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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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Greece Police have released more information about an officer-involved shooting that happened early Thursday morning.

The say that they responded to a house on Betwood Lane after a man called 911 to say that he planned to kill his wife.

Authorities say that when Officer Jeffrey Fraser arrived and got out of his car, he was approached by 81 year old Robert Litolff who was carrying a rifle.

Chief Patrick Phelan says that Fraser told Litolff to drop the weapon, but Litolff refused and pointed the gun at the officer. 

  UPDATE: As of Friday, midday:

AVANGRID, the parent company of RG&E and NYSEG says that considerable progress has been made in making repairs in the affected regions around the state.

Officials say the vast majority of the remaining customers who don’t have power will be restored on Friday, by 11:45 p.m., with the exception of scattered outages remaining in the hardest hit areas in Western NY.  Some of those outages have estimated restoration times of 11:45 p.m. on Saturday.

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A man in Greece is dead, shot by police there after authorities say he pointed a rifle at an officer.

It happened just after 2:00 a.m. on Betwood Lane.  Police Chief Patrick Phelan says it started with a man at that address calling 911 saying he was going to kill his wife.

Phelan says a Greece office arrived minutes later at that house.

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Strong  winds, topping 60, and even 70 miles per hour did damage across Western NY and the Finger Lakes on Wednesday.

There was a peak wind gust of 66mph at the Rochester Airport, and a gust that reached 75mph in Batavia.

Most of the high wind warnings were lifted by late Wednesday night. A lakeshore flood warning for Wayne County was lifted early Thursday.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a State of Emergency Wednesday afternoon due to the high winds.

Rachel Barnhart, one of the people seeking the Democratic nomination for the Congressional seat previously held by Louise Slaughter, says she has secured the required number of signatures to get on the primary ballot.

Barnhart, a former TV journalist who has also run for the NYS Assembly and Rochester Mayor in recent years, says that she also has a sufficient number of signatures to withstand legal scrutiny.

A top official with Hobart and William Smith Colleges is providing some more details about the investigation into questions raised concerning allegations of plagiarism against the president of that Geneva-based institution.

The recent allegations against Gregory Vincent, who was just appointed to the president’s post last year, are that the dissertation he did for his doctorate in education repeatedly uses long passages from other works without properly identifying them.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo declared a State of Emergency Wednesday afternoon due to the high winds.

The State of Emergency allows the county to institute a Commercial Traffic Ban, which officially restricts the travel of high-profile vehicles in Monroe County through 8:00 p.m.

Officials say that high profile vehicles are most commonly recognized as tractor trailers or other large scale trucks, which can be susceptible to overturning in high wind events.

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The forecast calls for strong winds and blustery weather this week.

The National Weather Service has issued High Wind Warnings for counties including Monroe,  Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming from early Wednesday morning into Wednesday night.

The forecast calls for westerly winds of 30 to 40mph with gusts of over 60mph possible.  

The flu season may have peaked, but there are still some big numbers coming out in the latest data from the Monroe County Health Department.

For the week ending March 24th, there was an additional death, bringing the total number of deaths related to flu up to 15 for the season. And the number of confirmed flue cases increased by 281 to 6,194 cases.

Health department spokesman John Ricci says flu often can continue into April, but these numbers are larger than usual. 

Professor Florian Jaeger will be teaching again at the University of Rochester.

That word came early Tuesday evening in a statement from the university, which says he will be teaching one upper-level elective course and also supervising his graduate students and research lab.

Jaeger, who teaches in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, was at the center of a firestorm of criticism over the last several months after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him by colleagues and students.

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