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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. Fifth-Graders 'Amazed' By Westchester County Police Hazmat Robot

    Fifth-Graders 'Amazed' By Westchester County Police Hazmat Robot

    Westchester County Police “wowed” fifth-graders in Irvington, showcasing some of the technology used to battle crime in the region.Aa a culmination to their “Project Lead the Way” program, fifth-grade students at the Main Street School welcomed Westchester County Police Det. Thomas Barker, who brought the department’s 500-pound Hazardous Devices Unit robot to the school this month to ...

  2. Grin And Bear It: Orphaned Cub Rescued In Hudson Valley

    Grin And Bear It: Orphaned Cub Rescued In Hudson Valley

    Sometimes, it takes a village.Police in the area helped track down a female bear cub who had gotten separated from her mother over the weekend. On Friday, June 15, members of the Warwick Police Department issued an assist to the New York State Environmental Police in tracking and taking an orphaned bear cub into custody.Following the joint effort, officers were able to corral the cub, ...

  3. New Rochelle Voters Approve $270M Schools Budget On Second Shot

    New Rochelle Voters Approve $270M Schools Budget On Second Shot

    Sometimes, the second time’s the charm.After rejecting a $272.8 million schools budget, voters came back on Tuesday to approve a revised $270,381,160 spending plan that will have a limited impact for taxpayers by a vote of 1,757 to 1,004.The cap on the increase in the tax levy – the amount of money to be raised by property taxes – was 2.231 percent. The budget kept the increase to that ...

  4. Ex-Chief Admits Stealing $312K From Fire Department In Westchester

    Ex-Chief Admits Stealing $312K From Fire Department In Westchester

    A former fire department chief and police officer is facing up to 25 years behind bars after allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from the department in Northern Westchester.Gerald Munson, who most recently served as the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department Treasurer, has been arraigned on several charges related to the theft of $312,925 from the department on Wednesday morning in ...

  5. Some Migrant Kids Separated From Parents In Westchester, Cuomo Says

    Some Migrant Kids Separated From Parents In Westchester, Cuomo Says

    Some migrant children who were separated from their parents at the border of the United States and Mexico are being housed in shelters in Westchester County, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.“We have about 10 facilities in this state. We haven’t spoken with all of them. We know there are over 70 children, just by the ones that we have talked about but they are in Dobbs Ferry, ...

  6. Hudson Valley Real Estate Consultant Admits To Federal Voter Fraud

    Hudson Valley Real Estate Consultant Admits To Federal Voter Fraud

    A Hudson Valley man is facing time behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiring to corrupt the electoral process in connection to a New York election.Orange County resident Volvy “Zev” Smilowitz, 29, has pleaded guilty to “the biggest federal voter fraud cause in the modern era,” according to Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who ...

  7. Man Makes Threats, Menaces Victims At DMV In Hudson Valley, Police Say

    Man Makes Threats, Menaces Victims At DMV In Hudson Valley, Police Say

    Nobody enjoys a trip to the DMV, but a 28-year-old area man took things to a whole new level.New York State Police troopers were dispatched to the Department of Motor Vehicles on Marshall Road in Wappingers Falls at approximately 9:10 a.m. on Monday, June 18, where there was a report of a man with a gun making threats in the building.Police said that the investigation into the incident ...

  8. Man Nabbed For Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Local Vendor

    Man Nabbed For Stealing $1K In Merchandise From Local Vendor

    New York State Police troopers busted a man who allegedly stole more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Dutchess County vendor.An investigation into the stolen merchandise that was launched last year led to the arrest of Ellenville resident John Keelyn, 38, who allegedly stole from a vendor in Wappinger without paying for it.Keelyn was arrested this week and charged with a felony count ...

  9. Motorist Busted Driving With 10 License Suspensions In Westchester

    Motorist Busted Driving With 10 License Suspensions In Westchester

    An early morning traffic stop in Scarsdale led to new charges for a motorist driving with nearly a dozen suspensions on his driver’s license throughout Westchester.While conducting traffic enforcement on Post Road, near the intersection of Huntington Avenue, an officer spotted a red Honda CRV going 52 mph in the posted 30 mph zone.During the subsequent traffic stop near the intersection ...

  10. Brush Fire Breaks Out At Kensico Reservoir Peninsula

    Brush Fire Breaks Out At Kensico Reservoir Peninsula

    A brush fire broke out at the Kensico Reservoir peninsula on Monday afternoon, prompting a heavy response from first responders as temperatures topped 90 degrees in the Hudson Valley.First responders were dispatched to the area shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Monday afternoon, just off of Route 120 in Armonk. Local residents reported seeing police cars, fire trucks and helicopters in the ...

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