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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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Flooding along the south shore of Lake Ontario is prompting some additional warnings.

The Town of Irondequoit has declared a state of emergency because of rising water levels on the lake and Irondequoit Bay.

Effective 5pm on Friday, all boats on Irondequoit Bay must travel at an idle speed when they are within 500 feet of the shore so that they don’t create a wake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is among the agencies continuing to help those impacted by the flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Lieutenant Colonel Adam Czekanski  is the Buffalo District Commander for the Corps (CORE).

He says the Corps is sending out engineers, to help  state and local officials assess the infrastructure needs in the affected communities.

Spectrum News

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked a lot about jobs and the economy in her first State of the County address on Wednesday night.

She delivered it at the site of what will be MCC’s new downtown campus this fall, next to Kodak’s headquarters on State Street. Dinolfo first took office in January 2016, but did not give a State of the County address last year.

What Governor Andrew Cuomo describes as the nation’s largest hydroponic commercial greenhouse will locate its operations at the Eastman Business Park.

Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 650,000 square foot facility that will produce fresh, locally grown, organic baby leaf greens year-round. The project is expected to create 137 new full-time jobs, most of which will be in packaging, shipping, receiving and warehousing. 55 of those jobs are reserved for veterans or those who are underemployed.

The Rochester Area Community Foundation will receive a $5 million donation from the foundation created by the late Buffalo Bills founder, Ralph Wilson.

Community Foundation President Jennifer Leonard says that gift will establish an endowment at the foundation to support current and new youth sports programs.

“We are looking to expand the accessibility, availability and quality of youth sports, so that all kids have access to high quality, varied youth sports experiences and are taught by coaches who are professionally prepared.”

Conduent, the New Jersey based company which used to be part of Xerox, is reporting its first quarter of earnings as a stand-alone company.

The company, which focuses on business services, saw adjusted operating income of $89 million. Earnings of 16 cents a share matched analysts’ average estimate.

Sales of $1.55 billion were slightly less than the analysts’ estimates.

But CEO Ashok Vemuri says the first quarter results were in line with the company’s expectations, reflecting the seasonality of the business and the ramp up of Conduent’s strategic transformation.

Kodak is reporting another profitable quarter.  Even though it wasn’t a large profit, the first quarter saw $7 million in net income,  that compares to a $15 million dollar loss during the same quarter a year ago.

Sales however, were down about five percent. The drop is being attributed mainly  to pricing pressures and the expected continued decline in the legacy inkjet printer cartridge business.

City of Rochester

Former Rochester Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon has died.

Redon had stepped down in June of last year to try and deal with his cancer; he was in the job for five years, serving under two mayors, former Mayor Tom Richards and current Mayor Lovely Warren.

Before that, Redon worked in executive positions at Kodak and Paychex.

Warren issued a statement calling him, “a great friend and co-worker and I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends as well as to the host of community members who had the good fortune of knowing and working with him.”

Wegmans and Publix are America’s favorite grocery retailers, tying for first place in a consumer study of more than 12,700  shoppers conducted by the research firm Market Force Information.

It’s the 2nd consecutive year that the Rochester based chain has held the top spot in the annual study, after unseating Trader Joe’s last year.

In the latest survey, Trader Joe’s is a close second and H-E-B, a Texas-based chain, is third.

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The NYS Department of Financial Services will be providing assistance to Town of Greece homeowners who have insurance questions after the recent lakeshore flooding.

Town Supervisor Bill Reilich says an RV from the state will be at Greece Town Hall on Wednesday with trained professionals who will help residents navigate through insurance concerns.

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