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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. COVID-19: 43 Deaths Reported In Hard-Hit Nassau County In Less Than 24 Hours

    COVID-19: 43 Deaths Reported In Hard-Hit Nassau County In Less Than 24 Hours

    Forty-three new novel coronavirus (COVID-19)-related deaths in Nassau County have been reported since overnight as the death toll in the county rises to 138, County Executive Laura Curran announced.Curran said that there are now 12,024 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, a rise of 1,437 from the day before, the largest single-day jump since the outbreak began. There have now been ...

  2. COVID-19: Cuomo Issues Executive Order To Redistribute Ventilators Across New York Hospitals

    COVID-19: Cuomo Issues Executive Order To Redistribute Ventilators Across New York Hospitals

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is signing an Executive Order that will allow him to “borrow” ventilators and other essential equipment that isn’t isn’t being used and redistribute them to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) hotspots in the state.Cuomo said the order will allow him to deploy the National Guard largely to upstate hospitals, where the virus hasn’t hit as hard, to redistribute the ...

  3. COVID-19: Largest Increase In Daily Death Toll As Number Of Cases Climbs To 102,863 In New York

    COVID-19: Largest Increase In Daily Death Toll As Number Of Cases Climbs To 102,863 In New York

    There were 562 newly reported deaths tied to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York, the most fatalities reported in a single day since the outbreak.At his daily COVID-19 briefing on Friday, April 3, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that there have been 10,482 new positive cases, bringing the state’s total to 102,863 cases, four times more than any other state.There ...

  4. COVID-19: Cuomo 'Concerned' As Long Island Cases Climb To 12,024

    COVID-19: Cuomo 'Concerned' As Long Island Cases Climb To 12,024

    There was more than 1,400 new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in both Nassau and Suffolk as the total number of cases tops 10,000 in both counties, numbers New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “concerning.” At his daily COVID-19 briefing on Friday, April 3, Cuomo confirmed that there were 1,437 new cases in Nassau, as the total rose to 12,024, and there were 1,408 new cases in ...

  5. Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child, State Police Say

    Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child, State Police Say

    A 44-year-old man is facing a host of charges for allegedly sexually abusing a minor, New York State Police said.A police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in Orange County led to the arrest of Monroe resident Russell Ferdico who allegedly had sexual contact with his underage victim on multiple occasions.Police said that Ferdico’s victim was under the age of ...

  6. COVID-19: Should We All Wear Masks In Public? Health Experts, CDC To Revise Guidelines

    COVID-19: Should We All Wear Masks In Public? Health Experts, CDC To Revise Guidelines

    Should all Americans wear face masks when leaving the house to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? President Donald Trump said this week that his administration intends to release new recommendations regarding the use of face masks after he initially said masks weren’t necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.Most members of Trump’s coronavirus task force have ...

  7. COVID-19: Executive Order Reserves CT Hotels, Short-Term Rentals For Essential Workers

    COVID-19: Executive Order Reserves CT Hotels, Short-Term Rentals For Essential Workers

    Short-term rentals, motels, and hotels in Connecticut will be repurposed and utilized by essential workers and the vulnerable as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread through the state.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order that will “ensure that hotels and other types of short-term rentals are being used by those who need it most at this challenging time.” ...

  8. Most Say Trump Was Not Prepared For COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Finds: What Do You Think?

    Most Say Trump Was Not Prepared For COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Finds: What Do You Think?

    More voters than not say that President Donald Trump’s administration has failed to do enough to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a newly released poll.A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll - which was conducted before Trump announced a 30-day extension of social distancing protocols - found that 47 percent of voters feel that the administration ...

  9. COVID-19: Latimer Proposes Legislation To Ease Financial Burden On Westchester Residents

    COVID-19: Latimer Proposes Legislation To Ease Financial Burden On Westchester Residents

    As the battle against novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rage on, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling on the Board of Legislator to alleviate taxpayer burdens.Latimer said that his office has submitted legislation that would allow taxpayers who have economic hardships due to the pandemic to apply for a delay in paying county property taxes.The current due date ...

  10. COVID-19: Cuomo Calls On New York Businesses To Manufacture Masks, Gowns, Other PPE

    COVID-19: Cuomo Calls On New York Businesses To Manufacture Masks, Gowns, Other PPE

    All hands are on deck as New York prepares for the “Battle of the Mountaintop” against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on businesses capable of doing so to shift gears and begin manufacturing masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment to aid healthcare workers.“The cruelest irony is that this nation and so many others are reliant on China for ...

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