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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.

Wegmans is responding to Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this week to ban single-use plastic bags.

The supermarket chain has some concerns with that concept. Cuomo says that a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags will significantly reduce waste and environmental impacts. 

But Wegmans officials say it’s important to fully understand the impact that the various bagging options would have on the environment. 

The New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua has a new name.  It is now called  New York Kitchen.

General Manager Bethany DiSanto says the idea is for the branding to more accurately reflect the many foods and beverages that the facility will be talking about.

She says when they first began a dozen years ago, wine was a larger percentage of the beverages talked about at the center, but with the explosion in the number of breweries, as well as homegrown food choices, it was time to come up with a different name.

Two top New York State education officials are telling the vendor handling computerized testing for students to make sure they get to the bottom of the recent problems.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say that the problem affecting some students taking online English exams this week was “an unacceptable failure.”

They say that while more than 135,000 testing sessions were completed through Thursday, the difficulties that schools faced in administering the computer-delivered exams are "inexcusable."

Some students in the Rochester area and around the state had a tough time taking state-issued English Language Arts tests on Wednesday.

The issue did not affect all the tests, it was the students who were taking the ELA exams online rather than the traditional paper tests who may have been affected. And not all of the students taking online exams were impacted.

A few hundred districts around the state this year agreed to give some of the exams by computer to students in grades 3 through 8.

A top official with Hobart and William Smith Colleges is providing some more details about the investigation into questions raised concerning allegations of plagiarism against the president of that Geneva-based institution.

The recent allegations against Gregory Vincent, who was just appointed to the president’s post last year, are that the dissertation he did for his doctorate in education repeatedly uses long passages from other works without properly identifying them.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking the International Joint Commission to maximize outflows of water from Lake Ontario.

He sent a letter to the U.S. Chair of the IJC  in advance of the commission’s scheduled decrease in outflows, which happened on Thursday.

Cuomo said that, "After the disastrous flooding situations on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River last year, it is critical that we remain vigilant and take whatever measures are necessary for ensuring that history does not repeat itself."

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not sounding sympathetic to bailing out del Lago or any other casino for that matter, just because they are not generating enough revenue.

Earlier this week, Tom Wilmot, principal owner of del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County, was in Albany seeking help from state lawmakers, with revenues for the casino coming in less than expected.

The casino has said it is at a competitive disadvantage with  casinos owned by the Seneca Nation.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva is looking into allegations that its president, Gregory Vincent, may have plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation.

The del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County is looking for financial help from the state. Principal owner Tom Wilmot was in Albany Tuesday looking for assistance from state leaders after the casino reportedly ended its first year in operation with about 44 percent lower revenue than projected.

The del Lago Resort & Casino will need to look for a new manager.

A statement from that Seneca County resort says that Executive Vice President and general manager Jeff Babinski, who has led the operation since it began a couple of years ago, is moving back to the Midwest. He says that he and his family miss their friends, family and the Midwest, and his last day at del Lago will be March 31st.

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