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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.

Wegmans is launching a new app in Rochester that the company says will allow customers to scan and bag their groceries while they shop.

Here’s the way it works: you download the new Wegmans SCAN mobile app on your smartphone, and as you cruise the aisles with your reusable bags in your cart, you can actually scan the bar code on the products your buying. You can see a running total as you shop, and Wegmans says after a quick stop at any self-checkout register and paying for your order, you’ll be on your way.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that state agencies are offering additional resources to help protect communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline. He made the comment during a news conference in Sodus Point on Monday afternoon

With the lake about a foot above historic levels, Cuomo noted it’s hard to say just what should be an average level for the lake in recent years.

With concerns about rising levels on Lake Ontario, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he has directed state agencies to begin deploying resources to protect communities along the lakeshore.

He notes that following severe flooding in Canada, the International Joint Commission has continued to reduce outflows of water from the Moses-Saunders Dam on the St. Lawrence River in an effort to minimize impacts, and the lake's water level currently sits at more than one foot above average.

People who live along the Lake Ontario shoreline in the Rochester area are nervously watching lake levels.

The level of Lake Ontario currently is about a foot above its long term historic average, and while high, it’s not all that unusual.

That’s according to Bryce Carmichael, he is the U.S. Secretary of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board which helps manage lake levels.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed the legislation that will ban single-use plastic bags starting in March of next year, but Wegmans has also announced that it will eliminate the use of the plastic grocery bags in its New York stores by the end of this year.

Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans' packaging and sustainability manager, said the supermarket chain wants to get ahead of the curve because of the transition that will be needed to get customers accustomed to using the reusable shopping bags.

New York State and Charter Communications have reached an agreement that will allow the cable, internet and phone provider to stay in New York as long as certain requirements are met.

Last year the State Public Service Commission revoked approval of the merger between Charter (parent company of Spectrum) and Time Warner Cable. The commission contended that Charter failed to deliver on benefits to state residents that were part of the merger deal, something that Charter disputed.

There was a lot of disappointment among staffers at a Rochester high-tech company after an Israeli unmanned spacecraft crash-landed on the moon Thursday.

The local company is called Stamper Technology, and staffers there spent months putting together what is essentially a sophisticated time capsule, that was on board the small spacecraft built by a private organization from Israel.

There are signs that state regulators and Charter Communications may be getting closer to an agreement that would keep that media company from being kicked out of New York State.

The NYS  Public Service Commission has granted another extension to Charter, which is the parent company of cable, internet and phone provider Spectrum, while the two sides continue their negotiations.

Constellation Brands is reporting a strong end to its fiscal year with the latest quarterly earnings.

The company  reported Thursday that it saw profits of nearly one-and-a-quarter billion dollars for its fiscal fourth quarter, and sales totaling nearly $2 billion.

Constellation saw profits and sales that beat expectations, with beer again a big factor for the company’s growth, while wine and spirits did not perform as well. 

Constellation Brands' stock price on Thursday rose about 6.5 percent, increasing $11.76 a share to close at $191.45.

A town official in the Finger Lakes wants to pull funding from the National Women’s Hall of Fame because he is not happy with one of this year’s inductees.

Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro has a resolution he’d like to see considered at the Town Board meeting next week which would end financial donations for events associated with the Hall, because one of this year’s inductees is Jane Fonda.