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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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The City of Rochester is looking for someone to help develop property near the Port of Rochester marina.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the city has issued a Request for Proposals for a nearly three-acre parcel of land along the waterfront on Lake Avenue.

She says that site is primed for redevelopment  with the completion of $27 million in public improvement projects, which include a new 84-slip marina and riverfront promenade.

Warren says the city and its partners in the Charlotte community are working to transform that part of the city into a year round destination.

Air Canada will soon no longer be flying to the Greater Rochester International Airport. The airline says that the route did not meet the company’s financial projections.

Air Canada says the final flight leaving Rochester will be October 31st.

Monroe County spokesman Jesse Sleezer released this statement:

NYS Canal Corp.

The New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation say they will not appeal  a  court decision that halted a controversial program that involved the clear-cutting of trees along the embankment of the Erie Canal.

Instead, state officials say they will move forward with a comprehensive environmental review of the program across the entire canal system, not just the towns that took legal action which include Brighton, Perinton and Pittsord.

The New York state health department is recommending that people who are served by the Village of Rushville’s Public Water Supply, including customers in the Middlesex Water District, use an alternate source of water for drinking, cooking, making infant formula, making ice, and preparing food and beverages until further notice.

Memorial Art Gallery

The Memorial Art Gallery already has three Monet’s, and one of those paintings relates to the series the famed French impressionist did of Waterloo Bridge over a period of years. And now, the MAG has seven more Waterloo Bridge paintings on loan for an exhibition that opened last weekend.

MAG Director Jonathan Binstock says the Waterloo Bridge series really offers museum patrons a firsthand experience of what impressionism is all about.

“What it affords is this opportunity to really get into Monet’s most important contribution, which is his understanding of and ability to render light and atmosphere. Monet was an impressionist; he was interested in the effect of light on the atmosphere," Binstock told WXXI News.

The New York State Board of Elections is warning the public to be aware that scammers are contacting people via phone calls and text messages in an attempt to get personal information.

Elections’ officials say that so far, the scam calls and texts have originated from the 607 area code and have been reported in Chemung and Stueben Counties:

The New York State Board of Elections offers the following tips:

• Do not respond to any phone call or text message offering to register you over the phone;

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

The suspect in multiple shootings is dead after leading police on a cross-town chase Wednesday. Police say he was "on a mission" to "kill his entire family."

Police pursued 39-year-old Terrell Blake after spotting him erratically driving a U-Haul van. He was shot and killed in the area of Frances and Forrester streets after he shot at officers, Deputy Chief LaRon Singletary said. Residents described a rapid succession of gunshots.

UPDATE: This excercise was canceled on Wednesday due to the real-world events involving multiple shootings in Rochester.

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If you see a lot of police activity around the Rochester area on Wednesday, it may be due to a Homeland Security training exercise.

SUNY Oswego

One of the victims in the accident involving a stretch limousine that crashed last weekend in Schoharie, west of Albany, has ties to the University of Rochester.

Brian Hough was one of the two pedestrians killed in that accident that killed a total of 20 people. The other 18 were in a rented stretch limousine that crashed into another vehicle and an embankment.

The 46 year old Hough most recently was an assistant professor of Geology at SUNY Oswego.  He received his doctoral degree at the University of Rochester in 2010.

Town of Brighton

A longtime member of the Brighton Town Board has died. Town officials say that James Vogel died last Saturday with his family by his side. He was 80 years old.

Vogel had been on the town board for 28 years.

Town Supervisor Bill Moehle says that, “Jim’s life was a legacy of service to his country in uniform as a Colonel in the Marines Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve, but also an extraordinary legacy of service to the community.”  Moehle says that Vogel led efforts to create the Brighton Veterans Memorial.

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