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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. Former Pine Plains, Syracuse Star Tyler Lydon Goes In NBA Draft First Round

    Former Pine Plains, Syracuse Star Tyler Lydon Goes In NBA Draft First Round

    After two years starring at Syracuse University, a former Hudson Valley basketball standout was made a first round selection in the NBA Draft. Tyler Lydon, a former star at Pine Plains in Dutchess County who took his talents to Syracuse, was drafted 24th overall by the Utah Jazz, though he’ll be suiting up with the Denver Nuggets following a draft night trade.The 6-foot 8-inch forward ...

  2. Jazz Trade Up To Draft Basketball Star From Westchester

    Jazz Trade Up To Draft Basketball Star From Westchester

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A basketball star who grew up in Westchester was one of the stars of the show at Thursday night’s NBA Draft.Donovan Mitchell Jr., who was born in Greenwich, Conn. and grew up in Elmsford, was drafted in the lottery on Thursday, picked by the Utah Jazz 13th overall, who moved up in a big trade to select him.The Jazz traded third-year forward Trey Lyles and the ...

  3. Coyote Sightings Near Yonkers Raceway Spark Residents' Concerns

    Coyote Sightings Near Yonkers Raceway Spark Residents' Concerns

    YONKERS. N.Y. - Officials in Yonkers have called a meeting as restlessness grows following several coyote sightings near the Yonkers Raceway and Hillview Reservoir.Members of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Department of Agriculture have scheduled a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night at the St. Barnabas Elementary School, where they will discuss ...

  4. Senate OKs Bill To Name New TZ Bridge After Gov. Cuomo's Father, Mario

    Senate OKs Bill To Name New TZ Bridge After Gov. Cuomo's Father, Mario

    The New York State Senate has approved a bill that would name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s late father, Mario.According to multiple reports, the bill was introduced at the end of a long legislative session by a Suffolk County Senator that would rename the currently under construction bridge the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.The current bridge is named for former ...

  5. Basketball Star From Westchester Could Be Lottery Pick In NBA Draft

    Basketball Star From Westchester Could Be Lottery Pick In NBA Draft

    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A fbasketball standout who grew up in Westchester and starred for Rick Pitino at Louisville last year may be a lottery selection in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, possibly as a target for the New York Knicks.Donovan Mitchell Jr., who was born in Greenwich, Conn., and grew up in Elmsford, has been a popular name for teams picking in the first half of the first ...

  6. Deal Made To Rebuild 'Crumbling' Yonkers Schools

    Deal Made To Rebuild 'Crumbling' Yonkers Schools

    Legislation has been passed that will afford Yonkers millions of dollars to begin rebuilding “crumbling” schools and invest in new construction throughout the district.Both houses of the New York State Legislature approved legislation sponsored by Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow on Wednesday night that authorized accelerated funds to continue progress of the “Yonkers City ...

  7. Hudson Valley's Tyler Lydon Could Be NBA Draft First-Round Pick

    Hudson Valley's Tyler Lydon Could Be NBA Draft First-Round Pick

    A standout Hudson Valley basketball star’s life is expected to change on Thursday night, when he is expected to be selected in the NBA draft.Tyler Lydon, a former star at Pine Plains in Dutchess County who took his talents to Syracuse University, is being eyed by NBA teams as a late first or early second-round draft pick, according to experts throughout the country.A lifelong Knicks ...

  8. Police Break Up Underage Drinking Party In Bronxville

    Police Break Up Underage Drinking Party In Bronxville

    BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Police in Bronxville broke up an underage party over the weekend involving several minors who were allegedly drinking.Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, police were dispatched to a Park Avenue residence, where there were several reports of a “large party” taking place.According to police, officers arrived and saw several people flee the area on foot. In total, nine ...

  9. Westchester Schools Secretary Accused Of Stealing Thousands Faces Charges

    Westchester Schools Secretary Accused Of Stealing Thousands Faces Charges

    The longtime Tarrytown Union Free School District and Putnam County resident accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her employer was back in court this week for a pre-trial appearance. Last week, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced  that 53-year-old Carol Ressa of Lake Peekskill has been arraigned in Sleepy Hollow Village Court, where she was charged ...

  10. Crews Respond To Car Fire At Nursery Near Scarsdale Town Line

    Crews Respond To Car Fire At Nursery Near Scarsdale Town Line

    First responders were dispatched to the Cherry Lawn Nursery parking lot on Tuesday afternoon, where there were reports of a fully involved car on fire near the Scarsdale town line.Multiple calls came were reported to the New Rochelle Fire Department at approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. According to reports, there was a car on fire in the lot, with smoke visible on both Weaver ...

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