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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. Warning Issued For Aggressive Fox At Large In Hudson Valley

    Warning Issued For Aggressive Fox At Large In Hudson Valley

    An aggressive fox that may have rabies that was recently reported in the area has prompted a warning for residents to be wary of the animal.The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health said that on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the fox was seen in Rhinebeck on West Market Street near Starr Library. They noted the behavior may suggest the fox has rabies. It remains at large ...

  2. Latest Round Of Daytime I-684 Lane Closures Scheduled

    Latest Round Of Daytime I-684 Lane Closures Scheduled

    There will be single- and double-lane closures on I-684 in Westchester for two days next week as contracting crews perform maintenance activities in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation issued an alert to area residents warning that from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 in North Castle and Harrison, there will be lane closures on the ...

  3. Ex-Comptroller Sentenced In White Plains For Embezzling $2.5 Million

    Ex-Comptroller Sentenced In White Plains For Embezzling $2.5 Million

    The former comptroller of a pair of prominent Hudson Valley companies is going to spend some time behind bars after stealing millions of dollars from his employer to fund gambling and a lush lifestyle.Mark Cina, the former comptroller of two Poughkeepsie companies, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for mail fraud and tax evasion in White Plains Federal Court. He pleaded guilty to the ...

  4. New Arrest In Westchester Gang Bust Announced

    New Arrest In Westchester Gang Bust Announced

    The eighth and final gang member has been brought into custody as a nearly yearlong investigation into the 150 Clain, which operates in Westchester, is wrapping up.Earlier this month, seven members of the gang were taken off the streets of Yonkers following an eight-month investigation dubbed “Operation: 150 Clan,” which was run by the local police department and investigators from the ...

  5. Westchester Vape Shop Cited For Selling To Underage Youth

    Westchester Vape Shop Cited For Selling To Underage Youth

    A Northern Westchester vape shop was caught selling nicotine to a minor during an undercover operation conducted by county police.Xin Han Lin, 46, an employee at Smoking King in Mount Kisco was busted selling a mango flavored product to an undercover minor on Tuesday, police said. The operation was part of a series of ongoing compliance checks to ensure that businesses are adhering to ...

  6. Fire Risk Leads To Recall Of More Than 200K Nissan Cars, SUVs

    Fire Risk Leads To Recall Of More Than 200K Nissan Cars, SUVs

    Nissan is recalling more than 200,00 vehicles that could get a little too hot to handle.Nissan announced the recall of 215,000 vehicles that may have anti-lock brake problems that may prompt actuator pumps to leak brake fluid onto internal circuit boards, causing fires. The recall is similar to one in 2016.The recall comes after Nissan received a complaint in January about an ...

  7. Violence At Schools Keeps Him Up At Night, Westchester DA Says As New Commission Starts

    Violence At Schools Keeps Him Up At Night, Westchester DA Says As New Commission Starts

    Elected officials, educators, local leaders, students, law enforcement agents and mental health experts were on hand for the first meeting of the newly formed Westchester County School Safety Commission.Westchester County Anthony Scarpino, Jr., formed the Commission over the summer with the goal of “implementing the best practices in safety evaluation and procedures in schools of all ...

  8. Former Judge Hired By Archdiocese Of New York To Review Church Sex Abuse Policies

    Former Judge Hired By Archdiocese Of New York To Review Church Sex Abuse Policies

    A former federal judge has been appointed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to review its procedures and protocols for handling allegations of sexual abuse following a summer of scandals.Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced on Thursday that Barbara Jones will serve as the church’s Special Counsel and Independent Reviewer. She has been tasked with undertaking “an exhaustive study ...

  9. Videos Released Of Fights That Led To Assault Charges For Two Firefighters In Westchester

    Videos Released Of Fights That Led To Assault Charges For Two Firefighters In Westchester

    Videos have been released of fights which left several people injured this past summer and resulted in criminal charges for a pair of firefighters in Westchester.The first video was taken inside Rory Dolan’s Restaurant and Bar on McLean Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. on June 11. The video shows the firefighters - later identified as Lt. Christopher Mitchell and firefighter Bogdin ...

  10. Ex-Cuomo Aide From Westchester Sentenced For Taking $300K In Bribes

    Ex-Cuomo Aide From Westchester Sentenced For Taking $300K In Bribes

    A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who lives in Northern Westchester and was convicted of accepting $300,000 in bribes from an energy company and developer has been sentenced.Joseph Percoco, a South Salem resident, was sentenced to six years in prison in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.The 49-year-old Percoco has been ordered to surrender himself into ...

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