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Zak Failla

Content Producer zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Equal parts Lois Lane, J. Jonah Jameson and Vicki Vale, Zak! has traveled from coast-to-coast covering small and big town community news in both in print and online for nearly a decade since his graduation from the award-winning Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in 2010.

Before settling into the Hudson Valley, Zak! previously spent time in the New York Daily News newsroom and worked for hyperlocal digital news outlets on Long Island. He wrote sports for The Ithacan and The Ithaca Journal before taking his talents to the Pacific Northwest, where he served as the sports editor at the Shoshone News-Press until heading back east to work with Daily Voice.

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. Man Stopped For Driving Without Front Plate Under Influence, New Canaan Police Say

    Man Stopped For Driving Without Front Plate Under Influence, New Canaan Police Say

    A man driving without a front license plate was allegedly intoxicated when he was stopped by police in Fairfield County overnight.Shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, officers from the New Canaan Police Department stopped Norwalk resident Sandro Toro-Diaz, when eh was spotted driving without a license plate on New Norwalk Road. According to police, while speaking with Toro-Diaz, 28, ...

  2. These Long Island School Districts Under Fiscal Stress, State Comptroller Says

    These Long Island School Districts Under Fiscal Stress, State Comptroller Says

    Multiple Long Island school districts were among 33 statewide to be under “fiscal stress,” according to the New York State Comptroller.According to Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System, eight districts were facing financial stress, including five in Suffolk County and three in Nassau County.The Comptroller said that the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System ...

  3. Fairfield County HS Student Named Regeneron Finalist

    Fairfield County HS Student Named Regeneron Finalist

    A high school student from Fairfield County was among the 40 that were chosen as finalists at this year's prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search.This year, approximately 2,000 students entered the Regeneron STS, where they “submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study.” The organization said that the search is “unique among high school competitions in ...

  4. Alert Issued For Man Wanted On Multiple Charges In Area

    Alert Issued For Man Wanted On Multiple Charges In Area

    Have you seen him? New York State Police investigators in Brewster issued an alert for a man wanted for multiple charges following his arrest five years ago.Derek Maurice is wanted by the New York State Police and Town of Southeast Court after being charged with first-degree falsifying business records, and bail jumping.According to police, Maurice was arrested in 2015 following an ...

  5. State AG Cites 'Multiple, Grave Concerns' Over Indian Point Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

    State AG Cites 'Multiple, Grave Concerns' Over Indian Point Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

    New York State Attorney General Letitia James has expressed “multiple, grave concerns” about the decommissioning of Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester.On Thursday, Jan. 23, it was announced that the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted an application from the owner of Indian Point to transfer the power plant to Holtec International for decommissioning.In response, James ...

  6. Do You Drive One? These Are The Most Stolen Vehicles In Nation

    Do You Drive One? These Are The Most Stolen Vehicles In Nation

    Do you drive one of the most frequently stolen vehicles? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a brand-new report highlighting which vehicles are most likely to be targeted by potential car thieves. According to the report, the Dodge Charger HEMI and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat topped the list, coming in at five times more thefts of any other models produced ...

  7. Vote Now: New Poll Says Most Think New Bail Reform Laws Are Bad For NY - What Do You Think?

    Vote Now: New Poll Says Most Think New Bail Reform Laws Are Bad For NY - What Do You Think?

    New Yorkers have turned against the new bail reform laws that ended cash bail for all misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenders in New York, according to a new poll.As of Wednesday, Jan. 1, thousands of inmates throughout the state were put back on the streets due to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bail reform legislation, which marked the end of cash bail for misdemeanor and ...

  8. Suspect On Loose After Long Island Bank Robbery

    Suspect On Loose After Long Island Bank Robbery

    An alleged bank robber is on the run on Long Island. police said.The Suffolk County Police Department released a surveillance photo of a man who allegedly robbed the People’s United Bank on Long Beach Road in Oceanside at approximately 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. According to police, the suspect entered the bank, approached the teller and made a verbal demand for money. The teller ...

  9. Long Island Bridge Operator Rescued After Falling Through Hole In Deck

    Long Island Bridge Operator Rescued After Falling Through Hole In Deck

    Rescue crews were required when a bridge operator on Long Island fell through a hole in the deck and plunged into the frigid waters below, police said.First responders were dispatched to the Long Beach Bridge shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, where there were reports of a man who had fallen into the water.According to police, upon arrival, officers observed a 60-year-old bridge ...

  10. Former Employee Admits To Making 40 Charges In NY/CT With Credit Cards Stolen From Customers

    Former Employee Admits To Making 40 Charges In NY/CT With Credit Cards Stolen From Customers

    A convicted felon with a rap sheet dating back to the 1980s will spend more time behind bars after admitting to credit card fraud, identity theft and a host of other charges.Steven Finkler, 55, of New Haven, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport district court to one count of access device fraud, one count of wire fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.U.S. Attorney John Durham said ...

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