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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 Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in connection with the death of a Rochester man in the town of York last month.

21 year old Danielle Allen of Livonia  is facing a 2nd degree manslaughter charge in the stabbing death of  22 year old Marcus Postell on November 21st.

Authorities say on that evening, Allen placed a call to 911, calling them to the Fowlerville Road home.

A Monroe County grand jury has indicted four people in connection with the death of a Penfield man whose body was later found in Yates County.

According to the district attorney’s office, the grand jury has indicted Craig Rideout’s estranged wife, 45 year old Laura Rideout, along with Craig and Laura’s sons, 19 year old Alexander and 23 year old Colin Rideout, and 50 year old Paul Tucci, Laura Rideout’s boyfriend.

All four face charges that include second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Monroe County Deputies say  a Rochester man got a lot more than he bargained for when he allegedly tried to break into a Penfield pizzeria early Friday morning.

They say they got a call at about 3:45 a.m. to Penfield Road for a report of someone yelling. When they got there, they found a man yelling for help.   He was stuck in a vent on the roof of Pontillos Pizza at 1811 Penfield Road.

Rochester Police have made an arrest in connection with a fatal shooting at a downtown hotel back in June.

Authorities have charged 23 year old Luis Arroyo of the city with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 19 year old Brandon Spears at the Radisson Hotel on Main Street.

The shooting reportedly happened during a dispute between two guests on the 10th floor of the hotel.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force also aided in the arrest.

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Monroe County deputies say a worker died after an industrial accident on Thursday.

Authorities say they were called to the Mersen Corporation late Thursday morning on Jefferson Road near Winton Road.

Mersen, which has operations around the world, works with electrical power and various kinds of materials.

Deputies say when they got there, the investigation revealed that 49 year old Daniel Mayer of Fairport was using a 200 ton metal press when he was injured.

Employees and Henrietta EMS workers gave first aid, but Mayer died at the scene from his injuries.

Canada’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable processor has opened the doors on a facility that takes up 13 acres of a business park in Orleans County.

According to officials with Empire State Development, Pride Pak will ultimately invest up to $30 million on a state of the art complex at the Medina Business Park to be closer to its U.S. customers.

The company has committed to creating 200 jobs at the site.

Pride Pak provides fresh-cut fruits and vegetables to food service operations and retail establishments including Wegmans.

A new Siena College survey shows that holiday gift spending among New Yorkers will be pretty similar to what it was last year.

The survey shows that more than half of those polled will spend under $500, according to survey director, Don Levy.

There’s a proposal that could get an iconic Rochester attraction out of mothballs. The former monorail from Midtown Plaza.  It was dismantled in 2008 and the equipment was put in storage.

The city has now put out a request for proposals to see if there is a company or institution who would take the monorail and set up a permanent display at no cost to the city.

Mayor Lovely Warren would like to see the monorail be out for the public to see.

Officials at SUNY Geneseo say they are investigating another incident of racist graffiti.

This time, it was the letters KKK found scrawled on the side of a gazebo on campus.  The graffiti has since been removed.

The comes less than two weeks after a swastika was painted on a wall in a common area inside Nassau Dormitory.

College president Denise Battles issued a statement to the campus community saying the college stands in solidarity against these acts and she says the campus is planning educational programming to affirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Rochester Wednesday to talk about $16 million in state money that will help support three  local projects aimed at reducing poverty.

They include the establishment of a Finger Lakes Workforce Development Center at Eastman Business Park. MCC is partnering with Kodak to offer manufacturing-oriented programs and training in the skilled trades.

Cuomo says training is key if communities in the current environment want to create jobs.

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