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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. Former Westchester Community College President Joseph Hankin Dies

    Former Westchester Community College President Joseph Hankin Dies

    Former Westchester Community College President Joseph N. Hankin, who was one of the nation’s longest-serving community college presidents has died at the age of 74.The college announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Hankin died on Wednesday, Jan. 16. He first took over at the college in 1971 and served 42 years at the helm until his retirement in 2013.Hankin was a significant member of the ...

  2. Police In Westchester Break Out New Toy To Track Prada Purse Snatcher

    Police In Westchester Break Out New Toy To Track Prada Purse Snatcher

    The Scarsdale Police Department put a new toy to good use as they busted out its newest undercover car to track down a man who allegedly stole a Prada purse and other items from a parked car.Around Christmas last year, the Scarsdale Police Department received a special donation from Esurance - a vehicle intended for undercover police operations.Officers from the Scarsdale Police ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. '800K People Don't Have Paychecks - #WheresMitch?' Says Ocasio-Cortez As She Searches Capitol

    '800K People Don't Have Paychecks - #WheresMitch?' Says Ocasio-Cortez As She Searches Capitol

    Where’s Mitch? Or, on Twitter @AOC, make that #WheresMitch.And it's becoming the Capitol building version of "Where’s Waldo?" for freshman New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been vocally outspoken against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the federal government shutdown nears one month.Ocasio-Cortez took to social media this week, condemning McConnell and ...

  5. Police: BMW Driver Who Failed To Pay Child Support Busted For Suspended License, Registration

    Police: BMW Driver Who Failed To Pay Child Support Busted For Suspended License, Registration

    A man who had his driver’s license suspended for failing to pay child support was arrested in Scarsdale over the weekend when officers ran the license plates of his BMW and found the registration was suspended.A Scarsdale police officer on patrol on Fox Meadow Road shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 found a 2018 BMW idling in the driveway of a local home. When the officer ran the ...

  6. Suspect Stealing From Car Takes Officers On Foot Chase In Westchester, Police Say

    Suspect Stealing From Car Takes Officers On Foot Chase In Westchester, Police Say

    Police are cautioning area residents to lock up their homes and cars after a sticky-fingered suspect took officers in Westchester on a foot chase when he was caught rummaging through a car.A Tuckahoe police officer on patrol at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 spotted a suspect going through a car parked on Lake Avenue. When the officer stopped to intervene, the suspect took ...

  7. 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.,” ...

  8. Fights Still Going On Following Mayor's Unannounced Visit To Mount Vernon HS With Rapper Fatboy

    Fights Still Going On Following Mayor's Unannounced Visit To Mount Vernon HS With Rapper Fatboy

    The fallout from Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas’ unexpected visit to the high school last week continues to reverberate throughout the city and school district as fighting has continued into this week.Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas and rapper Fatboy made an appearance at the high school on Friday, Jan. 11, unbeknownst to the school, Principal Ronald Gonzalez, or Mount Vernon ...

  9. $11M Property Owned By Rolling Stone Magazine Co-Founder One Of Priciest In Area In 2018

    $11M Property Owned By Rolling Stone Magazine Co-Founder One Of Priciest In Area In 2018

    A Dutchess County mansion that was owned by a co-founder of Rolling Stone Magazine ranked near the top of a brand new list released of the most expensive properties sold in upstate New York last year.Jann Wenner’s 7,979-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bedroom mansion on Davis Lane in Tivoli sold in November for slightly less than $11 million. The mansion, which was built in 1994, was ...

  10. Shutdown Ineffective, Trump To Blame, Marist Poll Says: What Do You Think? Vote Now

    Shutdown Ineffective, Trump To Blame, Marist Poll Says: What Do You Think? Vote Now

    As the country remains gridlocked amid the longest government shutdown in the nation's history, more and more people are growing dissatisfied, according to a new Marist College poll.With an estimated 800,000 federal workers - including approximately 114,000 in New York and several thousand more In Connecticut - without work for nearly five weeks, Americans appear to be souring on the ...

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