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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. NY Moving Forward With Lawsuit After Trump's About-Face On Child Separation

    NY Moving Forward With Lawsuit After Trump's About-Face On Child Separation

    Although President Donald Trump has reversed course from his administration’s policy of separating migrant families crossing the United States border from their parents, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is moving forward with a lawsuit against the administration.Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that ends the administration’s policy, and in effect, abandoning the president’s ...

  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. Man Caught With 3 Pounds Of Pot In Hudson Valley Stop

    Man Caught With 3 Pounds Of Pot In Hudson Valley Stop

    New York State Police troopers in Orange County busted a man with more than three pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on I-87 in Newburgh.Troopers stopped a vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, when the driver committed a vehicle and traffic law violation. During the subsequent stop, police said that the troopers established probable cause to search the vehicle and ...

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

    Ex-Chief Admits Stealing $312K From Fire Department In Northern 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. DA Joins FBI Probe Of Hudson Valley Company, Major Cuomo Donor

    DA Joins FBI Probe Of Hudson Valley Company, Major Cuomo Donor

    The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has joined the FBI probe into a Hudson Valley healthcare company that received more than $25 million in grants after donating the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign.Orange County-based Crystal Run Healthcare, which received $25.4 million in taxpayer money after doctors and administrators gave more than $400,000 in funds to the campaign in ...

  7. Westchester Man With Beer In Backseat Busted For DWI, Police Say

    Westchester Man With Beer In Backseat Busted For DWI, Police Say

    A Westchester man is facing a pair of charges after being busted driving with empty beers in his back seat and a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit over the weekend.A Scarsdale Police Department sergeant conducting DWI patrol shortly after midnight on Friday, June 15, stopped Elmsford resident Jose Jesus Mojica, 42, on Fenimore Road, near the intersection of Walworth ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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