Ongoing Coverage:

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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Government
1:22 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Statements By Gov. Cuomo & Rochester Mayor Warren On NYC Officer Murders

Officers Ramos & Liu
Credit npr.org

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Sunday issued the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of 2 New York City Police Officers:

"Here in Rochester, we already know the pain of one of our police officers being killed. The situation in New York City is a reminder of that pain. We also know the pain of losing loved ones to acts of violence.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave officers. My prayers are also with the families that lose loved ones on our streets. These killings are senseless.

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Health
6:32 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Strong Hospital Implements Visitor Restrictions Due To Flu

Strong Hospital in Rochester has implemented some restrictions on visitors due to high levels of flu that have been seen locally and nationally.

They include:

--No visitors under age 14 permitted in the hospital

--No more than two family members/visitors at any time for each patient.

--People who are ill with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or sore throat) are asked NOT to visit     hospitalized patients at all.

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Government
7:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rochester Officials Ask Homeless To Leave Settlement

Credit City of Rochester

City of Rochester officials are asking homeless people who have camped out near South Avenue and the 490 Douglass-Anthony bridge to leave that space. A news release from City Hall on Friday says that on Thursday night, a tent caught fire at that encampment, putting people at risk and damaging the property.

Officials say ongoing open fires at the site creates a dangerous situation for everyone staying there and for first responders.

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Business
2:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Exit Interview: Sandy Parker On Her Tenure At The RBA

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

A local business organization has said goodbye to the woman who has led that group for nearly a decade. Sandy Parker, President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, officially retired at the end of this week.

In an interview with WXXI News, Parker says when she signed on as President of the RBA in 2005, and even before that when she was involved in the former Industrial Management Council, she never imagined she'd been in this role for so long. Parker figured she'd one day return to the private sector, but that didn't happen.  And she doesn't sound regretful, in fact she says leaving the RBA post is bittersweet.

“I’ve got to meet many different,  just really exciting, interesting people at all levels across the state, I’m going to miss that.”

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Government
1:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Former Rochester Police Chief Gets White House Appointment

Credit WSB-TV

A former Rochester Police Chief has been named to a new Presidential task force on policing and community relations.

Cedric Alexander is among several people named by the White House to the task force which will examine how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between police and the communities they serve.

The task force was formed in light of recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and around the country.

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Sports
12:58 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Red Wings Name New Manager

Mike Quade, a former manager of the Chicago Cubs, has been named the new manager of the Rochester Red Wings. He replaces Gene Glynn who will serve as the third base coach for the Wings’ parent organization, the Minnesoa Twins next year.

The 57 year old Quade managed the Cubs during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He also worked with the New York Yankees organization in 2014 serving as a roving outfield/baserunning coordinator.

He was also with the Oakland A’s as first base coach from 2000-02 and the Cubs as third base coach from 2007-10.

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Business
9:17 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Paychex Tops Earnings & Sales Estimates

Paychex has released quarterly numbers that top Wall Street analyst estimates for both profits and revenue.

For the company's fiscal second quarter, Paychex saw earnings of $173 million. That was up 9 percent from this time last year, and earnings per share of 47-cents beat Wall Street estimates by a penny.

Total revenues of $676 million were up 10 percent over last year, and that number also beat the analysts' estimates.

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Government
6:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Siena Poll On Garner Death; Fracking; Politicians & Candidates

A new Siena College Poll shows that by almost a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers believe that the Staten Island grand jury was wrong to not have brought charges against the police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Siena says there were significant partisan, geographic and racial differences. With similar differences, voters favored having the federal government bring civil rights charges against the officer.

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Arts & Culture
9:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Genesee Brewery Lights Up Beer Keg Christmas Tree

The Genesee Brewery held a special kind of Christmas tree lighting outside its Brew House on Cataract Street Thursday night. The “tree” is made up of 300 empty stainless steel kegs, trimmed with lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.

The two-story keg tree was used to also unveil Genesee’s new holiday Tap It Forward social investment beer, which is a salted caramel chocolate porter. A portion of the proceeds of the beer sales will be donated to the GardenAerial FlourGarden project, which is an urban garden at Brown’s Race.

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Economy
8:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Xerox To Sell Its Information Technology Outsourcing Business For A Billion Dollars

(Bloomberg & WXXI News)  Xerox has  agreed to sell its information technology outsourcing business to French computer-services provider Atos  for $1.05 billion, giving the U.S. company more funds for acquisitions and shareholder returns.

Atos will pay for the deal in cash, and Xerox may get another $50 million payment based on the condition of certain assets when the transaction closes, the companies said today in separate statements. Because of the sale, Xerox raised its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast  by 2 cents to as much as 30 cents a share.

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