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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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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday urged boaters to heed a Small Craft Advisory and stay off the water due to dangerous conditions on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River.

He notes that wind conditions are producing waves of four feet or more that could build to 5 to 9 feet, and waves later Saturday could reach up to 11 feet from Sodus Bay headed east.

Rochester Police say an officer suffered a minor injury while trying to take the driver of a stolen vehicle into custody.

It happened Saturday morning, when police were in the area of Jefferson Ave. and Iceland Park on the southwest side of the city and saw a male in a parked stolen car. 

They say an officer tried to take the suspect into custody, but the male put the car into drive and fled.

The officer, who was not immediately identified, suffered a minor shoulder injury while trying to stop the suspect from getting away.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester-Monroe Anti Poverty Initiative have released a new study on wage disparities in Monroe County. It shows that minorities are over-represented in the county’s lowest paying industries.

Officials say they are not surprised by the news, but want to look for ways to change that situation.

Leonard Brock, Director of the anti-poverty organization says one way to do that it is to better training people so that they can get better jobs. 

Monroe County

The historic Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park will be out of service for the rest of the season.

Last week, Monroe County Parks officials say their staff noticed the 112-year old carousel appeared to be having some problems, and Parks Director Larry Staub says it will take a while to fix it.

Rochester City Council has scheduled a forum for next Thursday to get public comments about plans for Parcel 5.

As WXXI News reported on Thursday, the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester and some of its members including Geva and the RPO have expressed concerns about the process that has been in place so far.

The arts groups want to have more discussion about the impact the project would have on other arts organizations.

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A proposal for putting a performing arts center in downtown Rochester is raising some concerns among area arts organizations.

WXXI News has learned that letters from the Arts and Cultural Council for  Greater Rochester,  and some of the organizations it represents including Geva Theatre Center and the RPO were sent to City Council members this week, asking for more transparency and information.

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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio was back in court Thursday to answer to allegations she violated the terms of her probation stemming from a previous DWI conviction.

Court documents allege that Astacio’s first violation happened just hours after she was released from jail from a previous probation violation. It's also alleged she committed two more violations in the days that followed.

Astacio is forbidden from consuming alcohol as part of her probation.

(WXXI News & AP) New York State has authorized five more organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to improve patient access to dispensing facilities across the state. 

One of those additional dispensaries, run by New York City-based Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, will be located in Monroe County. The company says it will be in the Rochester area, in a building with other medical offices, but they have not yet released details on the exact location.

Bergmann Associates

Pietro ‘Pete’ Giovenco has been named as CEO of Bergmann Associates, the Rochester-based architecture and engineering firm.

He takes over for Tom Mitchell, who has served as CEO for 14 years;  Mitchell will stay on as executive vice president for client relations and business development.

Giovenco is the third CEO since Bergmann Associates was founded in 1980 by Don Bergmann and six other professionals. The company now has more than 400 employees with staff throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions.

In this business report, news about M&T Bank, which received notice from the Federal Reserve that its compliance program is now meeting certain requirements; that will make it easier for M&T to move ahead with acquisitions of other banks in the future.

And learn about Eugenio Marlin, named the Hispanic Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Hispanic Business Association.

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

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