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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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It will be a very busy weekend for two major local universities this weekend.

The University of Rochester has its Meliora Weekend, which includes a variety of activities for the alumni and families who come to visit the campus and surrounding area.

That includes a talk on Saturday morning by ABC Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, and a discuss of legal issues on Saturday afternoon with a panel that includes CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin and legal scholar and UR grad Arthur Miller.

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The Greater Rochester International Airport will be losing its director.

Mike Giardino, who has been the airport director since 2012, has accepted a job to be the Executive Director of the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Virginia.

Giardino is a 26 year Naval aviator veteran, and the Rochester native had spent nearly 10 years of his military career in southeast Virginia.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says that the Rochester Airport’s current Deputy Director, Andy Moore, will serve as Interim Director effective October 30th.

Two women are facing felony charges in connection with the death last June of a resident at  a Webster group home.

Indictments were unsealed Thursday in Monroe County Court with charges against 60 year old Sandra Abdo of Rochester and 25 year old Sarah DiLallo of Greece. 

The two women are facing charges of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of an elderly or incompetent person for their alleged involvement in the death of Heather Roselli.

New York State Police

State Police are releasing more information about an incident that closed of a section on Monroe Avenue late Wednesday night.

Officials say that at about 10pm, troopers were assisting Rochester Police with a vehicle pursuit.  Authorities say the driver, later identified as 38 year old Jerry Ferguson, failed to pull over, and eventually pulled into a parking lot on Meigs Street and starting running.

Rochester and Buffalo are hoping that two cities are better than one, when it comes to trying to attract major investment from the online behemoth Amazon.

In September, the company said it needed to build a second corporate headquarters, a project that would see the company spend more than $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

A number of communities across the country are vying for that new Amazon facility, and Rochester officials already said they are interested, as did people in Buffalo.

Someone in the Rochester area will be a lot richer soon. The New York State Lottery says there was one winning ticket for the lotto game on Wednesday, worth $9.8 million dollars.

The ticket was sold at the Hegedorns Market on Ridge Road in Webster. The six winning numbers were: 06-16-24-25-37-38

This is just the latest big money ticket sold at the store.

Operations manager at Hegedorn’s, Noreen Roesser says the store sold a winning lottery ticket worth $10 million dollars many years ago.

A Pittsford man has been indicted on charges related to a hate crime after he allegedly harassed a family near the Erie Canal in July.

52 year old Vincent Randazzese faces is accused of yelling racial obscenities at an Indian family, who also is from Pittsford, as they walked on the Erie Canal path.

Randazzese is accused of throwing the father’s phone into the canal. The charges Randazzese face include grand larceny and trying to prevent someone from calling for emergency help, as well as endangering the welfare of a child.

Keuka Spring Vineyards

The wildfires that are ravaging parts of Northern California are also impacting the large wine industry in that region. News of that devastation is on the mind of a Finger Lakes winemaker.

The devastation caused by wildfires in Northern California is also impacting the large wine industry in that region.

An agricultural professor at the University of California at Davis, Daniel Sumner, told Bloomberg that the harvest in Sonoma and Napa counties is mostly finished. But he says fires can damage grapes that have not been collected yet and can also destroy vines and wineries.

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A longtime area law enforcement official has died. Former Gates Police Chief Thomas Roche  died Tuesday afternoon after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

Roche spent several years in the U.S. Army Reserves, and joined the Gates Police Department in 1967.

He  was the longest serving chief in the Gates Police Department, becoming chief in 1974, and retiring in 2006.

Roche also served as president of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.

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