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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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A proposal to develop a portion of Schoen Place in Pittsford is apparently off the table.

Development company Wilmorite had planned to buy property from a local farmer, to put up a hotel and spa along with offices and shops.  That plan was put on hold after the village board approved a moratorium on new construction last year.

Wilmorite issued a statement Monday saying that it withdrew its development application, saying that there is no reason to leave their application in a pending status when the village has what Wilmorite calls,“uncertain zoning.“

University of Rochester

The University of Rochester researchers who are embroiled in a legal battle with the university over allegations of sexual harassment have filed a lengthy rebuttal to a report issued last month as part of an independent investigation.

Nearly a week after the announcement of the Fuji Xerox deal, A former Kodak exec, now a professor of business administration at the U of R’s Simon School, talks about what the deal might mean for future revenue growth.

Also, why the United Arab Emirates invested in an RIT campus that's in Dubai, and results from the latest Paychex monthly survey on nationwide employment and wages.

Greater Rochester Health Foundation

The man who has led the Greater Rochester Health Foundation since its inception in 2006 is stepping down. John Urban, who before he joined the foundation as president and CEO led the HMO Preferred Care for 21 years, will be leaving the health foundation effective at the end of July.

Urban says since the Health Foundation recently adopted a new long term strategy, it's a good time to retire so that a new leader can get on board.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a federal agency to take emergency action to help residents along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines deal with flooding problems.

Cuomo has written to a regional official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, following up on the historic flooding that damaged homes and businesses along Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River last year.

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Water levels on Lake Ontario are well below the record peak they hit last May, but they are relatively high for this time of year. That’s according to the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board which can help regulate the lake level to some extent via the Moses Saunders dam.

As of January 30th, Lake Ontario was a foot above average.

Arun Heer is U.S. Secretary for the board. He says the board continues to maximize the outflow of water from Lake Ontario.

A former Irondequoit Police Officer was sentenced on Thursday to five years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

The sentence handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci against William Rosica is in connection with the cyberstalking that Rosica was convicted of against his ex-girlfriend.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says that between February of 2016 and March of 2017, Rosica subjected the victim to a relentless campaign directed toward threatening and psychologically torturing her.

A well known restaurant in Rochester’s East End has closed. It is 2 Vine, on Winthrop Street.

A notice on its website, says that after 19 years of serving Rochester diners, 2 Vine has “regrettably decided to close its doors.”  The notice says that with its lease about to expire, and unable to reach an agreement for an extension, owner and founder Jerry Serafine made the “tough and bittersweet decision to close.”

The website also says that Serafine has undergone some recent health concerns which also aided in his decision.

The del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County on Thursday celebrated its 1st anniversary as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region, pledging to continue to reinvigorate the local community, boost tourism and help new and existing businesses grow.

Vice President and General Manager Jeff Babinski says it’s been a great first year, and they are not worried about competition from other casinos.

The president of the Democrat and Chronicle is leaving. The newspaper said on Thursday that Dan Norselli, who has held that position since August of 2016, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

The 35 year old Norselli began his career with Gannett, the paper’s parent company, in 2012 as digital director of the D&C. He also had a stint as president and publisher of the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri.

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