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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. 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 ...

  2. Fire Breaks Out At Sing Sing Prison Building

    Fire Breaks Out At Sing Sing Prison Building

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A fire broke out at a firing range building at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining Monday night.Officials confirmed that fire and police personnel were dispatched to the prison shortly before 11 p.m. on Monday night, where the small fire was reported. There were no injuries reported and there was no forced evacuation.The cause of the fire is being ...

  3. Months-Long Sprain Parkway Lane Closures Start

    Months-Long Sprain Parkway Lane Closures Start

    Work has just started on a stretch of the Sprain Brook Parkway in Westchester County that will involve lane reductions for several months as crews continue construction.Motorists planning on the Sprain Brook Parkway between Route 100C and I-287 in Greenburgh will see the roadway reduced from three lanes in each direction to two lanes.The lane reduction began Monday, Aug. 21 and is ...

  4. Teen Gets Trapped Under Work Van Outside Mamaroneck High School

    Teen Gets Trapped Under Work Van Outside Mamaroneck High School

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A teenager was rescued after being rpinned under a car that had nearly run over her outside of Mamaroneck High School early Monday morning.According to a News12 report, a 15-year-old student at the high school was laying down on the grass outside the school when a construction van working on the campus accidentally drove over her, trapping her.The teen was ...

  5. Woman Busted At Scarsdale Library With Pot, Dozens Of Prescription Pills

    Woman Busted At Scarsdale Library With Pot, 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 ...

  6. Feeling Lucky, New Rochelle? Powerball Jackpot Soars To $650M

    Feeling Lucky, New Rochelle? Powerball Jackpot Soars To $650M

    Feel like trying your luck?Hudson Valley residents are lining up to purchase tickets for Wednesday's Powerball drawing, as the jackpot has swelled to $650 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 Wednesday's ...

  7. Scarsdale Police Bust Teen Taking Village Hall Selfies With Pants Down

    Scarsdale Police Bust Teen Taking Village Hall Selfies With Pants Down

    A Dutchess County teenager was arrested by police in Scarsdale after being busted with marijuana following unfounded reports of him taking illicit photos of himself and a friend near Village Hall.Members of the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to the Village Hall parking lot on Wednesday, Aug. 16 following reports from a court officer that two individuals were taking pictures ...

  8. New Rochelle School District Mourns Death Of 'Dedicated' Teacher, 43

    New Rochelle School District Mourns Death Of 'Dedicated' Teacher, 43

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A funeral mass has been set for 43-year-old Lauren Denninger, a special education teacher and facilitator at Isaac E.Young Middle School in New Rochelle, who died on Friday, Aug. 18.The mass has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Saints John and Paul Roman Catholic Church on Weaver Street in Larchmont, with an interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery ...

  9. ID Released For Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On Hutch

    ID Released For Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On Hutch

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester County Police have identified the people involved in a wrong-way crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway over the weekend that led to the death of one woman and hospitalization of others.At approximately 4:35 a.m. on Sunday morning, 56-year-old Damita Mathis of Beacon Falls in New Haven County in Connecticut was driving her 2014 Kia Sorento ...

  10. Police Bust Out-Of-Stater Attempting To Steal Package In Bronxville

    Police Bust Out-Of-Stater Attempting To Steal Package In Bronxville

    BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - A man from Las Vegas was arrested in Bronxville after he allegedly trespassed in the village and attempted to steal a package from a village home.Police were dispatched to Kensington Road on Aug. 5, when a homeowner alerted authorities that a man had been at her home and attempted to pick up a package that had been delivered.Following an investigation, it was ...

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