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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. Westchester Teen Arrested After 'Shots Fired' Incident, Police Say

    Westchester Teen Arrested After 'Shots Fired' Incident, Police Say

    A Westchester County teenager is behind bars after being busted with an illegal handgun and ammo, police said.Officers from the Yonkers Police Department on patrol in the area of Cottage Place Gardens shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, when they heard several gunshots near them. Following the gunshots, they received reports of shots fired on Lamartine Terrace, leading to the ...

  2. Felony Offender Sentenced For Assaulting, Robbing, Older Man In Westchester

    Felony Offender Sentenced For Assaulting, Robbing, Older Man In Westchester

    A 31-year-old man may spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced for beating an older man and stealing his wallet in Westchester.Coty Highsmith, of Yonkers, has been sentenced to a term of between 23 years and life in prison after being found guilty last year of robbery and assault for the beating of a man in his 60s in a city apartment in November 2017.Highsmith was ...

  3. Cuomo Approval Rating Plummets To Lowest Ever Among NY Voters, New Poll Says

    Cuomo Approval Rating Plummets To Lowest Ever Among NY Voters, New Poll Says

    Three months after being overwhelmingly re-elected for a third term, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is the lowest ever with more than half of New York voters viewing him unfavorably, according to a new poll released on Monday.Only 43 percent of voters statewide viewed Cuomo favorably, while 50 percent viewed him unfavorably, according to the Siena College poll. The governor’s ...

  4. Former Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse Resigns As School Teacher In Westchester

    Former Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse Resigns As School Teacher In Westchester

    A former teacher and priest at a private prep schools in Westchester and Fairfield County has resigned after being one of 50 charged with sexually abusing minors last month.Robert Cornigans, an educator who lived and worked at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, who taught English since 2004, resigned immediately on Jan. 15 when his name was on a list of Jesuits charged with ...

  5. Leonard Spano, Patriarch Of Westchester Political Dies, Dies

    Leonard Spano, Patriarch Of Westchester Political Dies, Dies

    The first father of politics in Westchester, Leonard Spano, died over the weekend at the age of 88.Spano, who served as a Westchester County legislator for 22 years and as the county clerk for more than a decade before his retirement in 2005 died on Sunday, his family announced. The cause of death was reportedly heart failure brought on by complications from lymphoma.Born on Aug. ...

  6. Did You Buy Them? 100,000 Pounds Of Chicken Products Recalled

    Did You Buy Them? 100,000 Pounds Of Chicken Products Recalled

    The USDA has announced the latest recall of nearly 100,000 pounds of a popular chicken product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.VICS Acquisition, based out of Texas, announced that it is recalling 99,975 pounds of products that may contain eggs, which was not declared on the product’s label.Items recalled include the Happi Foodi Bloody Mary Inspired Chicken, Southeast Grocers ...

  7. Man Hospitalized In Northern Westchester Shooting

    Man Hospitalized In Northern Westchester Shooting

    Police in Westchester are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left a man hospitalized.Officers from the Ossining Police Department responded to a reported shooting at approximately 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 on Van Cortland Street, near the Cortlandt Ridge housing complex. One man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized. His condition was not immediately available ...

  8. Police In North Castle Investigate Alcohol Drinking Jeep Driver

    Police In North Castle Investigate Alcohol Drinking Jeep Driver

    Police in North Castle were called to investigate a suspicious man who was spotted drinking in his car in a parking lot before driving off.Officers from the North Castle Police Department were dispatched to the Stop & Shop parking lot on North Broadway at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, when a caller reported a suspicious man drinking alcohol in his Jeep.Police said that ...

  9. Record Tourism Expected For New York This Year

    Record Tourism Expected For New York This Year

    New York City saw a record number of tourists in 2018, and officials are expecting an even bigger uptick this year, with several prominent events planned in the Empire State.A record 65.8 million tourists made their way to New York in 2018, marking the ninth consecutive year that the city saw an increase in tourism. Of those visitors, 51.6 million were domestic travelers, and 13.5 ...

  10. Shortage Of School Bus Drivers Sparks Concern In New York

    Shortage Of School Bus Drivers Sparks Concern In New York

    The wheels on the bus go round and round, but they require someone behind the wheel to drive them.New York school districts are facing a shortage of bus drivers, according to a brand new report released by the New York State School Boards Association, New York Association for Pupil Transportation and National Association for Pupil Transportation.The report found that bus ...

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