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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.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls is postponing this year’s induction ceremonies due to concerns related to inductees and guests having to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement released by the Hall on Thursday said the decision was reached after conversations with inductees, and other stakeholders critical to the event’s success.

Wegmans has changed its mask policy, after recent data that moves Monroe and several other counties into the ‘substantial’ category of COVID-19 transmission as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.

Previously Wegmans had not been requiring fully vaccinated customers and employees to wear a mask, except where mandated by state or local governments.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame has a new executive director.

The Seneca Falls-based museum has named Jennifer Gabriel to the newly created position.

Gabriel most recently headed up development and community relations for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, based in Tompkins and Cortland counties.

Gabriel grew up in Ithaca, and she said that one of her goals is to get more people, both locally and nationally, to learn about the Finger Lakes connection to women’s rights as well as the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

A new Siena College Poll says that only one-third of New York voters say that Governor Andrew Cuomo should run for reelection.

The poll released on Thursday asked voters what they would like Cuomo to do:

23% say he should resign immediately;

39% say he should serve out his term but not seek re-election;

33% say Cuomo should continue to serve and run for re-election.

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.