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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. Sudden Shutdown Forces Summer Program Relocations At Sprain Ridge Pool

    Sudden Shutdown Forces Summer Program Relocations At Sprain Ridge Pool

    With the Sprain Ridge Pool being closed indefinitely after it was found not to be structurally sound in Yonkers, officials in Westchester have begun rescheduling events and programs that were planned for the summer season before the sudden shutdown.Earlier this week, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that in an attempt to reopen the pool in Yonkers before July 4 last ...

  2. $17.5M Alumnus Gift Paves Way For 'Transformation' Of Iona Building School

    $17.5M Alumnus Gift Paves Way For 'Transformation' Of Iona Building School

    A near $20 million dollar gift from an alumnus will allow Iona College to move forward with a “planned transformation of its business school building.”Due to a $17.5 million gift - the largest in Iona history - from Robert V. LaPenta '67, the college has received the necessary approvals from the City of New Rochelle and is set to break ground on the transformed building next month.The ...

  3. Area Restaurant Has Liquor License Stripped After Viral Video

    Area Restaurant Has Liquor License Stripped After Viral Video

    The criminal investigation into a violent incident at a Poughkeepsie restaurant/bar involving a bouncer and patron that was caught on camera that went viral on social media may be over, but the consequences keep coming for Milo’s Cantina.A police investigation was launched earlier this month, when a video of a bouncer at Milo’s on Main Street went viral after it was captured on a ...

  4. Cortlandt Man Caught With 'Improvised Weapon' While In Prison

    Cortlandt Man Caught With 'Improvised Weapon' While In Prison

    An inmate from Northern Westchester at the Fishkill Correctional Facility is facing a new felony charge after being caught by corrections officers with an alleged illegal weapon.A law enforcement investigation into an incident that took place on Dec. 15 last year found that Cortlandt resident Alexander Welch-Vanzile, 22, allegedly was in possession of an improvised weapon made from a ...

  5. Dog Quarantined In Westchester After Biting Man Saving It From Car

    Dog Quarantined In Westchester After Biting Man Saving It From Car

    A dog has been put into a temporary quarantine after it got loose and bit a White Plains man on the hand while he was in Scarsdale.A man from White Plains reported to police shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, that he had been bitten by a small white dog that was running in the middle of Post Road near the Scarsdale Public Library.According to police, the man stated he was bitten ...

  6. Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Raping 10-Year-Old Girl Faces Deportation

    Hudson Valley Man Sentenced For Raping 10-Year-Old Girl Faces Deportation

    A Hudson Valley man will spend a decade behind bars and is facing deportation after pleading guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl.Highland Mills resident Juan Linares, 20, who had pleaded guilty earlier this year to one felony count of first-degree rape, was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for his role in sexually assaulting a minor who ...

  7. Man Charged In Westchester With Running $3M Mail Fraud Scheme

    Man Charged In Westchester With Running $3M Mail Fraud Scheme

    A man who allegedly ran a multi-million dollar mail fraud scheme targeting small businesses for the better part of a decade was busted and is facing prison time after being charged in White Plains Federal Court on Wednesday.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that California resident Mark Mushkin, 52, has been charged with one ...

  8. Man Caught With Counterfeit Money, Illegal Weapon In I-84 Stop

    Man Caught With Counterfeit Money, Illegal Weapon In I-84 Stop

    New York State Police troopers seized more than $5,000 in counterfeit cash, drugs and an illegal weapon during a traffic stop on I-84 in Putnam County.Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, troopers conducted a traffic stop of Bronx resident Anthony Smith’s 2018 Kia Optima when he committed a vehicle and traffic law violation on the interstate.During the stop, it was determined ...

  9. NRA Rallies Supporters To Fight Cuomo Proposal On Troubled Students

    NRA Rallies Supporters To Fight Cuomo Proposal On Troubled Students

    With elected officials pushing on New York State lawmakers to enact a Red Flag Gun Protection bill allowing educators to prevent potential school shootings by pursuing court intervention, the National Rifle Associate is pushing back.Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo began his push of an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” bill, which would permit teachers and school administrators to ...

  10. Two Hudson Valley Men Charged In National Crackdown On Online Child Porn

    Two Hudson Valley Men Charged In National Crackdown On Online Child Porn

    Two Hudson Valley men were among nearly 2,500 charged throughout the country as part of Operation “Broken Heart,” which targeted online child sex offenders.The Department of Justice announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces ...

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