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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. State Police Issue Alert For Area Man Wanted For Stealing Thousands

    State Police Issue Alert For Area Man Wanted For Stealing Thousands

    New York State Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to track down a man wanted for stealing nearly $10,000 in unemployment benefits.An alert this week was issued by state police in Dutchess regarding 42-year-old Shaun Sestak, who is wanted by the Town of LaGrange Justice Court for charges that include third-degree grand larceny, falsifying business records and ...

  2. Video: Man Wanted For Stealing Tip Jar From Long Island Bagel Shop

    Video: Man Wanted For Stealing Tip Jar From Long Island Bagel Shop

    Know him or this car? A man is wanted on Long Island after being caught on camera stealing from the tip jar of a popular bagel shop.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers issued an alert as First Precinct Crime Section investigators attempt to identify and locate a suspect wanted for stealing from West Babylon Bagel earlier this month.According to police, at approximately 5:35 a.m. on Sunday, ...

  3. Man Wanted For Stealing $720 Worth Of Items From Long Island CVS

    Man Wanted For Stealing $720 Worth Of Items From Long Island CVS

    A man is wanted on Long Island after allegedly stealing hundreds of dollars worth of electric razors from CVS, police said.An alert was issued by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers as they attempt to identify and locate a man who allegedly shoplifted from CVS on Nesconset Highway in Port Jefferson earlier this month.According to police, a man walked into CVS shortly before 4 p.m. on ...

  4. Man Charged With Distributing Fentanyl Throughout Fairfield County

    Man Charged With Distributing Fentanyl Throughout Fairfield County

    An alleged “large-scale distributor of fentanyl” in Fairfield County is facing federal drug charges after being busted by undercover investigators in Connecticut, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.Anthony Figueroa-Gonzalez, 27, of Bridgeport, has been charged by a federal grand jury in New Haven for distributing fentanyl throughout Fairfield County.U.S. Attorney John Durham said that ...

  5. COVID-19: Judge Throws Out CT Lounge Owner's Lawsuit Challenging Executive Order

    COVID-19: Judge Throws Out CT Lounge Owner's Lawsuit Challenging Executive Order

    A federal judge has rejected a complaint from a pair of Connecticut bar owners who alleged that the state’s emergency orders limiting the size of social gatherings violated their constitutional rights.U.S. District of Connecticut Judge Michael Shea ruled this week to uphold the state’s emergency orders after a lawsuit was brought by Michael Amato and Joy Monsanto, the owners of the 50’s ...

  6. COVID-19: Loan Fund Launched To Aid NY Small Businesses

    COVID-19: Loan Fund Launched To Aid NY Small Businesses

    New York State has launched a $100 million forward loan fund that will aid small businesses that were impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the New York Forward Loan Fund, which will “provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses.”Cuomo said that the loans will focus on minority and women-owned small ...

  7. COVID-19: Drop In Child Vaccinations During Pandemic Sparks Concerns Over New Outbreaks

    COVID-19: Drop In Child Vaccinations During Pandemic Sparks Concerns Over New Outbreaks

    With parents avoiding their children’s doctor visits amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, early childhood immunization rates have precipitously dropped, sparking new healthcare concerns.Healthcare professionals are reporting that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, pediatric immunizations are dropping for illnesses such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough. PCC, a ...

  8. COVID-19: Beware Of Scammers Posing As Contact Tracers, FTC Says

    COVID-19: Beware Of Scammers Posing As Contact Tracers, FTC Says

    Some opportunistic fraudsters are taking advantage of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by posing as contact tracers hired by the state to obtain personal information and money.Since the outbreak began, state officials have stressed the importance of ramping up COVID-19 testing, then tracing the people they’ve come into contact with, and isolating those people.According to the ...

  9. COVID-19: Poll Shows How Many Think It's Safe To Go Restaurant, Barber/Salon, Clothing Store

    COVID-19: Poll Shows How Many Think It's Safe To Go Restaurant, Barber/Salon, Clothing Store

    With states beginning to slowly reopen their economies amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, most Americans are still exercising extreme caution as businesses open their doors.A new Quinnipiac University poll of 1,323 Americans nationwide between Thursday, May 14, and Monday, May 18 gauged what is going to be considered “new normal” due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The poll found ...

  10. UConn Starts Three-Year Trial Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement

    UConn Starts Three-Year Trial Dropping SAT, ACT Requirement

    The University of Connecticut is taking a new approach in their undergraduate admissions process, at least for the next three years.UConn announced this week that it is entering a three-year pilot program to “study whether the policies influence its student success rates and increase accessibility to talented students who otherwise face barriers associated with the tests,” including SAT ...

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