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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. Westchester Mayor, Comptroller At Odds Over City Finances, Lack Of Transparency

    Westchester Mayor, Comptroller At Odds Over City Finances, Lack Of Transparency

    Drastic cuts could be coming to one of Westchester’s largest cities as the Mayor butts heads with the City Comptroller.Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and the City Council recently held a joint press conference regarding Comptroller Deborah Reynolds and her “lack of transparency, accountability, and professionalism,” that has left the city at a financial crossroads.According ...

  2. Ex-Long Island Medical Supplier Sentenced For Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud

    Ex-Long Island Medical Supplier Sentenced For Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud

    A former member of the “Most Wanted List” who fled to Haiti for more than a decade will spend years in prison and has been ordered to pay millions of dollars after admitting to his role in a health care fraud scheme on Long Island.Etienne Allonce, the former co-owner of Medical Solutions Management in Hicksville, was sentenced to 36 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal ...

  3. Man Sentenced To Life For Ordering Shooting Witness To Be Killed In Westchester

    Man Sentenced To Life For Ordering Shooting Witness To Be Killed In Westchester

    A leader of the G-Shine Bloods gang in Westchester with previous felony convictions received the maximum sentence for ordering a shooting witness be killed outside an area bar.Mount Vernon resident Jason Garcia was sentenced as a persistent felony offender to 20 years to life in state prison for a shooting outside the Garden Bar in Mount Vernon in 2016 and later conspiring to murder an ...

  4. COVID-19: Cuomo Wins An Emmy For Daily Briefings During Pandemic

    COVID-19: Cuomo Wins An Emmy For Daily Briefings During Pandemic

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo captivated the state, country, and apparently the world with his daily COVID-19 press briefings, and will receive an International Emmy for his efforts.The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which sports members from more than 60 countries and 500 companies, announced that it will be presenting an Emmy to Cuomo on Monday, Nov. 23 in a ...

  5. Recall Issued For Romaine Lettuce Due To E. Coli Risk

    Recall Issued For Romaine Lettuce Due To E. Coli Risk

    The FDA announced that Dole is recalling a vegetable product shipped across the country that could potentially be contaminated with E. coli. Dole is recalling a number of cases of organic romaine hearts that were sold in packs of three with “Harvested-On” dates of “10-23-20" and “10-26-20," and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts, with “Harvested-On” dates of “10-23-20” and “10-26-20.” ...

  6. NYPD Sergeant, Personal Trainer Indicted For Roles In Long Island Shooting

    NYPD Sergeant, Personal Trainer Indicted For Roles In Long Island Shooting

    An NYPD sergeant and personal trainer from Long Island are both facing charges following a trespassing incident that led to the latter suffering a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.It is alleged that in the early hours of Oct. 25 last year, Point Lookout resident Patrick Catania, 30, was trespassing at the Seaford home of Justin Ellis, 35, an NYPD sergeant, while Ellis’ wife and ...

  7. COVID-19: Cuomo Hits Back At Suffolk Sheriff Over Thanksgiving Enforcement

    COVID-19: Cuomo Hits Back At Suffolk Sheriff Over Thanksgiving Enforcement

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had harsh words for Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon’s statement that his office will not be enforcing the state’s 10-person mandate on gatherings over Thanksgiving. This week, the Sheriff’s Office tweeted confirmation that his deputy sheriffs would not be involved in the enforcement of the state’s restrictions on the number of people permitted to gather ...

  8. Long Island Woman Critically Injured After Being Struck By Box Truck

    Long Island Woman Critically Injured After Being Struck By Box Truck

    A 53-year-old Long Island woman is hospitalized in critical condition after stepping into a roadway early in the morning and being struck by a box truck, police said.Coram resident Grace Schmidt stepped into the southbound lane of Route 112 near Barone Drive in Coram shortly before 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 when she was struck by the Isuzu box truck near the median, Suffolk County ...

  9. Feds Seek NY's First Executions In 66 Years For MS-13 Gang Members Who Killed Two Teen Girls

    Feds Seek NY's First Executions In 66 Years For MS-13 Gang Members Who Killed Two Teen Girls

    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a pair of alleged MS-13 gang members who are charged with murdering two Long Island teenagers.It is alleged that Jairo Saenz, 24, one of the leaders of MS-13's Brentwood chapter, killed Brentwood High School students Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens in 2016, as well as several others following a disagreement with the teen girls.Over the ...

  10. COVID-19: New Case In Westchester School; District Lays Out Thanksgiving Travel Plan

    COVID-19: New Case In Westchester School; District Lays Out Thanksgiving Travel Plan

    Another new COVID-19 case has been confirmed in a staffer at a Westchester school that has seen a small surge in recent infections.Bronxville Schools Superintendent issued a notice to the community on Wednesday, Nov. 25 advising that an employee at the Elementary School has tested positive for the virus, and anyone who may have been exposed has been contacted.There have now been two ...

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