Randy Gorbman

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online. 

Randy has over 30 years of broadcast news experience, and was recently news director at WHAM-AM in Rochester. Randy has also been news director, writer, announcer, and producer at radio stations in several cities in New York and Connecticut, as well as working as an editor at the NBC Radio Network. He served as past president of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Randy has also taught journalism to local students, serving as adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo and Monroe Community College.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and his Master's degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Empire State College.

Rochester Institute of Technology

The death of singer Aretha Franklin has touched a lot of people, including a Rochester musician who actually played as backup with her in three concerts in Buffalo and Rochester.

Heavy rains caused heavy damage in parts of the Finger Lakes on Tuesday, particularly Seneca County.

By mid-morning, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo issued a state of emergency.

She said that was due to flooding and localized road closures in the town of Perinton and other surrounding areas.

The state of emergency in Monroe County was lifted late Tuesday night.

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President Donald Trump will be in Upstate New York on Monday, making a couple of stops. Trump was last in the region in 2016, during his presidential campaign.

New York State has cut many of the  health insurance increases proposed earlier this year by insurance companies.

Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum cable and internet services, released a statement on Thursday related to its advertising, in the wake of a heated dispute with the New York State Public Service Commission.

New York State Adult Protective Services

With the 4th largest number of older adults in the country, New York State is expanding its statewide effort to stop elder abuse. The effort will be coordinated by a Rochester organization, with an additional $8.4 million in new state and federal funds.

NYCLU

The New York Civil Liberties Union is out with a new online resource called Behind the Badge, which provides information on the internal policies and data from police departments around the state, including Buffalo.

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

People in New York's Livingston County are on edge and classes at SUNY Geneseo have been canceled, as authorities search for a man suspected of pointing a gun at a police officer during a traffic stop.

Rochester is getting new help to run the Blue Cross Arena. And that help is coming from Buffalo.

City officials had only recently announced that they were ending the longtime management contract for the arena with Philadelphia-based SMG.  At the time, Rochester officials said  that company had performed below expectations.

A new nationwide index of small business job growth and wages is showing the pace of those numbers slowing.

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It’s not official yet, but it appears that Yates County resident Tracy Mitrano is the winner of the Democratic Primary in the 23rd Congressional District. Five candidates were running for the nomination in an effort to challenge Republican incumbent Tom Reed this fall.

Heat advisory Monday

Jun 18, 2018
National Public Radio

The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of  Upstate New York on Monday. That advisory runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties.

B12 Technologies

Many organizations turn to technology when they need a problem solved, but could technology prevent the death of a jail inmate with mental health issues? It is possible, but complicated.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is getting support from the disability community.

A Boston attorney was in Rochester Wednesday morning to announce that his firm is representing a group of people who say they were sexually abused by priests in the Rochester Catholic Diocese, during a period of time from 1950 to 1978.  

The lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, who has been prominent for representing victims of sexual abuse by priests and was depicted in the movie Spotlight, is making allegations against 8 priests. Garabedian says the alleged victims are now between the ages of 52 and 77.

The 8 priests the allegations are being made against are:

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Authorities have canceled a statewide AMBER Alert, but continue to search for a missing 14-month-old toddler on a Wayne County farm.

New York State Sen. Richard Funke

Betty Perkins-Carpenter has died. The health and fitness expert and former Olympic Diving Coach was 87. She had been living in Penfield, outside Rochester.

There’s a new company that will operate Darien Lake theme park in  Genesee County and it’s a familiar name.

Late Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the lease rights to operate five amusement parks including Darien Lake.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

A board that helps oversee the level of Lake Ontario says that while water levels across the lake and the St. Lawrence River have begun their typical spring rise, conditions are a lot better than they were a year ago. There were months of very high lake levels and shoreline damage in 2017.

The New York State Health Department has issued a warning about potential exposure to measles in Niagara, Genesee, Livingston and Chemung counties.

A tumultuous week for Xerox has resulted in another surprising turn of events. Late Thursday night, Xerox released a statement saying that its current board and management team will stay in place, after a settlement agreement it had reached with two activist shareholders has expired.

Emily Hunt / WXXI News

There’s a major shakeup at Xerox in the wake of the recent fight over the control and direction of the company by two major investors.

Amtrak has agreed to rename the Rochester Train Station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

That information on Tuesday first came from New York’s U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who say that the station will be named the Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station.

Slaughter died last Friday at the age of 88, after being injured in a fall at her Washington, D.C., apartment the previous week.

WXXI News

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say they have launched an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Trevyan Rowe.

University of Rochester

Joel Seligman has resigned as president and CEO of the University of Rochester, effective February 28, 2018. His resignation comes hours after an independent investigation found that while there was no evidence of a hostile work environment in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, there was inappropriate behavior by Professor Florian Jaeger.

Kodak

Kodak stock soared Tuesday, rising 119 percent, or $3.70 a share,  closing at $6.80, after the company said it is getting into the digital licensing and cryptocurrency market.

The New York State Board of Regents this week voted to expand options for special education students who struggle with academic exams. 

Payne Horning

At a special state hearing in Oswego County Tuesday, government officials admitted that there is effectively no way to prevent Lake Ontario from once again reaching the record high levels seen this year. In fact, they said it is bound to happen again. However, they think there may be ways to reduce the amount of damage the flooding caused along the shoreline.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WXXI News & AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching an effort to improve the New York State Canal System by holding a competition that will award up to $2.5 million to entrants who come up with the best ideas.

The Democrat made the announcement Monday as the World Canals Conference got underway in Syracuse. 

New York State is planning to expand opportunities for college courses in some state prisons. However, one Republican Assemblymember is blasting the "handout to cons" as a publicity-grabber for the Governor.

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