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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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Area lawmakers gathered at the Gates Chili High School field house Thursday to announce $200,000 in state funds to help expand Unified Champion Schools.

That's a program that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities through education, sports and youth leadership.

It promotes inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences.

Neal Johnson is the president and CEO of Special Olympics-New York.   He says this program can help battle issues like bullying and harassment.

Xerox will be eliminating about 175 positions at its Webster campus.

The company says that as part of its strategic transformation, it will be closing some supply chain operations including a warehouse facility in Webster, and that will affect both salaried employees and members of the Industrial Work Force, represented by Local 14A in Webster.

Greater Rochester Enterprise will be looking for a new leader. The local business development organization announced Thursday that President and CEO Mark Peterson is leaving for a job in Illinois.

Peterson will become the new president and CEO of Intersect Illinois, which is a business recruitment and marketing organization for the State of Illinois.

Peterson has been with GRE for 12 years, 8 years as its leader.

In terms of what he's leaving behind, Peterson feels the Rochester region is on firm footing as it works to improve its economy.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is including a strategy to fight methane emissions in his plan to reduce the state's total greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Democratic governor on Wednesday announced a 25-step methane reduction plan.

The package is part of New York's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels.

Cuomo's office says methane is second to carbon dioxide in its contribution to climate change and represents almost 10 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Rochester Fire Dept.

A Webster man is facing a felony arson charge in connection with an incident in Rochester earlier this week that officials say had the potential to be devastating.

52 year old Eric Reynolds faces the first degree arson charge after firefighters were called to a vacant building on Ridgeway Avenue for the smell of gasoline. Reynolds owns that apartment building.

Battalion Chief Jim Hartman says they found evidence that an explosive device had gone off, but failed to ignite pails of gasoline that were left near the device.

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State and local officials gathered in Gates Tuesday to mark the opening of Crerand Commons Phase II, which is a new affordable housing development. The complex adds 33 apartments near a similar housing development on Lyell Road.

Ruthanne Visnauskas is the New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner.

She says there is still a big need for affordable housing across the state. 

Nearly all  area school district budgets passed in Tuesday’s voting.

But in Pittsford, not enough people favored the budget to meet the 60 percent threshold needed for a ‘super majority’ since the district wanted to exceed the state tax cap.

The vote was 3,687 people in favor of the budget, 3,207 against.

Among the reasons district officials wanted to exceed the tax cap was to pay for full-day kindergarten in Pittsford, which many districts across the state now offer.

Spectrum News

Monroe County Deputies are investigating a one-vehicle crash in Penfield early Tuesday morning that killed two people.

The car was found just before 6am in a wooded area near Harris Road and Atlantic Avenue.

A man and a woman , were found dead at the scene.  

They are identified as the driver, 24 year old Pavel Laune of Webster and his passenger, 28 year old Melody Stacklyn of Walworth.

WASHINGTON (AP)  Manufacturing in New York state shrank for the first time in seven months in May, as new orders fell and shipments grew more slowly. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped last month to minus 1, from 5.2 in April. Any reading below zero signals contraction. 

In this week's report, WXXI's Randy Gorbman takes a look at the ongoing efforts of the organization Causewave, former the Ad Council,  to look for community approaches to solving problems. The discussion keys off a recent presentation at the Causewave meeting with the leader of an anti-smoking movement across the nation.

Also, Xerox acquires an office equipment company in Ohio.

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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