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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 woman described by Mayor Lovely Warren as a ‘trailblazer and a fighter’  for the Rochester community has died.

Vernice Warfield died at home Monday morning at the age of 102.  Warren says the first key to the city she gave as mayor was to Reverend Warfield, who was an ordained minister and community organizer, among other accomplishments.

Retired RIT Marketing Professor Gene Fram weighs in about the supermarket one-day delivery competition heating up.  It's not just Wegmans, other retailers are involved locally and nationally.

Plus, the George Eastman Museum launches the Technicolor online research archive, and news about a big job fair this week in Rochester.

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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Hundreds of people rallied at Washington Square park  in Rochester Sunday night to stand in solidarity with people who were the victims of violence and hate in Charlottesville Virginia.

A rabbi, a poet, an author, a politician, were just some of the people who spoke at the rally organized quickly by the groups Indivisible Rochester and Action Together-Rochester.

The messages varied, but they basically all keyed in on the need to repudiate hatred, and rally for justice.

Governor Cuomo on Sunday released the following statement calling on President Trump to denounce white supremacists and is asking all concerned New Yorkers and others to sign a petition.

State and local officials are reacting to the deaths and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia:

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statement:

A recent Brighton High School graduate has died in a boating accident in the Finger Lakes.

Schuyler County deputies identify the victim as 17 year old  Owen Thomas.

Thomas died after an accident Thursday night on Waneta Lake in Schuyler County.

Deputies say the incident happened just after 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, when Thomas fell overboard. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others on the boat were treated at the hospital. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Spectrum News

The Rochester Red Wings hosted a packed stadium Thursday night, with more than 13,000 people to see not the ‘Red Wings,’ technically, but the Rochester ‘Plates’ as the team was known for the game against Norfolk.

The team was temporarily renamed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of the ‘garbage plate,’ paying tribute to 100 years of Nick Tahou’s restaurant and what has become a signature dish for many people in Rochester.

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Constellation Brands is making another acquisition.

The Victor-based company is purchasing Florida-based  Funky Buddha Brewery, which Constellation says is the fastest growing craft brewery in Florida.

Constellation says this purchase reinforces its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the U.S.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery was founded in 2010 in Boca Raton by husband and wife, Ryan and Giani Sentz. It is South Florida’s largest craft microbrewery by size and volume.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Federal authorities say that five Florida men are accused of a money laundering conspiracy against Xerox.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that Robert Lee Fisher; Bryan Day; Jason Haynes; Kyle Haynes; and David Haynes, all of Daytona Beach also face charges that include mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say that Fisher owned a company that was an authorized reseller of Xerox equipment.

Eastman Kodak is reporting a profitable 2nd quarter, but earnings came in about half of where they were a year ago. The company earned $4 million in the quarter on a GAAP basis.

Revenues overall of $381 million were down about 10 percent compared to last year, but the company says it saw strong growth in some key product lines. Kodak now focuses on commercial printing and packaging.

At Brighton Securities, Chairman George Conboy says the company’s management team is much improved over the way it was some years ago, but he says Kodak is still facing some challenges.

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