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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. New Deal Would Create Metro-North Line Into Penn Station From Westchester

    New Deal Would Create Metro-North Line Into Penn Station From Westchester

    At long last, Metro-North riders may soon have access to Penn Station from Westchester, as the MTA moves forward with a new deal with Amtrak.This week, MTA officials announced the new deal with Amtrak, which will call for new Metro-North stops in Co-op City, Morris Park, Parkchester/ Van Nest and Hunts Point, bringing those commuters, and those from the New Rochelle station, to Penn ...

  2. Police Release Results Of I-684 Speeding Detail

    Police Release Results Of I-684 Speeding Detail

    Dozens of tickets were dished out by New York State Police troopers during a special speed enforcement operation in Westchester County along the I-684 corridor.During the detail in Somers, which was “conducted in furtherance of (New York State Police’s) mission to ensure highway safety for all users of the roadway,” on Wednesday, Jan. 23, troopers issued a total of 60 tickets for ...

  3. Area Legislator Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Area Legislator Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    A longtime Dutchess County Democratic legislator abruptly resigned with an early morning email as he faces allegations of inappropriate sexual comments.Joel Tyner sent an email shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, the legislator wrote that he is resigning his position that he has held for the better part of two decades.“I hereby resign my position as county legislator for ...

  4. Former Police Chief In Westchester Admits To Evading $900K In Taxes

    Former Police Chief In Westchester Admits To Evading $900K In Taxes

    A former Harrison police chief who retired early while he was the target of a federal investigation in 2016 has pleaded guilty to new charges that alleged he failed to pay nearly a million dollars in taxes.Anthony Marraccini admitted in federal court on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to tax evasion, admitting that he failed to pay more than $900,000 over the span of more than five years. The new ...

  5. Registered Sex Offender Convicted Of Abusing Girl, 5, Reports Move In Area

    Registered Sex Offender Convicted Of Abusing Girl, 5, Reports Move In Area

    A registered sexual offender convicted of having sexual contact with a 5-year-old girl has reported a move in Dutchess County.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to Dutchess residents regarding the residency of 45-year-old James Jones, who has reported an address change from Church Street to Innis Avenue in Poughkeepsie.The Division of ...

  6. Carmel Man Charged With DWI In State Police Stop

    Carmel Man Charged With DWI In State Police Stop

    New York State Police troopers busted nearly two dozen local motorists who were allegedly driving while impaired in the Hudson Valley over the holiday weekend.The local residents charged were:Orange CountyOn Friday, Jan. 18, State Police troopers from Montgomery arrested Lauren Baker, 29 of Walden, for DWI. She was traveling on Route 17K in Newburgh when she was stopped for a vehicle ...

  7. Man Sentenced For Using Forged ID At Four Hudson Valley Banks In One Day

    Man Sentenced For Using Forged ID At Four Hudson Valley Banks In One Day

    A man who attempted to steal another person's identity at multiple Westchester County banks will be spending several years behind bars.Bronx resident Jose Cabrera has been sentenced to a term of two to four years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument for going to banks in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Ossining and Thornwood with a forged ...

  8. Video: Woman Escapes Injury After Flames Explode From Car In Area

    Video: Woman Escapes Injury After Flames Explode From Car In Area

    Things got dangerous for a driver who received a shock when her car suddenly burst in flames in Orange County.The woman driving on Clove Road just off of Route 208 in South Blooming Grove told officials that she smelled smoke shortly after making the turn onto the roadway shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Her Toyota Camry then proceeded to stall out and flames burst through the ...

  9. Police On Alert After Discovery Of New White Supremacist Flyers In Bedford

    Police On Alert After Discovery Of New White Supremacist Flyers In Bedford

    Police and local law enforcement agencies in Northern Westchester are on high alert as a white supremacist group continues posting rhetoric in the area.Identity Evropa first made news in Westchester in July last year, when recruitment posters were hung in Croton-on-Hudson, including several near the Croton-Harmon High School and area middle schools. In November, they were back, posting ...

  10. These Were The Most Expensive Homes Sold In Putnam County In 2018

    These Were The Most Expensive Homes Sold In Putnam County In 2018

    Putnam County was home to some of upstate New York’s most expensive properties sold in upstate New York, according to a brand new report.Citing data from the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, the report found the top five most expensive homes that were sold in each county in 2018. Each residence was categorized as “one-family year-round residence.”In Putnam, the most ...

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