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Zak Failla

Urgent News Reporter zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Zak! worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. A graduate of Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication, he is a self-proclaimed cat and juggling enthusiast. 

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  1. Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD In NY Signed Into Law

    Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD In NY Signed Into Law

    Soldiers returning from service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were given a special Veteran’s Day gift by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo signed several pieces of legislation over the weekend to support New York veterans by improving healthcare services, including a bill that adds PTSD as a qualifying condition in New York’s medical marijuana program.Cuomo said nearly ...

  2. Beer Here: Bull & Barrel Expanding Its Offerings Well Outside Brewster

    Beer Here: Bull & Barrel Expanding Its Offerings Well Outside Brewster

    Beer connoisseurs throughout the country will soon be able to get a taste of the Hudson Valley as Putnam County’s first and only brewery begins canning some of its popular products.Beginning this week, the co-owners of Bull & Barrel Brewery in Brewster took their first step toward mass production as they began the process of canning their beer for distribution, starting with their ...

  3. Seen Her? Sheriff Searches For Wanted Poughkeepsie Woman

    Seen Her? Sheriff Searches For Wanted Poughkeepsie Woman

    Have you seen her?The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance as they continue their search for a 21-year-old woman who failed to appear in court to answer a DWI charge.The Sheriff’s Office issued an alert regarding Caitlyn Hagan, who is wanted on a charge of first-degree driving while intoxicated earlier this year. Police said that it is believed Hagan may ...

  4. Petition Launched For Hudson Valley Father Facing Deportation To Guatemala

    Petition Launched For Hudson Valley Father Facing Deportation To Guatemala

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An online petition supporting a Port Chester father who is facing deportation has garnered nearly 250 signatures as his family attempts to keep him stateside.The Hudson Valley Community Coalition is circulating the petition on behalf of Aroldo Soto-Contreras, who was detained last month during a routine check with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is now ...

  5. Slip-Slide Track Conditions Causes 30-Minute Metro-North Delays

    Slip-Slide Track Conditions Causes 30-Minute Metro-North Delays

    This story has been updated.Metro-North Railroad commuters saw delays on Monday morning due to slip-slide conditions on the tracks due to inclement weather.Service into and out of Grand Central Terminal was delayed on all lines by as many as 30 minutes due to the track condition in the vicinity of the Harlem-125th Street stop.The Hudson, Harlem, New Haven, Danbury and New Canaan Branch ...

  6. Seen Him? Alert Issued For Wanted Area Man

    Seen Him? Alert Issued For Wanted Area Man

    Have you seen him?Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for a wanted man who failed to answer charges of reckless driving.An alert has been issued by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office for 31-year-old Cody Deangelis, who the Sheriff’s Office says may be in the area of Poughkeepsie.The Sheriff warns that if Deangelis is spotted, he should not be approached and one ...

  7. Ball Signed By Babe Ruth Being Auctioned Online For Boy Scouts

    Ball Signed By Babe Ruth Being Auctioned Online For Boy Scouts

    A baseball signed by New York Yankee legend Babe Ruth to Larchmont Boy Scouts is being auctioned off online by Steiner Auctions 70 years after his passing.The baseball, which is inscribed to “Troop 6 Larchmont Boy Scouts from Babe Ruth,” is on the auction block, with a “generous portion” of the final sales price to be donated to the Boy Scouts by consignor Jack Coughlin.The “Fall ...

  8. Petition To Drop Official 'Cuomo' Name From New TZB Picking Up Steam

    Petition To Drop Official 'Cuomo' Name From New TZB Picking Up Steam

    While you would be hard-pressed to find many who refer to the new Tappan Zee Bridge by its official name -- the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge -- there's now a petition circulating to ditch the Cuomo designation altogether.Hudson Valley voices are among thousands of New Yorkers being heard as they protest the official naming of the new bridge, instead urging that it return to its original name, ...

  9. Expect Delays: Route 9 Lane Closures Scheduled

    Expect Delays: Route 9 Lane Closures Scheduled

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Transportation has issued an alert regarding a bus lane closure on Route 9 in Tarrytown.Motorists are to be advised that the bus lane on Route 9, between Prospect Avenue and White Plains Road in Tarrytown, will be closed beginning at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 18 while contracting crews complete ...

  10. Cuomo Chief Of Staff, Ex-Chris Christie Aide, Resigns Shortly After Hiring

    Cuomo Chief Of Staff, Ex-Chris Christie Aide, Resigns Shortly After Hiring

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly losing his chief of staff just months after she entered his administration.Cuomo’s Chief of Staff Maria Comella is taking a position in the private sector, according to a Politico report, less than seven months after she signed on to head Cuomo’s administration.Comella made a name for herself nationally while working for Republican politicians ...

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