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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. COVID-19: Should We All Wear Masks In Public? Health Experts, CDC To Revise Guidelines

    COVID-19: Should We All Wear Masks In Public? Health Experts, CDC To Revise Guidelines

    Should all Americans wear face masks when leaving the house to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? President Donald Trump said this week that his administration intends to release new recommendations regarding the use of face masks after he initially said masks weren’t necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.Most members of Trump’s coronavirus task force have ...

  2. COVID-19: Executive Order Reserves CT Hotels, Short-Term Rentals For Essential Workers

    COVID-19: Executive Order Reserves CT Hotels, Short-Term Rentals For Essential Workers

    Short-term rentals, motels, and hotels in Connecticut will be repurposed and utilized by essential workers and the vulnerable as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread through the state.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order that will “ensure that hotels and other types of short-term rentals are being used by those who need it most at this challenging time.” ...

  3. COVID-19: CT To Open Vacant Nursing Homes To Find More Beds

    COVID-19: CT To Open Vacant Nursing Homes To Find More Beds

    Some Connecticut nursing homes are being converted to potentially house novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients as the virus continues to spread rapidly in the region.To ensure that there are sufficient hospital beds when the virus hits its apex in the coming weeks, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that some vacant nursing homes will be used to house patients.Earlier story: COVID-19: ...

  4. Most Say Trump Was Not Prepared For COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Finds: What Do You Think?

    Most Say Trump Was Not Prepared For COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Finds: What Do You Think?

    More voters than not say that President Donald Trump’s administration has failed to do enough to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a newly released poll.A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll - which was conducted before Trump announced a 30-day extension of social distancing protocols - found that 47 percent of voters feel that the administration ...

  5. COVID-19: Latimer Proposes Legislation To Ease Financial Burden On Westchester Residents

    COVID-19: Latimer Proposes Legislation To Ease Financial Burden On Westchester Residents

    As the battle against novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rage on, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling on the Board of Legislator to alleviate taxpayer burdens.Latimer said that his office has submitted legislation that would allow taxpayers who have economic hardships due to the pandemic to apply for a delay in paying county property taxes.The current due date ...

  6. COVID-19: Cuomo Calls On New York Businesses To Manufacture Masks, Gowns, Other PPE

    COVID-19: Cuomo Calls On New York Businesses To Manufacture Masks, Gowns, Other PPE

    All hands are on deck as New York prepares for the “Battle of the Mountaintop” against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on businesses capable of doing so to shift gears and begin manufacturing masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment to aid healthcare workers.“The cruelest irony is that this nation and so many others are reliant on China for ...

  7. COVID-19: Popular Youth Basketball Coach Who Worked At Ground Zero Dies From Virus

    COVID-19: Popular Youth Basketball Coach Who Worked At Ground Zero Dies From Virus

    A popular Hudson Valley coach, husband, and father died after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).AAU basketball coach Sonny Aravena was among four Orange County residents to die on Sunday, March 29 from COVID-19, as the death toll in New York continues to climb as the virus spreads.Aravena, a New Windsor resident, was survived by his wife and four children.The Boys & Girls ...

  8. Move To Scale Back New York's Hotly Contested Cash Bail System Added To State Budget

    Move To Scale Back New York's Hotly Contested Cash Bail System Added To State Budget

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are scaling back the state’s cash bail system that has angered law enforcement officials since the measures took effect at the start of the year.An agreement was struck that added a number of new misdemeanor and felony crimes to the long list of those subject to a cash bail order. The lawmakers are expected to approve the measure on ...

  9. COVID-19: 'I Get Why It's So Scary Now,' Chris Cuomo Says; Governor 'Frightened' At First

    COVID-19: 'I Get Why It's So Scary Now,' Chris Cuomo Says; Governor 'Frightened' At First

    CNN host Chris Cuomo made a surprise appearance during brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily news briefing on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to give an update on how he’s feeling after being diagnosed with the virus this week.On Wednesday, April 1, the governor announced that his brother had tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined in his basement as a precaution.“First ...

  10. COVID-19: 8,669 New Cases In New York As Statewide Total Climbs To 92,381

    COVID-19: 8,669 New Cases In New York As Statewide Total Climbs To 92,381

    There were 8,669 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York reported overnight as the statewide total climbed to 92,381, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.During his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday, April 2, Cuomo said that the state continues barreling toward the apex of the outbreak, which he has dubbed the Battle of the Mountaintop. He said that depending on ...

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