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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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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been indicted by a Monroe County grand jury on a weapons charge.

On Tuesday, Astacio was indicted on a charge of Attempted Criminal Purchase or Disposal of a Weapon, which is a felony.

The charge is in connection with an incident in April at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Henrietta. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch is prosecuting the case.

In the latest Business Report, there's a mix of good and bad news on the job front...wages may finally be starting to rise, but the job market is getting tighter. 

Plus, hear why Alfred University is coming to Rochester to help emerging clean-energy companies. Plus, info on Spectrum's new mobile phone product.

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9/11 remembrance ceremonies were held across the nation Tuesday including in the Rochester area, where students, staff, first responders and veterans gathered at the MCC campus in Brighton.

The rumble of  motorcycles from the Patriot Guard were among the sounds and sights at the MCC ceremony. That volunteer group often comes to events involving veterans, including funerals, Honor Flight and other activities.

A local car dealership is getting larger. The Bob Johnson Auto Group is buying Doan Chevrolet on Ridge Road West in Spencerport and Doan Buick GMC on Ridge Road West in Rochester.

According to Bob Johnson owners John Love and Greg Stahl, the newly named “Websmart Chevrolet” and “Bob Johnson GMC” will begin operations on Tuesday.

The Bob Johnson Auto Group now employs 750 people including nearly 200 employees from this acquisition. Love says he expects to increase his workforce by 10% in 2019.

A Rochester couple is making a substantial contribution to the Seneca Park Zoo’s “Wilder Vision” capital campaign.

Mark and Maureen Davitt have committed $2.5 million for the zoo’s multi-year transformation project that began last year. The total cost is expected to be about $60 million. Monroe County has committed $37.75 million through its Capital Improvement Program budget. The Seneca Park Zoo Society will raise the remaining $23 million.

A state advocacy organization with offices in Rochester is out with a new report which contends that banks and credit unions are not doing enough to market their more affordable products to low and moderate income customers.

Rochester Regional Health has signed a letter of intent to join forces with a health organization based in Northern NY,  the St. Lawrence Health System.

Last year, St. Lawrence Health System, based in Potsdam, began a process of evaluating potential strategic partnerships that could enhance opportunities and access in its region.

One of its main goals for an affiliation is to bring additional medical services to its community to prevent the need to travel for specialty care.

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The Genesee Brewery  in Rochester does this a couple of times a year…they will close all of the shifts at the facility in High Falls, and more than 300 employee volunteers will then work on various community revitalization projects, everything from planting new trees to picking up trash.

That’s what Carlos Rojas was doing when I saw him with his orange plastic bag, using some long tongs to pick up debris along the Genesee Riverway Trail.

And Rojas isn’t exactly part of the rank and file at the brewery. He is Chief Financial Officer for Florida Ice & Farm Company, also known as FIFCO. It is the Costa Rican-based corporation that owns North American Breweries, the parent company of the Genesee Brewery.  He says these types of community activities are very important to the company’s overall corporate philosophy.

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RIT’s College of Art and Design says it is moving its gallery space to the Sibley Building  in downtown Rochester.

The gallery is now located on College Avenue and it had been called “Gallery r“

The venue will move this fall to the first floor of the Sibley Building and it will be called RIT City Art Space.

The gallery will continue to serve as exhibition space for College of Art and Design students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists.

But gallery director John Aäsp  says this move will increase visibility for the artworks being displayed.

Rochester Fire Dept.

Rochester fire officials are releasing more information about the recovery of a body in the Genesee River in  Rochester on Thursday afternoon.

The recovery process caused traffic congestion throughout the area where the operation was going on, in the area of Andrews Street and the Inner Loop. Several streets, including a portion of the Inner Loop were closed down during the afternoon commute.

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