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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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Geva Theatre Center has announced its 2017-2018 Season, which is also Geva’s  45th year of providing professional theater.

A  North Carolina company is planning to bring operations to Canandaigua, and with that expansion, create 214 jobs locally.

According to Empire State Development officials, Akoustis Technologies has also agreed to make significant investments of up to $20 million at the facility in Canandaigua, which is called the Smart Systems Technology & Commercialization Center.

Spectrum News

A judge ruled on Monday that Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio did not violate terms of her sentence related to her DWI conviction last year.

Ontario County Judge Stephon Aronson has been presiding over the bench trial because of Astacio’s position as a city judge.

On Monday, Aronson ruled there was a lack of evidence to prove Astacio was drinking at a Thanksgiving party  and also at a local restaurant.

The judge also dismissed an allegation that the judge circumvented her interlock device on her car  by having others blow into it.

(WXXI News & AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grant money that has already been awarded if they don't comply.  

Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with a section of federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.   

The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has decided to censure a local judge for issues that arose after a 2015 trial. 

The commission chose 'censure', which is more serious than an ‘admonition’ but not as severe as removing a judge from the bench, in a case involving State Supreme Court Justice James Piampiano.

The commission censured the jurist in part, because of media interviews that he gave regarding the mistrial he granted in the Charlie Tan murder case.

New York State Public Service Department officials have announced that there will be four hearings to get public comment on how well prepared RG&E and NYSEG were in their response to the recent windstorm.

That storm, on March 8th, resulted in more than 100,000  customers losing power in parts of  Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

A few days after that storm, Governor Cuomo criticized the response by the two utilities which are both part of a company called AVANGRID.

URMC

Flu season is winding down. That according to Dr. John Treanor, the head of the infectious disease division at URMC, who says it appears the cases of the more serious strain are finished, but there may still be a few cases out there of the more moderate strain.

“We went through a moderate flu season this year but looking at the numbers of positive tests in the microlab and other indications of disease activity it does appear to be definitely on the wane. That doesn’t mean it’s completely gone, but it’s clearly going away," he told WXXI News.

Rochester fire officials say high levels of carbon monoxide in a church on the city’s northwest side resulted in several people being treated.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 1:40pm at Emmanuel Temple Church on Seneca Parkway.

When they got there, the crew found high levels of the odorless gas. Everyone was evacuated and RG&E pinpointed the problem to an improperly installed furnace.

Fire crews ventilated the building; two adults and one child were taken to the hospital as a precaution to be checked out, and eight others were treated at the scene.

Spectrum News

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP & WXXI News) — The FBI says its work in a wooded area of South Carolina has brought authorities closer to resolving the case of a Chili area teenager who disappeared during a spring break trip that she took without her family's knowledge in 2009.

Multiple media outlets report an FBI supervisory agent said Sunday the work over three days in Georgetown County "progressed the investigation" into the disappearance of 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel.

She was last seen leaving a Myrtle Beach resort on April 25, 2009.

Spectrum News

A search that is reportedly related to the death of a Chili teen continued over the weekend in South Carolina.

That's according to the FBI, who tells Spectrum News the search related to the death of Brittanee Drexel will continue at least until Sunday. 

Myrtle Beach Police say officers from their department along with sheriff's deputies and the FBI began searching  Friday in an area around Georgetown, South Carolina.

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