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Randy Gorbman

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.

Lifespan, the Monroe County based organization that provides services to older adults and caregivers, will help coordinate an expanded statewide effort to combat elder abuse.

Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced $8.4 million in state and federal funding to help provide those services, and the NYS Office for the Aging is partnering with Lifespan  and Weill Cornell Medicine’s NYC Elder Abuse Center to help distribute and manage the funding through September of 2020.

New York State is taking tough action against Charter Communications, the parent company for Spectrum cable and internet services.

On Friday, the New York State Public Service Commission revoked its approval of the 2016 merger agreement between Charter and Time Warner Cable. The PSC contends that Charter failed to deliver the benefits to state residents that were part of the merger approval.

The PSC listed several issues:

The New York Civil Liberties Union is out with a new online resource called Behind the Badge, which provides information on the internal policies and data from several police departments around the state including Rochester.

Among the major points the NYCLU made in its review of RPD’s practices, was the fact that the department has used ‘Stingrays,' which the civil liberties group says allows police to spy on cell phones.

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.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is rejecting a proposal to put a controversial gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is denying the proposal by Crestwood Midstream Partners to build an underground liquefied petroleum gas (propane) storage facility in abandoned salt mines in Watkins Glen.

Authorities continue to search for a missing 14-month-old toddler on a Wayne County farm.

Sheriff Barry Virts says 173 people were involved in the search on Monday in Sodus for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, after his mother 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead in a wooded area of the farm last Wednesday.

Virts says they are looking at a number of aspects to this case right now.

The University of Rochester will be partnering with two Buffalo institutions in an effort to speed up the development of new pharmaceutical drugs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the Empire Discovery Institute, which will involve a partnership of the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The idea is to help move promising new drugs through the process more quickly.  Steve Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Hours after Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said  she is not going to seek the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro announced that Julie Killian, a former Deputy Mayor in Rye (Westchester County), and former NYS Senate candidate will be his running mate.

Dinolfo co-chaired a committee for gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro to help him find a running mate, was herself, believed to be a top contender.

A board that helps oversee the level of Lake Ontario says that while water levels across the lake and the St. Lawrence River have begun their typical spring rise, conditions are a lot better than they were a year ago. There were months of very high lake levels and shoreline damage in 2017.

Tom Brown is a member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.  He says Lake Ontario is about 16 inches lower than it was at this time last year, although the lake level is about 8 inches higher than its long term average.

New York State officials are in a bit of battle with Charter Communications, the corporate name for the company that provides Spectrum cable TV and internet services.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement this week saying that the NYS Public Service Commission has started legal action against Spectrum for potential violations of its franchise agreement.  Cuomo says the state approved the acquisition of Spectrum and its ability to operate in New York based on the company fulfilling certain obligations, including providing broadband access to underserved parts of the state.

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