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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 United Way of Greater Rochester and the ESL Federal Credit union are announcing a $500,000  ESL “Give Back Challenge,” for next year's United Way Campaign.

ESL will match all new and increased donations to the United Way's Community Fund next year, up to a half-million dollars. Officials say this is one of the largest challenge grants and corporate donations in United Way's history.

Faheem Masood is president and CEO of ESL. He says making this challenge just makes sense for his organization.

Imagine Monroe, the county’s economic development agency, has approved incentives for two local projects that County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says will create a total of 34 new jobs.

One of the projects involves construction by Gallina Development of an addition to the existing building in Ogden for the company Transcat, which provides test and measurement equipment. They are creating 32 jobs over the next three years.

The Rochester community is seeing improvements in the annual report card that tracks key measures for children in the city, but there are still challenges. That’s the gist of the annual report card from ROC the Future, which is a public private partnership consisting of government and community organizations.

Larry Marx is CEO of the group called The Children’s Agenda, and he says this report card shows that the number of four year olds enrolled in Pre-K and Head Start has grown to nearly 97 percent.

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Vice President Mike Pence will be making a stop in Buffalo Tuesday, where officials say he will meet with area business and community leaders and New York families to talk about the need for tax reform.

Pence will also be joined by Western New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins at the events.

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York criticized that tax plan because of plans to eliminate a federal tax deduction for state and local taxes.

Crews from RG&E now have most customers back on line after strong winds brought down tree limbs and power lines on Sunday.

At the peak of the outages, there were more than 16,000 RG&E customers in Monroe County without power, and several thousand RG&E and NYSEG customers in Wayne County without electricity.

A line of swift moving thunderstorms, with strong winds and heavy rain brought down numerous tree branches and power lines throughout Western NY late Sunday afternoon.

The winds gusted more than 60 mph according to data from the National Weather Service.

Governor Andrew Cuomo  announced on Sunday that  a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left  for California to help crews there deal with the devastating wildfires.

The volunteers and DEC staff, including many State Forest Rangers, will join California crews and be assigned where they are most needed.

The New York team is expected to support California's firefighting efforts for two weeks.

State and local officials say they are seeing a lot of interest in a state-funded competition designed to help startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging industries in Rochester.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that Luminate NY, the name of the competition announced earlier this year, has received interest from more than 100 applicants from around the world.

NYS Parks

Letchworth State Park has again been named the #1 Best Attraction in New York State.

That’s according to a USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice survey.  The nominees are chosen by a panel of experts and editors from the newspaper.

Letchworth was also voted the #1 State park in the country in a 2015 USA Today poll.

NY State Parks officials say that Letchworth, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,’ saw over 750,000 visitors last year and is on track to exceed that number this year.

Friday was sentencing day in the case of those convicted in connection with the death of Craig Rideout.

And maximum punishments were handed out by Judge Thomas Moran who called the crime "evil" and "despicable" during his sentencing. 

The body of Craig Rideout, from Penfield, was found in a rural area of Yates County in July of last year.

Rideout’s estranged wife, Laura, and one of his sons, Colin, were both convicted of second degree murder, and Judge Thomas Moran sentenced both of them to 25 years to life in prison on the murder charge.  

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