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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. Swimmer From Fairfield County Qualifies For Olympics

    Swimmer From Fairfield County Qualifies For Olympics

    A swimming standout from Fairfield County smoked the competition at Olympic Qualifiers and will represent the red, white, and blue this summer in Tokyo.Former Ridgefield High School standout Kieran Smith, a junior competing for the University of Florida, stood atop the podium in the 400-meter freestyle at the US Olympic trials held in Omaha, Nebraska over the weekend after outpacing his ...

  2. COVID-19: These Hudson Valley ZIP Codes Have Lowest Vaccination Rates

    COVID-19: These Hudson Valley ZIP Codes Have Lowest Vaccination Rates

    A Hudson Valley community still has the lowest vaccination rate in New York as the state looks to hit a 70 percent benchmark to lift most restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.Monsey in Rockland County continues to lag behind the rest of the state, with a 17.8 percent vaccination rate as the state begins targeting the zip codes where there has been the most resistance ...

  3. Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Abducting Ex In Westchester, Police Say

    Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Abducting Ex In Westchester, Police Say

    A Westchester man with an active warrant for his arrest is in custody after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend in the middle of the night, police said.Officers from the New Rochelle Police Department responded to a home on Leviness Place at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Monday, June 14, where there was a report of an abduction that had taken place approximately an hour earlier.New ...

  4. Missing 23-Year-Old Westchester Resident Located After Weeks-Long Search

    Missing 23-Year-Old Westchester Resident Located After Weeks-Long Search

    A 23-year-old man who hadn’t been seen since late May has been located after more than two weeks of searching, his family and local police announced.On Saturday, May 29, Bronxville resident Michael DeMane Jr. was reported missing by his father, Mike DeMane, after he failed to respond to texts or calls for several days, when his phone was off.DeMane said that he drove the streets of ...

  5. High School Football Players Injured During Shooting In Westchester

    High School Football Players Injured During Shooting In Westchester

    Two teenagers suffered gunshot wounds in what has been described as a “random act of violence” while walking home from a party in Westchester, officials said.Gunshots rang out in Mount Vernon at approximately 1 a.m. near the intersection of 14th Street and West 1st Avenue on Sunday, June 13, with bullets striking 18-year-old Tommy Guest, and his cousin, 16-year-old Jarred Collins.Police ...

  6. Dog Dies During Northern Westchester House Fire

    Dog Dies During Northern Westchester House Fire

    A family dog was killed in Northern Westchester when a basement fire broke out and rapidly spread through the rest of the home, officials said.Fire crews responded to the house fire at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, as smoke could be seen billowing from the residence in Peekskill, located on Westchester Avenue.According to the Peekskill Volunteer Fire Department, after ...

  7. 21-Year-Old Charged With Assault After Large Fight Breaks Out In Area

    21-Year-Old Charged With Assault After Large Fight Breaks Out In Area

    A 21-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly injuring his victim’s eye when a large fight broke out in the area, State Police said.New York State Police troopers in Orange County and officers from the Town of Deerpark Police responded to Forrest Drive at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, where there was a report of a fight in progress.Upon arrival, police said that troopers ...

  8. Storms Knock Out Power To Hundreds In Massachusetts

    Storms Knock Out Power To Hundreds In Massachusetts

    Eversource had all hands on deck after a lightning strike damaged a power line during a round of storms that swept through Massachusetts, knocking out power to hundreds in the commonwealth, the company said.Crews went to work at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, June 14, when lightning burned a power line on Amherst Road in Amherst, leaving dozens without power as the company made ...

  9. Long Island Woman Accused Of Abandoning Dog

    Long Island Woman Accused Of Abandoning Dog

    A Long Island woman is facing charges for allegedly abusing and abandoning a 1-year-old dog, according to SPCA officials.Kings Park resident Alana Piotrowski, 23, was arrested this week and charged with misdemeanor counts of animal abandonment, making a false statement, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after leaving behind her dog on the side of the road. Roy ...

  10. Long Island Woman Accused Of Defrauding Undocumented Immigrants

    Long Island Woman Accused Of Defrauding Undocumented Immigrants

    A local and federal investigation into a Long Island woman who posed as an immigration attorney to undocumented immigrants and bilked them out of thousands is facing a host of charges, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office announced.Suffolk County resident Tania Gonzalez, age 44, of Ronkonkoma, was arrested after she allegedly misrepresented herself as an immigration attorney to ...

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