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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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Wegmans says that its Rochester-based distribution and transportation employees have rejected a contract proposal that earlier had been agreed to by the supermarket chain and leaders of Teamsters Local 118.

It was the second time the union has rejected a proposal during the current round of contract talks. Wegmans vice president of distribution Mike Cullen says the company has bargained in good faith, and he says they are "frustrated and deeply disappointed." But he says the stores will remain open for business without interruption.

Rochester will be getting another charter school. The SUNY Trustees' Charter Schools Committee has approved nine new charter schools in the state. Eight of them will be in New York City, and one will be in Rochester.

The one in Rochester will be known as the "PUC" Achieve Charter School.  "PUC" stands for Partnerships to Uplift Communities.  It will open in August of next year with 100 students in the 5th grade under the management of a non-profit corporation that currently manages 13 schools in California.

 

Kodak will be a publicly traded company again as of November 1st. The company has announced that it will list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol   KODK.

 CEO Antonio Perez calls it an important milestone for the company. He says the change in the symbol reflects a new company that is focusing on business to business products and services.   Company spokesman Chris Veronday says the re-listing of the company’s stock shows that the new Kodak is a viable business committed to delivering value to its shareholders. 

Democrat and Chronicle

The Democrat and Chronicle will have a new downtown home. The newspaper announced on Tuesday that it will be putting up a new building at the corner of East Main Street and Clinton Avenue.

It will be a 42,000 square foot, two story building, being developed by the Pike Company. The timing of the move is uncertain right now, but publisher Michael Kane says the company plans to sign a long-term lease.

Wayne County is expected to take a substantial economic hit with a number of jobs leaving the adjacent communities of Wolcott and Butler.

Most recently, officials learned that the Electromark facility in Wolcott will be closing its doors in December of next year, taking about 90 jobs with it. Those operations are being relocated to Mexico.

With a lot of companies now planning their health coverage for next year, more local businesses are offering high deductible health plans. That’s according to a new study just completed by the Rochester Business Alliance.

RBA President Sandy Parker says the annual survey shows that 71 percent of their members have offered high deductible health insurance plans to their employees, up ten percent from the year before. And she's not surprised that more companies are offering those types of plans.

There's a study going to to try and find ways of helping community college students who are smokers but want to quit. The study is being done by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, with the help of a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Scott McIntosh is the lead investigator on the study, and he says young adults, specifically community college students, have a higher rate of smoking than the general adult population.

A land preserve  near Canandaigua Lake is getting additional acreage. The land will be officially dedicated on Monday. 

The Nature Conservancy has acquired 107 acres to add to a preserve near Canandaigua Lake. 

The central and western New York chapter of the conservancy is dedicating acreage that will become part of the West Hill Preserve, which is open to the public for hiking.

With the addition, the preserve in the Ontario County town of Naples will total 550 acres. 

A high-end department store chain that has made a name for itself in the Midwest is now making its start in the Rochester area.  The new Von Maur  store at Eastview Mall is the first one for that company in this part of the country.

They actually had  a "soft" opening earlier in the week, to get everything up and running smoothly, and the grand opening is Saturday. The store is located where the old Bon Store once stood, and it’s part of a $55 million expansion project at Eastview that also includes the addition of stores such as Vera Bradley and Michael Kors.  

Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy has withdrawn his name from consideration for a job involving a business organization in Rochester.

Duffy, the former Rochester Mayor, has taken his name out of consideration to be the next leader of the Rochester Business Alliance. The governor's office confirms for WXXI News that Duffy   did interview with the Alliance earlier this month, about the slot that Sandy Parker will eventually be retiring from.

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