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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 Bivona Child Advocacy Center have announced a new executive director.

Deborah Rosen will succeed longtime director Mary Whittier, who announced last year that she would be stepping down.

Rosen is a former Director of Children and Family Services for the Department of Human Services in Monroe County, and is currently Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships at Hillside Family of Agencies.

She has more than 20 years experience as a licensed clinical social worker.

The Monroe County Federation of Teachers  is calling on New York State to take further action to change the way standardized tests are handled for students in grades 3 through 8.

The federation represents 20 teacher unions and says that  teacher leaders met with state education commissioner MaryEllen Elia last December about their concerns.

The Fed decided last week to raise interest rates, we asked an RIT economist about who might feel the effects of that right away.

Also, a major investor in Valeant decided to sell his shares in the company, George Conboy of Brighton Securities ponders what that might mean for the future of B + L going forward.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.
 

The Rochester area will soon host another food processing company, and that will mean millions of dollars in investment and 30 new jobs.

The announcement was made by Governor Andrew Cuomo who says that an Oregon-based company called OFD Foods will be building a $25 million manufacturing facility in Henrietta.

The 50,000 square foot facility is being built to help OFD better serve its Midwest and East coast customer base.  The plant will focus on providing freeze-drying services in bulk industrial packaging.

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The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics honored seven healthcare organizations and professionals this weekend. The Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards were created  to recognize the progress being made around the world to increase access to essential health care for people with intellectual disabilities. It is Special Olympics’ highest honor for health partners.

The first-ever awards were presented Sunday in Austria. They were given to:

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Rochester Police say that one person was killed, and another injured Saturday afternoon in an accident on Lake Avenue. They say the 62 year old man was driving and the passenger was his 66 year old wife.

Officers say the driver had a medical problem and lost control of the car. It continued across Lake Avenue, went over a median, then over the sidewalk, taking down a pole and some railing.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $185,000 has been awarded to establish a Brewing Microenterprise Program, beginning with four local businesses that will create 16 jobs.

75 people originally expressed interest in the ‘Brew IN Livingston' competition; eventually 15 finalists went through a business boot camp, which was a course that focused on the formation of a brewery business.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the New York State Gaming Commission this week formally endorsed the plan announced late last month to preserve the racing season at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

That season had been in doubt, partly due to the difficult in trying to predict how the opening of the del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County would affect revenues. All of the various parties including del Lago helped forge this agreement.

The federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump would make cuts in a number of programs, including those that fund the arts and the humanities.

Bruce Barnes says eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would have a “tremendous negative effect” on the George Eastman Museum.

Barnes is director of that world-renowned photography museum on East Avenue, and he says grants from those federal agencies have helped that museum immensely.

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Senator Charles Schumer  (D-NY) made a stop in Victor on Thursday to launch a push to preserve tax deductions.

He went to a home in that Ontario County town to say that local homeowners are in jeopardy since the new U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, has talked about changes to property tax deductions.

Schumer is concerned about the possible loss of deductions for mortgage interest and real estate taxes.

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