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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 Pittsford School District has come up with a second budget to put before the voters, after the first one was rejected earlier this month. The school board on Wednesday night voted to submit the latest plan to the voters.

The new plan does not include the addition of full-day kindergarten, which was in the previous plan.

The new plan has an estimated tax levy increase of 2.7% which is within the NYS tax cap.

The budget that was rejected May 16th required a super-majority of at least 60 percent of the vote because that plan had gone over the tax cap.

The Greece Town Board on Wednesday passed a resolution to ask Monroe County to explore possible legal action regarding the high levels in Lake Ontario.

Property owners in Greece are among those along the lakeshore who have been hit by flooding in recent weeks, and the resolution passed by the town board makes reference to changes brought about by Plan 2014. That’s a plan that changes the way water levels are regulated on Lake Ontario.

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Xerox’s annual meeting held Tuesday marked the end of one era in the company’s leadership and the start of another.

For the first time in a number of years, Ursula Burns is no longer a top official with Xerox.

She has been with the company since 1980, and was CEO for several years until late last year when the company split into two separate businesses, one focusing on document technology called Xerox, and the other concentrating on business services, named Conduent.

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Eastman Kodak and the Bullitt Group announced on Tuesday that the company’s new Kodak EKTRA Smartphone has been released for sale in the United States.

The phone was already released in Europe last December. The phone is being manufactured by UK-based Bullitt Group.

The companies say the U.S. launch coincides with a software update addressing requests from photo-enthusiast consumers, including RAW support, improved auto-focus performance and optimizations to auto-white balance and color saturation.

The device lists at a retail price of $399.99.

Water levels on Lake Ontario may be peaking, but for lakefront homeowners, the worst is far from over.

However, there were developments Monday involving some help from the state.

Governor Cuomo's office announced he's making $10 million available to help flood victims.

These funds from New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency are expected to help towns along the lake to build back infrastructure like roads, sidewalks, and sewers.

Randy Gorbman chats with the regional director for Empire State Development, Vincent Esposito, on a new initiative designed to increase foreign investment in the Finger Lakes and to help local businesses export their products to other countries.

Plus, the latest moves being made to give a boost to the craft beer industry in New York State.

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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Wegmans is on track to open its first store in Washington, D.C.

The news no doubt, music to the ears of loyal fans and Rochester transplants who live in the Washington DC area.

In fact, a web story from one of the TV stations in that area started off by saying, “We thought this day would never come, but it’s finally here !

Wegmans first store in D.C will be part of the former Fannie Mae headquarters complex on Wisconsin Avenue NW, in Washington.

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The latest numbers on job growth in the Rochester area show another decline.

The NYS State Labor Department says this region saw a drop of 4,100 private sector jobs in April compared to a year ago.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says the numbers have been declining since January, but she does not think these figures accurately reflect the growth that is occurring.

Northeast winds brought more water from Lake Ontario onto parts of Edgemere Drive in Greece on Saturday.

Greece Police asked drivers to avoid that road, with water collecting on the roadway. Police asked only local traffic use Edgemere.

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NYS Senate Republicans have announced the introduction of a bill creating a new Great Lakes Flood Recovery Grant Program to help those impacted by the lake flooding this Spring.

The measure makes $55 million in grants available to property owners, businesses, farms, not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and counties affected by high water levels in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, and the St. Lawrence River.

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