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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 potential field of candidates considering a run for Congress in the 25th district is becoming more clear.

One of the most prominent names to surface on Sunday is that of Assembly Majority Leader, Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit).  The D&C is quoting sources as saying Morelle will run for the seat left vacant with the recent death of longtime Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

Among the most recent names mentioned, Former President Bill Clinton. It was previously announced that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be among those delivering a eulogy, along with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Amtrak has agreed to rename the Rochester Train Station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

That information on Tuesday first came from New York’s U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who say that the station will be named the Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station.

Slaughter died last Friday at the age of 88, after being injured in a fall at her Washington, D.C., apartment the previous week.

A local health care system is dealing with an attack on its computer system.

Finger Lakes Health, which includes hospitals in Geneva and Penn Yan, as well as long term care facilities, and primary care practices is dealing with a ransomware type attack.

The organization says that around Midnight on Sunday, Finger Lakes Health was notified electronically that certain systems had been encrypted by an outside party who is demanding payment if Finger Lakes Health wants access again.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed New York extend the background check waiting period as part of efforts to reduce gun violence.

Cuomo would like to see the state increase the background check waiting period to up to 10 days.

Currently, anyone who wants to buy a handgun, shotgun or rifle in New York must undergo a background check. Among the possible outcomes, is that the purchase can happen immediately; another possibility is a denial of the sale, and the third outcome is a delay in the delivery of the gun.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday added his voice to those who think the train station in Rochester should be named in honor of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

The Fairport Democrat died Friday at the age of 88, and on Saturday, New York’s U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to Amtrak officials calling for the new train station to be named the”Rochester Intermodal Station the “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station.”

They noted that Slaughter spearheaded the drive for federal money to construct the new facility.

New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have written to Amtrak officials asking that the train station in Rochester be named in honor of their fellow Democrat and friend, Louise Slaughter.  The 88 year old Slaughter died early Friday at a Washington, D.C. hospital, after suffering a head injury when she fell in her D.C. apartment last week.

The two senators say that last October, after years of fighting to secure over $15 million in federal funding, the new train station opened.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP)  Chele Chiavacci Farley, a private equity executive and Republican Party fundraiser, was chosen Friday by New York state GOP leaders to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in this fall's election. 

Tops Markets has confirmed the story first reported by Bloomberg last week; the company will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The supermarket chain, based in Williamsville in the Buffalo area, says it is pursuing the restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt and position the company for long term success.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed the final land acquisitions in Genesee County needed to build a new National Veterans Cemetery.

The Democrat from New York says with the two newly acquired parcels, one which is 60 acres, and the other 77 acres, the cemetery in Pembroke will effectively double in size.

The two parcels are located adjacent to the 132-acre cemetery site that was purchased by the VA in 2014.

Schumer is urging the VA to swiftly begin construction of the cemetery this year.