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 United Way of Greater Rochester has just announced the numbers from its latest campaign, and the organization exceeded its goal.

It raised $25.4 million dollars; the goal was $25.2 million. For the second year in a row the campaign results were an increase over the previous year’s goal.

The Irondequoit Town Board has voted to authorize Monroe County to move ahead with created reduced speed limit zones near the West Irondequoit campus on Cooper Road and Eastridge High School on East Ridge Road.

For a quarter-mile stretch on each road, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 miles-per-hour on school days, between the hours of 7:00-9:00 am and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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Lyft is the first ride-hailing service to sign an agreement with Monroe County to allow it to operate out of the Greater Rochester International Airport when the ride-hailing operations begin in upstate New York June 29th.

Starting that day, passengers arriving here can be picked up at a designated area in front of the baggage claim area.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says it’s important that Monroe County have the same kind of services that many other communities have.

NYS  officials say that they’ve reached a potential settlement with Charter Communications regarding the build-out of its cable network.

The State Department of Public Service announced the $13 million settlement, saying that Charter failed to meet requirements for expanding the cable network as called for when the state approved Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Two local villages held elections on Tuesday, Brockport and Webster.

In Brockport, where there was a contested election, incumbent Mayor Margaret Blackman, who was first elected in 2013, defeated challengers Lyle Stirk and Carol Hannan.

Blackman had about 52 percent of the vote; Stirk 36 percent and Hannan about 12 percent.

There were also two trustee seats on the ballot in Brockport, and Blackman’s running mates, incumbents Katherine Kristansen and Annie Crane, were the apparent winners.

Pittsford School District voters approved a budget for the upcoming school year on Tuesday, by a more than two to one margin. The vote was 3,107 yes and 1,234 no.

A second vote was necessary after Pittsford rejected  a spending plan in May.  At that time, the budget failed to secure the 60 percent super-majority of votes necessary because district officials wanted to exceed the state tax cap.

The new budget does not include money for funding full-day kindergarten. Pittsford is one just a few school districts in the state without full-day kindergarten.

Rochester City Council on Tuesday night approved the 2017-18 proposed budgets for the city and for the school district.

The city budget was passed unanimously, and the RCSD budget passed by a vote of 8 – 1, with Council member Carolee Conklin voting against it.

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A  local business leader who started at the ground floor of the food processing industry and now leads one of the Rochester area’s top employers is receiving a major award from RIT.

When John LiDestri emigrated from Sicily to the U.S., he started as a bottle washer for Ragu. But he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming company president at Cantisano Foods, later buying out that business and renaming it LiDestri Foods.

A local youth advocacy organization is making an offer to the Rochester City School District.

The Children’s Agenda has a new project to analyze the district’s annual $920 million budget.

CEO of The Children’s Agenda, Larry Marx, says that no other local budget has as much of an impact on the well-being of area  youth as the city school district budget does.

Allegiant Airlines is expanding service between the Greater Rochester International Airport and Southwest Florida. 

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says that Allegiant will begin new, twice-weekly, non-stop service from Rochester to Punta Gorda, Florida beginning November 17.

The year-round route will offer approximately 340 additional non-stop seats to the west coast of Florida.

With the addition of the route, Allegiant will operate two, non-stop routes from Rochester.