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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 from RTS are moving ahead with the next phase of a plan to revamp the bus system. It’s called “Reimagine RTS” and it’s a way of changing that transportation network to better reflect current needs.

RTS CEO Bill Carpenter says that more than 10,000 people have participated in the effort to get public input on any potential changes, and the bus system will hear from its consultant this Spring.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says he is ending his campaign for Governor of New York. Kolb, a Canandaigua Republican who had just announced last December that he was a candidate, issued a statement late Friday afternoon saying that it is with “a heavy heart” that he is ending his campaign.

Kolb's decision to leave the race came suddenly. In fact he was scheduled to take part in a  candidate debate Saturday in Erie County.

(AP & WXXI News) Counties across New York State are getting extra financial support to battle the influenza epidemic as the number of confirmed flu cases continues to rise.   

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he's directing the Department of Health to provide reimbursement to local health departments in 57 counties and New York City to help them fund additional campaigns to promote and increase flu vaccines. 

Cuomo says the move is aimed at accommodating New Yorkers still needing a flu shot. 

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Pittsford's Morgan Schild advanced to the women's moguls in the Winter Olympics on Thursday night.

The 20 year old came in third in her qualifying run in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Two other Americans, Jaelin Kauf and Keaton McCargo, placed 5th and 8th.

The finals take place on Sunday.

There was also a viewing party at Bristol Mountain Thursday night to watch the Olympics with members of the Bristol Mountain Freestyle Team there. That’s where Schild got her start as a young child.

Another Bristol skier, Jon Lillis is also competing in the Olympics.

Monroe County Deputies say they are investigating the disappearance of a Perinton couple.

An alert has been issued for 73 year old Robert Ross and his wife, 72 year old Mary Ross.

Investigators say that Robert Ross had a medical appointment on January 30th and has not been seen since. When Ross did not show up for future medical appointments, the sheriff’s department conducted an investigation, notified the couple’s son who lives out of the area and a missing persons’ report was filed.

The ongoing squabble over what will happen with the lease that the Rochester Red Wings have with Monroe County to continue playing baseball in Frontier Field took on new urgency on Thursday.

The International League sent a memo to Rochester Community Baseball CEO Naomi Silver and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo advising that in order for the Red Wings to play their home opener in Rochester on April 6th, the league needs certain documents by March 1st, or the league will go ahead with a plan to have the Wings play their home games in another city.

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During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $50 million in state funding to help redevelop the area along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.

Speaking at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Cuomo noted that other cities around the U.S. have seen great success in taking advantage of their waterfronts and he wants to see Rochester do the same.

The legal back and forth continues in connection with the federal lawsuit brought by researchers at the University of Rochester over the way their claims of sexual harassment were handled.

UR this week filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several university faculty members and grad students.  The 41-page document takes issue with a number of the arguments made by the staffers who filed the suit, including disputing the claim that those who brought the lawsuit were retaliated against.

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An Ontario County plant that processes cabbage and sauerkraut says it will be closing that facility later this year, impacting 48 people.

GLK Foods, formerly called the Great Lakes Sauerkraut company, has been at that location in Shortsville for a number of years.

GLK president Ryan Downs says they will be consolidating that facility with a plant that they have in Bear Creek, Wisconsin, because of the expansion going on there. Downs says the decision does not “reflect the valued commitment and talent of the Shortsville staff.”

Driving has been a challenge on Wednesday due to several inches of snow, although the total amounts may be less than originally predicted.

There were a number of accidents reported throughout the day.

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