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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. Bridgeport Man Admits To Trafficking Heroin, Cocaine With His Uncle

    Bridgeport Man Admits To Trafficking Heroin, Cocaine With His Uncle

    A Fairfield County man has admitted to his role in a scheme with his uncle, a career criminal, to traffic heroin and cocaine in the area.Bridgeport resident Efrain Molina - also known as Frankie - pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 500 grams of ...

  2. Westchester Parents Charged With Criminally Negligent Homicide In Infant Death

    Westchester Parents Charged With Criminally Negligent Homicide In Infant Death

    Two parents in Westchester are facing charges for their roles in the death of their 6-week-old infant child.Shanelle Straker, 37, and Henry Lantigua, 40, have been arraigned and charged for their role in the death of the infant in the mother’s Mount Vernon home, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced.Both parents were charged by a Westchester County Grand ...

  3. Motorist Extricated After Route 17 Crash

    Motorist Extricated After Route 17 Crash

    An injured motorist had to be extricated from his vehicle by first responders in Rockland County after crashing.First responders responded to a stretch of Route 17 underneath the New York Thruway overpass in Hillburn late in the afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 6, where there was a report of a crash, and a driver struck inside with injuries.Crews from the Hillburn Fire Department and ...

  4. Indian Point Security Drills Will Include Weapons That Simulate Gunfire

    Indian Point Security Drills Will Include Weapons That Simulate Gunfire

    It's only a drill. Officials will be conducting "force-on-force" security drills at Indian Point in the next week, complete with training drills that will include simulated gunfire in the area.Entergy will be conducting the drills using weapons that simulate the real thing at night on Thursday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 15. During the drills, people near the site may hear the ...

  5. Recall Expanded For Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

    Recall Expanded For Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has expanded a recall of ready-to-eat chicken products.Last week, Tip Top Poultry, Inc. announced that it is recalling chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.On Monday, Oct. 8, FSIS issued a second recall, warning that additional products have been added to the list of items subject to ...

  6. I-87 South Broadway On-Ramp To Close Following Morning Rush In Rockland

    I-87 South Broadway On-Ramp To Close Following Morning Rush In Rockland

    Motorists will have access to the New York State Thruway in Rockland County at the newly reconfigured Interchange 10, which will allow access at Route 9W and Hillside Avenue in South Nyack.The new traffic pattern permits riders of the Hudson Link bus service to use two new stops on South Franklin Street Extension, replacing the current stops at Clinton Avenue and South Broadway.The New ...

  7. IKEA Recalls Thousands Of Infant Bibs Due To Possible Choking Hazard

    IKEA Recalls Thousands Of Infant Bibs Due To Possible Choking Hazard

    IKEA is recalling thousands of infant bibs over concerns their snaps could be a choking hazard for children if they detach.In total, 7,000 MATVRÅ infant bibs, which come in packs of two with a red and blue bib, have been recalled. The items were sold nationwide in stores and online. The bibs each have the store’s logo printing on a white tag in the back.The company noted that the blue ...

  8. Ex-Wall Street Trader From Long Island Admits To Running $19M Ponzi Scheme

    Ex-Wall Street Trader From Long Island Admits To Running $19M Ponzi Scheme

    A former Wall Street trader from Long Island admitted to running a years-long near $20 million Ponzi schemeManhasset resident Paul Rinfret, 70, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and wire fraud charges in Manhattan federal court for the scheme to defraud investors by selling limited partnership interests in an entity through which he purported to trade in futures contracts relating to ...

  9. US Army Vet Sentenced For Drunken Crash That Killed Best Friend

    US Army Vet Sentenced For Drunken Crash That Killed Best Friend

    A veteran of the US Army who killed his best friend while driving drunk in Orange County will spend time behind bars.Robert Higgins, 25, of Highland Mills, was sentenced in Orange County Court to a term of between one and two-third to five years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in October last year.In addition to the prison ...

  10. Case Of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus Reported In Ridgefield

    Case Of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus Reported In Ridgefield

    A fourth person in Connecticut is recovering from the tick-borne Powassan Virus, this time in Ridgefield, the state Department of Public Health announced.Powassan virus is spread to people through the bite of black-legged ticks, the Department of Health (DPH) said. It was only added to the list of statewide reportable diseases this year.Other cases of Powassan virus infections were ...

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