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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. Ex-Cuomo Aide From Area Will Get State Pension After Conviction

    Ex-Cuomo Aide From Area Will Get State Pension After Conviction

    Despite being convicted of felony corruption charges, Westchester resident Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is eligible to collect thousands of dollars annually in pension, according to a syracuse.com report.Percoco, a South Salem resident, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of solicitation of ...

  2. Highest Gas Prices In Years Expected For Area Motorists

    Highest Gas Prices In Years Expected For Area Motorists

    Local residents may want to start filling up now, as the region is expected to see some of the highest gas prices in years at the pump this summer, according to reports.As of this week, national gas prices reached an average of $2.66, just one cent lower than the high of $2.67 from last year, and prices are only expected to rise, according to the latest report from AAA. The price is up ...

  3. Man At Large After Strangling Victim In Hudson Valley Domestic Incident

    Man At Large After Strangling Victim In Hudson Valley Domestic Incident

    State Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for a wanted man accused of strangling his victim before fleeing through a window to evade arrest in Northern Westchester.An alert was reissued on Wednesday, April 11 for Davon Olin, who is wanted by state police and Town of Somers Court for an incident last year at a Somers residence, when he allegedly strangled his ...

  4. Police Issue 43 Tickets In Latest Area Distracted Driving Detail

    Police Issue 43 Tickets In Latest Area Distracted Driving Detail

    With police cracking down on distracted driving through the end of the weekend, New York State Police troopers dished out more than 40 tickets on Friday in the latest detail in the area.As part of April’s designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, state police announced an "Operation Hang Up" crackdown on distracted driving, which began on Thursday, April 12 ...

  5. Pedestrian Deaths On Rise, State Health Department Says

    Pedestrian Deaths On Rise, State Health Department Says

    It’s one of the first things we learn as a child: look both ways before you cross the street.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning this week as pedestrian killed in traffic crashes has reached an all-time high, with an average of one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours, according to officials.In a study released this week, the CDC noted that as ...

  6. E-Sport Arena Abruptly Pulls Out Of Lease At Mall In Hudson Valley

    E-Sport Arena Abruptly Pulls Out Of Lease At Mall In Hudson Valley

    Gamers looking forward to eSports in White Plains are out of luck, as the city reportedly terminated its lease with Battle Ground Zero, ending any hope of it opening in the Galleria Mall this weekend.The British-based company had grand plans to open a 3,000-square-foot eSport arena at the mall downtown, but officials have reached an agreement to part ways, citing it does not comply with ...

  7. Developer Will Pay $175K To Settle Fair Housing Lawsuit In Hudson Valley

    Developer Will Pay $175K To Settle Fair Housing Lawsuit In Hudson Valley

    A prominent Westchester developer has reached a $175,000 settlement with federal officials for violating the Fair Housing Act by failing to make a pair of Rockland County developments not properly accessible to people with disabilities.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced on Friday that Valhalla-based Ginsburg Development Companies ...

  8. State-Wide Distracted Driving Crackdown Now Underway

    State-Wide Distracted Driving Crackdown Now Underway

    New York State Police have a message for drivers: if you use electronics while you’re behind the wheel of a car, you’re going to pay.As part of April’s designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, state police announced a crackdown on distracted driving, while began on Thursday, April 12, lasting through Monday, April 16.According to police, troopers in marked and ...

  9. Police: Man Posing As Repairman May Have Been 'Casing' Area Home

    Police: Man Posing As Repairman May Have Been 'Casing' Area Home

    Police are warning residents to be wary of potential scammers after a man allegedly posed as a washing machine repairman in Northern Westchester.The North Castle Police Department received a report shortly after 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 from a resident of Nichols Road in Armonk who stated that earlier in the day, the man said he needed access to the home to check the family’s ...

  10. Week-Long Lane Closures Start On I-87 During Roadwork Near New TZB

    Week-Long Lane Closures Start On I-87 During Roadwork Near New TZB

    A new round of lane closures near the new Tappan Zee Bridge will last for a week.Tappan Zee Constructors (TZC) announced this week that they are scheduled to install new precast concrete slabs near the bridge’s Westchester County landing, which will “create a new base roadway for the twin-span crossing’s connection to the Thruway when the second span opens later this year and require ...

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