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Today's Top Stories - Monday June 8th, 2020

An Addison teen has died, after a hiking accident that happened one week ago today. The family of 16-year-old Blake Driskell reported his passing Friday night via their Facebook page. Driskell slipped and fell while hiking near a Bear Falls waterfall in Tuscarora with several friends. After the accident, he was at Strong Hospital in a medically-induced coma for several days where the community banded together to support the family. A GoFundMe page for the Driskell family raised about $40,000 to help with related expenses.


At a Watkins Glen event yesterday, Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano outlined a plan to address systemic racism and prevent police brutality. Mitrano called for federal standards for training of all law enforcement officers that are to be reinforced by sufficient funding to ensure compliance across the board. Mitrano also called for an end to the deficiencies of the U.S. healthcare system and infrastructure, as well as inequalities in schools, food insecurity and lack of affordable housing, which are all issues that disproportionally and adversely effect black and poor communities.


Governor Cuomo announced Saturday houses of worship will have a phased reopening in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier regions. The reopening coincides with New York’s phased reopening plan for the broader economy. Churches can begin immediately by opening at 25% capacity but must follow social distancing.


A Corning woman was arrested after the death of 100 year-old man Gerald Early. Saturday, Police arrested 51-year-old Brenda Lee McKay of Corning who was charged with second-degree murder.  According to WETM18 News, Gerald C. Early was found unconscious in his Corning home with severe head trauma. He was flown to Guthrie Robert Packer in Sayre where was pronounced dead. Investigators allege that McKay attacked the man with a hammer. She was initially remanded to Steuben County Jail. No motive has yet been established as the homicide investigation continues.


Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th. The order is subject to any outbreaks or significant changes in the regional metrics.


State Police arrested 41-year-old Shane S. Fox of Canisteo who was charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse involving contact with a child under age 11 and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. The arrest stems from an incident in the Town of Andover that was reported on May 30th. Fox was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.


Yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. Primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23rd to be counted. Cuomo previously issued Executive Orders allowing all New Yorkers to vote absentee in the June primary elections. Cuomo also announced he will issue an Executive Order extending the deadline for school districts to receive school budget ballots. School budget ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5p.m. tomorrow and received by mail through June 16th by the school district.

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