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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 fire officials have released a cause for the massive fire at a scrap yard on the west side of the city on Friday afternoon.

They say that an old fuel pump that had been crushed released vapors that ignited, sparking a fire that involved a rubbish pile of metal, with a number of stripped vehicles consumed in the flames.

The fire was at 80 Steel Street. It was reported just  before 4:30pm, and the billowing smoke was seen for miles.

A Rochester business owner has been accused of scheming to defraud the Rochester School Modernization Program and the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday announced that 53 year old Orville Dixon of Rochester faces a charge of wire fraud.

Dixon was president and owner of Journee Construction when he allegedly allowed contractors, who did not meet the requirements of a diversity plan to use his company as a pass-through agency, for a fee.

The Monroe County Board of Elections says that Robin Wilt, a Democrat from Brighton, remains a candidate on the ballot for New York State Assembly in the 136th District.

That’s after the board held a hearing Friday regarding challenges made to her petitions.

Among those challenges, one from the campaign manager for Democratic Assembly candidate Jaclyn Richard. Her campaign is challenging Wilt, claiming she does not meet a residency requirement to run for the Assembly because of some time she spent in the state of Washington in recent years.

An organization that helps bring political leaders of various parties together to foster better engagement is making a swing through the Finger Lakes this weekend.

It’s called the Faith & Politics Institute, and the Washington, D.C. based group goes on what it terms, ‘pilgrimages’ to inspire politicians to focus on the values that got them to run for office in the first place.

Carestream Health

Carestream Health has new leadership. On Thursday, the company named David Westgate as the new Chairman, President and CEO.

Westgate previously served as CEO of Jason Industries, an industrial manufacturing corporation.

In a statement, Westgate said that Carestream’s focus, “…will be on delivering innovation that is life-changing, for patients, customers, employees, communities and other stakeholders…”

NYS Education Dept.

NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has named a new “Distinguished Educator” to help the Rochester City School District improve its academic performance.

Jaime Aquino was named to that post on Wednesday. Elia says that Aquino has worked in education for more than 30 years, starting his career as a bilingual teacher in Queens, and then working in leadership roles in Los Angeles, Denver and Hartford, CT.

Livingston County Sheriff's Dept.

Law enforcement agencies continue their search for a man who allegedly pointed a gun at an officer following a traffic stop in Geneseo.

It happened just before 6pm Wednesday near Route 63 and Dewey Hill.

Livingston County authorities say that a man and woman were in the car and that at some point the man got out of the vehicle and pointed his gun at the officer.

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his struggle with jaw cancer at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards.

Fellow NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway presented Kelly with the honor.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, was named for Jim Valvano, the former college basketball coach who also battled cancer.

University Preparatory Charter School

University Preparatory Charter School in Rochester has named an interim president.

Edward Cavalier spent nearly 15 years as principal at East High School. After retiring from that position, he held positions at the city district’s Dream Schools Program and Rochester Leadership Academy, as well as spending five years as CEO for Urban Choice Charter School and interim principal at Young Women’s College Prep.

Sports betting isn’t quite ready to be used by casinos in New York State, but if and when that happens, an area resort plans to partner with a company that is well known in the world of fantasy sports.

Seneca County based del Lago Resort & Casino has entered into an agreement with DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports company, that would see DraftKings operating a sports betting operation at del Lago.

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