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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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A new report says that Xerox had been looking at undertaking a search for a potential new CEO last fall, while discussions were going on about a possible deal with Fuji.

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The Ice Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service Monroe and other nearby counties was canceled at about 1:20pm Sunday.  

At least a quarter-inch of precipitation, in some areas a mixture of sleet and freezing rain, has fallen since Saturday. That caused slippery road conditions and left coatings of ice on cars and sidewalks.

But as of early Sunday morning, there were no reports of major damage, and relatively few power outages.  (There was an outage at the College at Brockport campus, but that was resolved by about 9am)

Area officials and the AAA have issued information about a potential ice storm this weekend and other severe weather conditions, such as flooding in some parts of the state this weekend.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been in contact with local emergency managers across the state and is monitoring flooding issues along Lake Ontario as well as the impacts of heavy rains along rivers and streams. 

Two top New York State education officials are telling the vendor handling computerized testing for students to make sure they get to the bottom of the recent problems.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say that the problem affecting some students taking online English exams this week was “an unacceptable failure.”

They say that while more than 135,000 testing sessions were completed through Thursday, the difficulties that schools faced in administering the computer-delivered exams are "inexcusable."

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Abuse of opioid drugs has cost the U.S. a lot of money in a number of ways. That includes a big impact on business, particularly the construction industry.


It is shaping up to be a busy primary season for the next couple of months for some Monroe County Democrats.

Thursday was the deadline to file petitions to get on the ballot in the 25th Congressional District. That’s the seat held by longtime Representative Louise Slaughter who died last month. All of the district is located within Monroe County.

The NYS Education Department provided an update on Thursday about the computer problems that caused issues for some students taking ELA tests in grades 3 through 8 on Wednesday.

Several hundred students in West Irondequoit, at the Junior H.S. were among those affected statewide; it was limited to some of the students who took the English exams online, and did not affect those taking the traditional paper tests.

Two New York State agencies are investigating Rochester General Hospital in connection with the treatment of a Town of Sweden woman who has been charged with killing her 7 year old son.

A spokesman for the New York State Office of Mental Health confirms for WXXI News that his agency and the NYS Department of Health are investigating the incident. But since the investigation is ongoing, there is no additional comment.

One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in the Genesee County town of Pembroke late Thursday night.

Media reports quote the Genesee County Undersheriff as saying that deputies responded to the Log Cabin restaurant on Gilmore Road for a report of shots being fired at about 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been suspended with pay effective immediately. That word came on Wednesday from the NYS Court of Appeals.

All seven judges on the court issued a letter which says the state’s highest court was notified of the recent felony charge facing Astacio.

She was arrested at her home on Tuesday, accused of trying to buy a shotgun at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Henrietta, and charged with attempted criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon.

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