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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: Mass Seeing Red As Each County Now At High Risk For Spread

    COVID-19: Mass Seeing Red As Each County Now At High Risk For Spread

    Each of Massachusetts’ 14 counties has now been designated within the “high transmission” category for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With variants of the virus surging through the region, the CDC no counties in Massachusetts fall under the “substantial” or “low” designation. "Substantial” transmission means the county has seen between 50 and 99.99 ...

  2. COVID-19: Alert Issued For Possible Exposure At Event In Hudson Valley

    COVID-19: Alert Issued For Possible Exposure At Event In Hudson Valley

    Health officials in the Hudson Valley are cautioning that patrons at a popular Hudson Valley event may have been exposed to COVID-19. The Orange County Health Department is advising anyone who attended the New York Renaissance Faire on Saturday, Sept. 4, or Monday, Sept. 6 should monitor themselves for symptoms as they could have been exposed to the virus on those two days.The fair is ...

  3. Alert Issued For Hudson Valley Teen Missing More Than A Month

    Alert Issued For Hudson Valley Teen Missing More Than A Month

    Seen him? The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued an alert for a missing teenager in the Hudson Valley who has not been seen in more than a month.Javon Jackson, who turns 16 years old on Friday, Sept. 24, has been missing out of New Winsdor in Orange County since Sunday, Aug. 8, prompting multiple law enforcement and missing person agencies to team up in an ...

  4. Massachusetts Calls On National Guard To Assist In School Bus Driver Shortage

    Massachusetts Calls On National Guard To Assist In School Bus Driver Shortage

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is calling in the cavalry to help the state with transporting students to class at the beginning of the new school year.Baker announced that he is activating as many as 250 Guard members to assist with school transportation as the country contends with a massive bus driver shortage that left some districts scrambling to get students to class.
“We asked a ...

  5. Caroline Simmons Claims Victory Against Incumbent Mayor Martin In Stamford Mayoral Primary

    Caroline Simmons Claims Victory Against Incumbent Mayor Martin In Stamford Mayoral Primary

    Stamford Mayor David Martin will not serve a third term in office after state Rep. Caroline Simmons declared victor over him in the Democratic mayoral primary.In a race separated by more than 1,700 votes, Simmons toppled the two-term mayor in the primary on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and will now take on former New York Mets manager and Stamford native Bobby Valentine in the general election on ...

  6. CT School District Put On Lockdown After Social Media Threat

    CT School District Put On Lockdown After Social Media Threat

    A teenage student in Connecticut is facing charges after allegedly making a threat on social media the forced a temporary lockdown of two schools this week.On Tuesday, Sept. 14, both the Derby middle and high schools in New Haven County were put into lockdown after police were made aware of a threatening social media post, authorities said.The nature of the post was initially unclear, ...

  7. COVID-19: Hochul Announces Series Of New Universal Mask Requirements In New York

    COVID-19: Hochul Announces Series Of New Universal Mask Requirements In New York

    Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a series of universal mask requirements she said will help protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious Delta variant and the surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.Mask mandates for children in New York are being expanded to include children in child care and daycare centers as the number of new infections in kids rises across the country.During her ...

  8. COVID-19: Digital Vaccination Passport Being Considered In Connecticut

    COVID-19: Digital Vaccination Passport Being Considered In Connecticut

    Connecticut could be following in neighboring New York’s footsteps in bringing a COVID-19 vaccine passport to the state to make it easier to determine whether someone is vaccinated.With the COVID-19 data in Connecticut beginning to show improvement, and the state’s vaccine program among the top in the nation, Lamont is considering implementing a digital way to prove one is vaccinated ...

  9. COVID-19: Hudson Valley Infection Rate Stays Steadily High; Latest Breakdown By County

    COVID-19: Hudson Valley Infection Rate Stays Steadily High; Latest Breakdown By County

    There were four new COVID-19 fatalities recorded in the Hudson Valley as the region continues contending with a positive infection rate above 4 percent.In the latest update from the state Department of Health, the average seven-day positive COVID-19 infection rate of those tested in the Hudson Valley dipped for the third straight day, from 3.67 percent on Saturday, Sept. 11, to 3.64 ...

  10. School Superintendent In Hudson Valley Abruptly Resigns

    School Superintendent In Hudson Valley Abruptly Resigns

    A Hudson Valley school district is parting ways with its superintendent following the unexpected and abrupt announcement of his resignation.The Clarkstown Board of Education in Rockland County announced that as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, Schools Superintendent Martin Cox would be stepping down in an agreement that was approved the day before.“I wish our students the very best ...

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