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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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Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says that searchers have recovered the body of a Webster man in Irondequoit Bay.

Authorities say 40 year old Shawn Ross was last seen wading on a sandbar, not far from shore in Irondequoit Bay, shortly before 5:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Deputies say that earlier in the evening, Ross was on a pontoon boat with one friend and one family member. He left the boat to wade in the water, while his friend and family member remained on the boat.

A report in the Wall Street Journal says that Kodak is exploring a possible sale of its flexible-packaging business.

The WSJ quotes a source as saying that division, which makes labeling and packaging equipment, could potentially  generate $400 million in a sale.

The Journal says the sales process is at an early stage and there is no guarantee there will be a deal.

Xerox reported 2nd quarter earnings on Thursday morning, the first earnings report for the new CEO who had something to say about the company’s overall future.

John Visentin was appointed this past Spring, after sweeping management changes pushed by activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.

The New York Civil Liberties Union is out with a new online resource called Behind the Badge, which provides information on the internal policies and data from several police departments around the state including Rochester.

Among the major points the NYCLU made in its review of RPD’s practices, was the fact that the department has used ‘Stingrays,' which the civil liberties group says allows police to spy on cell phones.

Spectrum News

A plan to build a controversial housing development in Rochester was approved in a 5-4 vote by Rochester City Council on Tuesday night.

Before a packed meeting room at City Hall, Council approved the plan put forward by Rochester Management which wants to demolish 60-units of housing at Cobbs Hill Village and replace it with 104 units that include studio, one and two bedroom apartments and townhouses.

The company wants to replace the '50s-era complex that consists of six, one-story buildings.

A Brooklyn-based craft brewery with a very popular following is coming to the Finger Lakes. Empire State Development has announced that Other Half Brewing will be coming to the Town of East Bloomfield.

WXXI News

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia made a number of stops in Rochester Monday and Tuesday along with members of her administration and the State Board of Regents.

Regents T. Andrew Brown and Wade Norwood, who are both from the Rochester area were involved with the visit, as was Regent Roger Tiles, who is the Chair of the board’s cultural education committee, and Mark Schaming, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education.

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Cleanup efforts continue in Henrietta after more than a dozen utility poles were taken down by a dump truck.

It happened on Lehigh Station Rd. near Rush- Henrietta High School late Monday morning.

The dump truck driver was trapped in his vehicle for a while, but eventually was freed without any injuries as were some other drivers in the area.

High voltage power lines came down, and at one point, more than 1,200 RG&E customers were without power. Most were back on line by early afternoon.

In this WXXI Business report, the latest jobs report shows strong private sector employment growth in June for the Rochester region. Will that trend continue?

Also, we update you on some mergers and get you prepared for the Xerox earnings call that's happening this week, the first for their new CEO. 

Spectrum News

Greece Police have charged two people in connection with the recent drowning of a 6-year-old girl in the Erie Canal.

On Sunday, Police Chief Patrick Phelan announced that 25-year-old Laura McCasland of Texas and 23-year-old Tyler Kanaley of California have already been charged with criminal possession of marijuana, and Phelan says a charge of endangering the welfare of a child is pending.

Kanaley is the cousin of Alliyah Williams, who was at Henpeck Park on Thursday when the girl, Alliyah Williams fell into the canal when she went to grab her sandals.

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