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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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that, given the continued decline in hospitalization and infection rates throughout New York state, he has signed an executive order extending closing times for bars, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls, as well as other State Liquor Authority-licensed establishments, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide.

Last Friday, Cuomo announced that closing times for restaurants and bars would be extended from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. statewide

Tops Markets is merging with Schenectady-based supermarket chain Price Chopper/Market 32.

Tops is based in the Buffalo area and has 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including 11 stores and 1,018 employees in Monroe County.

A company spokesperson says that including Monroe County, and Genesee, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne counties-- there are a total of 20 stores and 1,913 staffers.

Officials with the two companies say it will nearly double their collective footprint in the Northeast.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 35 community-based pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, including two in the Finger Lakes.

One will be at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in partnership with Monroe County; the other is at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Geneva, in partnership with Ontario and Seneca counties. Both are on Sat., Feb. 6. 

A Rochester woman is speaking out about an incident that has garnered worldwide attention, when her 9-year-old daughter was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by city police last Friday.

Elba Pope told WXXI News her daughter is doing better, but she’s still distraught about the incident last week when police responded to a report of family trouble and found the child yelling for her dad as she walked outside her house in the bitter cold.

More than 150 people rallied and marched Monday evening along Clinton Ave. in Rochester, gathering in front of a police substation. They were there to object to the handcuffing and pepper spraying of a 9-year old-girl last week.

With chants of "protect our children," the dozens of demonstrators, who included some area politicians and community activists, got together to let Rochester Police know they are upset about the way that young girl was treated last Friday.

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes will be getting a major donation that officials say will help that organization serve the community for years to come.

Goodwill is getting a $10 million gift, the largest single donation in the organization’s more than 100-year  history.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to strengthen fairness and equity in the distribution process for COVID-19 vaccines.

The governor made the announcement in Brooklyn on Saturday, noting that the state recently piloted the deployment kits to several senior housing developments in New York City.

There is some hope for area students and families who would like to see New York state again allow high schoolsports deemed ‘higher-risk’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as football, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, volleyball and competitive cheer.

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration issued new guidance for sports and recreation activities in schools, and it says that as of February 1, participants in higher risk sports and recreation activities can take part in those sports “as permitted by the respective local health authorities.” 

Officials with the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs confirm that three people died after a New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter crashed early Wednesday evening in the town of Mendon. It happened during a routine training mission.

The Blackhawk helicopter was assigned to C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion, based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Greater Rochester International Airport. The identities of the three National Guard soldiers have not been released yet.

A new survey from Siena College shows that only about a third of New Yorkers think that race relations in the state are either excellent or good. That compares to about two-thirds of them who say that race relations are either fair or poor.