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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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Spectrum is offering faster internet speeds. Spectrum, which is the brand name for the service provided by Charter Communications, is rolling out something called  “Spectrum Internet Gig“ in Rochester.

Priced at $104.99 for new customers, it offers speeds of  a gigabit-per-second which is ten times faster than Spectrum’s basic internet offering.

Wegmans

Wegmans is opening another store this weekend, but this one is a little different in terms of its design.

The Rochester-based supermarket chain is opening a two level store in Natick, in the Boston area on Sunday.

The more than 146,000 square foot store  is among Wegmans’ largest stores. It is attached to the Natick Mall, and includes a cart conveyor system with an adjacent escalator for customers.

This will be Wegmans sixth store in New England. The company has talked about opening a store in the City of Boston, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The soccer stadium in Rochester has a new name. And it’s a familiar one. David and Wendy Dworkin, who own the Rochester Rhinos, say that the Marina Auto Group is the new naming rights partner, for 'Marina Auto Stadium.'

That auto dealer group had  held the naming rights to the stadium during the 2009 and 2010 Rochester Rhinos seasons.

The facility was called the Capelli Sport Stadium since January of 2017. Capelli is an apparel and accessory business based in New York City.

Wegmans is responding to Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this week to ban single-use plastic bags.

The supermarket chain has some concerns with that concept. Cuomo says that a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags will significantly reduce waste and environmental impacts. 

But Wegmans officials say it’s important to fully understand the impact that the various bagging options would have on the environment. 

Spectrum News

Monroe County Sheriff’s officials say that with the help of Rochester Police, they raided a pawn shop in Brighton on Tuesday afternoon and confiscated what they say are stolen goods with an estimated value of $200,000 to $300,000. It happened at Mr. Deals at 2862 West Henrietta Road.

Authorities arrested the owner of the store, 29 year old Marcus Luciano along with store manager 22 year old John Lombardo. Both are from Greece.

Efforts by Charter Communications (Spectrum)  to get some homeless people who have been camped out on South Avenue off of their property heated up on Tuesday morning.  The cable provider contacted Rochester Police to have people taken off that land where some tents have been set up near Charter’s facilities at 71 Mount Hope Avenue.

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A performing arts center and residential complex that has been proposed for a key piece of land in downtown Rochester continues to generate a lot of discussion.

People from a number of groups gathered at the Parcel 5 site off Main Street on Sunday to make sure their voices are heard.

They gathered on Earth Day, and that was appropriate since a number of environmental activists are also part of a group called the Our Land Roc Coalition.

Rochester-based internet provider Greenlight Networks is asking the NYS Public Service Commission to approve acquisition of the  company by local philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano.

A petition filed by Greenlight Networks and Grand Oaks LLC of Pittsford, which is owned by Golisano, asks the PSC to allow Grand Oaks to acquire a controlling interest in Greenlight.

The owners of Mario’s restaurant on Monroe Avenue say they will be bringing back that eatery, but at a different location.

They say that after almost 3 years since the last meal was served on Monroe Avenue, they will open a restaurant in the space now occupied by their current Bazil Restaurant on Irondequoit Bay.

The new restaurant is called Mario’s Homemade Pasta Kitchen, and Mario Daniele says it hearkens back to his roots of growing up in Italy eating in his mother’s kitchen.

The New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua has a new name.  It is now called  New York Kitchen.

General Manager Bethany DiSanto says the idea is for the branding to more accurately reflect the many foods and beverages that the facility will be talking about.

She says when they first began a dozen years ago, wine was a larger percentage of the beverages talked about at the center, but with the explosion in the number of breweries, as well as homegrown food choices, it was time to come up with a different name.

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