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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. Former Longtime White Plains Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio Dies At 95

    Former Longtime White Plains Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio Dies At 95

    White Plains' longest-serving mayor, Alfred Del Vecchio, has died.Del Vecchio died early on Wednesday, Dec. 5.Del Vecchio, who served four terms in office from 1976 to 1993, “guided the city through the process of urban renewal, which changed the face of the central business district,” current White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach said.As mayor, he oversaw the modernization of land use ...

  2. Man Sentenced For Hit-Run That Killed Tow-Truck Driver In Westchester

    Man Sentenced For Hit-Run That Killed Tow-Truck Driver In Westchester

    The box truck driver responsible for the fatal hit-and-run crash on I-95 that took the life of tow-truck driver Salvatore Brescia has been sentenced in Westchester County Court.Ozone Park resident Anthony Mangano, 53, has been sentenced to the 12 months he has already spent in the Westchester County Jail after pleading guilty to a felony count of leaving the scene of a personal ...

  3. Firefighter Injured, Eight Families Displaced In Blaze At Westchester Apartment Building

    Firefighter Injured, Eight Families Displaced In Blaze At Westchester Apartment Building

    All hands were on deck on Tuesday as crews dealt with three fires that broke out in area homes, leaving a firefighter with a minor injury and several families displaced in the most recent blaze, which occurred in the evening.After battling blazes in Yonkers on Park Avenue - where a woman died in a basement fire - and Brookdale Avenue, crews were called to a Warburton Avenue apartment at ...

  4. Four Northern Westchester Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    Four Northern Westchester Residents Charged With DWI In State Police Stops

    New York State Police troopers busted more than a dozen motorists who were allegedly driving while impaired over the weekend in the Hudson Valley.The local residents charged were:Westchester CountyOn Saturday, Dec. 1, State Police from Hawthorne arrested John D. Fuller, 59, of Cortlandt, for DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. He was traveling ...

  5. Prices At The Pump Plummeting Toward New Year Low, AAA Says

    Prices At The Pump Plummeting Toward New Year Low, AAA Says

    As the calendar year crawls toward completion, motorists may see the lowest prices for gas at the pump this year, according to AAA.After reaching a five-year peak in October, gas prices are the lowest they’ve been this year, and they continue to plummet as the holiday season approaches. Nationally, the average price per gallon is $2.51, seven cents less than a week ago and 30 cents ...

  6. ID Released For Woman Who Died In Westchester Basement Apartment Fire

    ID Released For Woman Who Died In Westchester Basement Apartment Fire

    Police have released the name of the woman who died when a basement apartment broke out on Tuesday morning.First responders were dispatched to a Park Avenue residence at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when a neighbor saw smoke coming from a basement apartment and called the fire department.Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Flynn said that one resident in the building was able to ...

  7. Ex-Area Teacher Admits To Child Porn Charge

    Ex-Area Teacher Admits To Child Porn Charge

    A former elementary school teacher in the area who resigned amid child pornography charges has admitted to the crime.Steven Schwartz, 54, was indicted in May on seven counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child Dutchess County. This week, Schwartz pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child and is expected to be sentenced to 10 years probation ...

  8. Ex-Westchester Resident Sentenced For 2008 Cold Case Murder

    Ex-Westchester Resident Sentenced For 2008 Cold Case Murder

    A former Westchester resident may spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of fatally shooting a man in a taxicab more than a decade ago and attempting to flee the state to avoid arrest.Damon Scott has been sentenced to a term of 20 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a Yonkers man in 2008 following a cold ...

  9. Westchester Man Busted For DWI With BAC Double Legal Limit, Police Say

    Westchester Man Busted For DWI With BAC Double Legal Limit, Police Say

    A Westchester man was busted driving with a blood alcohol content double the legal limit during an early morning traffic stop in Scarsdale, police said.An officer from the Scarsdale Police Department on patrol at approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 spotted a Nissan Sentra swerving on Post Road, repeatedly hitting the curb, prompting a traffic stop.During the traffic stop near the ...

  10. Westchester City May Become State's First To Charge For Paper, Plastic Bags

    Westchester City May Become State's First To Charge For Paper, Plastic Bags

    Retailers may be going greener in an effort to eliminate the option of single-use carryout bags at stores in Yonkers.Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and members of the Yonkers Green City Advisory Committee announced their plan to submit legislation to the City Council regarding the use of single-use paper and plastic bags in the city.Under the proposed Environmental Protection and Pollution ...

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