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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. Man Wanted In Westchester After Posing As Fire Chief

    Man Wanted In Westchester After Posing As Fire Chief

    Recognize him? An alert has been issued by police investigators in Westchester as they attempt to locate and identify an alleged fraudster who posed as a fire chief to bilk employees at an area restaurant.The City of Rye Police Department released photos of a man who walked into Playa Bowls on Purdy Avenue at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, identifying himself as a fire chief ...

  2. Alert Issued For Man Wanted For Failing To Pay More Than $100K In Child Support On Long Island

    Alert Issued For Man Wanted For Failing To Pay More Than $100K In Child Support On Long Island

    Seen him? Police investigators on Long Island issued an alert as they attempt to track down an alleged deadbeat dad who owes more than $100,000 in back child support.Stephen R. Soto, age 57, is wanted for a Suffolk County Family Court warrant of arrest for failure to pay child support, the Sheriff’s Office announced.Soto, who has been wanted for more than four years, has been described ...

  3. Hudson Valley HS To Go Remote For Months

    Hudson Valley HS To Go Remote For Months

    A Hudson Valley high school will be transitioning to its remote learning model for several months due to hazardous materials inside the building.In Rockland County, Clarence Ellis, the Superintendent of Schools for the East Ramapo Central School District announced that the Spring Valley High School will be going remote through January after conducting hazardous materials and air quality ...

  4. $2 Million Wedding Set For Bill Gates' Daughter In NY

    $2 Million Wedding Set For Bill Gates' Daughter In NY

    The red carpet is being rolled out in Northern Westchester as billionaire Bill Gates has arrived in the region for a star-studded event as his daughter gets married as part of a multi-million dollar affair.The 65-year-old Microsoft founder and his entourage made their way to New York City on Thursday, Oct. 14 in advance of a planned $2 million wedding for Jennifer Gates at the family’s ...

  5. Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Reported On Long Island

    Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Reported On Long Island

    Health officials are investigating a reported outbreak of Legionnaires' disease on Long Island that left one dead and hospitalized 10. There have been nearly a dozen confirmed cases within a one-mile radius in Nassau County between Wantagh Avenue and Old Jerusalem Road on the Levittown-Wantagh border, officials announced.At least one person has died from Legionnaires' and two others ...

  6. Westchester Man Arraigned On Murder Charge For Fatal 2020 Shooting

    Westchester Man Arraigned On Murder Charge For Fatal 2020 Shooting

    A man apprehended nearly one year after a fatal shooting in Westchester has been arraigned on murder and weapons charges.Yonkers resident Jonathan Planas, age 32, was indicted on charges that include second-degree murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies, for the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Alvaro Vigueras Medina on Oct. 10, 2020.Original story - Suspect ...

  7. COVID-19: Westchester Duo Charged In $7.6 Million Fraud Scheme

    COVID-19: Westchester Duo Charged In $7.6 Million Fraud Scheme

    A pair of Westchester residents are among four facing charges for their roles in a multi-million dollar COVID-19 fraud scheme during the height of the pandemic.Mount Vernon residents Quadri Salahuddin, age 25, and Anwar Salahuddin, age 35, Los Angeles resident Christal Ransom, age 44, and Jacob Carter, age 35, of Capitol Heights, Maryland are facing charges for allegedly submitting more ...

  8. Capitol Rioter From NY Accidentally Admits To More Felonies While Representing Himself In Court

    Capitol Rioter From NY Accidentally Admits To More Felonies While Representing Himself In Court

    A rioter from New York who participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol got himself in hotter water after representing himself in court and will now face fresh charges.Brandon Fellows, a 27-year-old former high school wrestling standout who attended Hudson Valley Community College, accidentally admitted to two more felonies.Original story - Ex-NY HS Wrestling Standout ...

  9. COVID-19: New Deaths Reported, Infection Rate Up In CT; Latest Breakdown Of Cases By County

    COVID-19: New Deaths Reported, Infection Rate Up In CT; Latest Breakdown Of Cases By County

    More than three dozen new COVID-19 fatalities were reported in the past week in Connecticut as the number of newly reported daily infections rose slightly.In the past week, Connecticut hospitals recorded 40 new virus-related deaths, bringing the total up to 8,707 statewide as of Thursday, Oct. 14, as the infection rate is back on the rise.The daily positive COVID-19 infection rate of ...

  10. Police Issue Alert For Increase In Larcenies At Long Island Fitness Centers

    Police Issue Alert For Increase In Larcenies At Long Island Fitness Centers

    Law enforcement officials on Long Island are cautioning gym-goers not to “weight for it to happen to them” following a recent rise in larcenies from area fitness centers.The Nassau County Police Department issued an alert following a rise in the number of larcenies being reported at gyms and fitness centers across Long Island.Police said that valuables have been stolen or removed from ...

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