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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: 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 ...

  2. 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” ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. New Restrictions For Smokers Take Effect In NY

    New Restrictions For Smokers Take Effect In NY

    Additional restrictions for smokers looking to purchase tobacco products took effect this week in New York as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 budget that was passed in April.As of Wednesday, July 1, smokers are no longer be able to purchase certain products and some retailers will not be permitted to sell tobacco-based items. Pharmacies are no longer allowed to sell any tobacco or ...

  5. COVID-19: CT Positive Test Rate Drops To Lowest Level Since Start Of Pandemic

    COVID-19: CT Positive Test Rate Drops To Lowest Level Since Start Of Pandemic

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rate has hit record lows since the pandemic began more than three months ago.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said in his latest COVID-19 update that 11,448 tests were administered in the past 24 hours, with just 58 coming back positive.The 0.5 percent positive infection rate is the lowest to date, Lamont said.There are currently 100 people ...

  6. Man Nabbed With Illegal Fireworks After I-84 Stop, State Police Say

    Man Nabbed With Illegal Fireworks After I-84 Stop, State Police Say

    A speeding stop on I-84 in the Hudson Valley led to the arrest of a 51-year-old man in possession of illegal fireworks, State Police said.Troopers stopped Saratoga County resident Matthew Zullo, of Mechanicville, on Monday, June 29 in Greene County the town of Greenville when he was clocked driving 86 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to police.Police said that during the traffic ...

  7. COVID-19: CT Ban On Tenant Evictions Extended

    COVID-19: CT Ban On Tenant Evictions Extended

    Renters in Connecticut were given relief by the state this week as the state extended the moratorium on evictions.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the ban on evictions - which was set to expire on Wednesday, July 1, will be extended through Saturday, Aug. 25, which coincides with the federal CARES Act. According to reports, tens of thousands of people could be facing evictions ...

  8. Duo, Including Man Told To Leave Long Island 7-Eleven For Not Wearing Mask, Wanted For Robbery

    Duo, Including Man Told To Leave Long Island 7-Eleven For Not Wearing Mask, Wanted For Robbery

    A man who was refused service for not wearing a mask at a Long Island 7-Eleven and a second man are wanted for robbery and attacking a store clerk, police said.Shortly before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, Nassau County Police received a report of a man who was in his 50s who entered the 7-Eleven on Mill Road in Hewlett without wearing a mask and was denied service.Police said that after ...

  9. Man Wanted For Stealing Jeep From Long Island Car Dealership

    Man Wanted For Stealing Jeep From Long Island Car Dealership

    A man allegedly walked onto a Long Island car dealership lot and drove off in a stolen Jeep, police said.An alert was issued by Suffolk County Fourth Squad detectives who are attempting to locate a suspect who stole a Jeep from Certified Headquarters on Middle Country Road in St. James earlier this month.Police said that at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, a man inquired ...

  10. COVID-19: Here's Latest Look At What's In, What's Out For Phase 4 Of Reopening

    COVID-19: Here's Latest Look At What's In, What's Out For Phase 4 Of Reopening

    In less than two weeks, the Hudson Valley and Long Island will enter the fourth of four planned phases of reopening the economy as New York recovers from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Seven of 10 regions in New York have already entered Phase 4, which includes reopening of some businesses and loosening the restrictions on others that were shut down during the COVID-19 ...

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