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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 officials are calling the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to allow the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12 “a significant step” that will further protect public health.

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If you are a Charter Spectrum cable TV customer, you may be facing some price increases in your next monthly bill.

The rate increases include a $1.54 a month increase in the Broadcast TV Surcharge, which Spectrum said reflects the costs incurred from local broadcast TV stations. It’s the second increase in less than a year. In July, that charge went up $2.95 a month to $16.45, and now it will cost $17.99 a month.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a new report from Paychex says employment at small businesses continues to grow. 

M&T Bank unveiled a new $58 million Tech Hub in Buffalo, and the company says it will have a positive economic impact on the Rochester area too.

Plus, Hyzon Motors, the Asia-based fuel cell company with operations in Honeoye Falls, hires an industry veteran as its new chief engineer.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. There were no new deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 198 new cases per day.

There are 215 individuals hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region, 48 are in ICU.

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County stands at 3%.

The COVID-19 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is at 2.83%, the highest of any region in the state.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County on Saturday reported 218 new cases of COVID-19. There were 14 new deaths. Those deaths occurred between Jan. 15 and March 30.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 205 new cases per day.

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 2.8%.

For the Finger Lakes region overall, the seven-day average of positive test results is 2.67%, the highest in the state. Western New York (the Buffalo area) was second-highest at 2.54%.

There are 221 individuals hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region with 49 in ICU.

Two nursing homes operated by Rochester Regional Health are reporting 27 residents testing positive for COVID-19.

Rochester Regional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Mayo revealed the information on Friday, explaining that 24 of those residents had previously been vaccinated against the coronavirus; none of them showed symptoms of COVID-19.

Mayo said that of the three residents who were unvaccinated, one of them has been hospitalized, the other two do have coronavirus symptoms.

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Urban gun violence disproportionately affects segregated Black neighborhoods is one of the main points that a physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania want to get across.

Dr. Eugenia South, a physician at Penn Medicine was a keynote speaker Thursday at the annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Awards, presented by the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Changes announced for large-scale outdoor venues, like baseball stadiums, is putting a smile on the face of the Rochester Red Wings General Manager and others associated with the team.

Dan Mason said that things just got a lot easier for fans to attend games at Frontier Field and the Red Wings couldn’t be happier.

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As pandemic restrictions ease and vaccinations increase, a local tourism organization is looking for more visitors to come to the Rochester area this summer.

Visit Rochester  had put some of its marketing plans on hold for a while during the pandemic. And even though COVID-19 is still around, things are easing  in terms of restrictions, and more people are getting vaccinated, so that tourism agency is restarting its marketing efforts.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, Empire Discovery Institute, an non-profit integrated drug discovery and development accelerator, is getting a $63 million private equity investment to help come up with new medicines that could eventually be commercialized.

Plus, there are rumblings that the parent company of Bausch + Lomb is exploring a potential sale of its eye care business; and Paychex is increasing its dividend.

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