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Zak Failla

Senior Reporter 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. Teen Accused Of Assaulting Student During Fight At North Rockland HS

    Teen Accused Of Assaulting Student During Fight At North Rockland HS

    An 18-year-old is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting a student inside a Hudson Valley high school with a glass bottle in retaliation for a previous fight, police said.The incident happened in Rockland County shortly after 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at North Rockland High School in Thiells, according to Haverstraw Town Police Chief Peter Murphy.According to ...

  2. Trump Loses Appeal, Must Testify Under Oath In New York's Probe Of Business Practices

    Trump Loses Appeal, Must Testify Under Oath In New York's Probe Of Business Practices

    Former President Donald Trump and his family will be forced to testify under oath as the New York State Attorney General’s Office continues its investigation into his company’s business practices.A four-panel judge upheld a February ruling from Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron enforcing subpoenas for the former president and his two eldest children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump. Earlier ...

  3. Police Investigate After Student Brings BB Gun To Yonkers Elementary School

    Police Investigate After Student Brings BB Gun To Yonkers Elementary School

    At least one student is expected to face charges after causing alarm at a Westchester elementary school by bringing a BB gun to class days after the mass shooting in Texas.In Yonkers, an investigation was launched at the Cesar E. Chavez (formerly Cedar Place) Elementary School when a student brought the weapon inside the building on Thursday, May 26. According to a Yonkers Police ...

  4. FDA Expands National Peanut Butter Recall To Include New Products

    FDA Expands National Peanut Butter Recall To Include New Products

    Federal health officials announced that more products are being recalled in connection to the nationwide Jif peanut butter recall.In late May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that dozens of different types of peanut butter products were being recalled due to concerns of Salmonella contamination. Original story - Recall Issued For Popular Peanut Butter Brand Sold ...

  5. Huntington Man Sentenced For Bludgeoning Girlfriend To Death, DA Says

    Huntington Man Sentenced For Bludgeoning Girlfriend To Death, DA Says

    A man has been sentenced to decades in prison after beating his girlfriend to death and leaving her body in a boarding house, authorities announced.Huntington resident Christopher Jackson, age 46, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after admitting to bludgeoning his girlfriend to death with a piece of furniture and leaving her lifeless body in a Village of Hunting boarding house ...

  6. Reward Offered In Murder Investigation Of 18-Year-Old In Mastic Beach

    Reward Offered In Murder Investigation Of 18-Year-Old In Mastic Beach

    A reward is being offered by police investigators on Long Island as they attempt to identify and locate the suspects responsible for murdering a teenager in 2021.At approximately 9:10 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2021, police investigators in Suffolk County said that 18-year-old Marcel Arrington was shot to death on Bayview Drive in Mastic Beach. According to police, upon arrival, officers found ...

  7. 'This Places Deserves 10 Stars!': Amityville Eatery Draws Rave Reviews

    'This Places Deserves 10 Stars!': Amityville Eatery Draws Rave Reviews

    Customers are going crazy over a popular Long Island steakhouse that has become the talk of the town.Nestled in the heart of Amityville in Suffolk County, Vittorino’s Italian Steakhouse offers “delectable cuisine with a charming ambiance that transcends ordinary fare.” “Screw the (five stars … This place deserves 10 STARS!!!,” one customer from Baldwin gushed on Yelp about the ...

  8. 23-Year-Old From Mount Vernon Sentenced For Fatally Shooting Man

    23-Year-Old From Mount Vernon Sentenced For Fatally Shooting Man

    A 23-year-old man will spend more than a decade in prison after admitting to shooting and killing another during an argument in the Hudson Valley, authorities announced.Mount Vernon resident Jonathan Jeanty has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter, a violent felony, for the 2020 shooting of a Yonkers man. Westchester County District ...

  9. Elmsford School Superintendent Leaving For New Position In Area

    Elmsford School Superintendent Leaving For New Position In Area

    One of Westchester’s top educators has officially been tabbed to take over at the helm of a different district in the Hudson Valley.Dr. Marc P. Baiocco, the current Schools Superintendent of the Elmsford Union Free School District, has been formally voted in by the Board of Education of the Clarkstown Central School District in Rockland County to assume the same position there this ...

  10. Man Seriously Injured After Being Struck By Hit-Run Driver On Busy East Farmingdale Roadway

    Man Seriously Injured After Being Struck By Hit-Run Driver On Busy East Farmingdale Roadway

    A 41-year-old man is hospitalized in serious condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Long Island, police said.The incident happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 in East Farmingdale.According to the Suffolk County Police Department, a white sedan was traveling east on Main Street in East Farmingdale when the driver turned right onto southbound Route 110 and ...

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