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.

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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New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan issued a statement on Sunday, saying that he had recently been treated for an alcohol problem.

Wegmans

Wegmans is bringing home delivery to Buffalo and several other cities.

Monroe County deputies confirm that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will be released from jail early Thursday morning, after being there for more than a month.

GCDEC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Batavia on Tuesday to announce what he says will be details of a new partnership that will create hundreds of new jobs at an idle dairy facility.

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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been sentenced to jail as a result of fallout from her earlier drunk driving conviction.

The latest monthly survey on small business job growth by Paychex and the research firm IHS shows a decline in that growth, but an increase in wages.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State officials say that bald eagles are thriving in historic numbers across the state.

Jeremy Nash, the Rochester Police officer who was shot and wounded Saturday night, has been released from the hospital.

Great Lakes Today's Veronica Volk

Two area state lawmakers say they have reached agreement on bipartisan legislation to provide $90 million in financial relief for people living along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River seaway.

There will be more water flowing out of Lake Ontario in an effort to help ease the recent flooding conditions along the south shore.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board agreed this week to increase the water flowing out of the lake at a greater rate. Secretary for the board, Arun Heer says this will be the highest outflow ever released from the lake on a sustained basis.

Because of that, Heer says officials will closely monitor the situation for a few days to see if there are any major adverse impacts.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said if President Trump recorded his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, he should hand them over to Congress.

Excellus

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield is looking for people who may be owed money.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Niagara County is still in a state of emergency. On Saturday, Niagara County firefighters along with other volunteers joined the Olcott Fire Company in an effort to combat rising waters along Lake Ontario.

Canandaigua Schools

There will be additional police officers in Canandaigua schools this week because of information discovered on social media over the weekend.

Darien Lake

A Missouri-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) called EPR Properties has announced the purchase of Darien Lake Theme and Waterpark Resort.

A provider of medical marijuana that has operations in Western New York is launching a home delivery program.

Wegmans

There are some changes in the executive ranks at Wegmans.

Wegmans

Wegmans is responding to criticism by Costco over how prices are displayed in its stores.

Carl Paladino says there are no lingering problems with the president-elect's transition team over his widely condemned comments insulting President Barack Obama and his wife. The co-chair of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in New York is refuting reports that he is on the outs with the transition team and unwelcome at a fundraiser Thursday in Buffalo.

Macy's

Macy's has announced the closure of 68 stores and the reorganization of others, part of the approximately 100 closings announced in August 2016 and weak holiday sales. The only store affected in Western New York is Macy's location in Henrietta, outside Rochester.

Just released court papers provide more detail about the late Assemblymember Bill Nojay and allegations that he misdirected money from a client’s escrow account. The Rochester-area Nojay died by suicide in September, shortly before his primary election.

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Canada’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable processor has opened the doors on a facility that takes up 13 acres of a business park in Orleans County.

A former University of Rochester professor has paid a penalty of $100 million as part of a plea agreement with the federal government.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A new survey conducted by payroll services company Paychex of small business owners looks at how those entrepreneurs are looking at major issues in the presidential election. CEO Marty Mucci says not all of the people they surveyed are consistent in what kinds of changes they would like to see.

The Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge reopens to vehicular traffic on Tuesday.

The bridge is located at the north end of Irondequoit Bay, and connects Culver Road in Irondequoit to Lake Road in Webster.  The seasonal swing bridge is designed to span the outlet for vehicle traffic during the winter months.

The schedule is set in accordance with permits issued by the Coast Guard.  Monroe County DOT plans to begin moving the bridge into place at about 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

New York Comptroller State Thomas DiNapoli is weighing in on bid-rigging allegations related to Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs. The Comptroller, who says his office was cut out of the process,  is urging stronger oversight.

Verizon

The Verizon call center in Henrietta, south of Rochester, will close early next year - taking 600 jobs with it out of the area. The move comes less than six months after a bitter six-week strike was settled with the promise of new jobs.

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