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Zak Failla

Senior Reporter 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.

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  1. Ex-Director Indicted For Stealing $700K From Hudson Valley Company, DA Says

    Ex-Director Indicted For Stealing $700K From Hudson Valley Company, DA Says

    The former financial director of a Hudson Valley non-profit has been indicted after allegedly stealing more than $700,000 from the organization on behalf of herself and her husband, authorities announced.Bronx resident Ingrid Aquino, age 31, the former Director of Finance of Hudson Valley Community Services in Northern Westchester, has been indicted for allegedly stealing the funds ...

  2. President Zelenskyy Awarded Honorary Degree From College In Hudson Valley

    President Zelenskyy Awarded Honorary Degree From College In Hudson Valley

    After becoming a household name as he fends off Russian invaders overseas, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is now being celebrated in a different way by a Hudson Valley college.Rockland County-based Dominican College in Orangeburg awarded Zelenskyy with an honorary degree in absentia at their commencement on Sunday, May 15 in Pomona, becoming one of several dozen colleges and ...

  3. COVID-19: Increasing Number Of Reinfections Being Reported, Sometimes Within Weeks

    COVID-19: Increasing Number Of Reinfections Being Reported, Sometimes Within Weeks

    With the number of new COVID-19 variants and wild strains evolving, Americans are reporting an increasing number of reinfections of the virus across the country.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 means a person was infected, recovered, and then later became infected again, sometimes within weeks of ...

  4. COVID-19: CDC Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors In These CT Counties

    COVID-19: CDC Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors In These CT Counties

    Connecticut residents are being advised by federal health officials to start masking back up amid the latest spike in new COVID-19 cases.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask-wearing to concentrate on COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and newly reported infections, leaving most of the state being encouraged to return to wearing ...

  5. Man Asleep In Car Busted With Illegal Knife In New Canaan, Police Say

    Man Asleep In Car Busted With Illegal Knife In New Canaan, Police Say

    A man asleep behind the wheel of a parked car in Fairfield County was busted with an illegal weapon when officers went to check on his well-being, police said.In New Canaan, officers investigating a motor vehicle crash shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the intersection of Cherry Street and East Avenue were approached by a pedestrian who advised them of a person asleep in ...

  6. Springfield Father, Son Sentenced For  Trafficking Cocaine, Heroin

    Springfield Father, Son Sentenced For Trafficking Cocaine, Heroin

    It'll be a family affair for a father-son duo from Western Massachusetts who will spend more than a decade in prison for operating a multi-state drug trafficking ring that ran from Mexico to both coasts.Federal prosecutors announced that Hampden County residents Isaac Cardona, age 34, and Rafael Cardona, Sr., age 61, both of Springfield, have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for ...

  7. Gas Prices Hit New Record High In New York Amid Surge In Oil Costs

    Gas Prices Hit New Record High In New York Amid Surge In Oil Costs

    There is no relief in sight for motorists in New York as prices at the pump continue to rise to new record highs, according to AAA.As of Monday, May 16, AAA was reporting that the average price per gallon has risen to $4.76 in New York, setting another new record after peaking at $4.52 a week prior, the previous high.Diesel gas is also on the rise, up to $6.50 as of Sunday, May 15, also ...

  8. COVID-19: CDC Now Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors In These 40-Plus NY Counties

    COVID-19: CDC Now Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors In These 40-Plus NY Counties

    Most New Yorkers are being advised by federal health officials to start masking up due to the most recent surge of fresh COVID-19 infections that have been plaguing all 10 of the state's regions.With the positivity rate in New York topping 10 percent, according to the most recent update from the Department of Health, and with cases on the rise, most counties in the state have been ...

  9. COVID-19: CDC Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors In These Massachusetts Counties

    COVID-19: CDC Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors In These Massachusetts Counties

    Massachusetts residents are being advised by federal health officials to start masking back up amid the latest spike in new COVID-19 cases.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask-wearing to concentrate on COVID-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and newly reported infections, leaving most of the state being encouraged to return to wearing ...

  10. Registered Sex Offender From North Branford Charged With Child Exploitation

    Registered Sex Offender From North Branford Charged With Child Exploitation

    A registered sex offender in Connecticut has been indicted on new charges after being busted with thousands of pictures and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, federal authorities announced.New Haven County resident Joseph Amadeo, age 37, of North Branford, has been charged by a federal grand jury with receipt of child pornography following an investigation into an online ...

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