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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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing "a disservice to women" Wednesday by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government.  (WATCH: Video at the end of this story)

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(WXXI News & AP) Communities in New York state are splitting $755 million in state economic development funding.

State officials announced the awards Wednesday at an event in Albany. The money will support hundreds of local economic development efforts, including job training, subsidies for expanding businesses and funding for community organizations.

This year's big winners include central New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany region, the mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island, which each received more than $80 million.

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RIT officials say an alum of the university has just given them $50 million, the largest donation ever made to that institution.

Austin McChord is a 32 year old, 2009 graduate of RIT, who started a company called Datto. That’s a Connecticut-based data protection company that also employs about 200 people in downtown Rochester.

McChord is also an RIT trustee, and he says he started his company in 2007 with an idea he had while he was a student.


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

The Regents adopted regulations to expand the criteria under which students with disabilities may be eligible to graduate high school with a local diploma. That’s a high school diploma that has different requirements from those needed to get a Regents Diploma.

State Education Department officials say that some students with disabilities are unable to demonstrate proficiency on standardized tests even with certain accommodations.

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A challenging commute, and in general not a great day to be outside. That’s the gist of the forecast for Wednesday throughout Western NY and the Finger Lakes.

Several inches of snow fell in some areas overnight from Tuesday into Wednesday morning, with higher amounts near the Lake Ontario shoreline, and that scenario is expected to continue during the day on Wednesday.

City of Rochester

The City of Rochester’s top government attorney is retiring. Corporation Counsel Brian Curran will retire at the end of the year.

Mayor Lovely Warren appointed Curran to the job in 2015 and she says Curran will be “sorely missed at City Hall, “ saying that while she is happy he will enjoy a well-deserved retirement, she will miss his service and says she always counted on him to provide sound advice on legal matters.

Warren also praised Curran’s replacement, Tim Curtin,  the current Deputy Corporation Counsel who will succeed Curran in the top job in January.

The Monroe County Legislature approved the 2018 budget Tuesday night by a vote of 26 to 3.

The budget totals nearly $1.2 billion, which Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says holds spending growth to 1.3%, below the rate of inflation which is 2.2%.

Dinolfo also says it keeps the property tax rate flat and funds economic development initiative and quality of life services.


Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced the start of  freight rail service on the new Portageville Bridge in Letchworth State Park. He says the new bridge will allow Norfolk Southern Railway to continue safe, reliable, and efficient rail operations on that route.

Cuomo announced three years ago federal approval of the plan to build a new arch bridge to replace the historic Portageville Bridge which carries the Norfolk Southern Railway Southern Tier Line.

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A batch of lake effect snow and high winds will likely make for tricky driving conditions on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Monroe and Wayne Counties until 7pm on Wednesday.

There may be some big changes on the way for Xerox’s Board of Directors.

The word came early Monday with Xerox announcing that Jonathan Christodoro, a board member who was originally appointed by activist investor Carl Icahn, is resigning. Christodoro is making that move so that he can join a slate of three other Icahn-backed nominees to run for the Xerox board next year.