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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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The leader of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester will be in Washington on Tuesday meeting with Congressional leaders and others in an effort to make sure that lab is still funded in the next fiscal year.

In a statement on the lab’s website, Director Michael Campbell says that a paragraph buried in the federal budget details on the Department of Energy website states that the agency plans to “ramp down” federal support for the U of R lab over a three-year period.

In this week’s WXXI Business Report, Randy Gorbman talks about a Bloomberg report that says Tops Markets may be considering filing for bankruptcy.

We also hear about some changes for Wegmans in the Buffalo area and whether they might have any impact in Rochester, and a story about a big honor for an RIT alum.

Spectrum News

Crews battled a 3-alarm fire at a former hotel in the Town of Henrietta Sunday morning.

It’s at the former Country Inn and Suites on West Henrietta Road. Monroe County deputies say that as a result of the fire, W. Henrietta Rd. was closed Sunday morning in both directions between Lehigh Station Rd. and Calkins Rd. but just before 1:00 p.m., deputies said it had been reopened.

Reports of smoke starting coming in around 4:00 a.m.  A passing deputy noticed the flames.

A report from Bloomberg says that Western NY-based Tops Markets may be getting ready to file bankruptcy.

Sources tell the business news site that Tops could potentially seek court protection from creditors as soon as this month.

Tops is based in Williamsville, in the Buffalo area, and runs about 170 stores in the Northeast.

Bloomberg notes that the grocer began almost a century ago in Niagara Falls.

A neighborhood association has filed a lawsuit against the proposed Whole Foods Plaza in Brighton.

The Clover/Allen’s Creek Neighborhood Association filed a suit in State Supreme Court concerning the process involving the development proposed by The Daniele Family Companies on Monroe Ave. near Clover St.

The suit claims the developer has been allowed to take control of a public trail, a walking and biking path known as the Auburn Trail.

Drew Broderick

Pittsford native and Olympic skier Jon Lillis has moved along in his quest for a medal in South Korea.

The 23 year old moved into the freestyle skiing men’s aerial final by nailing his first round jump on Saturday to get into first place and secure one of the six direct qualification spots.

With his performance, Lillis was exempt for having to perform a second jump and immediately qualified for Sunday’s championship round which begin at 6:00 a.m.

The two other Americans failed to qualify for the finals.

URMC

A prominent cardiologist and researcher based in Rochester has died.  Dr. Arthur Moss died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

Moss  is credited with saving thousands of lives, during a career that spanned six decades.

Officials at the University of Rochester Medical Center say he made some of the most significant and long-lasting discoveries in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac death.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner has positively identified the two people  found in the car recovered from the Genesee River on Thursday.

They are 73 year old Robert Ross and 72 year old Mary Ross. The couple was from Perinton.

Robert Ross was last seen at a medical appointment on January 30th, and the last known contact with Mary Ross was a telephone call on the 31st. 

Authorities had determined that her cellphone was near a tower in the Charlotte area, and that is what led to the extensive search in that area in recent days.

Seneca Park Zoo/Monroe County

The Seneca Park Zoo has the first new animal species to arrive for the upcoming “Animals of the Savanna” expansion slated to open this summer.

That according to Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and zoo officials who says the female “rock hyrax” will live in the main zoo building until the expansion is completed.

The project will include over a dozen new species and the rock hyrax is a small mammal native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ogden Police say they are working with the Spencerport School District after there were rumors of threats to the high school on social media over the last 12 hours.

Police and Spencerport district officials say the matter has been investigated and the district does not believe its schools or students are in any danger.

But Ogden PD says that for the “safety and peace of mind” of students and their families, police will have officers stations at the school on Friday.

Students at Spencerport were following a normal instructional day on Friday.

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