Tedisco was in Ballston Spa Saturday, Oct. 20, to help campaign with Republican candidates from the town of Ballston, and was clearly still reeling from the incident.
"This is not the village's fault, and what's clear to me is that the bicentennial is part of the fact that we embrace this land of immigrants," said Tedisco outside the county municipal office on McMaster Street. "But what's in the hearts and souls of people today is safety, and we want immigrants here in a legal way. To penalize the people is governance by vengeance."
Tedisco said the grant was made in the same manner as they have been made previously, and that the agreement was the village would spend the money and then be reimbursed.
"It was done above board by my office, and we all followed the guidelines," said Tedisco. "We'll do all we can to recoup that funding for Ballston Spa and the other towns. I've been in this job for 25 years and never had to rescind a grant."
Reporter Jessica Harding contributed to this story.""