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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. 

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. Tax Refunds Expected To Shrink For Millions Of Americans

    Tax Refunds Expected To Shrink For Millions Of Americans

    As millions of Americans file and complete their 2018 taxes, some have been shocked by a minimal return, including several who are now paying out to the Internal Revenue Service after years of receiving refunds.According to the IRS, the total number of returns received in the week ending on Feb. 1 - more than 16 million - was down 12.4 percent from the week that ended on Feb. 2 last ...

  2. Latimer Calls For Slight Sales Tax Increase

    Latimer Calls For Slight Sales Tax Increase

    Property taxes may soon be frozen, but consumers in Westchester will also be paying an increased sales tax if County Executive George Latimer's plan is enacted.Latimer has proposed “The Westchester County Property Taxpayers Protection Act,” which, if approved, would keep the property tax levy flat for two years, while raising sales tax 1 percent. The proposal would help stabilize the ...

  3. Man Enters Police Station In Westchester, Says He Helped Cousin Make Bomb

    Man Enters Police Station In Westchester, Says He Helped Cousin Make Bomb

    A mentally ill person reportedly showed up at a police station in Westchester on Thursday with burned hands, claiming he suffered the injuries helping a family member make a pipe bomb.According to police, on Thursday, Feb. 14, a man from the Bronx walked into the Mount Vernon police headquarters, telling officers that he had suffered burns on his hand helping to make a pressure ...

  4. Tax Season Scheme: Beware Of Scammers Impersonating IRS, Police Warn

    Tax Season Scheme: Beware Of Scammers Impersonating IRS, Police Warn

    With tax season heating up, area residents are being warned to be cautious of opportunistic fraudsters looking to take advantage of the community’s most vulnerable parties.Area police departments warn that each year, they receive several reports from the community involving tax scams.“Our elderly community members are typically the most vulnerable to these types of scams," one ...

  5. Hundreds Of New Apartments Proposed For 1133 Westchester Avenue

    Hundreds Of New Apartments Proposed For 1133 Westchester Avenue

    Developers in Westchester have announced a proposal to create more than 300 apartments in Westchester.Officials announced the proposal to the Common Council late last month. The plan would create 303 apartments in a commercial complex that already includes a daycare center and other businesses on Westchester Avenue in White Plains.Of the 303 proposed units, 10 percent would be deemed ...

  6. Driver On Probation Busted For Fourth DWI During Stop In Westchester

    Driver On Probation Busted For Fourth DWI During Stop In Westchester

    A Westchester County man on probation with three previous DWI convictions is facing a host of charges after being busted allegedly drinking and driving without a license in Scarsdale.An officer on patrol at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Weaver Street on Monday, Feb. 4 was alerted by a License Plate Reader that a 2013 Chevy Traverse that drove by had a “suspended or revoked” registration. ...

  7. Ocasio-Cortez 'Thinks It’s A Good Idea To Lose Jobs, Revenue,' de Blasio Says After Amazon Exit

    Ocasio-Cortez 'Thinks It’s A Good Idea To Lose Jobs, Revenue,' de Blasio Says After Amazon Exit

    A day after Amazon announced it would be pulling out of a deal to set up a headquarters in New York amid pressure from politicians, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went on the offensive, slamming those elected officials and the company.In November, the online retail giant announced that it has chosen two locations for its new HQ2 project, one in Long Island City, and a second in ...

  8. Proposed Supermarket, Restaurant, May Replace Westchester Multiplex

    Proposed Supermarket, Restaurant, May Replace Westchester Multiplex

    New details have emerged about the proposed grocery store development at the site of the Greenburgh Multiplex.The Town Board met with developers during a special work session on Tuesday, Feb. 12, where developers Robert Baker, the chair of National Realty and Development Corp. and William Null, an attorney at Cuddy and Feder, who laid out their vision for the proposal to replace the ...

  9. Alex Jones Must Give Sworn Deposition In Sandy Hook Suit, Judge Says

    Alex Jones Must Give Sworn Deposition In Sandy Hook Suit, Judge Says

    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will have to submit to a sworn deposition as part of a defamation lawsuit that was filed by families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, a judge in Bridgeport ruled.Ten families are pursuing lawsuits against Jones for allegedly spreading lies about the shooting, going so far as to call it a plot orchestrated by family members. The New York ...

  10. Westchester County Clerk's Office Used In 'Grandson Scam'

    Westchester County Clerk's Office Used In 'Grandson Scam'

    The Westchester County Clerk’s Office has been used by opportunistic fraudsters as part of a “Grandson Scam,” targeting older residents in the country.An alert was issued on Thursday cautioning that scammers have been using the Westchester County Clerk’s Office as the “collection agency,” targeting a family in Minnesota.According to Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni, the scam involves ...

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