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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. 

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. New March For Our Lives Rally Scheduled For Old Putnam County Courthouse

    New March For Our Lives Rally Scheduled For Old Putnam County Courthouse

    Click here for a related story: Area High School Sophomore Takes Lead In National School Walkout DayPutnam County students are saying “enough” and have organized a rally calling on stricter gun control laws in America.A student coalition in Carmel has organized a movement geared “towards a safer America through gun reform control,” and will host a rally at the old Putnam County ...

  2. Car Bursts Into Flames After Overturning On Taconic Parkway

    Car Bursts Into Flames After Overturning On Taconic Parkway

    Click here for an updated story: Good Samaritans Pull Woman Trapped Inside Overturned Car On TaconicVolunteer firefighters in Yorktown helped rescue a motorist from a burning car overnight after it flipped on the Taconic State Parkway and burst into flames.Members of the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a stretch of the southbound lanes of the Taconic at ...

  3. Seven Charged With Narcotics Trafficking In Area

    Seven Charged With Narcotics Trafficking In Area

    Seven alleged drug traffickers are facing decades to life in prison after being indicted in White Plains federal court for their roles in pushing cocaine in Orange County.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging seven people with trafficking more than five kilograms of cocaine in ...

  4. Teen Makes 'Disturbing, Violent' Threat To Hudson Valley School, Police Say

    Teen Makes 'Disturbing, Violent' Threat To Hudson Valley School, Police Say

    A  teenager is facing criminal charges after allegedly making threats against his school and posting violent images on social media.Officers from the Yonkers Police Department were dispatched to the Hawthorne PEARLS School on April 16, to investigate a report of a student who made threats against the school.According to police, the investigation into the threats determined that a ...

  5. Teen Pleads Guilty To Killing Man In Westchester Apartment Building

    Teen Pleads Guilty To Killing Man In Westchester Apartment Building

    A 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to his role in the fatal shooting of a Westchester man in an apartment stairwell last summer.Trevon Major of Greenburgh has pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of criminal possession of a weapon, both violent felonies, following the death of Joseph Smith III in August last year, Westchester County District Attorney ...

  6. 35K Felons On Parole Now Can Vote Under Cuomo Executive Order

    35K Felons On Parole Now Can Vote Under Cuomo Executive Order

    Thousands of parolees now have the right to vote following an executive order signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo signed on Wednesday the executive order, which restores voting rights to an estimated 35,000 men and women on parole in the state. The reform restores the right to vote upon release from incarceration and “reverses disenfranchisement for thousands of New ...

  7. Pair Nabbed With Loaded Pistol, Cocaine In Putnam Stop

    Pair Nabbed With Loaded Pistol, Cocaine In Putnam Stop

    Two men are facing felony weapon and charges after being busted by state police with cocaine and an illegally possessed handgun during a routine traffic stop on I-684 in Putnam County.New York State Police troopers on patrol at approximately 9 p.m. on April 14 conducted a traffic stop of a 2006 GMC being driven by Waterbury resident Kurtis Leduc, 36, on I-684 in Southeast for a series ...

  8. Hudson Valley State Swimming Champ Heading To University Of Hawaii

    Hudson Valley State Swimming Champ Heading To University Of Hawaii

    One of Westchester’s finest amateur swimmers is taking his talents to the Aloha State.New Rochelle High School senior Michael Lawson, who became a two-time state champion this year, announced his intention to head to Hawaii following graduation, where he will take to the pool at the University of Hawaii.An all-American, Lawson has competed in the New York State High School Swimming ...

  9. Children Hospitalized After DWI Driver Crashes In Putnam

    Children Hospitalized After DWI Driver Crashes In Putnam

    A 38-year-old man is facing a series of charges after receiving his second DWI conviction in 10 years following a state police investigation into a crash on I-84 in Putnam County while he had two children in the back seat not wearing seatbelts.New York State Police troopers launched an investigation into a motor vehicle crash on I-84 at approximately 7 p.m. on April 14 in Kent.Troopers ...

  10. Weekslong Hutchinson River Parkway Lane Closures Start

    Weekslong Hutchinson River Parkway Lane Closures Start

    Motorists planning on traveling on the Hutchinson River Parkway can expect delays of up to 20 minutes for several weeks as contracting crews begin an extensive construction project in the area.The closures now underway are expected to last through Friday, May 10, leading to lengthy delays.The New York State Department of Transportation issued an alert to Westchester residents, warning ...

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