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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. COVID-19: Some NY Lawmakers Renew Push To Legalize Marijuana Now, Citing Pandemic

    COVID-19: Some NY Lawmakers Renew Push To Legalize Marijuana Now, Citing Pandemic

    Some New York lawmakers and the Legal Aid Society are calling for last-minute legislation that would legalize marijuana as the state deals with a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Earlier this year, prior to the pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he had intentions to legalize marijuana, as it would potentially bring $300 ...

  2. Man Charged With DWI After Jeep Slams Into Utility Pole, State Police Say

    Man Charged With DWI After Jeep Slams Into Utility Pole, State Police Say

    A Hudson Valley man is facing charges after allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a utility pole, state police said.Troopers were dispatched to a stretch of the Greenville Turnpike in Greenville on Friday, May 15, where there was a report of a crash.According to police, upon arrival, troopers found a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had struck a pole. Outside of the Jeep was Orange ...

  3. State Police Issue Alert For Man Wanted For Endangering Welfare Of A Child

    State Police Issue Alert For Man Wanted For Endangering Welfare Of A Child

    An upstate man who was arrested after being caught striking a child in the head is wanted by New York State Police.An alert was issued by New York State Police for Devin Sylvester, who is on the run following his arrest in 2018 for child endangerment.Police said that Sylvester is wanted on a bench warrant out of the Duanesburg Town Court after he failed to appear in court to respond to ...

  4. Eight Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    Eight Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    Nine motorists were arrested for alleged impaired driving in the Hudson Valley over the weekend, State Police said.Area residents charged include: Orange CountyOn Saturday, May 16, State Police troopers from Middletown along with the City of Newburgh Police Department arrested Eric Cromartie, 50, of Newburgh, for DWI. He was traveling on Dubois Street in the city of Newburgh when ...

  5. COVID-19: Here's How Many Americans Think It'll Be Safe To Go Back To School In Fall, Poll Says

    COVID-19: Here's How Many Americans Think It'll Be Safe To Go Back To School In Fall, Poll Says

    While the country has started coming out on the other side of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a large amount of Americans still don’t believe schools will be safe to reopen come the fall, according to a new poll.A newly released Quinnipiac University poll found that approximately half of 1,323 voters polled nationally between Thursday, May 14, and Monday, May 18 felt that ...

  6. COVID-19: Here's How Many Are Concerned About Possible Second Wave, New Poll Shows

    COVID-19: Here's How Many Are Concerned About Possible Second Wave, New Poll Shows

    With states across the country in the opening phases of kickstarting their economies, a majority of Americans have expressed concerns about a possible second wave of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).A newly released Marist College poll found that 77 percent of Americans have expressed some degree of concern that a second wave of COVID-19 cases could emerge, though the other 23 percent have ...

  7. Video: Long Island Teen Wanted For Hit-Run Crash In Stolen Vehicle

    Video: Long Island Teen Wanted For Hit-Run Crash In Stolen Vehicle

    A teenager is wanted on Long Island after allegedly stealing a tractor that was later involved in a hit-and-run that left a man injured, police said.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has offered a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who was caught on camera backing into a man at a Coram gas station following an apparent altercation.Police said that a John Deere ...

  8. State Police Issue Alert For Wanted Long Island Man

    State Police Issue Alert For Wanted Long Island Man

    An alert has been issued for a Long Island man who has been wanted by State Police for nearly a decade following his arrest.New York State Police investigators out of East Meadow are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Alessandr Melo, who was arrested on Long Island for allegedly driving while intoxicated in 2011.Police said that Melo was arrested on Aug. 20, 2011, and a bench ...

  9. State Police Issue Alert For Wanted Long Island Man

    State Police Issue Alert For Wanted Long Island Man

    An alert has been issued by New York State Police investigators on Long Island for a wanted man who was arrested more than a decade ago.Investigators in East Meadow are seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down Alejandro Tobon-Tobon, who was arrested in March 2010 and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.Tobon-Tobon later failed to appear ...

  10. Here's How You Can Avoid Being Reeled In By Mail Fishing

    Here's How You Can Avoid Being Reeled In By Mail Fishing

    Though it’s not officially fishing season, police are cautioning area residents to be wary of scammers going “fishing” in United States Postal Service mailboxes.Law enforcement agencies in the tri-state area issued alerts warning of scammers who have been making the rounds “fishing” in USPS mailboxes in an attempt to steal checks and personal information.Police said that “mail fishing” ...

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