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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. Truck Driver Threatens Other Motorist With Hammer, Knife After Vehicles Crash On I-87

    Truck Driver Threatens Other Motorist With Hammer, Knife After Vehicles Crash On I-87

    A weapon-wielding tractor-trailer driver from Connecticut is facing multiple charges after threatening a driver on I-87 in Rockland County with a knife and hammer, police said.New York State Police troopers were dispatched to I-87 in Clarkstown shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, where there was a report of a driver menacing another following a motor vehicle collision.Police ...

  2. Westchester County Police Bust Mount Kisco Man Stealing Beer From Rite Aid

    Westchester County Police Bust Mount Kisco Man Stealing Beer From Rite Aid

    A 36-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing beer without paying for it, Westchester County Police said.Officers from the Westchester County Police Department were dispatched to Rite Aid on South Moger Avenue in Mount Kisco shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, where there was a report of a shoplifting incident.Investigators said that they were able to track down the ...

  3. '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 ...

  4. New Court-Ordered Inquiry Into Hillary Clinton Email Setup Halted By Federal Shutdown

    New Court-Ordered Inquiry Into Hillary Clinton Email Setup Halted By Federal Shutdown

    The longest-on-record government shutdown may have had some unexpected consequences, as investigators were forced to delay the inquiry into whether Westchester resident Hillary Clinton attempted to evade public record laws with her use of a private email account.Earlier this month, a District Court judge agreed to Judicial Watch’s request to depose several individuals regarding the ...

  5. Dog Food Recall Expanded By FDA

    Dog Food Recall Expanded By FDA

    Pet owners should double-check their cabinets as a dog food recall as been expanded for potentially toxic amounts of Vitamin D in the product.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded a recall of dry dog food products that have been making some pets sick. The recall comes following several complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity.According to the FDA, ...

  6. Counterterrorism Panel Offers Recommendations In New York

    Counterterrorism Panel Offers Recommendations In New York

    Counterterrorism efforts may be getting an update and upgrade in New York, following new recommendations from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s counterterrorism advisory panel.After conducting a preliminary evaluation of the state’s counterterrorism assets, policies, and overall security posture, the panel offered several recommendations for New York. Those recommendations included increased ...

  7. Hundreds Of National Guard Members Activated In Advance Of Storm

    Hundreds Of National Guard Members Activated In Advance Of Storm

    All hands are on deck in New York, as the region braces for the first major winter storm of 2019.A “multi-hazard” storm is heading toward the Hudson Valley, and is expected to bring up to a foot of snow in the area. In response, local, county and state agencies are pulling out all the stops to ensure that all residents stay safe during and after the storm.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

  8. Sex Offender Convicted Of Touching Woman, 68, Reports Move In Mount Vernon

    Sex Offender Convicted Of Touching Woman, 68, Reports Move In Mount Vernon

    A registered sexual offender convicted of having sexual contact with a 68-year-old woman has reported an address change in Westchester County.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to Westchester residents regarding the residency of 60-year-old Fred Smith, who has reported an address change from Westchester County Jail to a residence on ...

  9. Services Set For Off-Duty NYPD Officer From Westchester Killed In Crash

    Services Set For Off-Duty NYPD Officer From Westchester Killed In Crash

    Funeral arrangements have been made for the off-duty NYPD officer from Westchester who died this week when he drove head-on into a garbage truck.On Wednesday, Jan. 16, New Rochelle resident Brian Kessler, 28, was driving home from an overnight shift at 1 Police Plaza at approximately 8:20 a.m. when he struck a city Parks Department garbage truck on Shore Road in Pelham Bay.Kessler was ...

  10. 10 Westchester Schools Among 370 In State Needing Improvement, State Education Department Says

    10 Westchester Schools Among 370 In State Needing Improvement, State Education Department Says

    The New York State Department of Education has identified 10 Westchester schools that are in need of improvement.This week, the Department of Education announced a new list of 370 schools that need improvement, including some in the Elmsford, Mount Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers school districts.State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia identified 106 school districts as “target ...

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