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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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A woman who is known for her philanthropic activities in the Rochester area as well as her connection to the founder of Xerox has died.

Catherine Breslin Carlson was 91. Her friends say she died peacefully on Thursday morning.

Catherine Carlson was originally from Milton, Massachusetts, and moved to Rochester in 1969. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in philosophy, and after graduation embarked on a business career, including assisting the head of Leahy Clinic, working on staff with boat builder George O'Day, traveling for Connecticut General Insurance Company, and serving as registrar and development officer at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

While in Boston, Catherine met Rochester inventor Chester Carlson and his wife Dorris, and when traveling to Rochester on business, she often stayed at the Carlson home.

Chester Carlson developed the Xerographic process, which eventually led to the founding of the Xerox Corporation.

After Chester Carlson died in 1968, Dorris invited Catherine to assist her and continue Dorris and Chester's philanthropic work and support of spiritual interests. When Dorris died in 1998, Catherine became  Chair of the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust.

The New York State Education Department has released the latest English and math test scores, and Rochester’s results are the worst among the “Big 5” city school districts.

For the exams given this past spring, in grades 3 – 8, in Rochester, for English Language Arts, 45.2%  of all test-takers statewide in grades 3 through 8 scored at the proficient level.

Office of Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Rochester on Wednesday to help celebrate the expansion of Datto.  That’s a data protection company started by Austin McChord, an RIT grad who last year announced a $50 million donation to his alma mater.

Cuomo notes that Datto has moved its 225 jobs from its previous location on Franklin Street in Rochester, to several floors in The Metropolitan, which is the former Chase Tower.

Cuomo also announced that the state is creating a new venture capital fund to help attract other entrepreneurs.

A local company that makes a part designed to help tractor-trailers work more efficiently has just won a big prize from New York State.

EkoStinger, which makes aerodynamic devices that go underneath the truck to help reduce emissions and save fuel, is the grand prize winner of the state’s  76West Clean Energy Competition.

That means that EkoStinger will get $1 million to help it expand into the Southern Tier. The idea behind the competition is to support growing clean energy businesses and foster economic development.

Eastman Kodak/Kodak Alaris

Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris (the company that was spun off from Kodak some years ago) have announced the availability of the Kodak Ektachrome Film line.

That’s a film that had been around for years, and among other things was used to make color film slides.

With the shift to digital, the film has been out of production for several years, but the company had announced in early 2017 it was bringing it back, and this week it began to be available for shipping. The film is being produced at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is out with the latest ‘fiscal stress scores’  for municipalities around the state.

This is something he’s done for the last several years, and again Monroe County was among the places mentioned as being under significant fiscal stress.

The monitoring system looks at things like cash-on-hand, short term borrowing and various kinds of trends in a community such as poverty and unemployment.

An historic Genesee County company has filed a notice with the NYS Labor Department indicating the possibility of anywhere from 42 to 82 layoffs.

P.W. Minor, a shoe manufacturer in Batavia, is more than 150 years old, and it has been through some financial ups and downs in the last several years.

In this week's WXXI Business Report:

--The latest numbers from the NYS Labor Department show continued strong growth in the Rochester area labor market.

--Plans are in the works to redevelop the former Kodak Hawkeye Plant.

-And a major soft drink maker is looking to tap into surging demand for marijuana products (with a non-psychoactive ingredient).

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

This is Deaf Awareness Week, a time that is set aside worldwide each year to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people and culture.

Officials raised the International Deaf Awareness Flag outside City Hall in Rochester on Monday, and among those speaking was the Chairperson of Deaf Awareness Week locally, Fred Beam.

Through an interpreter, he talked about the need to educate hearing people about the capabilities of those who are deaf.

Officials in the West Irondequoit School District say they are investigating a security concern after a call from a concerned citizen.

Authorities said on the district’s Facebook page that they have been working closely with Irondequoit Police, and had increased security at Sunday night’s football game in Victor, and that continued, along with a police presence, when the team returned to Irondequoit High School.

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