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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. Jobs, Programs At Risk Due To Budget Gap, Yonkers Schools Chief Says

    Jobs, Programs At Risk Due To Budget Gap, Yonkers Schools Chief Says

    More than 200 positions and several programs may be eliminated by the Yonkers School District as officials face a potential $45 million budget gap for the 2018-19 academic year.If Yonkers Schools Superintendent Edwin Quezada is to balance the budget, officials said that the district may need to lay off 251 positions, reduce programs and eliminate the district’s unassigned fund ...

  2. Koala Park Daycare Celebrates Five Years Educating Kids In Westchester

    Koala Park Daycare Celebrates Five Years Educating Kids In Westchester

    Five years, two locations, dozens of happily educated kids.Koala Park Daycare is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend, following the opening of its first location on Armourvilla Avenue in Tuckahoe in 2013.“We’ve come a long way,” founder Karina Wyllie said. “Five years ago was a long time. We’ve learned a lot through the years, met tons of families, and have been able to ...

  3. Westchester Chess Team Takes Second In National Championship

    Westchester Chess Team Takes Second In National Championship

    Checkmate, almost.Members of the Bronxville School chess team took home the silver medal at the Under-1900 division of this year's National High School Chess Championships, which were recently held in Columbus, Ohio, marking the team’s best finish in a national event.School officials said that the students “demonstrated outstanding mental endurance and strategic planning over the course ...

  4. Staff Member Strikes Student At Westchester School, Police Say

    Staff Member Strikes Student At Westchester School, Police Say

    Police were dispatched to a Westchester school campus following a report of a student who was allegedly hit by a staff member.Officers from the North Castle Police Department responded to the Valhalla campus of the Jennie Clarkson Campus in the Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District in North White Plains on Tuesday, May 8, following a report from a clinical director who ...

  5. I-84 Lane Closures Scheduled

    I-84 Lane Closures Scheduled

    Motorists taking I-84 can expect delays for several days as contracting crews prepare to perform construction work in Beacon.The New York State Department of Transportation issued an alert this week cautioning that on Friday, May 11, and Monday, May 14, exit 11 from I-84 (in both directions) to Route 9D is expected to be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is then expected to ...

  6. Expect Delays: Palisades Interstate Parkway Lane Closures Scheduled

    Expect Delays: Palisades Interstate Parkway Lane Closures Scheduled

    There will be partial and full lane closures on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County for several weeks as contracting crews get set to perform construction activities in the area.The New York State Department of Transportation has issued an alert warning that construction work in Haverstraw and Stony Point is expected to result in single lane closures and full lane ...

  7. Fired Area Teacher's Aide Accused Of Bringing Gun To School Enters Plea

    Fired Area Teacher's Aide Accused Of Bringing Gun To School Enters Plea

    A 24-year-old teacher’s aide who brought a loaded gun into a Rockland County school has pleaded not guilty to charges that include criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.Warwick resident Gillian Jeffords pleaded not guilty to the felony charge at her arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court, where an Order of Protection was also issued, barring her from the Jess Kaplan School ...

  8. Westchester Pair Charged With Selling Tens Of Thousands Of Oxycodone Pills

    Westchester Pair Charged With Selling Tens Of Thousands Of Oxycodone Pills

    A pair of Westchester residents are among five facing charges for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking organization that distributed tens of thousands of oxycodone pills in the area.Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Yonkers residents Adriel Vasquez, 37 and Cindy Garcia, 40, were among five suspects who are facing ...

  9. Sentencing Delayed For Official Busted With Child Porn In Westchester

    Sentencing Delayed For Official Busted With Child Porn In Westchester

    The sentencing of a former Pelham Board of Trustee member who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been delayed, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.Former Trustee Christopher Reim was scheduled to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a ...

  10. Grandstands At Westchester Icon Memorial Field Will Be Demolished

    Grandstands At Westchester Icon Memorial Field Will Be Demolished

    They say that “slow and steady wins the race.” Mount Vernon is putting that to the test with revitalization efforts at Memorial Field.Earlier this year, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas announced a “two-prong” approach to reopen the once vibrant recreation hub that has laid in ruins for the better part of a decade.In the short term, Thomas said that crews will grow out new grass in ...

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