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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. Cuomo Taps New Chief Of Staff

    Cuomo Taps New Chief Of Staff

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reportedly named a familiar face to serve as his new chief of staff following the resignation of Maria Comella from his administration.Linda Lacewell, who came back to Cuomo’s administration after leaving in 2016 is set to take over as the chief of staff and as a counselor, according to a New York State of Politics report.Comella made a name for herself ...

  2. Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD In NY Signed Into Law

    Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD In NY Signed Into Law

    Soldiers returning from service suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were given a special Veteran’s Day gift by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo signed several pieces of legislation over the weekend to support New York veterans by improving healthcare services, including a bill that adds PTSD as a qualifying condition in New York’s medical marijuana program.Cuomo said nearly ...

  3. Suspect Sought In Misaddressed Package Pick-Up At Westchester Business

    Suspect Sought In Misaddressed Package Pick-Up At Westchester Business

    Police are investigating an incident involving a suspicious, misaddressed package and a man who insisted it belonged to him,  sparking a strange scene at a Westchester business.A resident of Walworth Avenue in Scarsdale reported to police last week that he had received a package from Macy’s which was addressed to “Tyrone Johnson.” After realizing that it was not intended for him, he ...

  4. Beer Here: Bull & Barrel Expanding Its Offerings Well Outside Area

    Beer Here: Bull & Barrel Expanding Its Offerings Well Outside Area

    Beer connoisseurs throughout the country will soon be able to get a taste of the Hudson Valley as Putnam County’s first and only brewery begins canning some of its popular products.Beginning this week, the co-owners of Bull & Barrel Brewery in Brewster took their first step toward mass production as they began the process of canning their beer for distribution, starting with their ...

  5. Astorino Proposes $1.8 Billion Budget With No Increase In County's Tax Levy

    Astorino Proposes $1.8 Billion Budget With No Increase In County's Tax Levy

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has proposed a $1.8 billion budget that does not raise the county’s tax levy for the eighth straight year.The proposed spending plan “preserves essential services (and) maintains the safety net for the county’s neediest residents.” It holds expenses flat while increasing spending by less than 1 percent.The tax levy ...

  6. Petition Launched For Westchester Father Facing Deportation To Guatemala

    Petition Launched For Westchester Father Facing Deportation To Guatemala

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An online petition supporting a Port Chester father who is facing deportation has garnered nearly 250 signatures as his family attempts to keep him stateside.The Hudson Valley Community Coalition is circulating the petition on behalf of Aroldo Soto-Contreras, who was detained last month during a routine check with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is now ...

  7. Slip-Slide Track Conditions Causes 30-Minute Metro-North Delays

    Slip-Slide Track Conditions Causes 30-Minute Metro-North Delays

    This story has been updated.Metro-North Railroad commuters saw delays on Monday morning due to slip-slide conditions on the tracks due to inclement weather.Service into and out of Grand Central Terminal was delayed on all lines by as many as 30 minutes due to the track condition in the vicinity of the Harlem-125th Street stop.The Hudson, Harlem, New Haven, Danbury and New Canaan Branch ...

  8. Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Being Auctioned Online For Westchester Boy Scouts

    Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Being Auctioned Online For Westchester Boy Scouts

    A baseball signed by New York Yankee legend Babe Ruth to Larchmont Boy Scouts is being auctioned off online by Steiner Auctions 70 years after his passing.The baseball, which is inscribed to “Troop 6 Larchmont Boy Scouts from Babe Ruth,” is on the auction block, with a “generous portion” of the final sales price to be donated to the Boy Scouts by consignor Jack Coughlin.The “Fall ...

  9. Petition To Drop Official 'Cuomo' Name From New TZB Picking Up Steam

    Petition To Drop Official 'Cuomo' Name From New TZB Picking Up Steam

    While you would be hard-pressed to find many who refer to the new Tappan Zee Bridge by its official name -- the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge -- there's now a petition circulating to ditch the Cuomo designation altogether.Hudson Valley voices are among thousands of New Yorkers being heard as they protest the official naming of the new bridge, instead urging that it return to its original name, ...

  10. Expect Delays: Route 9 Lane Closures Scheduled

    Expect Delays: Route 9 Lane Closures Scheduled

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Transportation has issued an alert regarding a bus lane closure on Route 9 in Tarrytown.Motorists are to be advised that the bus lane on Route 9, between Prospect Avenue and White Plains Road in Tarrytown, will be closed beginning at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 18 while contracting crews complete ...

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