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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.

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  1. COVID-19: No Change In Status For Hudson Valley Hotspots, Cuomo Says

    COVID-19: No Change In Status For Hudson Valley Hotspots, Cuomo Says

    Despite protestations from some Hudson Valley communities, there will be no change in the status of the COVID-19 micro-clusters in Rockland and Orange County, though infection rates are trending in the right direction.In the Rockland County micro-cluster, the red zone has seen an infection rate drop from 11.6 percent to 4.8 percent, and from 9.1 to 6 percent in the yellow zone in the ...

  2. Former Clothing Store Employee In Westchester Charged With Recording Women In Dressing Rooms

    Former Clothing Store Employee In Westchester Charged With Recording Women In Dressing Rooms

    An accused Peeping Tom is facing a host of charges for allegedly recording videos of women in dressing rooms when he worked at a clothing store in Westchester.Bronx resident Heriberto Polanco, 27, was charged in a 48-count indictment for recording videos of unsuspecting customers while he was still employed at Forever 21 in the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers.Specifically, ...

  3. COVID-19: Here's Brand-New CT Positivity Rate; Rundown Of New Cases By County, Town

    COVID-19: Here's Brand-New CT Positivity Rate; Rundown Of New Cases By County, Town

    After seeing the COVID-19 positivity rate spike to 3 percent for the first time since the summer, the number of new cases is trending in the right direction.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont reported that there were 15,846 COVID-19 tests administered statewide in the past 24 hours, with 416 (2.6 percent) coming back positive.Earlier story - COVID-19: CT Positivity Rate Hits 3 Percent For ...

  4. COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Long Island Cases By Municipality

    COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Long Island Cases By Municipality

    Long Island saw a small spike in COVID-19 overnight, with nearly 250 newly reported cases, though testing was ramped up.In Nassau, the state Department of Health is reporting on Wednesday, Oct. 21, a total of 133 new positive cases out of 7,970 tested in the past 24 hours.In Suffolk, there were 113 new cases out of 7,837 who were tested for the virus, with the infection rate in both ...

  5. COVID-19: Trump’s ‘Responsible For Every COVID Death In New York,’ Cuomo Says

    COVID-19: Trump’s ‘Responsible For Every COVID Death In New York,’ Cuomo Says

    The war of words between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump reached a new fevered pitch, with Cuomo placing the cause of every COVID-19 death in New York at the commander-in-chief’s feet.Calling Trump a “super spreader,” Cuomo said that Trump is to blame for each of New York’s 25,679 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic first broke out in March.“I hold Donald Trump responsible ...

  6. Cell Phone Photo Leads To Arrest Of Norwalk Woman After Hit-Run Darien Crash, Police Say

    Cell Phone Photo Leads To Arrest Of Norwalk Woman After Hit-Run Darien Crash, Police Say

    Cell phones led to the arrest of a hit-and-run driver in Fairfield County when she dropped her device, struck another vehicle, and sped away, but not before a photo was taken of her license plate, police said.A man was traveling north on Hoyt Street in Darien at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 when he slowed down for traffic, at which point he was rear-ended by a red Nissan Rogue being ...

  7. Stamford-Based Purdue Pharma Admits To Crimes, Facing Billions In Fines For Opioid Crisis Role

    Stamford-Based Purdue Pharma Admits To Crimes, Facing Billions In Fines For Opioid Crisis Role

    Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines and will plead guilty to federal criminal charges for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis.The Fairfield County-based Connecticut company agreed to plead guilty in federal court in New Jersey to a three-count indictment that includes one count of dual-object conspiracy to defraud the United States ...

  8. Long Island Legislator Accused Of Trying To Trade Drugs For Sexual Favors, Report Says

    Long Island Legislator Accused Of Trying To Trade Drugs For Sexual Favors, Report Says

    A prominent Long Island doctor and Suffolk County legislator is facing charges for allegedly attempting to exchange drugs for sex, according to a new report.Dr. William Spencer, a legislator in the 18th District, was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in an Elwood parking lot and scheduled to be arraigned in Central Islip on Wednesday, Oct. 21 for allegedly attempting to exchange oxycodone ...

  9. COVID-19: Here Is The Latest Breakdown Of New Cases In Westchester By Municipality

    COVID-19: Here Is The Latest Breakdown Of New Cases In Westchester By Municipality

    The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Westchester took a dip, as the county saw less than 125 new cases after more than 200 were reported the day before.Westchester has seen a recent rise in cases, prompting concern from County Executive George Latimer, though the numbers appear to be trending in the right direction.There are now 908 active COVID-19 cases in Westchester, with ...

  10. COVID-19: New Schools In Rockland, Orange Counties Go Remote After Positive Tests

    COVID-19: New Schools In Rockland, Orange Counties Go Remote After Positive Tests

    A pair of Hudson Valley schools have been forced to transition to remote learning after receiving news of positive COVID-19 cases.West Haverstraw Elementary School announced that a second staff member has tested positive for the virus, prompting the district to announce that it will be entering temporary remote learning as of Wednesday, Oct. 21. At E J Russell Elementary in Pine Bush, ...

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