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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. Hurricane Evacuation Phone Survey Makes It's Way To Westchester

    Hurricane Evacuation Phone Survey Makes It's Way To Westchester

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester County municipalities are teaming with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration as they attempt to better prepare for a potential hurricane evacuation in the future.Beginning this week, officials will be conducting a phone survey throughout Westchester regarding hurricane ...

  2. Elmwood Country Club In Greenburgh Sold For $13 Million

    Elmwood Country Club In Greenburgh Sold For $13 Million

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Approximately two months after more than 75 employees were laid off at the Elmwood Country Club in Greenburgh, it’s been officially sold for $13 million to a New Jersey developer.According to a deed filed with the Westchester County Clerk’s office, Florham Park-based Ridgewood Real Estate Partners have closed a deal to purchase the club. The firm also ...

  3. 'Slide The City' Canceled In Mount Vernon

    'Slide The City' Canceled In Mount Vernon

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Those planning to cool down and beat the heat by “sliding the city” this weekend are out of luck as the event in Mount Vernon has been canceled.Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas announced on Wednesday that “due to a combination of factors outside our control,” city officials have been forced to indefinitely postpone the “Slide the City” event, which drew a sizable ...

  4. Judge OK's Rehab Visits During Ex-Mount Vernon Resident DMX's House Arrest

    Judge OK's Rehab Visits During Ex-Mount Vernon Resident DMX's House Arrest

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A judge has reportedly lifted Earl Simmons’ - more commonly known as DMX - house arrest in his Westchester home so he can go to a rehab facility.According to a Page Six report, a judge lifted DMX’s home confinement on Tuesday after he was accused of cheating the government out of $1.7 million in a tax evasion case.The order was reportedly issued by a Manhattan ...

  5. 'Prolific' Check Forger From Westchester Sentenced To Prison Time

    'Prolific' Check Forger From Westchester Sentenced To Prison Time

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An Ossining man has been sentenced to prison time following a two-year investigation by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino announced on Wednesday that 25-year-old Devante Rainey has been sentenced to a term of between two and six six years in state prison after pleading guilty earlier this ...

  6. Teacher Sues Westchester School District Following Attack

    Teacher Sues Westchester School District Following Attack

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An Irvington Middle School teacher is suing the school district for the “personal and psychological injuries” she suffered during an attack from a student, according to a lawsuit that’s been filed at State Supreme Court in White Plains.Clarice Martin, a special education teacher, alleges that she suffered “grievous and permanent injuries,” following an ...

  7. Woman Busted In Westchester With Adderall, Dozens Of Prescription Pills

    Woman Busted In Westchester With Adderall, Dozens Of Prescription Pills

    SCARSDALE, N.Y. - A 36-year-old woman was busted by police with dozens of illegal prescription pills and other drugs at the Scarsdale Public Library over the weekend.While on larceny patrol at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, officers spotted a vehicle in the far end of the parking lot of the library, which was occupied by Elma, New York resident Laura Ogden.When police ...

  8. Police In Scarsdale Investigating Car Break-In, Wallet Theft At Tennis Club

    Police In Scarsdale Investigating Car Break-In, Wallet Theft At Tennis Club

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A man from Croton-on-Hudson had his car broken into and his wallet stolen in Scarsdale after a suspect broke his car window at a local tennis club, Scarsdale Police said.Members of the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to the County Tennis Club of Westchester on Sunday afternoon, where there was a reported larceny of a vehicle after an unknown ...

  9. Feeling Lucky, Mount Vernon? Powerball Jackpot Soars To $700 Million

    Feeling Lucky, Mount Vernon? Powerball Jackpot Soars To $700 Million

    Feel like trying your luck?Hudson Valley residents are lining up to purchase tickets for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, as the jackpot has swelled to $700 million.The numbers for a Saturday's drawing, which had a jackpot exceeding half a billion dollars were 17-19-39-43-68, with a Powerball number of 13, though no winning tickets were sold.Tickets are now being sold for ...

  10. Common Core Scores Rise In English, Math Says State Education Department

    Common Core Scores Rise In English, Math Says State Education Department

    Students throughout New York State showed more proficiency on Common Core tests, with scores for students in grades three through eight rising more than 1 percent in both English Language Arts and math in  2017 from 2016.The State Education Department released the results of this year’s tests, with proficiency rising in the ELA from 37.9 percent to 39.8 percent (an increase of 1.9 ...

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