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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 alerting consumers to a scam that they say involves a fraudulent Facebook post using the company’s name.

The supermarket chain says the post shows the image of the Wegmans logo with a false claim that the company is giving away an $80 voucher for use in its stores. The company says the giveaway is neither affiliated with nor supported by Wegmans.  

Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, said, “We’re actively working to have this fraudulent post removed from Facebook. We urge consumers not to click it, share it, or provide any personal information.”

RIT professors and staff are involved in an effort to find solutions to the huge amounts of food waste generated in New York State and across the U.S.

Although members of the joint U.S. - Canadian agency that oversees a water regulation plan came to Central New York on Friday, some of those attending a roundtable discussion weren’t necessarily pleased with what they heard.

That’s because members of the International Joint Commission indicated they still need more time to evaluate the impact of Plan 2014. That’s a controversial plan put into effect a few years ago, which some Lake Ontario shoreline residents feel contributed to recent flooding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state agency officials were in Rochester on Monday to kick off a new commission that will work to toughen the infrastructure along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI, commission is part of the state’s response to the flooding that has hit the south shore of the lake this year, just two years after the last wave of floods that damages homes and other properties.

Cuomo says a number of state agencies will be involved.

A film that was shot in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region opened Friday night at The Little Theatre.

There was an invitation-only showing at The Little Thursday night for more than 130 people involved in the making of The Tomorrow Man, a movie starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner.

The filming was done in 2017, and includes stops in areas that included Brighton, Gates and Lyons.

Officials who help regulate the level of Lake Ontario are pointing to some hopeful signs in the effort to deal with the ongoing flooding issues along the lake shore.

The level of Lake Ontario is still at a record. Hovering at around 249 feet.  But officials with the International Lake Ontario-Saint Lawrence River Board say that water levels have started to stabilize.

People who live along the south shore of Lake Ontario are still contending with flooding threats, particularly when the wind comes from a northerly direction, but experts say there may be some hopeful signs as we head into the summer.

As of Monday, the Lake Ontario level was at 249.02 feet, exceeding the record of 248.95 feet that was set in 2017.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board says that the water will likely rise gradually over the next several days, but is expected to reach this year’s peak within one to three weeks.

New York state has kicked off another business competition, this time focusing on the state’s agricultural industry.

The state already has competitions designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the high tech industry and in a variety of upstate projects, and now it has created something called 'Grow-NY.'

It is designed to focus on growing and enhancing the food and agriculture business in the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the Southern Tier.

The level of water on Lake Ontario has hit a record high and residents along the south shore of Lake Ontario are likely to face challenges again starting Sunday night.

That’s according to information from the National Weather Service which has issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning from Sunday evening through early Tuesday morning.

The Village of Newark will be getting dozens of jobs and a big investment thanks to the recent interest in hemp-related products.

A Colorado-based company, called Honest Pharm Co, is moving a hemp-producing facility into a vacant greenhouse in that Wayne County village as part of a $7 million investment.

According to Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor, Honest Pharm Co plans to add 60 to 80 good paying jobs.

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