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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. Senate OKs Bill To Add 'TZB' To Official Bridge Name, But Assembly Adjourns

    Senate OKs Bill To Add 'TZB' To Official Bridge Name, But Assembly Adjourns

    The debate over naming rights at the new Tappan Zee Bridge continues to rage, as officials remain split on the matter.The New York State Senate voted by a count of 40 to 20 in favor of a compromised bill to add the Tappan Zee Designation to the seldom-used official name of Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, but the Democratic-controlled State Assembly ended its annual legislative session ...

  2. Drunk, Nearly Naked Man Caught Trying To Run Onto Area Roadway, Police Say

    Drunk, Nearly Naked Man Caught Trying To Run Onto Area Roadway, Police Say

    A strange scene unfolded in Putnam County when a “highly intoxicated” man began undressing himself before attempting to run into a roadway to avoid troopers attempting to arrest him, state police said.Troopers were dispatched to Tanglewylde Road in Putnam Valley shortly after 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, where there was a report of “an unknown disturbance.”Upon arrival at the scene, ...

  3. National Attention: Bronxville HS Sophomores Win Finals Of 2018 History Day

    National Attention: Bronxville HS Sophomores Win Finals Of 2018 History Day

    Hard work paid off for a group of Bronxville High School students who brought history to the present, earning top honors at a national historical competition against some of the top teenage minds in the country.Bronxville High School sophomores Charlotte Dotson, Sabrina Mellinghoff, Emily Perry, Sofia Riccarini and Grace Sperber won the gold medal in the group exhibit at the national ...

  4. Three Charged In 27-Count Indictment For Fatal Westchester Shooting

    Three Charged In 27-Count Indictment For Fatal Westchester Shooting

    Three men are facing a series of charges for their roles in the fatal shooting of a Westchester County man earlier this year.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced a 27-count indictment against three men who have been connected to the fatal shooting of Mount Vernon resident Donovan Brown, who was fatally shot on Macquestern Parkway in the city on March ...

  5. 71 Tickets Issued In New Westchester Police Traffic Enforcement Detail

    71 Tickets Issued In New Westchester Police Traffic Enforcement Detail

    New York State Police troopers teamed up with officers from the Yonkers Police Department over the weekend to conduct special enforcement details on area parkways and a major roadway.The law enforcement agencies conducted traffic enforcement details on Central Park Avenue, Sprain Brook Parkway and Cross County Parkway on Saturday “in an effort to combat speeding, aggressive or reckless ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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, ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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, ...

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