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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.49% on Saturday, dropping below 1.5% for the first time since Oct. 28.

Houghton College

Houghton College has named Wayne Lewis Jr. as the college's 6th president, replacing Shirley Mullen, who announced last fall she would retire this year after 15 years leading the Christian college in Allegany County.

NASA

A former NASA astronaut with Western New York roots has been nominated by President Joe Biden to a top spot with the space agency.

Siena College

Many CEO’s in Upstate New York say that economic conditions have worsened during the pandemic, and a number of them are still pessimistic for the rest of this year.

Celia Clarke / WSKG

The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Rep. Tom Reed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State has recorded its first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19.

Denise Young / WXXI News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced new guidance which will allow pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously only able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

Celia Clarke / WSKG Public Media

Rep. Tom Reed has responded to an allegation made by a former lobbyist in a Washington Post story that came out Friday. In a statement released early Sunday evening, Reed, a Southern Tier Republican from Corning who has been in Congress since 2010, announced that he will not run for any elected office in 2022.

Rochester Police have announced some policy changes as the department continues to look at overall reforms and changes, partly in preparation for a state-required plan to reimagine public safety, due for all municipalities, by April 1.

On Monday, RPD released policy updates in two areas -- “duty to intervene” and the use of chokeholds. (The complete documents are below)

For duty to intervene, changes include:

Spectrum News

An emotional news conference took place Sunday on the steps of Spiritus Christi Church to talk about the life of Tyshon Jones.

Dan Clark / WMHT

More of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s close Democratic colleagues in New York are calling for him to step down in the wake of recently sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.

File Photo / WXXI News

Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1. 

Max Schulte / WXXI News

The City of Rochester has released police body-worn video of the shooting of a man who authorities say threatened officers with a knife early Wednesday morning.

WXXI News

A third former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one with Rochester connections, reportedly described inappropriate workplace treatment by the governor.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50% capacity, can now move to 75% capacity starting March 19.

Robert Morgan Communities

Federal authorities have announced that a grand jury has returned a new indictment against Western New York developer Robert Morgan and three others.

Plug Power

An Albany-based fuel cell company, Plug Power, is again expanding in this region. If that name sounds familiar, it is because the company recently announced it will bring a hydrogen fuel cell "gigafactory" to Henrietta, NY, which is expected to create more than 370 jobs.

A number of area officials and legislators are reacting to the decision by a grand jury not to indict RPD officers in connection with the death of Daniel Prude last year:

Statement from Mayor Lovely Warren regarding the NYS Attorney General’s conclusion of its investigation into the death of Daniel Prude:

The decision by a grand jury not to indict Rochester Police officers involved in the incident last March that eventually led to the death of Daniel Prude brought hundreds of protesters to different parts of the city on Tuesday night.

It started with speeches by activists and a gathering on Jefferson Avenue, where so many other protests started out last year. Jefferson Avenue is where Prude was pinned to the pavement by police after they responded to the reports of a man acting erratically. Prude suffocated after being held down by officers and he died a week later.

Tops Markets / Price Choppers

It is one of the larger moves in the supermarket world. Tops Markets CEO Frank Curci talked about the grocer's announced merger with Price Chopper.

WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that, given the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York state, he has signed an executive order extending closing times for bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, as well as other State Liquor Authority-licensed establishments, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide.

University of Rochester

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 35 community-based pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, including five in the Western New York available Thursday and Friday.

A Rochester woman is speaking out about an  incident that has garnered worldwide attention, when her 9- year-old daughter was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by city police on Friday.

More than 150 people rallied and marched Monday evening along Clinton Ave. in Rochester, gathering in front of a police substation. They were there to object to the handcuffing and pepper spraying of a 9-year old-girl last week.

With chants of "protect our children," the dozens of demonstrators, who included some area politicians and community activists, got together to let Rochester Police know they are upset about the way that young girl was treated last Friday.

City of Rochester / Facebook

City of Rochester officials on Sunday released bodycam video from police officers who were at the scene of an incident Friday when a 9-year-old girl was handcuffed, put in a police car, and then pepper-sprayed.

Genesee County Economic Development Center

Samsung Electronics reportedly is considering an investment of as much as $17 billion to build a chip-making factory in Arizona, Texas or New York and that site in New York is said to be in Genesee County.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to strengthen fairness and equity in the distribution process for COVID-19 vaccines.

Amber Alert / Town of Greece Police

Greece Police have announced two arrests in connection with the abduction of two children from a home on English Road a week ago.

Spectrum News / WXXI News

BREAKING FRIDAY MORNING: The National Guard has identified those killed in Wednesday night's crash of a military helicopter in Mendon, outside Rochester. They were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, 54, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, 39, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial, 30.

Max Schulte / WXXI News

People are apparently traveling long distances to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told his briefing Wednesday that some have gone from Buffalo to Rochester.

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