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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. Thornwood Man Facing Charges For Running Rent Scam On Immigrants

    Thornwood Man Facing Charges For Running Rent Scam On Immigrants

    A 43-year-old man is facing a series of felony charges for allegedly engaging in a rent scam targeting the immigrant community in Northern Westchester.Jeffrey Pena of Thornwood surrendered himself into police custody on Thursday, and has been arraigned on eight felony counts in a scheme to defraud immigrants in the area.Pena allegedly posted hand-written flyers in local businesses and ...

  2. Erratic Driver, Vandalized Car, Top Mount Kisco Police Blotter

    Erratic Driver, Vandalized Car, Top Mount Kisco Police Blotter

    A Mount Kisco man was arrested this week after allegedly speeding, driving erratically and nearly striking a mother and daughter.Zackary Frey, 27, was charged with reckless driving and speeding on Wednesday morning after a woman reported that she and her daughter were walking in a Stewart Place parking lot when he nearly hit them.Frey was released on his own recognizance after being ...

  3. Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

    Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

    There may have been an environmental impact to beaches in Cortlandt after more than 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage were dumped into the Croton River on Wednesday in Ossining.Officials in Croton-on-Hudson sent an email to local residents on Thursday afternoon, alerting that an estimated 57,000 gallons of sewage into the river. The spill was first reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. ...

  4. Chemical In Some Breakfast Cereals Could Cause Cancer

    Chemical In Some Breakfast Cereals Could Cause Cancer

    Select oat cereals, granola and other food products may contain a pesticide that could cause cancer, according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group.Glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer by scientists in California and the World Health Organization was found in 43 of 45 samples of oat products in an independent test commissioned by the organization.According to the ...

  5. New State Law Bans Children From Using Indoor Tanning Facilities Effective Immediately

    New State Law Bans Children From Using Indoor Tanning Facilities Effective Immediately

    Teenagers looking to get tan in New York are going to have to do it the old-fashioned way and lay out in the sun.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that he has signed legislation that will prohibit children under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning facilities, effective immediately."It is indisputable that tanning devices and UV exposure place users at the highest ...

  6. Westchester Emergency Medical Workers Featured On New TV Series By 'Law & Order' Creator

    Westchester Emergency Medical Workers Featured On New TV Series By 'Law & Order' Creator

    Paramedics in Westchester will take center stage when A&E Network premieres “Nightwatch Nation” on Thursday night.Producer Dick Wolf of "Law & Order" fame, has created his latest show, an expansion of the “Nightwatch” program, which will follow EMTs in four cities - including Yonkers - as they “risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day, ...

  7. Mechanical Failure Causes Thousands Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage To Flow Into Croton River

    Mechanical Failure Causes Thousands Of Gallons Of Raw Sewage To Flow Into Croton River

    A mechanical failure at a Westchester pump station led to thousands of gallons of untreated sewage to get dumped into the Croton River.The Ossining Sanitation and Recycling Department issued a notification on Wednesday, when an estimated 300 gallons of waste was dumped into the river per minute. The discharge was reported at 12:45 p.m. and was ongoing as of 2:30 p.m. in the ...

  8. Swerving, Speeding Motorist Busted For DWI In Westchester, Police Say

    Swerving, Speeding Motorist Busted For DWI In Westchester, Police Say

    A Westchester County motorist was busted with a blood alcohol content nearly double the legal limit after being spotting speeding and repeatedly swerving over pavement markings in Scarsdale during an early morning drive.An officer conducting traffic enforcement at approximately 4 a.m. on Friday morning on Weaver Street stopped New Rochelle resident Emannuel Gonzalez, 25, after he was ...

  9. Stolen Audi Found In Northern Westchester

    Stolen Audi Found In Northern Westchester

    An Audi that was stolen from a Mount Vernon service center was recovered on the side of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Northern Westchester this week.The car was stolen from the Classic Audi service center on North MacQuesten Parkway, after its owner dropped off the vehicle on Saturday following an airbag recall that was announced earlier this year.Police said that the car was found on ...

  10. $5.1M, 5-Mile Route 22 Resurfacing Project Starts

    $5.1M, 5-Mile Route 22 Resurfacing Project Starts

    A multi-million dollar resurfacing project is underway on two of Westchester's busiest roadways.The New York State Department of Transportation announced that a $5.1 million repaving project is underway that will see the paving of five miles of Route 22 in Scarsdale and Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers.Officials said that "these high traffic locations are fundamental to the mobility and ...

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