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Zak Failla

Urgent News Reporter zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Zak! worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. A graduate of Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication, he is a self-proclaimed cat and juggling enthusiast. 

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  1. Hundreds Of National Guard Members Activated In Advance Of Storm

    Hundreds Of National Guard Members Activated In Advance Of Storm

    All hands are on deck in New York, as the region braces for the first major winter storm of 2019.A “multi-hazard” storm is heading toward the Hudson Valley, and is expected to bring up to a foot of snow in the area. In response, local, county and state agencies are pulling out all the stops to ensure that all residents stay safe during and after the storm.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

  2. Dumpster Fire Breaks Out On Route 6

    Dumpster Fire Breaks Out On Route 6

    All hands were on deck in Mahopac when a fire broke out in a dumpster of a Route 6 waste oil recovery business.First responders were dispatched to Enviro Waste Oil Recovery LLC on Friday, Jan. 18, leading to a full response from fire crews and paramedics. Mahopac Fire Chief Bill Nikisher was the first on scene and took over control as crews went to work.Due to difficult confines, a ...

  3. Services Set For Off-Duty NYPD Officer From Westchester Killed In Crash

    Services Set For Off-Duty NYPD Officer From Westchester Killed In Crash

    Funeral arrangements have been made for the off-duty NYPD officer from Westchester who died this week when he drove head-on into a garbage truck.On Wednesday, Jan. 16, New Rochelle resident Brian Kessler, 28, was driving home from an overnight shift at 1 Police Plaza at approximately 8:20 a.m. when he struck a city Parks Department garbage truck on Shore Road in Pelham Bay.Kessler was ...

  4. 10 Westchester Schools Among 370 In State Needing Improvement, State Education Department Says

    10 Westchester Schools Among 370 In State Needing Improvement, State Education Department Says

    The New York State Department of Education has identified 10 Westchester schools that are in need of improvement.This week, the Department of Education announced a new list of 370 schools that need improvement, including some in the Elmsford, Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers school districts.State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia identified 106 school districts as “target ...

  5. Police in Westchester Seize BMW With Improper Plates, No Registration

    Police in Westchester Seize BMW With Improper Plates, No Registration

    Police took possession of a BMW when they say its driver had illegal license plates and no registration or insurance.Officers from the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to Hutchinson Avenue shortly before 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, where there was a report of a disabled motorist near the intersection of Meadow Road at the Hutchinson River Parkway exit.According to ...

  6. Cigarette Smoker Busted Stealing Prada Purse From Parked Westchester Car

    Cigarette Smoker Busted Stealing Prada Purse From Parked Westchester Car

    A 26-year-old man is facing multiple felonies after he was busted by police when he allegedly stole a Prada purse and other items from a car parked in a Scarsdale driveway.Officers from the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to a Fairview Road home at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, where there was a report of a suspicious man smoking a cigarette in a local ...

  7. Did You Buy Them? Perdue Recalls 68K Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets

    Did You Buy Them? Perdue Recalls 68K Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets

    Perdue has announced a recall of thousands of pounds of a popular chicken nugget product after wood was found in some packages nationwide.The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that Perdue is recalling 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be “contaminated with extraneous materials, ...

  8. Nearly $400M In Residential Developments Proposed For Three Westchester Projects

    Nearly $400M In Residential Developments Proposed For Three Westchester Projects

    A trio of developments have been approved by officials in Yonkers totaling nearly $400 million.The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved resolutions that will provide financial incentives for three extensive residential projects in the city that represent an investment of an estimated $391 million. It is further estimated that the projects will create 1,300 construction ...

  9. Westchester Man Admits To Luring Teen To His Home Through Dog-Walking App

    Westchester Man Admits To Luring Teen To His Home Through Dog-Walking App

    A man has admitted to luring a teenager to his home through a dog-walking app and attempting to sexually assault her in Westchester.Mount Vernon resident Charles Johnson pleaded guilty to attempted sex abuse on Thursday, Jan. 17, after he lured a teenager to his home through the app on the pretense of looking for a sitter for his dog.On May 3 last year, using the alias “Chuck J.,” ...

  10. State Agencies Directed To Help Furloughed Workers Amid Longest Government Shutdown

    State Agencies Directed To Help Furloughed Workers Amid Longest Government Shutdown

    Some relief may be coming for furloughed federal employees in New York as the country’s longest government shutdown enters its fourth week.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that state agencies have been directed to provide support for federal workers, including those seeking unemployment insurance benefits. The Department of Labor has been instructed to accelerate the unemployment ...

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