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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. Spackenkill Names Arlington HS Principal As New Superintendent

    Spackenkill Names Arlington HS Principal As New Superintendent

    A familiar face has been chosen to take over the helm of the Spackenkill Union Free School District.Former Spackenkill High School Principal Paul Fanuele has been appointed by the Board of Education to take over as the district’s new superintendent. Fanuele will replace Mark Villanti, who is retiring at the end of the school year.Fanuele had been the Executive Principal in the Arlington ...

  2. Former HR Officer From Greenwich Admits To $417K Performance Scam

    Former HR Officer From Greenwich Admits To $417K Performance Scam

    A woman who worked as a human resources officer at FujiFilm in Westchester admitted to stealing more than $400,000 from the company. Fairfield County resident Maria Mecca, 39, of Greenwich, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny in Westchester County Court, District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced. She remains free on bail and was ordered to pay restitution to FujiFilm, ...

  3. Border Patrol Agents Nab Man Convicted Of Rape On Long Island

    Border Patrol Agents Nab Man Convicted Of Rape On Long Island

    A Mexican national convicted of raping a young girl on Long Island was busted by border patrol agents attempting to illegally re-enter the country.US Customs and Border Patrol agents in Arizona announced that they took Juan Olarte-Cruz into custody at approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 10 approximately 20 miles north of the Mexican border.Olarte-Cruz, 42, was convicted of second-degree rape ...

  4. Gang Member From Long Island Among Trio Charged With Attempted Murder Remains At Large

    Gang Member From Long Island Among Trio Charged With Attempted Murder Remains At Large

    An alleged 18th Street gang member from Long Island is among three men facing charges for their roles in the murder of a teenager and attempted murder of rivals, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue announced.Jonathan “Scooby” Zelaya-Diaz, 25, of Hempstead, has been charged in Brooklyn federal court with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in aid of racketeering for his alleged ...

  5. Alert Issued For Wanted Long Island Man

    Alert Issued For Wanted Long Island Man

    Have you seen him?Police in Nassau County issued an alert this week, for a man wanted for violating the conditions of his probation last year.Calvin Ross, 26, is wanted by the Nassau County Police Department after being arrested and charged with violation of probation. He later failed to appear in court to answer the charges against him and a warrant was issued for his ...

  6. Convicted Long Island Felon Attempted To Illegally Purchase Shotgun, Sheriff Says

    Convicted Long Island Felon Attempted To Illegally Purchase Shotgun, Sheriff Says

    A convict with multiple prior felony convictions is back in hot water with the law after attempting to illegally purchase shotgun on Long Island, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office announced.Suffolk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mastic resident Alfred Dimech, 57, following a lengthy investigation into the attempted purchase of the shotgun at Benson’s Gun Shop in Corman on ...

  7. Murder Trial Starts In Killing Of 16-year-Old Westchester Girl

    Murder Trial Starts In Killing Of 16-year-Old Westchester Girl

    The murder trial for a man who allegedly struck killed a teenage girl with his car in Westchester after an argument with her and her boyfriend kicked off this week.Joel Thompson, 24, of Yonkers, was in court on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to stand trial for the murder of 16-year-old Madysen Denman in December 2017. He’s charged with second-degree murder, and attempted second-degree murder.If ...

  8. Man Displaying Money Attempted To Lure Child Into Vehicle On Long Island, Police Say

    Man Displaying Money Attempted To Lure Child Into Vehicle On Long Island, Police Say

    A man on Long Island allegedly attempted to lure a teenage girl into his vehicle by displaying money, police said.The 14-year-old girl, who was on her way to school in Franklin Square, was approached by a man on Center Drive at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Nassau County Police said.According to police, the man was driving an older model black Toyota Corolla. At the ...

  9. Man Charged With Committing Three Murders In Connecticut In 2015

    Man Charged With Committing Three Murders In Connecticut In 2015

    A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection to kidnapping two people in Connecticut and later murdering them and killing a third victim in New haven to stop him from snitching, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.Raleigh, North Carolina resident Edward Michael Parks, also known as “Lee’ or “Trouble,” has been indicted and charged with two counts of kidnapping resulting in ...

  10. 18 Area Residents Charged With Drunk Driving In State Police Stops

    18 Area Residents Charged With Drunk Driving In State Police Stops

    New York State Police troopers were busy over the weekend, removing 22 allegedly impaired drivers - including 18 from the area - from Hudson Valley roadways. Local drivers facing charges include:Westchester CountyOn Saturday, December 7, State Police from Wappinger arrested Angel A. Onofre Quezada, 21, of Peekskill, for DWI with a prior conviction within ten years, a class E felony. He ...

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