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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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Officials with the Transportation Security Administration say that two area residents were stopped at the Rochester Airport Monday in unrelated incidents after TSA officers found guns in the men’s carry-on bags.

Authorities say that a man from Hemlock had a 9 mm gun that was loaded with seven bullets plus he had a magazine loaded with seven more bullets. TSA officers spotted the gun in the checkpoint X-ray machine early in the morning.

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Town of Pittsford officials have temporarily closed a nightclub following an early morning shooting.

Town Supervisor Bill Smith says that a ‘cease and desist’ order was placed on Taylor’s nightclub after the early Monday morning incident on Monroe Avenue, not far from Wegmans and Pittsford Plaza.

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The NYS Board of Regents on Monday voted to reduce the number of days of student testing  for grades three through eight.

The changes for the English language arts and mathematics tests will take place in the spring of next year.

The number of days for the tests will be reduced from three to two.  Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa says the board wants to make certain the tests continue to provide a valid measure of student achievement.

Monroe County Deputies say one man was shot, but not seriously wounded after an incident in Pittsford overnight.

It happened at Taylor’s, a nightclub on Monroe Avenue near Pittsford Plaza.

Deputies were initially called to the scene at about 12:30 Monday morning for a report of a large fight. While they were there, they heard gunshots.

Later, authorities learned one man was treated for a bullet that grazed his head. He was treated at the hospital and is expected to be released.

Ontario County Deputies say a road in the Town of Phelps was closed for a couple of hours Saturday night after a small ammonia leak.

They say a valve on a tank containing anhydrous ammonia malfunctioned allowing a small amount of the ammonia to leak from a drain hose on some property on Fisher Road.

Firefighters and haz-mat teams responded. Two nearby residents smelled the ammonia and had some dizziness but were not hospitalized.

People in the immediate area were told to shelter in place while the leak was cleaned and contained.

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More than 1,800 people participated in the 25th annual Manning & Napier Tour de Cure bicycling event Saturday at the Xerox campus in Webster.

Officials say more than $900,000 has been raised for national and  local diabetes research, education and advocacy.

Richard Yates is chief legal officer for Manning and Napier, and he helps organize the annual event.

Yates says one of the most important aspects of this event is raising awareness about diabetes.

(WXXI News & AP) Varying reactions, much of it along party lines, to the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey in Washington on Thursday.

Some GOP lawmakers, like Western NY Congressman Chris Collins,  argued that Trump's action were a result of well-meaning inexperience or dedication to his aides.

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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will be in jail for another month. That ruling came down Thursday afternoon when Judge Stephen Aronson ruled that Astacio violated the terms of the conditional discharge on her DWI sentence.

She was found guilty of drunk driving last year.

Aronson ordered that Astacio be held without bail until July 6th when a probation report is due.

The hearing Thursday happened after a bench warrant was issued for Astacio’s arrest last week after she missed a court appearance related to her earlier DWI conviction.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has started to look for a new President and CEO.

WXXI News has learned that Ralph Craviso, originally brought on as an interim president and CEO for the Orchestra in the fall of 2015, is working to transition out of that role and help the RPO find his replacement.

Craviso’s title changed last year, with the word ‘interim’ removed from his position. At that time, he told us the board had effectively stopped looking for a replacement, while he continued to work on a plan to shore up the orchestra’s financial stability.

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Ground has been broken for a new manufacturing facility to be used by American Packaging in Monroe County.

Governor Cuomo says the project will lead to the creation of more than 260 jobs over the next five years as well as help ensure that the current 170 employees there are retained. He says the project will also create 100 construction jobs.

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