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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Local officials are touting the recent announcement that a big rail equipment contract has been won by a company with a Southern Tier operation.

News of the contract that will help Alstom operations in Hornell came late last week, as part of an announcement made by Vice President Joe Biden about a nearly two and a half billion dollar loan to Amtrak from the federal government.

With that loan, Amtrak will be buying 28 trains for high speed rail service in the Northeast Corridor, and the trains will be built at Alstom’s facility in Hornell.

Rochester's Mayor and Police Chief met with members of the United Christian Leadership Ministry Friday to talk about allegations of police brutality against a 17 year old city youth.

The president of the ministry, Reverend Lewis Stewart, and the family of Ricky Bryant, claim the youth was brutalized by officers earlier this month when they were responding to a report of someone with a gun in the Remington Street area. Bryant was never charged, and Stewart says the teen suffered serious injuries.

There have been improvements in the economy of upstate New York over the last several years, but that progress has been uneven.

The unemployment rate in the Greater Rochester area fell in July to 4.7 percent;  that was down from  5.3 percent in July of  2015.  The unemployment rate for June of this year  was 4.3 percent.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says a big reason for the year-over-year drop in the rate has been steady job growth in the private sector. 

“Employers have been hiring at a fairly good clip throughout the past seven years and with that, the local unemployment rate fell to its lowest July level in nearly a decade.“

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State lawmakers in Upstate New York should form an Upstate Caucus.  That idea was floated this week by Bob Duffy, the former Lieutenant Governor who is now President of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Duffy says upstate lawmakers should join in a bi-partisan way, to help advance the interests of this region.  As an example, he points to the recent bills approved raising the minimum wage, which did address the different economic needs of upstate and downstate.

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A regional jet traveling from Newark to Toronto had to make an emergency landing in Rochester on Thursday.

Officials say the pilot of a United Express Jet flight reported smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed without any major problems, and there were no injuries.

Reportedly the passengers on that flight had already been on two other planes.

Residents in the Village of Holley in Orleans County were being told this morning to stay in their homes and not turn appliances either on or off because of a natural gas leak.

Officials say a two inch gas main was ruptured by construction workers.

Residents were told to shelter in place with windows closed.  NYSEG worked to repair the leak, and the order was lifted by mid-morning.

There are some big changes ahead for a local arts organization. 

The board of directors of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is restructuring, trying to provide better focus for the kind of work that group does for the local arts community.

There have already been changes in recent years, including some earlier financial troubles, and the resignation two years ago of its longtime executive director.

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Officials from RIT and Genesee Country Village & Museum have signed a partnership agreement to work on projects together.

The Dean of RIT's College of Liberal Arts, James Winebrake says the two institutions have worked together for a number of years on an ad hoc basis, and he says by formalizing the partnership, they are making a long-term commitment to work together.

One area the museum and the university may work together is the application of technology and new media to support exhibits, research and other activities at the museum.

It doesn’t appear that incumbent Republican State Senator Rich Funke will have opposition in the November election.

The New York State Court of Appeals has ruled that Funke’s potential Democratic challenger, Steve Glickman, is ineligible to be on the ballot due to issues involving the state’s five-year residency requirement.

The decision overturns a different ruling last week by the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division.

The 55th State Senate District includes parts of Monroe and Ontario Counties.

Funke is running for a 2nd term.

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