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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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the FBI and  and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend.

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With July 4th coming on a Saturday this year, and many people off from work on Friday, there are Independence Day activities going on from Friday through Sunday.

The largest fireworks celebration is always in Downtown Rochester.  

That will be held Saturday night, with activities starting at 7:30 p.m. with a jazz performance on the Main St. Bridge by the Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Band.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has named Mitch Rowe to the new position of Director of Buildings and Parks.

In a statement  released  Thursday, Warren said that the job will be effective July 1 with the start of the new fiscal year and a reorganization of the Department of Environmental Services.

Rowe previously was the city's Director of Planning and Zoning. He also worked for the city from 1980 to 2006 in several capacities including Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Human Services.

Rowe is also a former Seneca County Manager.

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(WXXI News & AP) A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said. A retired Livonia volunteer firefighter was on board that ferry and tried to save others. He was with his wife and mother-in-law.

48 year old Larry Drake used to be a member of the Livonia Fire Department and also was an EMT. He tells WXXI News he served there for 13 years and he now lives mostly in the Philippines after just having gotten married to a Filipino woman earlier this year.

He says the boat capsized soon after it left port.

"A big gust of wind, a big wave hit the left front of the boat and the boat started tipping up like it was going to tip over so everybody went flying to the front and on to the left side and tried to push the boat back down but it was way too late. And it just went around and within 6 to 7 seconds it went from normal to upside down within seconds."

Roberts Wesleyan College is reorganizing the way it handles its academic programs.  The Chili college is creating five new schools, headed up by deans who come from existing faculty.

Currently, Roberts Wesleyan has two schools, Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional studies. Those names will go away, and now there will be the following schools and deans:

* School of Arts and Humanities: Scott Caton

* School of Business: Steven Bovee

* School of Natural and Social Sciences: Julie Grimm

* School of Nursing: Cheryl Crotser

Senator Charles Schumer was in Seneca Falls on Wednesday to push for a town hall meeting on a new design for the ten dollar bill.

And Schumer feels that Finger Lakes location is ideal to talk about a new face for that currency.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that a woman will be featured on the new bill, in the spirit of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

Xerox this week announced the completion of its previously announced sale of its Information Technology Outsourcing business to a French company called Atos.

As part of that sale, about 180 Rochester area Xerox workers will now become employees of Atos. But they will still be housed in the same offices in Rochester.

Xerox says the sale of that business will help the company to focus resources on expanding their business process and document outsourcing businesses, areas where the company has a competitive advantage.

The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has named a new music director. James Mick, who is an Ithaca College Assistant Professor of Music Education, will replace David Harman who is retiring after 21 years.

Mick will become the fourth music director of the RPYO which was founded 45 years ago.  It is a symphonic orchestra comprised of more than 100 of the most accomplished middle and high school musicians from over 30 schools in the Greater Rochester area.

Paychex is reporting fiscal fourth quarter numbers that saw earnings in line with expectations, and revenues slightly ahead of estimates.

The Rochester-based payroll processing company earned $161 million for the quarter, up 10 percent from last year at this time. Revenue overall was up 8 percent.

CEO Marty Mucci says the company is "pleased with our strong finish to fiscal 2015." He says strong demand for human resource services helped drive growth.

Constellation Brands

Victor-based Constellation Brands is reporting better than expected numbers for profits and sales in its latest quarter.

The company saw a 15 percent jump in first quarter profit, as Constellation's Mexican beer segment continued to push growth. Earnings per share beat Wall St. estimates by two cents a share, with the company earning about $239 million. Revenue saw a seven percent increase also beating estimates.

Constellation Brands also announced that it will buy the Meiomi wine brand for about $315 million.

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