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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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One of the largest daycare providers in Rochester is facing possible revocation of its license.

According to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the Carlson MetroCenter Child Care Center at the YMCA on East Main Street is facing some problems with the state.

OCFS has moved to revoke the program’s license due to a lack of required supervision and the lack of required record keeping.

The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the sale of local broadband company Greenlight Networks to Grand Oaks GLN, LLC.  Grand Oaks is a Pittford company owned by philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano.

The PSC says the sale will give Greenlight access to financial capital and allow it to build its high-speed broadband fiber network, as well as optimize its operation in a way that is needed for long term success in a competitive telecom industry.

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A federal class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of thousands of employees at the University of Rochester that the university has not been aggressive enough in trying  to make sure that the workers aren’t charged excessive fees for their retirement plan.

The suit was filed by a Pittsburgh-based law firm, Carlson Lynch Sweet Kipela & Carpenter, specifically for Christopher D’Amore, who worked in UR’s IT department for nearly 21 years.

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Xerox has been through some tumultuous times in recent weeks with questions over who will end up controlling the company. And with the recent announcement there will be a new CEO and several new board members, a retirees group is wondering what it will mean for their members.

David Coriale is president of the Association of Retired Xerox Employees, a national group which represents some Xerox retirees across the country.  He says there are about 10,000 Xerox retirees in the Rochester area.

Xerox has officially appointed John Visentin as CEO and set July 31st as the date for the annual meeting. There is no word yet on a location for that meeting.

The company released more information about its next moves on Wednesday night.  Earlier this week, Xerox announced that Visentin would become CEO and that Jeff Jacobson and five other board members would resign as part of a settlement with activist investors, Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.

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There are plenty of political and other controversies to keep people busy on social media. But for at least a few days this week, one of the biggest trending disputes has to do with what you think you heard.

You may have already had this argument with your co-workers, when you heard a brief audio clip of a computerized voice that sounds like it’s saying either, “laurel“  or  “yanny.”

It’s not as simple as you think; different people have heard different things.

Especially if they heard the word played at either a slower speed or a faster speed.

The Rochester School Board approved its 2018-19 budget on Tuesday night. The more than $900 million spending plan adds a number of positions including some for special education, one area the district has been concentrating on shoring up.

There are also additional positions for other areas including bilingual education.

The budget does close what was originally a $65 million gap, and that was accomplished with the help of money from the districts unrestricted fund balance.

It appears all spending plans were approved in the budget votes taken in Monroe County and nearby communities on Tuesday.

That includes a budget that will see Pittsford implement full-day kindergarten. Pittsford is one of the few districts across the state that does not provide that program.

The Monroe County Republican Committee met Monday night to choose candidates for this year’s elections.

They include backing incumbent 133rd District Assemblyman Joe Errigo. That district includes parts of Monroe and Steuben and all of Livingston County.  The GOP in Livingston County last week backed one of Errigo’s challengers, Caledonia Village Trustee Majorie Byrnes.

It’s possible that Errigo could end up in a primary for that seat.

Here’s the full list of endorsements made by the Monroe County GOP:

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The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting, opening a door for state governments to join in what has become a lucrative industry.

The high court's decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

Some casino operators in New York State have already indicated they look forward to getting the opportunity to offer sports betting.

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