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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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People who enjoy Rohrbach's, one of the locally made craft beers, may soon be able to drink the brew in cans. The owner of the company, John Urlaub, asked for a sales tax incentive Tuesday from COMIDA, Monroe County's industrial development agency, and it was approved.

Urlaub plans to make renovations to the Rohrbach brewing operation located at the public market in Rochester so that it can accommodate a new canning line.

Coping With The Heat

Jul 15, 2013

With temperatures near or above 90 expected for much of the week, steps are being taken to make sure New York State residents can get some relief.

But there also are words of caution from the experts and those involved in helping provide the power needed to keep the air conditioners running.

United Airlines

United Airlines is closing some back-office operations at the Greater Rochester International Airport, and that will result in 40 workers being laid off.

The airline has filed a notice with the New York State Labor Department  saying that United will be closing its operations division at the local airport. They are involved in customer service and ramp operations and it's expected those jobs will end by sometime in October.

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A few dozen protestors gathered at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester Sunday evening to demonstrate their feelings about the Trayvon Martin case. 

The people gathered for the demonstration represented some different ideals, in terms of causes they are supporting, but they all wanted to protest the outcome of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, as well as the events that led up to the trial.

Corn Hill Arts Festival

Thousands of Rochesterians enjoyed crafts, food and entertainment at the Corn Hill Festival over the weekend.

It seems that more often than not, this festival, which is one of the city's oldest, now in its 45th year, happens on a weekend where there is plenty of heat and humidity to go around. But that didn't seem to wilt the enthusiasm of either the people walking through the historic neighborhood, or the vendors, including Rhonda Sussman and her husband, who  make specially designed mittens for the bitterly cold weather...but what's it like to sell mittens on a hot, humid day ?

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Wegmans is trying to help part-time employees keep health insurance benefits. The company announced earlier in the week that it was changing eligibility requirements for part-time workers, because of the new federal health care legislation.

Starting in 2015, only employees working 30 hours or more per week would be eligible for the company’s healthcare benefits.

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A federal jury has come down with a mixed decision involving allegations against the City of Rochester by a group of Hispanic workers in the special services division and street maintenance department.

The jury found that a city employee limited the employees’ right to speak Spanish in the workplace, but it rejected all other claims of a hostile work environment.

The closing of a company in Rochester that makes bakery products will result in 92 positions being eliminated. Rich Products, which is based in Buffalo, has told the New York State Labor Department that it plans to close a plant on White Street in Rochester by early October.

Rich Products acquired that plant last year when it bought a California company that makes pizza crust, flatbread and pita bread.

A spokesman for Rich tells the Democrat and Chronicle that much of the work done at the Rochester plant is being sent to a new production facility outside Chicago.

Xerox is talking about the possibility of expanding its toner plant in Webster. But not everyone in that town things that is necessarily a good thing.

The concerns have been expressed by Town Supervisor Ron Nesbitt.  Even though Xerox is looking at a potential $35 million upgrade of its toner facilities, which would create 25 permanent jobs and 70 construction jobs, they also want tax incentives.

Xerox spokesman Bill McKee says the company is just investigating whether it could get some of the tax breaks that are available in this region.

A relatively big crowd was on hand Thursday morning in Rochester to watch a well known NASCAR driver do stunts on the Broad Street Bridge.

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