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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. Prominent Long Island Paving Company Owner Admits To Bribing Official

    Prominent Long Island Paving Company Owner Admits To Bribing Official

    The former owner of a prominent Long Island paving company has admitted to bribing an elected official to ascertain a contract, the District Attorney announced.Oyster Bay Cove resident Elia “Aly” Lizza, 72, pleaded guilty to bribing an Oyster Bay commissioner to help facilitate the construction of the Cantiague Commons senior housing development.In Nassau County Court, Lizza pleaded ...

  2. Police Search For Suspect In Burglary At Popular Area Eatery

    Police Search For Suspect In Burglary At Popular Area Eatery

    New York State Police investigators are seeking information as they attempt to locate a suspect who was caught on camera burglarizing a popular area restaurant.An investigation was launched by State Police in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday, Dec. 31, following a commercial burglary at Fireside Barbecue & Grill on Salt Point Turnpike in Pleasant Valley.According to police, at approximately ...

  3. CT Man Admits To Killing Wife, Three Kids

    CT Man Admits To Killing Wife, Three Kids

    A Connecticut man confessed to killing his wife and three children in Florida, police said.Anthony Todt, of Colchester, reportedly confessed to killing his family in Celebration, Florida, after being taken into custody by Osceola Sheriff’s deputies.Deputies were called to a residence in Celebration on Monday, Jan. 13, to the home that the Todt family was leasing. A man - now identified ...

  4. Hudson Valley Man Admits To Possessing, Trading Hundreds Of Child Porn Images

    Hudson Valley Man Admits To Possessing, Trading Hundreds Of Child Porn Images

    A 24-year-old Hudson Valley man will face up to 20 years in prison after admitting to trading hundreds of videos and photos that included child pornography.Clintondale resident Corey Baker pleaded guilty this week to distributing and receiving child pornography over the course of more than a year.As part of his guilty plea, Baker admitted that between June 2017 and August 2018, he ...

  5. Former Tax Preparer In Area Sentenced, Ordered To Pay $550K Restitution

    Former Tax Preparer In Area Sentenced, Ordered To Pay $550K Restitution

    A former tax preparer in the area will spend time in prison after allegedly stealing $550,000 from the IRS through an elaborate scam.Devon Williams, 30, a former tax preparer in New Haven now living in Atlanta, was sentenced in New Haven district court to eight months in prison, followed by a year of supervised release, for preparing false tax returns.In addition to his prison sentence, ...

  6. Couple In Stolen U-Haul On I-84 Rest Area Had Infant, Used Heroin Bags, Needles, Police Say

    Couple In Stolen U-Haul On I-84 Rest Area Had Infant, Used Heroin Bags, Needles, Police Say

    New York State Police troopers arrested a man and woman allegedly driving a stolen U-Haul who were in possession of an infant, used bags of heroin and hypodermic needles, investigators said.Troopers from Middletown were dispatched to the Wallkill Rest Area on I-84 in Wallkill on Tuesday, Jan. 14, where there was a report of a stolen U-Haul.According to police, troopers were able to ...

  7. Long Island Drug Ring Leader Sentenced For Distributing Cocaine, Fentanyl After Massive Bust

    Long Island Drug Ring Leader Sentenced For Distributing Cocaine, Fentanyl After Massive Bust

    The leader of a Long Island drug ring will spend more than a decade behind bars after being busted for his role in selling cocaine and fentanyl in one of the biggest police drug seizures in history, authorities announced.Ricky Jackson, 41, of Hempstead, was sentenced to a term of 15 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision after pleading guilty last month to criminal ...

  8. Popular Eatery Closes After Being In Business For More Than Half-Century In Area

    Popular Eatery Closes After Being In Business For More Than Half-Century In Area

    A popular restaurant in the area completed its last service after more than half a century since its owner took over the eatery.Putnam County staple Smalley’s Inn in the heart of Carmel officially closed as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, owner Anthony Porto, Sr., announced, citing financial concerns at the eatery.The restaurant has been open for more than 55 years.In a press release ...

  9. Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen Move Into New Home In Greenwich, Report Says

    Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen Move Into New Home In Greenwich, Report Says

    With rumors of his future in the NFL up in the air, quarterback Tom Brady has reportedly made his big offseason move… into a multi-million dollar Fairfield County mansion.The upcoming free agent and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen, purchased a $9 million 10-acre home in Greenwich in November last year, and with the New England Patriots eliminated from the NFL playoffs, they have ...

  10. Health Officials Issue Rabies Warning In Rockland

    Health Officials Issue Rabies Warning In Rockland

    Health officials are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to gather information about a potentially rabid raccoon who may have bit a man over the weekend.The Rockland County Department of Health issued an alert requesting that anyone in the community who has information regarding a man who was bitten by a raccoon in Kakiat Park in Suffern to come forward.According to ...

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