PORT HENRY - The Upstate New York Tea (UNYTEA) party reached its goal of 1,000 members during an organizational meeting held Aug. 11 in Port Henry.
According to UNYTEA party Chairman Mark L Barie, the grassroots organization surpassed its goal of 1,000 members by Sept. 1 - just last week. At an organizational meeting in Port Henry, an additional 16 members were signed up.
The one thousandth member was also one of UNYTEA's youngest recruits. Fourteen-year-old Tommy Yakalis of Mineville was in attendance with his mother Jill. The teenager will be a freshman at Moriah Central School this fall. He recently scored a perfect 100 on his eighth-grade New York State history exams.
Doug Hoffman, a G.O.P. candidate for the U.S. Congress, was a guest speaker at the meeting. Along with UNYTEA Port Henry Volunteer Coordinator Brett Thompson, Hoffman presented Yakalis with a U.S. flag, an engraved UNYTEA lapel pin and a replica of a Revolutionary War tri-corner hat.
"Young Tommy and his mom are typical of the people who support UNYTEA and continue to work very hard on our behalf, said Barie, adding, "These are the people who are hurt most by the tax and spend policies of politicians in both Washington and Albany."