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Randy Gorbman

Director of News and Public Affairs

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.

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Rochester Police have charged a city man with assault after his 2-year- old child was found shot, just before noon on Friday.

Chief Michael Ciminelli says that police responded to 24 Walnut Street on the west side, and found the child, Zayden Phillips, with an apparent gunshot wound. Zayden was taken to Strong Hospital where he was listed in guarded condition.

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Philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano was honored Friday at RIT for his contributions to global health, specifically through Special Olympics.

Golisano’s effort to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities is being celebrated with a special exhibit in the atrium of the College of Computing and Information Sciences that bears his name.

Golisano donated $37 million to start what is called ‘Healthy Communities ‘ five years ago, which helps screen Special Olympics athletes for a range of health issues.

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio is facing accusations again that she violated terms of her probation.

According to court paperwork, Astacio contacted her probation officer earlier this month to get permission to travel to Syracuse on business.

The officer granted permission, and Astacio was told to provide specific dates of travel and where she was staying.  But according to the court papers, the probation officer then contacted Asstacio only to learn she was already in Syracuse.

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Former 10NBC anchor Janet Lomax was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame on Thursday in New York City.

Lomax was part of the Class of 2017 that also includes Buffalo radio host Sandy Beach and WABC reporter Art McFarland.

Janet Lomax spent 36 years in Rochester before retiring at the end of last year.

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A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that while the upstate economy fared pretty well during the last business cycle, the economy in Western New York is not as robust.

New York Federal Reserve senior economist Richard Deitz says while a lot of the jobs lost during the recession in Upstate New York have come back, there is still weakness, mainly in Rochester and Buffalo.

The latest numbers from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors show a decline in home sales, but an increase in home prices.

That has been a recent trend, with not enough homes available to meet demand.  Home sales in the third quarter fell about 12 percent compared to a year ago, and median home prices were up just over seven percent.

The president of the realtors association, Linda Wilson, says there's a lot of demand for homes in Rochester, just not a lot of inventory, and that's a situation going on across the country.

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Philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano announced on Thursday that he is pledging $5 million to support construction of a new pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at the University of Rochester.

Golisano, whose support also resulted in the Golisano Children’s Hospital being named after him, says the new pediatric facility will address gaps in care and accommodate more clinical staff to help reduce the number of children who are on a waiting list for services.

(WXXI News & AP) It's official. The joint proposal developed by economic development agencies in Rochester and Buffalo have now submitted what they are calling “an extremely sophisticated and compelling bid” to Amazon in response to the ‘request for proposals’ put out by Amazon for a second headquarters.

With a project that could see Amazon spending as much as $5 billion and hiring 50,000 workers, it  has resulted in a mad rush of metro areas around the country submitting bids to the online retailing giant. The proposals were due Thursday.

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The Landmark Society of Western New York is announcing its 2017 Five to Revive list. That's a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization.

The goal is to return historic venues to a place of prominence, so that they become economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.

The five locations include the Elim Bible Institute in the village of Lima; Lehigh Valley Railroad Roundhouse in Manchester; Hotel DeMay in Greece; Tent City in Rochester, and front porches of houses throughout Western New York.

Some high tech jobs are coming to the Town of Gates. Supervisor Mark Assini says that Novomer, a sustainable chemicals company, will be expanding into a location on Buell Road and they expect to employ about 60 people.

Right now, they employ less than half that amount at a pilot facility in the Eastman Business Park.  The new location is near the airport, and the company is expected to employ chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other types of workers at the new facility.

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