff responded, "We do believe in having a risk-based approach to everything we do at the Department of Homeland Security." He provided no details about steps he would take to carry out the policy.

Chertoff and the New York elected leaders spoke after meeting privately at Grand Central Terminal, where they were briefed about security measures there.

Bloomberg thanked Chertoff for his role in securing $42 million in federal funding to help protect transit systems in the New York metropolitan region but said he was concerned about a bill proposed by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., which would give all states a minimum share of the funds.

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