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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.

There has been more than a week of protests and rallies in Rochester since the public learned of the March death of Daniel Prude.

Prude is the 41-year-old Chicago man who was visiting his brother in Rochester. His brother, Joe Prude, called police because Daniel was having a mental health crisis, and they eventually found him running naked on Jefferson Avenue. Officers pinned him to the pavement, he lost consciousness and died a week later. The death was ruled a homicide.

For the second time this week, naked, or near-naked protesters have gathered in a public space in Rochester to show support for issues raised by Free The People Roc and other social justice groups in recent days.

The protests began last week when video surfaced of the way Daniel Prude was treated. Police were called to look for him last March by his brother, when Daniel was having a mental health crisis.

New York state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 410, a new low. That’s according to numbers released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday, which show the number of hospitalizations at the lowest level since March 16.

He also said the state’s COVID-19 infection rate has been less than 1% for 30 straight days.  The infection rate for the Finger Lakes Region, which includes Rochester, was .7% on Saturday.

Monroe County on Sunday reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, the local unemployment rate remains in the double digits but there has been some slight improvement. 

Workers at del Lago and other casinos are pushing the governor to allow them to reopen, and they may get the green light soon. Plus, the push to create a Downtown Innovation Zone in Rochester takes another step forward.

The New York State Thruway’s move to all cashless tolls has taken another step forward.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that the final of 70 steel gantries being built as part of this system has been installed. It’s located on the Thruway at Exit 42 in Geneva.

There’s a total of 21 gantries along the main part of the thruway and another 34 at entrance and exit ramps.

The crews are now installing sensors and cameras at those overhead gantries that read EZ-Pass tags and take license plate images; the system is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

A pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday on behalf of famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony is being criticized in the city where she lived for many years.

The president announced he will pardon Anthony on the day that is also the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which helped guarantee women the right to vote.

Anthony was arrested in 1872 for violating the law that allowed only men to vote at that time.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that two additional states and Virgin Islands meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas to quarantine for 14 days

The newly-added states are Hawaii and South Dakota. Cuomo says that  Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed.

House Democrats have launched an investigation into Eastman Kodak’s recently announced  $765 million loan from the federal government.

This comes on the heels of an investigation reportedly already underway by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For the first time in its 141-year history, Seabreeze will not open for the summer season this year.

The Norris family, which operates the park billed as “Rochester’s only family-owned and operated amusement park,” said they had been prepared for opening during Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan on June 26. The park operators said they had a COVID-19 safety plan ready to go.

The Trump Administration has signed a deal to give a $765 million loan to Eastman Kodak, so that the company can produce critical components for pharmaceuticals.

Trump Administration and Kodak officials say this new venture should create at least 300 jobs in Rochester, the home of the 130-year-old company which has had tough times in recent years after digital photography largely replaced film.  A new division will see Kodak produce components used in generic drugs.