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Zak Failla

Content Producer zfailla@dailyvoice.com

Equal parts Lois Lane, J. Jonah Jameson and Vicki Vale, Zak! has traveled from coast-to-coast covering small and big town community news in both in print and online for nearly a decade since his graduation from the award-winning Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in 2010.

Before settling into the Hudson Valley, Zak! previously spent time in the New York Daily News newsroom and worked for hyperlocal digital news outlets on Long Island. He wrote sports for The Ithacan and The Ithaca Journal before taking his talents to the Pacific Northwest, where he served as the sports editor at the Shoshone News-Press until heading back east to work with Daily Voice.

Zak Failla's Contributions

  1. 8-Foot Snake Found Outside Long Island Home

    8-Foot Snake Found Outside Long Island Home

    A homeowner on Long Island received quite a scare when he mistook a massive snake for his garden hose. On Sunday, June 20, a Deer Park resident found the 8-foot snake slithering in her driveway, but not before she mistook it for a hose she thought she had forgotten to put away. Police said that the woman made the scary discovery outside her home at approximately 9 a.m. on Sunday morning ...

  2. Investigation Launched Into State Police Role In Death Of Girl In Hudson Valley

    Investigation Launched Into State Police Role In Death Of Girl In Hudson Valley

    An investigation is being launched following the death of an 11-year-old girl during an incident involving New York State Police her father is reportedly calling unnecessary. Tristan Goods, who lives in Queens and Long Island, was driving with his wife and two daughters in the Hudson Valley on I-87 in December last year when he was pulled over by New York State Police Trooper ...

  3. Lamont Signs Legislation Legalizing Cannabis In Connecticut

    Lamont Signs Legislation Legalizing Cannabis In Connecticut

    Gov. Ned Lamont made it official and signed a bill into law legalizing the adult use of cannabis in Connecticut.Lamont signed legislation on Tuesday, June 22 that will legalize and regulate the use of marijuana in Connecticut with a bill that “contains comprehensive reforms that address many areas, including equity, criminal justice, public health, and public safety.” “For decades, the ...

  4. Long Island Man Kicked, Spit On Cops, Leading To Hospitalizations Of Two Officers, Police Say

    Long Island Man Kicked, Spit On Cops, Leading To Hospitalizations Of Two Officers, Police Say

    A Long Island man became irate with police officers attempting to apprehend him, spitting on them, kicking them, and sending two to the hospital, officials said.Officers from the Nassau County Police Department were dispatched near the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Grant Avenue in Mineola at approximately 10:10 p.m. on Monday, June 21, where there was a report of a ...

  5. Alert Issued For Missing Western Mass Boy

    Alert Issued For Missing Western Mass Boy

    Police in Western Massachusetts are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teenager.The Pittsfield Police Department issued an alert as they look to track down 17-year-old Gabriel Ramos, who has been reported missing by friends and family.Ramos was described as being approximately 5-foot-8 with light-colored hair and blue eyes. When he was last seen, he was wearing a gray ...

  6. Western Mass Man Admits To Child Porn Charges

    Western Mass Man Admits To Child Porn Charges

    A Western Massachusetts man is facing potential jail time after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, the Department of Justice announced.Springfield resident Ross Lopata, age 33, pleaded guilty this week to four counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following his arrest last year.Lopata was indicted in June last year, and has ...

  7. Local Man Nabbed For Violating Sex Offender Registry Resists Arrest, Police Say

    Local Man Nabbed For Violating Sex Offender Registry Resists Arrest, Police Say

    A high-risk sexual offender in the Hudson Valley was arrested again for allegedly violating the Sex Offender Registry, officials said.The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Town of Ulster resident Christopher Johnson, age 29, who also allegedly resisted when troopers attempted to take him into custody.Johnson, a Level 3 sex offender, was the subject of an ...

  8. Troopers Nab Swerving Motorist With Guns, Crystal Meth, Cocaine In Massachusetts, Police Say

    Troopers Nab Swerving Motorist With Guns, Crystal Meth, Cocaine In Massachusetts, Police Say

    A swerving driver was arrested by Massachusetts State Police troopers after being busted with alleged crystal meth, cocaine, and illegal weapons, authorities said.Trooper Joao Barros was on patrol at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Friday, June 18 in Worcester County on Route 290 in Auburn near exit 11 when he spotted a Ford Ranger drifting between multiple lanes of traffic, prompting a ...

  9. Car Crashes Into Pole, Knocking Out Power In CT Community

    Car Crashes Into Pole, Knocking Out Power In CT Community

    Some Connecticut residents were left without power overnight when a car crashed through a utility pole that took down power lines.State Police said that a driver crashed into a pole on Torrington Road in the Town of Litchfield late on Sunday, June 20, leaving some Eversource customers without power temporarily.Eversource crews worked overnight to restore power to all residents in the ...

  10. Fireworks, Events Return To Jones Beach For July 4th

    Fireworks, Events Return To Jones Beach For July 4th

    Long Islanders will have the opportunity to celebrate the Fourth of July in style this year as fireworks and other events are back at Jones Beach after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks shows planned at Jones Beach for 9:30 p.m. on the holiday, as well as an event at Empire State ...

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