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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 latest numbers out from the NYS Labor Department show a decline in private sector jobs in the Rochester area in July compared to a year ago.

There were 1,400 fewer jobs in the latest figures, making Rochester one of three metro areas to see declines for the month. Buffalo and Elmira were the other two.

But state labor analyst Tammy Marino says  that as with some other reports out this year, she doesn’t think these numbers accurately reflect what is going on in the local job market.

Kodak is laying off about 35 people in Rochester by early November.

The move is related to an announcement made during its recent earnings report, when CEO Jeff Clarke announced the company will shut down its investment focused on copper metal mesh used for touch sensors.

He says the product has not grown as significantly as the company hoped, so it made the decision to stop that operation.  Clarke says this is all part of Kodak’s plan to take a disciplined approach as it assesses each of its research and commercialization projects.

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there has been a settlement that will help some of the students impacted by the sudden closure of programs operated by Corinthian Colleges.

When Everest Institute in Irondequoit closed in 2015, hundreds of students were left in debt and uncertain about their academic future.

Schneiderman says that as part of a settlement reached with the loan provider, Aequitas Capital, the nationwide payout totals just over $183 million. 

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has committed $5 million to support patient care and capital improvements in the Rochester Regional Health system.

Officials say it is one of the largest made to the health system’s $300 million fundraising campaign.

In recognition of the gift, the Rochester Regional Health Learning Center will be renamed the Wegman Center for Workforce Development at Rochester Regional Health.

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One woman is dead as the result of a collision between a car and a train in the Town of Palmyra Tuesday morning.

It happened just after 7:00 a.m., when Wayne County deputies say that the driver, who was alone in the car, was stopped at a railroad crossing on Hogback Hill Road.

Deputies say as the CSX freight train approached, the driver, 52 year old Heidi Sevor of Phelps, drove into the train’s path and was struck.

A local high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that IDEX Health & Science will expand its optics and photonics operation in Henrietta, establishing an Optical Center of Excellence.

The company plans to eventually lease close to 100,000 square feet in a newly constructed building on John Street.

Cuomo says the project will create up to 34 full time jobs and help retain 186 other positions. Empire State Development will provide up to $2.4 million in exchange for job creation commitments.

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A woman described by Mayor Lovely Warren as a ‘trailblazer and a fighter’  for the Rochester community has died.

Vernice Warfield died at home Monday morning at the age of 102.  Warren says the first key to the city she gave as mayor was to Reverend Warfield, who was an ordained minister and community organizer, among other accomplishments.

Retired RIT Marketing Professor Gene Fram weighs in about the supermarket one-day delivery competition heating up.  It's not just Wegmans, other retailers are involved locally and nationally.

Plus, the George Eastman Museum launches the Technicolor online research archive, and news about a big job fair this week in Rochester.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

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Hundreds of people rallied at Washington Square park  in Rochester Sunday night to stand in solidarity with people who were the victims of violence and hate in Charlottesville Virginia.

A rabbi, a poet, an author, a politician, were just some of the people who spoke at the rally organized quickly by the groups Indivisible Rochester and Action Together-Rochester.

The messages varied, but they basically all keyed in on the need to repudiate hatred, and rally for justice.

Governor Cuomo on Sunday released the following statement calling on President Trump to denounce white supremacists and is asking all concerned New Yorkers and others to sign a petition.

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