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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. Latimer Unveils Westchester Airport Plan

    Latimer Unveils Westchester Airport Plan

    Westchester County Executive George Latimer has laid out a four-pronged plan for the future of the Westchester County Airport.Latimer said that his administration “seeks to plan for its future intelligently, with the full input of all stakeholders, as the best way to reduce unnecessary controversy and to move forward effectively. To this end, we have created a framework that will be the ...

  2. Registered Sex Offender From Bestiality Case Makes Move To Westchester

    Registered Sex Offender From Bestiality Case Makes Move To Westchester

    A former Rye building superintendent who pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual acts with a dog and was forced to register as a sex offender, has reported a move in Westchester County.Kujtim Nicaj, 49, who pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony, a class C violent felony, and one count of sexual misconduct, a class A misdemeanor has reported a ...

  3. Westchester Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Roommate With Canes

    Westchester Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Roommate With Canes

     A 54-year-old Westchester County man is facing life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his roommate with canes.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Thursday that Mount Vernon resident Clifford Ali has been found guilty of second-degree murder for his role in the death of Martin Lisnak, 74, who was found dead in the city in November ...

  4. Mayor In Westchester Denies Stealing Thousands In Campaign Funds

    Mayor In Westchester Denies Stealing Thousands In Campaign Funds

    Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has denied the new charges against him that claim he allegedly stole thousands of dollars in campaign funds when running for office three years ago.A day after he was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing campaign funds and failing to disclose funds that he used for personal expenses., Thomas' attorney Randall Jackson issued a statement ...

  5. Pickup Truck Bursts Into Flames After Crash At I-684/Saw Mill Junction

    Pickup Truck Bursts Into Flames After Crash At I-684/Saw Mill Junction

    This story has been updated.Smoke was sent billowing through the air when a pickup truck became fully engulfed in flames at the merger of I-684 and the Saw Mill River Parkway on Thursday morning.First responders were dispatched at approximately 11 a.m. to I-684, at the Saw Mill River Parkway juncture near exit 43 in Katonah, where there was a multi-vehicle crash that left one car in ...

  6. Day 3: Many Northern Westchester Residents Still Without Power

    Day 3: Many Northern Westchester Residents Still Without Power

    Thousands of Northern Westchester and Putnam residents remain without power two days later. following Tuesday’s severe storm system that slammed the area, taking down trees and sending utility lines flying throughout the region and prompting an extensive recovery effort.Putnam, where a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was hit hardest, followed by parts of Northern ...

  7. Embattled Westchester Mayor Indicted By Grand Jury On Larceny Charges

    Embattled Westchester Mayor Indicted By Grand Jury On Larceny Charges

    Embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing campaign funds and failing to disclose funds that he used for personal expenses.Thomas was arraigned on felony corruption charges on March 12 that included grand larceny and filing a false instrument after being accused of stealing more than $10,000 from his campaign committee and lying ...

  8. Man Pleads Guilty Of Attempted Murder For Violent Westchester Crime Spree

    Man Pleads Guilty Of Attempted Murder For Violent Westchester Crime Spree

    A 22-year-old man already facing life in prison for his role in a 12-hour crime spree last year in Westchester has pleaded guilty to attempted murder following shooting incidents in Mount Vernon and Yonkers.Mount Vernon resident Allen Copeland has pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, both violent felonies, for his role into two incidents ...

  9. Power Back For About Half Of Westchester Customers In Dark

    Power Back For About Half Of Westchester Customers In Dark

    Thousands of Westchester and Putnam residents remain without power as of 3:30 p.m. following Tuesday’s storm that struck the area, taking down trees and sending utility lines flying throughout the region and prompting an extensive recovery effort.Putnam, where a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was hit hardest, followed by Northern Westchester.In Putnam, as of just ...

  10. Metro-North Service Now Back On Schedule After All Lines Suspended

    Metro-North Service Now Back On Schedule After All Lines Suspended

    Service has been fully restored on all Metro-North lines after crews worked diligently overnight to clear more than 100 trees from railways following Tuesday’s storm.Metro-North officials announced that service on the Hudson, New Haven and Harlem Line between Southeast and Grand Central Terminal is operating on schedule as of 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.Service between Southeast and ...

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