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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. Rob Astorino Concedes To Pete Harckham In State Senate Race

    Rob Astorino Concedes To Pete Harckham In State Senate Race

    Three weeks after Election Day, incumbent Democratic State Sen. Pete Harckham has declared victory over Republican challenger Rob Astorino in the 40th Senate District.The race between the two had been hotly contested, though absentee ballots turned the tide for Harckham. At the time of his concession, Astorino held a slight lead, though there were thousands of ballots still to be ...

  2. COVID-19: Cuomo's Announcement On Thanksgiving Plans Sparks Uproar, Reversal

    COVID-19: Cuomo's Announcement On Thanksgiving Plans Sparks Uproar, Reversal

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reversing course on his decision to invite his 89-year-old mother to Albany for Thanksgiving after receiving harsh criticisms from the public for what was perceived as hypocrisy. Cuomo, who has been one of the faces at the forefront in the battle against COVID-19, drew backlash after announcing in a radio interview that he would be spending Thanksgiving ...

  3. COVID-19: Detailed Maps Released For Newly Added Long Island Cluster Zones

    COVID-19: Detailed Maps Released For Newly Added Long Island Cluster Zones

    Coverage area maps of the four new COVID-19 “yellow zone” micro-clusters on Long Island have been released by the state as the battle against the virus continues.On Monday, Nov. 23, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced two clusters each in both Nassau and Suffolk (see above) that have seen positive infection rates peaking.The new yellow zones are Hampton Bays, with a 5.13 percent ...

  4. Police In Westchester Investigate Two Strong-Armed Robberies That Occured Within Hours

    Police In Westchester Investigate Two Strong-Armed Robberies That Occured Within Hours

    Police in Westchester are attempting to locate suspects implemented in a pair of daytime strong-armed robberies that happened within hours of each other.Officers from the New Rochelle Police Department responded to a stretch of Hemingway Avenue at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, where there was a report of an armed robbery.New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said that a ...

  5. Man Admits To 2019 Holiday Time Burglary Spree In Westchester

    Man Admits To 2019 Holiday Time Burglary Spree In Westchester

    a 42-year-old man who went on a holiday-time crime spree in Westchester last year has admitted to burglary and robbery charges.Yonkers resident German Martinez pleaded guilty this week on nine counts for a spree that started the day after Christmas last year and continued into the first week of the New Year.Specifically, Martinez pleaded guilty to:Two counts of first-degree burglary;One ...

  6. COVID-19: Suffolk Sheriff's Office Says It Won't Enforce 10-Person Limit For Gatherings

    COVID-19: Suffolk Sheriff's Office Says It Won't Enforce 10-Person Limit For Gatherings

    When it comes to friends and families coming to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office won’t be standing in the way of large gatherings.On Wednesday, Nov. 11, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order that limited indoor gatherings in a private residence to no more than 10 people, which went into effect on Friday, Nov. 13, throwing disarray ...

  7. COVID-19: Long Island Sees Nearly 1K New Cases; Latest Rundown By Community

    COVID-19: Long Island Sees Nearly 1K New Cases; Latest Rundown By Community

    Long Island saw nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases as the spike in positive infection rates across the board continues to rise. In the latest data released by the state Department of Health, Suffolk County was reporting 526 new COVID-19, with 421 in Nassau County, some of the highest numbers for any county in the state.There have now been 56,865 COVID-19 cases reported in Suffolk out ...

  8. COVID-19: 'The Numbers Are Not Good,' Latimer Says; Breakdown Of Westchester Cases By Community

    COVID-19: 'The Numbers Are Not Good,' Latimer Says; Breakdown Of Westchester Cases By Community

    More than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported over the weekend in Westchester as the number of active cases and infection rate continues to surge across the county.The county Department of Health was reporting 1,088 newly confirmed cases in Westchester on Monday, Nov. 23, with more communities designated as COVID-19 “micro-clusters” due to the rise in cases.Related story - COVID-19: ...

  9. COVID-19: Video Shows 7,000-Person Secret, Maskless NYC Wedding In Violation Of State Order

    COVID-19: Video Shows 7,000-Person Secret, Maskless NYC Wedding In Violation Of State Order

    New videos of thousands congregating to celebrate an Orthodox wedding in Brooklyn in violation of the state’s COVID-19 guidance has gone viral.Earlier story - COVID-19: Tip From Hudson Valley Leads To Shutdown Of Planned Wedding With 10,000 GuestsGov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a probe into a secret wedding that was hosted earlier this month at the Yetev Lev temple in Williamsburg ...

  10. COVID-19: New Areas In Westchester, Putnam, Orange Counties Now On Track To Be Cluster Zones

    COVID-19: New Areas In Westchester, Putnam, Orange Counties Now On Track To Be Cluster Zones

    New communities in the Hudson Valley are on the verge of seeing new restrictions put in place due to new and rising COVID-19 cases.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday, Nov. 23 that some portions of Westchester, Orange, and Putnam counties are on track to earn “yellow,” “orange,” or “red” zone distinctions due to the rise in infection rate.In Westchester, Cuomo said that ...

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