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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. Veteran Police Officer In Westchester Dies From 9/11 Related Illness

    Veteran Police Officer In Westchester Dies From 9/11 Related Illness

    A longtime police officer in Westchester County has died as a result of a 9/11 related illness.New Rochelle Deputy Police Commissioner Robert Gazzola announced that on Thursday, Aug. 16, Police Officer Kathleen O’Connor, a 20-year veteran of the force, died following a “long and courageous battle."O’Connor began her career in New Rochelle in January 1998 and was most recently ...

  2. To The Rescue: Police Officers Help Corral Loose Iguana In Westchester

    To The Rescue: Police Officers Help Corral Loose Iguana In Westchester

    Jurassic Park came to Westchester on Thursday afternoon.Police officers from the 3rd Precinct in Yonkers were flagged by a local resident on Thursday afternoon, when an iguana was spotted and was on the loose in the area.The officers were able to corral the “not-so-little” reptile, and snapped some photos. The iguana was unharmed during the rescue mission, and was ultimately taken in by ...

  3. Croton Fire Department Overhauls Finance Committee Amid Inconsistencies

    Croton Fire Department Overhauls Finance Committee Amid Inconsistencies

    Financial inconsistencies led to an overhaul within the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Council Audit Committee.Earlier this year, officials became aware of the improprieties, who then alerted the Village Manager, Mayor and Deputy Mayor, who “notified the proper authorities.” The inconsistencies led to a complete overhaul of the Council’s operations.“As you can imagine, what has ensued has been ...

  4. Man Rushed To Hospital After Shooting In Westchester

    Man Rushed To Hospital After Shooting In Westchester

    Police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting in Westchester that sent a man to the hospital.A man was shot on South 2nd Avenue in Mount Vernon on Friday morning and transported to the Jacobi Medical Center, officials confirmed. According to a News12 report, he was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting.The shooting remains under investigation. No other information ...

  5. Northern Westchester Man Facing Charges For Running Rent Scam On Immigrants

    Northern Westchester 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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, ...

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