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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.

Eastman Kodak’s CEO, Jim Continenza, will have to publicly testify on allegations of insider trading.

That word came from New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday. James said that Continenza will have to testify on October 1, 2021 and Kodak General Counsel Roger Byrd will have to testify a week before that on September 24.

James said a State Supreme Court judge also ordered the company to produce relevant documents to the attorney general by June 30.

The Strong National Museum of Play already highlights a number of ways that people have fun, including toys and electronic and video games. Now you can add TV game shows to that mix.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has announced legal action against Eastman Kodak and its CEO, Jim Continenza, in what is apparently the precursor to an insider trading lawsuit against them.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a change in the duration for those Excelsior COVID-19 vaccination passes that many people who have received the vaccine have downloaded onto their smartphones.

Cuomo said on Saturday that, “All Excelsior COVID-19 Vaccination Passes retrieved beginning today will be valid for 365 days, up from 180 days. Those who already have a Vaccination Pass may retrieve a new Pass whenever they choose to in order to take advantage of this extension.”

Two major supermarket chains in the Rochester area are easing their mask requirements in connection with guidelines from the Centers for Disesase Control and Prevention and New York state.

Wegmans says that at its stores in New York, fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear a face covering.  Wegmans has stores in 7 states, and masks are still being required in some other states.

Tops issued a statement this week that said face coverings are optional for people who are fully vaccinated.

The New York Attorney General’s office is preparing an insider-trading lawsuit against Eastman Kodak and its CEO and Executive Chairman, Jim Continenza, according to Reuters and financial filings on Monday.

The Reuters story says the pending lawsuit focuses on stock purchases that preceded a proposed deal during the Trump administration to finance a pharmaceutical venture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wegmans is now offering COVID-19 vaccines for young people, ages 12 and older.

With guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state recently changing, the Pfizer vaccine is now available for individuals age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for people 18 and older.

Wegmans says that as of Saturday, May 15, walk-in appointments, which already have been available for those 18 and older at Wegmans pharmacy locations across the state, will now also be available for people ages 12 to 17.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will ease COVID-19 restrictions for some venues in the coming weeks.

On Monday, Cuomo said that among the changes that are in the works as the state’s overall COVID positivity numbers improve.

Spectator capacity at large-scale, outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts & entertainment will increase from 20% to 33% beginning May 19. (That increase will coincide with the previously announced increase in large-scale, indoor event venue capacity). 

A food processing company based in Ontario County is expanding and adding jobs.

Assured Edge Solutions, a vegetable processing and co-packing company which is located at the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva will move from its current location on that campus to a new building. ( A co-packer is a company that manufactures and packages foods or other products for their clients).

Many CEOs in upstate New York say that economic conditions have worsened during the pandemic and a number of them are still pessimistic for the rest of this year, according to a recent survey by Siena College