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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 a self-proclaimed cat and juggling enthusiast. 

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  1. Pelham Trustee Seat Remains Vacant Following Reim Child Porn Resignation

    Pelham Trustee Seat Remains Vacant Following Reim Child Porn Resignation

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A seat on the Pelham Board of Trustees remains vacant following the resignation of former Trustee Christopher Reim, who was arrested on alleged child pornography charges earlier this month.On May 5, Reim was arraigned in town court on felony charges of possessing and promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child. He resigned from his volunteer trustee ...

  2. Expect Delays: Saw Mill River Parkway Closure Scheduled

    Expect Delays: Saw Mill River Parkway Closure Scheduled

    Motorists traveling on the Saw Mill River Parkway this week may see delays as road closures are expected to begin on Wednesday as the county continues work on the Ashford Avenue Project.Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, May 31, and continuing through the following morning, closures are expected on the parkway between exit 16 (Lawrence Street) and exit 21 (Route 119).Starting at 10 ...

  3. Astorino Talks Counter-Terrorism At Westchester Police Academy Graduation

    Astorino Talks Counter-Terrorism At Westchester Police Academy Graduation

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Fresh on the heels of a terrorist incident in England, Westchester County Executive spoke about the importance of law enforcement and counter-terrorism training at the annual Westchester County Police Academy graduation.On Friday, 45 recruits graduated from the Westchester County Police Academy, and will now be deployed at 22 different law enforcement agencies ...

  4. Westchester Day Care Center Evacuated After Carbon Monoxide Scare

    Westchester Day Care Center Evacuated After Carbon Monoxide Scare

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A White Plains day care center was evacuated on Friday morning after a carbon monoxide scare.At approximately 10:30 a.m., there were elevated levels of carbon monoxide at the Lois Bronz Children Day Care Center on Manhattan Avenue, according to reports, prompting the evacuation.The Fairview Fire District in Greenburgh was notified of the incident and Con ...

  5. Mount Vernon Mayor Thomas Named In $10 Million Lawsuit From Half-Brother

    Mount Vernon Mayor Thomas Named In $10 Million Lawsuit From Half-Brother

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The hits keep coming for Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas, whose half-brother is reportedly suing the city for millions of dollars after being sentenced to probation on federal gun charges.Henry-George Thomas is claiming that city officials have refused to reinstate him as a firefighter and he is owed additional damages for “pain and suffering, mental anguish, ...

  6. Mayor Cites 'Insufficient Funds' After Mount Vernon City Employees Not Paid

    Mayor Cites 'Insufficient Funds' After Mount Vernon City Employees Not Paid

    MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Some men and women employed by the city of Mount Vernon have not gotten paid, and questions have been raised, according to Mayor Richard Thomas.In a notice sent to city employees on Friday, Thomas cited a payroll error that affected an "unknown number" of workers and said he is “working around the clock to get this resolved.” “I was just made aware some of ...

  7. Memorial Day Traffic Will Be Worst In More Than Decade, AAA Says

    Memorial Day Traffic Will Be Worst In More Than Decade, AAA Says

    The Memorial Day Weekend is expected to be the busiest in more than a decade for travelers in the Hudson Valley and around the nation.Considered the unofficial start of the summer, this year’s holiday weekend should see nearly 40 million Americans traveling more than 50 miles away from home to celebrate, according to AAA officials. The projected 39.3 million travelers would be a million ...

  8. Four Charged In Connection With Fatal Mount Vernon Shooting, Robberies

    Four Charged In Connection With Fatal Mount Vernon Shooting, Robberies

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A fourth suspect is facing an attempted murder charge after being apprehended following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a fatal shooting in southern Westchester.Allen Copeland Jr., 21, has been charged with attempted murder for his role in a series of recent incidents that spread from Manhattan, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and Yonkers.On Wednesday, ...

  9. ID Released For Man Struck, Killed By Train At Metro-North Station

    ID Released For Man Struck, Killed By Train At Metro-North Station

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The MTA Police have released the identity of the man who was fatally struck by a train near the Metro-North station in Hartsdale on Sunday in an apparent suicide.At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, an unauthorized man on the tracks was struck by a northbound train operating on the Harlem Line. Train service was temporarily delayed by as much as a ...

  10. Two Suspects Charged In Connection With Fatal Mount Vernon Shooting

    Two Suspects Charged In Connection With Fatal Mount Vernon Shooting

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A pair of men have been accused of fatally shooting a 24-year-old man in Mount Vernon earlier this week.Mount Vernon resident Eric Lee and New Rochelle resident Sincere Smith were arraigned in Mount Vernon City Court this week on a felony charge of second-degree murder.At approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, members of the Mount Vernon Police Department were ...

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