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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: Date Set For Expected Start Of CT Reopening Phase 2

    COVID-19: Date Set For Expected Start Of CT Reopening Phase 2

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has laid out the base plan for Connecticut’s second and third phases of reopening the economy as the state continues climbing out of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.The first phase began on Wednesday, May 20, with the second scheduled to kick off approximately a month later on Saturday, June 20, though the exact rules of the reopening during the ...

  2. COVID-19: Rockland Cleared To Resume Elective Surgeries

    COVID-19: Rockland Cleared To Resume Elective Surgeries

    Rockland County has become the latest region in New York cleared to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, May 21 that Rockland could resume outpatient medical procedures, marking the last county in the Hudson Valley to be permitted to do so after ...

  3. COVID-19: NY Summer School Sessions Will Be Held Remotely; No Decision Yet On Fall

    COVID-19: NY Summer School Sessions Will Be Held Remotely; No Decision Yet On Fall

    Summer school sessions in New York will be held remotely due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis,.During his daily news briefing held in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, May 21, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that schools will remain closed through the summer, but “it’s too early to make a determination” on what happens in the fall.Cuomo cited the new inflammatory disease that has now ...

  4. Actress Lori Loughlin, Husband Agree To Plead Guilty, Serve Prison Time For College Scandal

    Actress Lori Loughlin, Husband Agree To Plead Guilty, Serve Prison Time For College Scandal

    Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, will spend time behind bars for paying bribes in the so-called "Operation Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal.The “Full House” star, who grew up on Long Island in Hauppauge, and her fashion designer husband, allegedly paid $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California, ...

  5. Man Charged With Hate Crime Following Assault At Long Island Deli, Police Say

    Man Charged With Hate Crime Following Assault At Long Island Deli, Police Say

    A Long Island man was arrested for an alleged hate crime in which he used ethnic slurs during an assault outside a popular business, police said. Suffolk County Police officers responded to the Carman Street Deli in Patchogue shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, where there was a report of an assault.Police said that the victim, a 35-year-old Hispanic man, suffered multiple ...

  6. Man, Woman At Large After Breaking Into Long Island Home, Police Say

    Man, Woman At Large After Breaking Into Long Island Home, Police Say

    A man and woman are wanted by police investigators on Long Island for criminally trespassing in a vacant home.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers released photos of two suspects who broke into a vacant home on Ridgefield Drive in Shoreham earlier this month.Police said that at approximately 1:30 a.m., on Sunday, May 3, the man and woman broke a basement window at the vacant home and entered ...

  7. COVID-19 Crisis Could Cost Connecticut Billions, Lamont Says

    COVID-19 Crisis Could Cost Connecticut Billions, Lamont Says

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could wind up costing Connecticut billions of dollars and wiping out the state’s rainy day fund.Calling the numbers “sobering,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont previously said that Connecticut will end the fiscal year with a $1 billion budget shortfall, with the number potentially doubling over the next cycle, which begins in July.Budget numbers ...

  8. Westchester Airport Reopening Repaved Runway Closed During COVID Pandemic: Breakdown Of Cases

    Westchester Airport Reopening Repaved Runway Closed During COVID Pandemic: Breakdown Of Cases

    The rehabilitated main runway will fully reopen this week at the Westchester County Airport after being closed during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.Last month, due to a dramatic downturn in travelers due to the outbreak, county officials closed the airport’s Runway 16/34 for rehabilitation, with the goal of completing the project with minimal impact on flight activity once ...

  9. COVID-19: Three Northern Westchester High Schools To Hold Graduation Ceremonies At JV Mall

    COVID-19: Three Northern Westchester High Schools To Hold Graduation Ceremonies At JV Mall

    Three Northern Westchester high schools will be hosting “drive-in” commencement ceremonies for their seniors at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown.The Bedford, Katonah-Lewisboro and Somers school districts all announced that they will be hosting commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 in the mall’s spacious parking lot on Tuesday, June 23.The ceremony will include live speeches ...

  10. COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Hospitalization Trends, Cases As Long Island Eyes Reopening

    COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Hospitalization Trends, Cases As Long Island Eyes Reopening

    Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalization, fatality, and infection rates continue to trend downward on Long Island as the region eyes the beginning phases of reopening.With 73 new positive COVID-19 cases in Nassau County, 36,368 residents have now tested positive, while in Suffolk, there were 84 new positive tests, as the total rose to 38,411 since the outbreak began in mid-March.In ...

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