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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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For the second year in a row, the Park Avenue Summer Art Festival has been canceled.

Organizers released a statement on Tuesday saying, “The Park Avenue Revitalization Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Park Avenue Summer Art Festival until August 6 and 7, 2022. We are grateful for the community support, as we shift our focus from the Art Festival to assisting the small business impact on Park Avenue from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We will continue to look at ways we can celebrate Park Avenue and all it has to offer safely in 2021.”

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will ease COVID-19 restrictions for some venues in the coming weeks.

On Monday, Cuomo said that among the changes that are in the works as the state’s overall COVID positivity numbers improve.

Spectator capacity at large-scale, outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts & entertainment will increase from 20% to 33% beginning May 19. (That increase will coincide with the previously announced increase in large-scale, indoor event venue capacity). 

In the latest WXXI Business Report, there's expansion coming for Assured Edge Solutions, an Geneva-based food processing company. The expansion will create jobs at the company.

Plus, former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns is teaming up with people in the private equity industry to start up a new business and technology fund that has a focus on diversity, inclusion and social impact. 

Then news on Eastman Kodak acquiring some assets from a Massachusetts-based company to boost the conpany's offerings in the graphic arts business.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The most recent numbers on COVID-19 from Monroe County show that the positivity rate has dropped below 3% over the weekend. It had been just over 3% for the last several days.

On Sunday, the seven-day rolling average positivity rate was 2.9%; it was 2.8% on Saturday.

Monroe County on Sunday reported another 232 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 226 new cases per day.

There are 213 people hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region; 49 people are in ICU.

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New York state will resume administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday, noting that federal public health experts and the state’s own independent task force have reviewed data regarding the J&J vaccine, and reaffirmed that it can be used again.

Local home sales have increased and so have sale prices.

Sales of existing homes have been impacted in the Rochester area and across the country in recent years due to the lack of inventory.

Lanie Bittner, president of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, says there was a bit of a turnaround in the first quarter of this year, with regional sales up 2.8% compared to last year.

She says the improvement in the numbers were helped by stronger home sales in some of the outlying counties in the region, like Wayne County.

greaterrochester.com

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate announced winners the annual ATHENA Awards Thursday.

Dixon Schwabl Founder & Chairman Lauren Dixon received the 35th annual Athena International Award. The award is given annually to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the professional advancement of women.

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ESL Federal Credit Union announced it will soon break ground on its first new branch in the city of Rochester since 2010.

The new branch will be located in the city’s Edgerton neighborhood, at 250 Lake Ave. It will serve as a relocation of a current ESL office at 379 State St.

The new branch will be the first of three that ESL plans to build in the city of Rochester; the other two locations are still being determined.

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The Brighton School District has announced that 46 additional members of the school community are now in quarantine at the direction of the Monroe County Department of Public Health because of COVID-19.

A statement released Wednesday by District Superintendent Kevin McGowan says that there have been nine new positive COVID-19 cases since a previous update. All of the new cases are in the hybrid program at Brighton High School.

A Monroe County Grand Jury has accused a Hilton elementary school principal of molesting 11 boys at the school.

The indictment released on Wednesday against Kirk Ashton, 51, includes allegations from two more students since the original accusations were made.

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