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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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.

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Two area state lawmakers say that they are introducing bipartisan legislation to provide some financial relief for people living along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River seaway.

State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle of Irondequoit, a Democrat, and State Senator Pam Helming of Canandaigua, a Republican, say they have reached agreement on a $90 million dollar package to help with flood recovery.

It would include $15 million for residential property owners, $25 million for small businesses, farms and some other categories, and $25 million for municipalities.

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There’s more housing coming to Rochester’s East End.  Area officials cut the ribbon Monday on Charlotte Square, a development on Charlotte Street that includes 72 units. Most of the apartments have market rate rents, with several apartments set aside for people who make under a certain income.

It was developed by Home Leasing, and CEO Nelson Leenhouts says even with the discussion that comes up sometimes about all of the housing being developed downtown, his company had plenty of demand for this project.

The 16th annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival gets underway this Friday, an event which has grown in both attendance and publicity worldwide over all that time.

One of Rochester’s largest festivals is now in its 16th year, featuring  more than 1,500  and over 325 concerts.


Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero is urging boaters to be cautious on Canandaigua Lake due to floating debris, which has been caused by recent storms.

He says boaters are urged to operate their vessels at no more than 5 miles per hour within 200 feet of shore on Canandaigua Lake.

The sheriff says that his deputies have seen debris below the surface of the water, mainly tree limbs and logs that present a danger if a boat hits them.

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Rochester will hold its first ROC Women’s Music Fest on July 21. That announcement was made by Mayor Lovely Warren on Friday, who says the festival will feature “powerful female artists, who bring passion and spirit for change as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.”

The headliners include Joan Osborne, MC Lyte and Meshell Ndegeocello, alongside local artists Mikaela Davis and Teagan and the Tweeds.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Geneva Friday, to detail specifics of the projects that will be funded by the $10 million that city is getting from the state for its downtown revitalization.

The award was first announced a year ago, and Cuomo on Friday talked about a dozen projects that will be receiving funds including  $1.25 million to create a solar village, which will use solar electric and heat pump technology.

Cuomo says other projects include making it easier for pedestrians to access the lakefront  on Seneca Lake from downtown Geneva.

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Rochester City Hall hosted a job fair Thursday for people who want to work for the ride hailing service Lyft when that service becomes available on June 29. A similar job fair was held for Uber last month.

That fair provoked some controversy, after Democratic Mayoral candidate Rachel Barnhart filed an ethics complaint. It was related to the fact that Warren’s former chief of staff, Jeremy Cooney, now works for Uber.

The union representing Monroe County road patrol deputies has ratified a new contract. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association approved the five-year agreement which covers 2017 - 2021.

It affects the wages and benefits of 255 employees.

The PBA issued a statement saying the contract allows its members to stay competitive with other law enforcement agencies while also being responsible to the taxpayers.

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A well known leader in local telecommunications is retiring.

Ann Burr, who has been an executive with Frontier Corporation for nearly 12 years, and was an official with Time Warner in Rochester before that, says she has retired effective June 15.

Burr most recently was chairman of Frontier’s Rochester division and was also vice president of customer engagement.

She came to Frontier after taking early retirement from Time Warner where she had been president of their Rochester operations.

Burr is also a former WXXI trustee.