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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: Employee At New Canaan YMCA Child Care Center Tests Positive

    COVID-19: Employee At New Canaan YMCA Child Care Center Tests Positive

    An employee at a YMCA in the area has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).The person, who works in the New Canaan YMCA’s child care center, was last in the building on Friday, June 26, officials said, and the employee reported the positive test on Monday, June 29.Participants and teachers in the classroom are not required to self-quarantine, they will be excluded from the ...

  2. MS-13 Member Sentenced For Role In Nassau, Queens Murder Spree

    MS-13 Member Sentenced For Role In Nassau, Queens Murder Spree

    An MS-13 gang member on Long Island may spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in a murder spree in Nassau County and Queens.Yonathan “Turbo” Sanchez, 24, has been sentenced to 34 years to life in prison after pleading guilty in March to two counts of second-degree murder.On Dec. 15, 2018, 23-year-old Ian Cruz, a perceived enemy of MS-13 - a gang on Long Island - was lured to ...

  3. DA: Police Officer In Hudson Valley Arraigned On Excessive Force Charge

    DA: Police Officer In Hudson Valley Arraigned On Excessive Force Charge

    A police officer in the area has been arraigned and charged for allegedly using excessive force with a woman who was handcuffed and under arrest last year.Mount Vernon Police Officer Ryan Hughes, who turned himself in to investigators last month, has been arraigned an charged with second-degree reckless endangerment in Mount Vernon City Court, Westchester County District Attorney ...

  4. COVID-19: Plastic Bag Fee Returns In Connecticut

    COVID-19: Plastic Bag Fee Returns In Connecticut

    After being suspended for more than three months, the plastic bag fee at retailers in Connecticut is back as the state recovers from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an Executive Order on Thursday, March 26 suspending the $0.10 fee for each single-use plastic bag in an attempt to curtail the spread of COVID-19. That Executive Order expired on ...

  5. Alert Issued For Westchester Child Last Seen Riding His Bike

    Alert Issued For Westchester Child Last Seen Riding His Bike

    A child has been reported missing in Westchester after last being seen riding his bicycle.Aaryn Hernandez, 10, was reported missing by his family in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, June 30, police said. According to police, Hernandez was last seen riding his bike in front of his home at 52 S. 8th Ave. at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday. He was wearing a royal blue polo shirt, light blue ...

  6. COVID-19: Northern Westchester HS Graduation Cluster Extends To Neighboring School District

    COVID-19: Northern Westchester HS Graduation Cluster Extends To Neighboring School District

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cluster that broke out following a Northern Westchester graduation ceremony has spread to neighboring communities.The outbreak tied to the Horace Greeley High School graduation in Chappaqua last weekend has now led to 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including at least three students from Pleasantville who had contact with students during post-graduation ...

  7. Hudson Valley Man Charged With Making Anti-Semitic Death Threats To Fairfield County Resident

    Hudson Valley Man Charged With Making Anti-Semitic Death Threats To Fairfield County Resident

    Federal officials have taken a Hudson Valley man into custody for allegedly making anti-Semitic death threats to a Jewish person from Fairfield County during religious holidays.Rockland County resident Christopher Rascoll, who has faced criminal charges before, has been charged with making death threats to the Stratford resident last year, beginning on the first day of Hanukkah.It is ...

  8. Nearly 60,000 Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets Recalled Due To Possible Rubber Material

    Nearly 60,000 Pounds Of Chicken Nuggets Recalled Due To Possible Rubber Material

    Tens of thousands of frozen chicken nuggets are being recalled due to the possible presence of rubber inside the product.Texas-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced that it is recalling approximately 59,800 pounds of fully cooked chicken breast nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically flexible rubber material, the U.S. Department of ...

  9. COVID-19: See Map Of States Where Travelers Must Quarantine In NY/NJ/CT

    COVID-19: See Map Of States Where Travelers Must Quarantine In NY/NJ/CT

    Travelers from twice as many states will now be subjected to a mandatory quarantine when traveling into the metro New York area due to the recent surge in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in more than half the country.Eight more states have been added to the list of those subjected to a 14-day quarantine when coming into New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.New York Gov. Andrew ...

  10. COVID-19: New NY Region Cleared To Enter Phase 4

    COVID-19: New NY Region Cleared To Enter Phase 4

    The seventh of 10 regions in New York is set to enter the final phase of the state’s four-phase reopening plan as it kickstarts the economy.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that global health officials have reviewed the data and the Capital Region has been cleared and given the green light to enter Phase 4 of reopening as of Wednesday, July 1.The Capital Region will join Western New ...

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