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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. Here's How Many Will Lose Job When Kmart's Bohemia Store Closes

    Here's How Many Will Lose Job When Kmart's Bohemia Store Closes

    Nearly 100 employees will be out of a job when Kmart in Bohemia shutters its doors as part of a reorganization by its parent company, Transformco.Earlier this year, Transformco purchased the assets of Sears Holing Corporation, announcing that it would be closing 96 Kmart and Sears stores nationwide, including several in New York State.Among the stores being closed is the Kmart location ...

  2. New Rochelle School District Hasn't Met With Suspended Football Coach Lou DiRienzo

    New Rochelle School District Hasn't Met With Suspended Football Coach Lou DiRienzo

    School officials in New Rochelle have yet to meet with longtime varsity football coach Lou DiRienzo, nearly a week after he was unexpectedly reassigned by the district. The New Rochelle School District announced the move late on Wednesday, Nov. 13, saying that DiRienzo had been “reassigned from his teaching and coaching responsibilities.”Since that initial announcement, school officials ...

  3. Martial Arts Fighter From Greenwich Sentenced For Molesting  Girlfriend’s 13-Year-Old Daughter

    Martial Arts Fighter From Greenwich Sentenced For Molesting Girlfriend’s 13-Year-Old Daughter

    A martial arts fighter from Fairfield County will spend the better part of a decade behind bars for molesting his girlfriend’s teenage daughter.Greenwich resident Danny Morales, 42, was sentenced to eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor after he sexually abused a 13-year-old girl.It was alleged that Morales ...

  4. Inmate From Suffolk Being Held For Assault, Criminal Contempt Arrested For Outstanding Warrant

    Inmate From Suffolk Being Held For Assault, Criminal Contempt Arrested For Outstanding Warrant

    An inmate from Suffolk County is facing new charges for assault and harassment, officials said.Christopher Aiello, 49, of North Babylon, a current inmate at the Yaphank Correctional Facility following his arrest for criminal contempt, was transported to Suffolk County First District Court on Friday, Nov. 15, for an unrelated court appearance, the Suffolk County Sheriff ...

  5. Accused Queens Drug Dealer Charged In Fentanyl Overdose Death

    Accused Queens Drug Dealer Charged In Fentanyl Overdose Death

    A drug distributer from Queens is facing charges for allegedly selling the fentanyl that led to the fatal drug overdose of a 29-year-old woman.A grand jury has returned an indictment charging Jeanluc Joiles, 36, and Jaime Rosario, Jr., with participating in a conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine, and Rosario is charged with possessing firearms in connection with ...

  6. Mount Vernon Convict Found Guilty Of Assaulting Two Men With Bat

    Mount Vernon Convict Found Guilty Of Assaulting Two Men With Bat

    A Westchester convict will spend a decade in prison after being found guilty by a jury of attempting to assault two men with a bat last year.Robert Johnson, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty by a Westchester County jury of two counts of attempted assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon after he attacked two men with a bat in October.This week, Johnson was sentenced ...

  7. Long Island Man Faces DWI Charge After Crash In Hudson Valley

    Long Island Man Faces DWI Charge After Crash In Hudson Valley

     A Long Island man was charged with drinking and driving following a single-vehicle crash, state police said.Early on Monday, Nov. 11, troopers from Poughkeepsie stopped Farmingdale resident Richard Tortoso, 27, on the Taconic State Parkway in LaGrange in Dutchess County when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash.During the investigation into the crash, troopers determined that ...

  8. Poultry Products Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens

    Poultry Products Recalled Due To Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens

    Nearly 2,000 pounds of raw chicken products are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens on the label.Creative Food Processing, based out of Santa Clara, California, is recalling approximately 1,941 pounds of poultry products that may contain wheat, which was not listed on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ...

  9. Scam Warning: New Alert Issued For Unsolicited Apple Phishing Calls

    Scam Warning: New Alert Issued For Unsolicited Apple Phishing Calls

    Police agencies are issuing warnings of a new Apple scam targeting iPhone users.An alert has been issued cautioning that users have been receiving phone calls from fraudsters who make the call from a spoofed number that comes across the screen as “Apple.” According to police, you’re told that your account has been compromised or some other issue exists with your iPhone, laptop or other ...

  10. Area Donut Shop Named Best In State

    Area Donut Shop Named Best In State

    A Hudson Valley donut shop ranked as among the tops in the country, according to a newly released report.Glazed Over Donuts in Beacon was ranked as New York’s best doughnuts by Insider.com, which ranked each state’s top stops for the pastries throughout the country. At Glazed Over Donuts, in Beacon, each doughnut comes with a glaze, topping, and drizzle. You can combine a number of ...

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