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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.

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  1. Gas Prices On Rise After Pipeline Cyberattack Sparking Concerns Of Rise Well Above $3 A Gallon

    Gas Prices On Rise After Pipeline Cyberattack Sparking Concerns Of Rise Well Above $3 A Gallon

    With gas prices already on the rise, a major pipeline cyberattack has sparked concerns they could spike well above $3 a gallon.Colonial Pipeline was forced to take four lines offline due to a cyberattack that was reported on Friday, May 7, leaving less fuel for the Eastern seaboard, and causing prices to rise in some places.Earlier story - Largest East Coast Fuel Pipeline Shuts ...

  2. Longtime Police Commissioner In Westchester City Retiring After 47 Years With Department

    Longtime Police Commissioner In Westchester City Retiring After 47 Years With Department

    The longest-tenured member in the history of one of Westchester’s largest police departments announced he will be stepping aside after nearly five decades on the force.New Rochelle Police Commissioner Joseph Schaller, who has been with the department since 1974, announced that he will be retiring over the summer, to be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Robert Gazzola, who joined the ...

  3. Fairfield County Student Sings National Anthem At Fenway Park

    Fairfield County Student Sings National Anthem At Fenway Park

    Take her out to the ballgame!A middle school student from Fairfield County took center stage at Fenway recently as she sang the National Anthem before the Red Sox game against the Detroit Tigers.Victoria Beniston, an eighth-grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School, kicked off the game on Thursday, May 6 before a COVID-capacity crowd at the famed Boston stadium.The teen’s rendition of the ...

  4. Date, Time Announced For Westchester State Of County Address

    Date, Time Announced For Westchester State Of County Address

    For the second straight year, the Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s “State of the County” address will be streamed virtually.A time has been set for Latimer’s fourth “State of the County” address, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. This year, all residents are being invited to the virtual 2021 “State of the County” event, which will be streamed live on the ...

  5. COVID-19: NY Could Begin Administering Vaccine To Children 12 To 15 This Week

    COVID-19: NY Could Begin Administering Vaccine To Children 12 To 15 This Week

    Children in New York between the ages of 12 and 15 may soon become the latest group eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if their parents give their approval.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the Pfizer double-dose vaccine could be authorized for use among children in New York as soon as Thursday, May 13 if the state health commissioner and his Clinical Advisory Task Force recommend it. ...

  6. Recall Issued For 226K Smoke-Carbon Monoxide Alarms That Don't Sound Alert For Fires

    Recall Issued For 226K Smoke-Carbon Monoxide Alarms That Don't Sound Alert For Fires

    More than 226,000 faulty combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are being recalled because they may fail to provide alerts if a fire was to break out.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that seven Kidde models - Series 2040, 2050, 2060, and 2070 smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms (see above) - are included in the recall.According to CPSC, ...

  7. Look Who's Back: Ex-Westchester County Exec Rob Astorino Running For Governor In 2022

    Look Who's Back: Ex-Westchester County Exec Rob Astorino Running For Governor In 2022

    If at first, you don’t succeed…Rob Astorino, the 2014 Republican gubernatorial nominee in New York, has made it official. He is running again for the office now held by embattled three-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2022 Election.The former Westchester County Executive gave his first interviews on Monday, May 10 outlining the plans for his campaign. A formal announcement was expected ...

  8. Popular Diner In Fairfield County Closes Permanently

    Popular Diner In Fairfield County Closes Permanently

    For more than 25 years, the Bull’s Head Diner has been a staple, serving popular sandwiches and dishes to foodies from throughout Fairfield County.Now, after battling through the pandemic and losing their lease, the owners of the Stamford eatery have been forced to unexpectedly close their doors for good, they announced this week.A sign on the door was posted that informed customers of ...

  9. Teen Accused Of Making Racist Online Post Targeting Fellow Fairfield Warde Student

    Teen Accused Of Making Racist Online Post Targeting Fellow Fairfield Warde Student

    A teenager in Fairfield County is facing a lengthy suspension and possible expulsion after allegedly making a racist online post that targeted another student.Police in the Town of Fairfield and the NAACP were called in to investigate allegations that the student at Fairfield Warde High School shared the racist online post.According to reports, the student - whose name has not been ...

  10. 19-Year-Old Cornell University Student Found Dead

    19-Year-Old Cornell University Student Found Dead

    A teenage college student died in upstate New York at Ithaca Falls.Phillip Zukowski, age 19, a sophomore at Cornell University who was studying computer science, was found dead on Saturday, May 8 near Ezra’s Tunnel in the Ithaca Falls Natural Area, Vice President for Student and Campus Life Dr. Ryan Lombardi announced.The cause of Zukowski’s death is currently unknown. The New York City ...

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