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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: Having A Day At The Beach? Here's What Steps To Take To Stay Safe

    COVID-19: Having A Day At The Beach? Here's What Steps To Take To Stay Safe

    With the weather warming up and many feeling cabin fever after months of socially distancing due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, hundreds in the tristate area have been flocking to beaches as they seek to get out of the house.With New York and Connecticut opening up most of their beaches, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has offered guidance to beach-goers to ...

  2. COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Long Island Cases By Towns, Hospitalizations

    COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Long Island Cases By Towns, Hospitalizations

    There are less than 135 patients still hospitalized with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Long Island as the region recovers from the pandemic.As of Wednesday, July 1, there were 71 Suffolk County residents and 60 Nassau County residents still battling the virus in Long Island hospitals, though only 64 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Suffolk and 57 in Nassau in the past 24 hours.To ...

  3. COVID-19: NY Offers To Help States Seeing Spikes In Cases

    COVID-19: NY Offers To Help States Seeing Spikes In Cases

    After experiencing the largest novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spike in the country earlier this year, New York is now offering equipment and expertise to other states experiencing new outbreaks after reopening economies.With New York now leading the nation in the battle against COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered the state’s assistance to others seeing a rise in infections and ...

  4. New York State Police To Monitor Illegal Fireworks Crossing Border

    New York State Police To Monitor Illegal Fireworks Crossing Border

    As fireworks continue to blast at all hours of the night throughout New York, State Police troopers have been tasked with keeping a closer eye on potentially illegal products crossing into the state.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is directing New York State Police to launch a Fireworks Enforcement Detail to prevent illegal fireworks from being brought into the state.Related story ...

  5. COVID-19: CT May Slow Down Reopening Plan After Case Spike In Other States

    COVID-19: CT May Slow Down Reopening Plan After Case Spike In Other States

    Though the metrics continue to look good in Connecticut, the surge in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in other states throughout the country could influence reopening plans.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that the spikes in other states could slow down the state’s plans to enter Phase 3 of reopening the economy, which was planned for mid July.Lamont said that he is also “rethinking” ...

  6. COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Westchester Cases By Municipality

    COVID-19: Here's Latest Rundown Of Westchester Cases By Municipality

    There is one new active novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Westchester, though the number of hospitalizations and the fatality rate continues to drop.Westchester County Executive George Latimer said that there are only two more planned daily updates as the Hudson Valley prepares to enter Phase 4 of reopening the economy.The latest numbers from Latimer said that there have been 34,866 ...

  7. COVID-19: Have Plans Ready For The 'New Normal,' Cuomo Tells NY School Districts

    COVID-19: Have Plans Ready For The 'New Normal,' Cuomo Tells NY School Districts

    It’s unclear what schools in New York will look like in the fall, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is telling school districts to have learning plans in place and to be prepared for the “new normal” when classes resume.With some eager to get answers about how and when schools could reopen, Cuomo’s Communications Director Dani Lever said that the state will be meeting with stakeholders before ...

  8. COVID-19: Westchester Community College Announces Plan For Fall Semester

    COVID-19: Westchester Community College Announces Plan For Fall Semester

    Westchester Community College announced its plan to open in the fall semester amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.The college will continue remote education for the majority of its courses during the fall semester, school officials announced on Thursday, July 2. The plan was developed by the college’s Pandemic Response Team in an effort to prevent the spread of ...

  9. COVID-19: Postpone Out-Of-State Travel, Putnam Department Of Health Tells County Residents

    COVID-19: Postpone Out-Of-State Travel, Putnam Department Of Health Tells County Residents

    With an increase in summer visitors expected in Putnam County for the summer, the Department of Health is encouraging residents to put off travel plans out of the state and instead invest in the local economy.The Department of Health said that as the county gets set to enter Phase 4 of reopening the economy from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Tuesday, July 7, “snow-bird” ...

  10. Youth Bureau Employee In Westchester Charged With Sexual Assault

    Youth Bureau Employee In Westchester Charged With Sexual Assault

    A man who worked at a city Youth Bureau in Westchester has been accused of sexual assault.Tyfan Dean, an employee at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, has been arrested and charged with sexual misconduct for alleged sexual abuse.Dean, a Mount Vernon resident who has worked with the Youth Bureau since 2013, was immediately fired at the time of his arrest, Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn ...

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