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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. Hudson Valley District To Reopen Schools Amid Bus Shortage Scramble

    Hudson Valley District To Reopen Schools Amid Bus Shortage Scramble

    Students in a Hudson Valley school district hit hard by the national bus shortage will be returning to class this week.Tim Mains, superintendent of Pine Bush Central School District in Orange County, said that all seven schools in the district would be opening back up on Tuesday, Sept. 14 as they scramble to cover approximately 100 routes.Schools were forced to close on Monday, Sept. ...

  2. Westchester Man Wins Big In CT State Lottery

    Westchester Man Wins Big In CT State Lottery

    A Westchester man is feeling lucky after he was a big winner playing the Connecticut Lottery.Yonkers resident Fadi Alrashdan cashed in a $25,000 "PLAY4 NIGHT" CT Lottery ticket on Wednesday, Sept. 8 that was sold at Cumberland Farm on Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook in Middlesex County.According to CT Lottery, “when a winning scratch ticket is validated through a Lottery Retailer's ...

  3. COVID-19: Number Of CT Counties Now At High Risk For Spread Now At Four; Here's Latest Info

    COVID-19: Number Of CT Counties Now At High Risk For Spread Now At Four; Here's Latest Info

    Four counties in Connecticut are currently designated within the “high transmission” category for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to the agency's latest update.With variants of the virus surging through Connecticut communities, the CDC is closely monitoring four counties, with Middlesex County having been downgraded from "high transmission" to ...

  4. Wrong-Way Long Island Expressway Driver Charged With DWI

    Wrong-Way Long Island Expressway Driver Charged With DWI

    A driver was allegedly intoxicated when he entered the Long Island Expressway and proceeded to drive the wrong way on the roadway before being busted by an officer on patrol, police said.Suffolk County PD officer Weldon Drayton was driving westbound on the LIE near exit 51 in Dix Hills at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, when he saw a 2010 Mazda MZ6 driving toward the ...

  5. Suffolk Now Qualifies For Federal Financial Relief For Storm Ida

    Suffolk Now Qualifies For Federal Financial Relief For Storm Ida

    Additional relief is coming for the Suffolk County victims of Tropical Depression Ida following a disaster declaration due to the damage caused by the storm.New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Suffolk County has been the latest locale to be approved for a “Major Disaster Declaration” to provide federal financial relief.The federal ...

  6. New County In Region Now Qualifies For Federal Financial Relief For Storm Ida

    New County In Region Now Qualifies For Federal Financial Relief For Storm Ida

    Additional relief is coming for area victims of Tropical Depression Ida following a disaster declaration due to the damage caused by the storm.New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Sullivan County has been the latest locale to be approved for a “Major Disaster Declaration” to provide federal financial relief.The federal funding will ...

  7. School Bus Driver Shortage Causes Closure Of District In Hudson Valley

    School Bus Driver Shortage Causes Closure Of District In Hudson Valley

    Classes were canceled again for a Hudson Valley school district that is struggling to contend with the national school bus driver shortage.Tim Mains, superintendent of Pine Bush Central School District in Orange County, said that all seven schools in the district would be closed again on Monday, Sept. 13 after being forced to close on Friday, Sept. 10 as they work to find a temporary ...

  8. COVID-19: Risk Of 'Monster' Variant Grows With Number Of Cases 10 Times Too High, Fauci Warns

    COVID-19: Risk Of 'Monster' Variant Grows With Number Of Cases 10 Times Too High, Fauci Warns

    The COVID-19 pandemic may not yet have reared its ugliest head as the number of new infections continues to surge across the US, increasing the chances of a new variant forming even more contagious than the Delta strain, White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci is cautioning.In a new interview with Axios, Fauci said that the COVID-19 infection rate could be unsustainable and is 10 ...

  9. COVID-19: CDC Reveals Which Vaccine Is More Effective In Preventing Hospitalizations

    COVID-19: CDC Reveals Which Vaccine Is More Effective In Preventing Hospitalizations

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new study that found which of the three US-approved COVID-19 vaccines are most effective in preventing hospitalizations, ICU visits, or potential intubation.A recently released study from the CDC determined that the Moderna vaccine was slightly more effective in preventing hospitalizations than the Pfizer or Johnson ...

  10. Alert Issued For Woman Wanted On Long Island For Child Abuse, DWI

    Alert Issued For Woman Wanted On Long Island For Child Abuse, DWI

    Seen her? An alert has been issued by police on Long Island as they seek the public’s assistance in tracking down a wanted woman who was busted for allegedly driving while intoxicated and child abuse.Camille Baez, age 38, is wanted on a Suffolk County Family Court arrest warrant for child abuse and neglect, and the Suffolk County First District Court on a bench warrant for a DWI ...

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