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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Rural/Metro Ambulance, the Arizona-based company which has operations across the country including Rochester, is being acquired by American Medical Response, which is a subsidiary of Colorado-based Envision Healthcare. 

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The Monroe County Democratic Committee has chosen a new chairwoman.

On Wednesday night, the party picked Jamie Romeo, who has been executive director of the party since January.

She previously worked as chief of staff for former State Senator Ted O’Brien until he was defeated by Republican Rich Funke last fall.

Romeo also worked on O’Brien’s Senate campaigns and previously was staff director for the Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature.

The NYS Transportation Department has scheduled some repair work on bridges in Gates that recently became a focal point for complaints by Town Supervisor Mark Assini.

The DOT says that Trolley Boulevard at I-390 will be reduced to a single, alternating lane of traffic during the daytime hours beginning Thursday. The work is to be completed next week.

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The Buffalo Bills have started to come into town, gathering at St. John Fisher College in preparation for training camp that starts on Friday. And the event affects this region in ways that involve more than just making sports fans happy.

The just over three weeks that the Bills spend at Fisher getting ready for their season has other types of impact than just the players mixing it up on the practice field.

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With perhaps the hottest day of the week on tap Wednesday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has initiated the city's Cool Sweep Heat Emergency operation.  Temperatures are expected to get into the low 90s.

Cool Sweep provides relief from the heat with cooling sprays from fire hydrants, extended hours at city pools, Durand Eastman Beach, and spray parks.

During a 'heat emergency' the Cool Sweep program extends into the Carter Street Community Center and city branch library locations where residents without air conditioning can go to cool off.

A new report out by the Empire Justice Center in Rochester says that there are continued disparities in the way home mortgages are granted in parts of the Rochester area.

The non-profit legal advocacy organization says that home mortgage lending  recovered in 2013 from a low point in 2011.  But the report also shows that African American middle and upper income borrowers were denied loans at least twice as often as white people in the same brackets.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the parent company of Bausch + Lomb, has just received $973,000 from RG&E to help with electric infrastructure improvements at the facility on North Goodman Street in Rochester.

Officials say the grant is to support a $200 million project that includes renovations and new construction for 

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Randy Cunneyworth is returning to his former role as coach of the Rochester Americans.

It will be his second stint as head coach of the team, he previously spent eight seasons in that position from 2000 to 2008, with playoff appearances for the team in six of those seasons.

Most recently, Cunneyworth served as Development Coach for the Amerks' parent club, the Buffalo Sabres.  

Bishop Kearney High School has named a new President.

Steve Salluzzo succeeds Tom O'Neil, who has been the CEO and President since 2010. O'Neil will remain in his role as CEO and continue to support the Catholic school's strategic direction.

Officials say the addition of Salluzzo will enhance Bishop Kearney's leadership team with his strong background in education and administration. He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the school, fundraising and marketing efforts.

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Rochester City Council is releasing a survey designed to see how they feel about the plan for police to wear body cameras. Even though City Council doesn't officially vote on the policy that will implement the policy, it wanted to help gather input from city residents.

The survey received nearly 3,000 responses and nearly 88 percent of those surveyed think that RPD officers should wear a camera.

Councilman Adam McFadden, who is the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, says the survey backs up what he's heard from many constituents.

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