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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 start date for some winter high school sports in New York state has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement on Tuesday from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association says that the start date for high-risk sports such as basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling, will be moved to Jan. 4.

With rising COVID 19 infection rates locally and around the country, supermarket chains are keeping a close eye on supplies of certain products.

There may not be the same level of shelf-clearing that we saw back in March and April, when the pandemic was starting to ramp up, but supermarkets, like Wegmans and Tops, continue to limit purchases of certain items.

With nearly all the districts counted in Tuesday’s voting, it appears Republican Tom Reed is on his way to a 5th term, but his Democratic challenger Tracey Mitrano is not yet conceding.

With most districts in overnight, Reed was leading Mitrano by a 61 to 35% margin. The Associated Press also said Reed would keep the seat.

When Reed made remarks Tuesday night and declared victory, he did offer some praise for Mitrano, who also ran and lost against him two years ago.

City of Rochester officials are anticipating big crowds at Mount Hope Cemetery on Tuesday, with the potential for thousands of people paying respects to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.

An estimated 10,000 or so people filed past the grave of Susan B. Anthony prior to the 2016 presidential election. Pat Corcoran, president of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery, said there is the potential for another big turnout.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says comments made by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Sunday are a good example of the way the Trump Administration has approached dealing with the coronavirus.

Meadows said on CNN Sunday that the U.S. is not going to control the pandemic, but will instead work on controlling vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigation efforts.

Keuka College has become one of the latest colleges to transition to all-remote learning for a while because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The college notes that the Yates County Department of Public Health confirmed on Friday that 12 Keuka students tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours. That brought the number of active cases at the college to 18, with one case resolved.

New York state will be getting more aggressive about businesses violating COVID-19 guidelines in the hot spots where the virus has flared up recently. That's what Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a briefing on Sunday.

He said that if businesses are not following the rules in those areas, which are mostly in the New York City area and suburbs, then the state will step in.

The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.

New York City still topped the list among the state’s metro areas, with an unemployment rate of 16.3% last month, but that’s a drop of nearly four points compared to the city’s numbers in July.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that five states—Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming—have been added to New York State's COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed.

The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Free The People Roc, one of the main organizers behind recent protests calling for justice in the wake of the death of Daniel Prude, says it is ending the daily protest near City Hall. A couple of dozen protesters were reportedly still near the building on Church Street Monday night, but the activist organization issued this statement in its Facebook page: