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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. Former Area Priest Named In Sex Abuse Case

    Former Area Priest Named In Sex Abuse Case

    A former Hudson Valley priest who was thrown out of the church for sexually abusing a teenager has been named in a separate abuse case from years ago.Daniel Calabrese was one of 10 former priests who have been charged with sexually abusing a then 13-year-old boy while he was a student at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, according to a Westchester court filing.It is alleged that ...

  2. Long Island Man Wanted For Burglary

    Long Island Man Wanted For Burglary

    Have you seen him?Police investigators have issued an alert for a Long Island man who is wanted on a burglary charge.An alert has been issued for 44-year-old Glenn Mashburn, who is wanted by the Nassau County Police Department after he was arrested on a third-degree burglary charge for illegally entering a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. Following his arrest, a warrant was ...

  3. Ex-North Salem, Bedford Schools Superintendent Named To Interim Post At Garrison

    Ex-North Salem, Bedford Schools Superintendent Named To Interim Post At Garrison

    A veteran educator in the Hudson Valley has been named as the interim superintendent of the Garrison Union Free School District as they search for a permanent replacement to Superintendent Laura Mitchell.Mitchell surprised the district when she announced in October that she will be leaving her position as of Tuesday, Dec. 31, stating that she and the district had reached an “amicable ...

  4. 29 Ticketed In Westchester Distracted Driving Detail

    29 Ticketed In Westchester Distracted Driving Detail

    New York State Police troopers issued a total of 29 tickets during a distracted driving detail on the Sprain Brook Parkway.Troopers were out in force on Saturday, Nov. 30, as they conducted a distracted driving detail on the parkway in Hawthorne.In total, during the detail, troopers issued a total of 29 tickets for various vehicle and traffic violations, including five drivers who ...

  5. Route 59 Kohl's Plaza Sells For $27M

    Route 59 Kohl's Plaza Sells For $27M

    The Kohl’s Plaza on Route 59 in Nanuet has reportedly been sold to a private investor for more than $27 million.The 157,218-square-foot plaza sits on 15.8 acres of property, according to loop real estate firm Loopnet. Current tenants at the plaza include Kohl’s, 94,260-square-feet); Rockland Music Center (2,500); Mattress Firm (5,175); Sally’s Beauty Supply (1,500) and GameStop ...

  6. Alert Issued For Wanted Long Island Man

    Alert Issued For Wanted Long Island Man

    An alert has been issued for a man wanted on Long Island for allegedly possessing drugs in Nassau County.The Nassau County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down Ian Gotthoffer, 22, who is wanted by police and the Nassau County Court after being arrested for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance last year.Gotthoffer later failed to ...

  7. Long Island Man Wanted For Grand Larceny

    Long Island Man Wanted For Grand Larceny

    Police are seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a wanted man who was arrested for grand larceny on Long Island.The Nassau County Police Department issued an alert for Dimitri Samuels, 22, who was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny of a motor vehicle with a value exceeding $100. A warrant has been issued for Samuels arrest by the Nassau County Court and ...

  8. Two Sentenced For 2018 Long Island Crash That Killed Newly Engaged Couple

    Two Sentenced For 2018 Long Island Crash That Killed Newly Engaged Couple

    A man and woman have been sentenced for their roles in the fatal car crash that killed a newly engaged couple on Long Island.Brooklyn resident Rahmel Watkins, 36, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison after being found guilty of assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving in the deaths of 21-year-old Yisroel Levin and his 20-year-old fiancé Elisheva Kaplan on the Nassau ...

  9. Westchester Man Convicted On Weapons Charges For Defaced Handgun

    Westchester Man Convicted On Weapons Charges For Defaced Handgun

    A Westchester man was found guilty by a jury of possessing an illegal weapon.Richard Johnson, 37, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty on Monday, Dec. 2, following a jury trial in Westchester County Court on multiple felony weapons charges.Johnson was found guilty of one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, ...

  10. Long Island Man Wanted For Assault

    Long Island Man Wanted For Assault

    Know him?An alert has been issued for a 39-year-old man who is wanted by Nassau County Police and the Nassau County Court after being arrested and charged with third-degree assault with intent to recklessly cause physical injury.Nassau County Police investigators are attempting to locate Herberth Avelar, who has been described as 5-foot-8, weighing approximately 175 pounds with black ...

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