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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 School District Will Install Vape Detectors

    Westchester School District Will Install Vape Detectors

    A Westchester school district is set to install special detectors that can recognize the vapors from e-cigarettes in an effort to curb usage by students.The White Plains School District has purchased vape detectors, which are being installed in multiple undisclosed locations throughout school grounds. The pilot program comes after similar programs throughout the country.The detectors ...

  2. Long Island HS Football Coach Reinstated After Investigation

    Long Island HS Football Coach Reinstated After Investigation

    A high school head varsity football coach has been reinstated after being temporarily removed from his position after an alleged incident during a scrimmage involving a player on Long Island.Aden Smith is back on the sidelines for Shoreham-Wading River High School after being suspended earlier this month, the school announced on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The reinstatement is effective as of ...

  3. Video: Long Island Man Charged With Stealing Two Tip Jars

    Video: Long Island Man Charged With Stealing Two Tip Jars

     A Long Island man is in police custody after being caught red-handed stealing tip jars from two Bay Shore eateries earlier this month.Khari Cuffie entered Mitsui restaurant on West Main Street on Friday, Sept. 6 and stole the tip jar from the counter, when he was caught on camera. A week later, on Friday, Sept. 13, he allegedly entered the Bay Shore Bean on East Main Street and ...

  4. Northern Westchester Business Owner Sentenced For Stealing From Clients

    Northern Westchester Business Owner Sentenced For Stealing From Clients

    A Westchester County businessman will spend time behind bars after admitting to lining his own pockets with hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a scheme to steal business taxes from clients that employed his services. Pleasantville resident Stefan Malgarinos, 48, has been sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to grand larceny and scheme to defraud, both ...

  5. Six Students Hospitalized After Crash Between School Bus, Car

    Six Students Hospitalized After Crash Between School Bus, Car

    Six students were hospitalized in Connecticut following a crash involving a school bus, police said.The bus taking students home from the Ross Woodward School in New Haven crashed with the car at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 on Middletown Avenue.Police said that 17 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Each was evaluated by first responders before the six ...

  6. Suspicious Package Leads To Evacuations, Canceled Classes At SUNY-Orange

    Suspicious Package Leads To Evacuations, Canceled Classes At SUNY-Orange

    A suspicious package was found in the Maple Building garage on the SUNY-Orange campus in Newburgh, leading to the evacuation of buildings and the cancellation of classesPolice said that a suspicious package with a device was found at the campus parking garage, prompting the evacuation on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The incident remains under investigation.County workers at a building on campus ...

  7. I-84 Stop Leads To Drugs, Weapons Charges For Couple

    I-84 Stop Leads To Drugs, Weapons Charges For Couple

    An I-84 traffic stop by New York State Police troopers led to the arrests of a couple who were allegedly in possession of drugs, paraphernalia and illegal weapons.Troopers stopped Wallkill resident Anthony Smieszek, 30, at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, on I-84 in Montgomery when he committed a traffic violation.During the stop, police said that Smieszek was spotted by ...

  8. New Rankings: These Area School Districts Among Best In Upstate

    New Rankings: These Area School Districts Among Best In Upstate

    The Hudson Valley is home to some of upstate New York’s finest school districts, according to a newly released report.Citing data from niche.com that includes standardized test scores, teacher quality, spending, and other factors, NewYorkUpstate.com compiled the 50 highest scoring school districts across upstate.The study only contains data from districts in upstate New York, which was ...

  9. Multi-Million Dollar Bid For For Cleanup Of Mount Vernon's Memorial Field Approved

    Multi-Million Dollar Bid For For Cleanup Of Mount Vernon's Memorial Field Approved

    After years of bickering and debate, Mount Vernon officials may have finally come to an agreement to clean up and restore Memorial Field.This week, officials approved a $2.27 million plan to clean up contaminated dirt that was dumped at Memorial Field, a fraction of the originally expected cost.The city Board of Estimates voted 2-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to accept a bid from Tully ...

  10. Alert Issued For Wanted Rockland Man

    Alert Issued For Wanted Rockland Man

    An alert has been issued for a man who is wanted in Rockland County.The Clarkstown Police Department is attempting to locate 40-year-old Koran McDonald, of Newark, who is wanted on charges that include larceny and reckless driving.McDonald was arrested and later failed to appear for court proceedings and a warrant for his arrest was issued by the court.Police described McDonald as a ...

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