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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. UConn Starts Three-Year Trial Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement

    UConn Starts Three-Year Trial Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement

    The University of Connecticut is taking a new approach in their undergraduate admissions process, at least for the next three years.UConn announced this week that it is entering a three-year pilot program to “study whether the policies influence its student success rates and increase accessibility to talented students who otherwise face barriers associated with the tests,” including SAT ...

  2. Man Posing As Contractor Nabbed For Scamming Local Resident Of $2K Downpayment, Police Say

    Man Posing As Contractor Nabbed For Scamming Local Resident Of $2K Downpayment, Police Say

    A fraudster known to police in Orange County was arrested after allegedly posing as a contractor and bilking an area resident out of $2,000, State Police said.On Sunday, May 17, New York State Police investigators out of Middletown arrested Shawn Abrams, 45, for felony grand larceny after he allegedly scammed a Wawayanda resident.Police said that Abrams, a Newburgh resident, falsely ...

  3. COVID-19: Here Are NY State-Run Beaches Open For Swimming Memorial Day Weekend

    COVID-19: Here Are NY State-Run Beaches Open For Swimming Memorial Day Weekend

    Sixteen New York State Park beaches will be open for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend, though restrictions will be in place due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.As of Friday, May 22, the beaches were opened for swimming, though social distancing is being enforced, and face coverings must be worn whenever possible.On Long Island, swimming will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

  4. COVID-19: New Breakdown Of Cases, Fatalities In Westchester

    COVID-19: New Breakdown Of Cases, Fatalities In Westchester

    There were nearly 300 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Westchester as the mid-Hudson Valley region looks to begin reopening economies as soon as next week.As of Friday, May 22, 133,384 Westchester residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 32,767 testing positive for the virus, according to the state Department of Health. Since the outbreak began in New Rochelle ...

  5. COVID-19: Nurse In Fairfield County Featured As Jimmy Kimmel's Healthcare Hero Of Week

    COVID-19: Nurse In Fairfield County Featured As Jimmy Kimmel's Healthcare Hero Of Week

    Now the whole world knows nurse Samantha Brown is a hero.Litchfield County resident Brown, of New Milford, who works as a wellness nurse in Fairfield County at Maplewood at Newtown was celebrated on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as his part of his #HealthCareHero campaign.When asked what keeps her going, Brown said that “it’s just something that we do,” while noting that her 100 patients have ...

  6. COVID-19: Here's Percentage Of Americans Ordering Takeout To Help Small Businesses

    COVID-19: Here's Percentage Of Americans Ordering Takeout To Help Small Businesses

    The majority of Americans have been taking steps to support the local businesses that have been hit the hardest during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a new survey.Pollsters surveyed 1,036 Americans around the country over several days, which determined that 76 percent of Americans said they are more likely to buy from a local business than a larger big-box ...

  7. COVID-19: Dutchess, Ulster Meet Metrics To Reopen, But Waiting On Other Hudson Valley Counties

    COVID-19: Dutchess, Ulster Meet Metrics To Reopen, But Waiting On Other Hudson Valley Counties

    Ulster and Dutchess counties have both reached each of the metrics required by the state to begin Phase 1 oof reopening, though the mid-Hudson Valley region is still not ready.During a Facebook Live event this week, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced that the two counties had reached all seven metrics set forth by the state, as the mid-Hudson Valley region is “closing in” ...

  8. School Issued Cease-And-Desist Letter For Illegally Reopening In Hudson Valley

    School Issued Cease-And-Desist Letter For Illegally Reopening In Hudson Valley

    A Hudson Valley school was ordered to close this week after “hundreds” of students were reportedly found inside the building without proper personal protective equipment against state orders.The Orange County Health Department served a cease-and-desist letter to the United Talmudical Academy (UTA) of Kiryas Joel Boys School in Palm Tree after officials visited the school with New York ...

  9. COVID-19: Long Island, Hudson Valley Could Reopen Next Week As Some Restrictions Eased

    COVID-19: Long Island, Hudson Valley Could Reopen Next Week As Some Restrictions Eased

    Long Island and the mid-Hudson Valley could reopen their economies next week as they move closer toward meeting the seven benchmarks established by the New York State in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.During his daily COVID-19 news briefing on Friday, May 22 in midtown Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that if the number of deaths continues to decline at the current ...

  10. COVID-19: Here Are Latest Stats For Putnam County

    COVID-19: Here Are Latest Stats For Putnam County

    There were 12 newly reported novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Putnam overnight, as the county total approaches 1,400 since the pandemic began.In Putnam County, 7,017 residents have been tested, with 1,376 testing positive for the virus. There are currently 36 active COVID-19 cases, with five new cases added from the previous day's total.There are currently 14 COVID-19 patients at ...

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