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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. FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration's Hiring Practices, Report Says

    FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration's Hiring Practices, Report Says

    The FBI is investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s hiring practices according to a report published on Friday.The Times Union of Albany reported that the FBI is looking into the administration’s hiring of political appointees and then spreading their salaries across other state agencies to keep the Executive Chamber's budget balanced.The report says that in recent ...

  2. Putnam Assemblyman To File Bill To Remove 'Cuomo' Name From New TZB

    Putnam Assemblyman To File Bill To Remove 'Cuomo' Name From New TZB

    The war over the naming designation of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has now been joined by a  Hudson Valley representative in state government.Putnam County Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R-Mahopac) has announced his intention to file a bill that would revert the name of the bridge back to the Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo named it for his father, Mario M. ...

  3. Pair Of Poughkeepsie Convicts Plead Guilty in Killing

    Pair Of Poughkeepsie Convicts Plead Guilty in Killing

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Two Dutchess County men already convicted of various other offenses have pleaded guilty to their roles in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Shameik Floyd in Poughkeepsie.The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office announced this week that Poughkeepsie residents Kaheem Cummings, 24, and Trent Yant, 23, have pleaded guilty in the fatal June 2015 ...

  4. Scam Mailing Alert Issued By East Fishkill Police

    Scam Mailing Alert Issued By East Fishkill Police

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Some Dutchess County residents have been duped by fraudsters running a scam and overcharging for information that is readily available to them.The East Fishkill Police Department issued an alert to residents after several homeowners reported that they had received mailings called a “recorded deed notice.”Police said that the letters homeowners have received led ...

  5. Two Hudson Valley Men Sentenced In Murder, Kidnap Plot

    Two Hudson Valley Men Sentenced In Murder, Kidnap Plot

    A pair of Hudson Valley residents were among three sentenced to time behind bars for their roles in a kidnapping and murder scheme.Monroe resident Shimen Liebowitz, Airmont resident Binyamin Gottlieb and Israeli rabbi Aharon Goldberg pleaded guilty to various charges earlier this year for their roles in a plan to kidnap and murder a Hasidic man who refused to grant his wife a divorce, ...

  6. Evidence Withheld In Case Of Ex-Cuomo Aide From Hudson Valley, Says Lawyer

    Evidence Withheld In Case Of Ex-Cuomo Aide From Hudson Valley, Says Lawyer

    Federal prosecutors are withholding “crucial” evidence” in the case against northern Westchester resident Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is facing federal corruption charges, according to reports.Percoco is facing federal charges after allegedly threatening at least four New York State employees on multiple occasions while working on the governor’s campaign. ...

  7. Know Them? Police Search For Pair Of Suspects In Dutchess Incident

    Know Them? Police Search For Pair Of Suspects In Dutchess Incident

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - State Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance as they attempt to locate a pair of suspects caught on video using counterfeit $100 bills in Pleasant Valley.State Police in Poughkeepsie released surveillance video of the men, who allegedly used the counterfeit bills at the Pleasant Valley Dunkin' Donuts location on Main Street.In the first video, ...

  8. Woman Pleads Guilty To DWI Crash That Killed 21-Year-Old From Dutchess

    Woman Pleads Guilty To DWI Crash That Killed 21-Year-Old From Dutchess

    A 25-year-old Westchester woman has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter for driving drunk and killing a 21-year-old Manhattanville College student last year.Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday that Emma Fox of Rye has pleaded guilty to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated for her role in the death of ...

  9. Hero Cop, Wife Save 2-Year-Old Who Fell Alongside Train In Dutchess

    Hero Cop, Wife Save 2-Year-Old Who Fell Alongside Train In Dutchess

    An off-duty police officer and his wife went above and beyond the call of duty on Sunday, jumping into action to rescue a 2-year-old who had fallen into the gap at the Beacon Train Station and was in danger.City of Beacon Police Officer Peter Boutros was enjoying his day off with his wife on Sunday afternoon, and while they were at the train station, the Beacon PBA said that he heard a ...

  10. Garbage Covering Hydrant Creates Issue During Dutchess Fire

    Garbage Covering Hydrant Creates Issue During Dutchess Fire

    DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - Poughkeepsie firefighters had to battle more than an apartment blaze on Sunday night.Crews from the Poughkeepsie Fire Department were dispatched to a Garden Street residence at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Sunday night, where there were reports of a fire inside an apartment of the two-story house.When crews arrived to battle the blaze, however, they were met with ...

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