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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: Loan Fund Launched To Aid NY Small Businesses

    COVID-19: Loan Fund Launched To Aid NY Small Businesses

    New York State has launched a $100 million forward loan fund that will aid small businesses that were impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the New York Forward Loan Fund, which will “provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses.”Cuomo said that the loans will focus on minority and women-owned small ...

  2. COVID-19: Drop In Child Vaccinations During Pandemic Sparks Concerns Over New Outbreaks

    COVID-19: Drop In Child Vaccinations During Pandemic Sparks Concerns Over New Outbreaks

    With parents avoiding their children’s doctor visits amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, early childhood immunization rates have precipitously dropped, sparking new healthcare concerns.Healthcare professionals are reporting that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pediatric immunizations are dropping for illnesses such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough. PCC, a ...

  3. COVID-19: Beware Of Scammers Posing As Contact Tracers, FTC Says

    COVID-19: Beware Of Scammers Posing As Contact Tracers, FTC Says

    Some opportunistic fraudsters are taking advantage of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by posing as contact tracers hired by the state to obtain personal information and money.Since the outbreak began, state officials have stressed the importance of ramping up COVID-19 testing, then tracing the people they’ve come into contact with, and isolating those people.According to the ...

  4. COVID-19: Poll Shows How Many Think It's Safe To Go Restaurant, Barber/Salon, Clothing Store

    COVID-19: Poll Shows How Many Think It's Safe To Go Restaurant, Barber/Salon, Clothing Store

    With states beginning to slowly reopen their economies amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, most Americans are still exercising extreme caution as businesses open their doors.A new Quinnipiac University poll of 1,323 Americans nationwide between Thursday, May 14, and Monday, May 18 gauged what is going to be considered “new normal” due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The poll found ...

  5. UConn Starts Three-Year Trial Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement

    UConn Starts Three-Year Trial Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement

    The University of Connecticut is taking a new approach in their undergraduate admissions process, at least for the next three years.UConn announced this week that it is entering a three-year pilot program to “study whether the policies influence its student success rates and increase accessibility to talented students who otherwise face barriers associated with the tests,” including SAT ...

  6. Man Posing As Contractor Nabbed For Scamming Local Resident Of $2K Downpayment, Police Say

    Man Posing As Contractor Nabbed For Scamming Local Resident Of $2K Downpayment, Police Say

    A fraudster known to police in Orange County was arrested after allegedly posing as a contractor and bilking an area resident out of $2,000, State Police said.On Sunday, May 17, New York State Police investigators out of Middletown arrested Shawn Abrams, 45, for felony grand larceny after he allegedly scammed a Wawayanda resident.Police said that Abrams, a Newburgh resident, falsely ...

  7. COVID-19: Here Are NY State-Run Beaches Open For Swimming Memorial Day Weekend

    COVID-19: Here Are NY State-Run Beaches Open For Swimming Memorial Day Weekend

    Sixteen New York State Park beaches will be open for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend, though restrictions will be in place due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.As of Friday, May 22, the beaches were opened for swimming, though social distancing is being enforced, and face coverings must be worn whenever possible.On Long Island, swimming will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

  8. COVID-19: New Breakdown Of Cases, Fatalities In Westchester

    COVID-19: New Breakdown Of Cases, Fatalities In Westchester

    There were nearly 300 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Westchester as the mid-Hudson Valley region looks to begin reopening economies as soon as next week.As of Friday, May 22, 133,384 Westchester residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 32,767 testing positive for the virus, according to the state Department of Health. Since the outbreak began in New Rochelle ...

  9. COVID-19: Nurse In Fairfield County Featured As Jimmy Kimmel's Healthcare Hero Of Week

    COVID-19: Nurse In Fairfield County Featured As Jimmy Kimmel's Healthcare Hero Of Week

    Now the whole world knows nurse Samantha Brown is a hero.Litchfield County resident Brown, of New Milford, who works as a wellness nurse in Fairfield County at Maplewood at Newtown was celebrated on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as his part of his #HealthCareHero campaign.When asked what keeps her going, Brown said that “it’s just something that we do,” while noting that her 100 patients have ...

  10. COVID-19: Here's Percentage Of Americans Ordering Takeout To Help Small Businesses

    COVID-19: Here's Percentage Of Americans Ordering Takeout To Help Small Businesses

    The majority of Americans have been taking steps to support the local businesses that have been hit the hardest during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a new survey.Pollsters surveyed 1,036 Americans around the country over several days, which determined that 76 percent of Americans said they are more likely to buy from a local business than a larger big-box ...

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