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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: NY May Ditch Travel Quarantine List

    COVID-19: NY May Ditch Travel Quarantine List

    New York is considering alternative options to its current COVID-19 travel advisory that mandates travelers from states with high COVID-19 infection rates enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine.Earlier story - COVID-19: NY Discourages Non-Essential Travel To, From NJ, CT; Adds Two States To AdvisoryWith COVID-19 cases across the country mounting, 43 states have now been put on the travel ...

  2. Sing Sing Prison Guard Arrested For Falsifying Documents To Get Workers' Comp

    Sing Sing Prison Guard Arrested For Falsifying Documents To Get Workers' Comp

    A prison guard at Sing Sing prison in the Hudson Valley was arrested for allegedly falsifying documents to receive thousands of dollars in illegal workers’ compensation.Staten Island resident Darquis Wright, 39, was arraigned in Ossining Town Court this week on nine counts of offering a false instrument for filing after submitting fake medical documentation for more than a year.New York ...

  3. COVID-19: Alleged PPP Kickback Scheme Reportedly Under Investigation In Westchester

    COVID-19: Alleged PPP Kickback Scheme Reportedly Under Investigation In Westchester

    Some city employees in Mount Vernon are facing an investigation for allegedly concocting a plan to cheat the Paycheck Protection Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.This week, with rumors mounting of a potential federal probe into a kickback scheme, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard issued a memo to city employees warning that there could be consequences if there is truth ...

  4. COVID-19: Companies Moving Closer To Creating Breathalyzer Test For Virus

    COVID-19: Companies Moving Closer To Creating Breathalyzer Test For Virus

    Seven months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, some companies may be inching closer to creating a breathalyzer-type test that could potentially identify the virus.According to new reports, researchers from the United States to Israel to Finland have been working to develop non-invasive screening solutions to test for COVID-19 through gas compounds that can be identified with the ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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