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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RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences has captured a lot of landmarks for its 'Big Shot' project over the last several years, including Churchill Downs, the U.S.S. Intrepid,  and Cowboys Stadium.

An iconic Rochester building will be the next project. RIT photographers will shoot an extended exposure photo of the Kodak Tower on the night of September 18th.

The 19-story skyscraper was completed in 1914 and it was the city's tallest building for more than 50 years.

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Sentencing was held Friday morning in State Supreme Court in Rochester for three men who were part of a bid-rigging conspiracy.

It involves a scheme that prosecutors say illegally diverted massive county contracts to companies that were created mainly to handle the work of Local Development Corporations.

Businessman Daniel Lynch was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison for his guilty plea to grand larceny and two antitrust crimes. He will also have to pay $600,000 in restitution.

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Kodak is reporting a first quarter which showed some overall improvement, but also a reduction in revenues.

The company saw a net loss of  $18 million, compared to a loss of  $58 million a year ago.

Revenues overall were down 12 percent,  totaling $362 million. Kodak says the drop was due in part to the continued decline of products it's no longer making, including consumer inket printers.

 

CEO Jeff Clarke says the company is making solid progress in its transition.

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Rochester's Teen Empowerment Center brought messages of hope and the need to expand its operation throughout the city at its annual community luncheon on Thursday.

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The Rochester Museum and Science Center is getting a boost in its effort to get more young people interested in math and science, as well as look to a possible career in photonics.

With the Rochester area recently named a photonics hub, RMSC President Kate Bennett says the facility is trying to do more to encourage area students to consider pursuing employment in photonics as those companies expand in this region.

She says last year, the museum opened up an Illumination Gallery to talk about light and optics.

Finger Lakes Community College has a new president.

The SUNY Board of Trustees has voted to approve the appointment of Robert Nye to that post. He succeeds Barbara Risser who is retiring.

Nye currently is the vice president for academic affairs at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and previously was deputy provost of the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Nye also had a lengthy military career, serving in the Army for 30 years including deployments in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Gates Town Board this week approved a conditional use permit for the Open Door Mission to open a transitional housing facility at the former Holy Ghost Rectory on Coldwater Road. A similar proposal met with opposition in the City of Rochester last fall.

The facility is geared toward women and children who don’t have a permanent home. The executive director for the mission, Mike Hennessy, says the idea is to help these families get back on their feet so they can eventually be self-sustaining.

The latest Paychex - IHS survey on small business job growth shows continued slow, steady growth. That according to CEO Marty Mucci who says that there is greater stability in the monthly jobs index than at any other time during the past 10 years.

But Mucci does believe small business owners may be a little more cautious to add jobs this year, partly because of the elections.

Kodak Alaris, the company spun off from Eastman Kodak a few years ago after the Chapter 11 restructuring, announced on Tuesday that it has made a change at the CEO level.

Ralf Gerbershagen, who has led the company since 2014 will step down immediately. According to a statement released by Kodak Alaris, its board of directors decided that to better position the company to achieve long term growth plans, they've decided this is the right time to start a search for a new CEO.

NYS DOT

The NYS Transportation Department says construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday on a $5 million project to improve the condition of Route 441 in Brighton and Penfield.

It involves work on the concrete pavement on 441 from Linden Oaks Drive to Old Penfield Road.  During construction, each of the highway's four lanes will be closed, one at a time for approximately three weeks each, for a total of three months.

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