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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. Teen Who Nearly Died Urges Area Residents To Get Flu Shots

    Teen Who Nearly Died Urges Area Residents To Get Flu Shots

    This year’s flu season is in its infancy, but one Hudson Valley teenager is encouraging area residents to get their flu shots after she nearly died from flu-related symptoms.Last year, 13-year-old Rebecca Berak, of Poughkeepsie, tested positive for influenza and within hours of her diagnosis, her fever spiked to 106-degrees. Her influenza led to necrotizing pneumonia, throwing her body ...

  2. Alert Issued For Increased Deer, Coyote Activity In Area

    Alert Issued For Increased Deer, Coyote Activity In Area

    As fall slowly begins to transition into winter, animal control officials in Fairfield County are warning that there may be an increase in deer and coyote activity in the area.The New Canaan Police Department issued an alert warning that “the hunting and breeding has these animals on the move.  Residents should be alert on the roadways and protect their pets from possible ...

  3. Long Island Man Indicted For Allegedly Setting House On Fire

    Long Island Man Indicted For Allegedly Setting House On Fire

    A Hempstead man is facing charges for allegedly setting a house fire that left a 12-year-old girl with permanent injuries after she was forced to jump out of a second-story window, the Nassau County District Attorney said.Christful Fouse, 36, was arraigned this week and charged with multiple counts of arson and assault after he allegedly set a house on fire in 2016 following a physical ...

  4. Duo Accused Of Stealing From Long Island Lowe's

    Duo Accused Of Stealing From Long Island Lowe's

    Recognize him? Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has released a photo of one of two suspects who allegedly walked into Lowe’s on Express Drive North in Commack, and left with a Shark vacuum without paying.An alert has been issued by Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers as they attempt to apprehend the suspects, who stole the vacuum at approximately 7:15 p.m. on ...

  5. Former Coach Accused Of Molesting Student At School In Westchester

    Former Coach Accused Of Molesting Student At School In Westchester

    A former children’s sports coach in Westchester has become the latest accused of sexually abusing a minor decades ago as part of a Child Victims Act case that was filed earlier this month.Edwin Gaynor, of Ossining, is accused of fondling a minor during a gym class in the 1960s when he worked at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Scarsdale, according to a lawsuit filed in Westchester ...

  6. Man Charged In Connection With Fatal Overdose On Long Island

    Man Charged In Connection With Fatal Overdose On Long Island

    A 51-year-old man is in police custody for allegedly supplying the opioids that led to a fatal overdose on Long Island.As part of “Operation Natalie” - the code name for the Nassau County Police Department’s “war against opioids” - Nassau County Police Department and Port Washington Police Department investigators arrested Andrew Banks, of Manhattan, who allegedly supplied the drugs ...

  7. Long Island Man Wanted For Criminal Mischief

    Long Island Man Wanted For Criminal Mischief

    Police investigators in Nassau County have issued an alert for a wanted man who was charged with third-degree criminal mischief last year with the intent to damage property. He later failed to appear for court proceedings and a warrant was issued for his arrest.Investigators described Douglas Irby, 40, as an African American with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who comes into contact ...

  8. Recall Issued For Breakstone Cottage Cheese Due To Potential Metal Presence

    Recall Issued For Breakstone Cottage Cheese Due To Potential Metal Presence

    Several varieties of a popular cottage cheese product are being recalled due to the potential presence of pieces of plastic and metal that could have been introduced during production.The FDA announced that Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese is voluntarily recalling three varieties of cottage cheese that may contain foreign materials that could cause injury to teeth, mouth, throat, stomach or ...

  9. Man Wanted For Criminal Possession Of Weapon, Bail Jumping

    Man Wanted For Criminal Possession Of Weapon, Bail Jumping

    An alert has been issued for a wanted man considered to be violent by New York State Police in Sullivan County.Daniel McKoy is wanted by New York State Police in Wurtsboro for criminal possession of a weapon and bail jumping. Police said that McKoy was initially arrested on the weapons charge and the bail jumping charge was later tacked on when he was arrested in California and ...

  10. Parents Pack New Rochelle School Board Meeting Amid Controversy Over Reassigned Coach

    Parents Pack New Rochelle School Board Meeting Amid Controversy Over Reassigned Coach

    Parents and area residents packed the house at the latest New Rochelle School Board meeting to show their support for suspended head football coach Lou DiRienzo. The New Rochelle School District announced that the popular coach was being unexpectedly ousted late on Wednesday, Nov. 13, saying that DiRienzo had been “reassigned from his teaching and coaching responsibilities.”A video of ...

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