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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.

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.

Hillside Family of Agencies has announced that it will not renew a lease on its facility in Varick in Seneca County at the site of the former Seneca Army Depot.

The nonprofit human services organization says it won’t renew a 15-year lease for its residential treatment facility when that lease expires in March 2020. Hillside assumed the lease in 2004, at the request of the state, after a previous provider stopped operations at the site.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is advising owners, boarders and riders to watch their horses closely for signs of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) after several cases of the virus were confirmed in horses boarded in Canton, St. Lawrence County and Geneseo, Livingston County.

The virus is not a threat to humans, but people can also spread the virus from infected horses to other horses.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the exhibit as part of Women’s History Month. It’s called New York Women of Change, and it’s located in the State Capitol building in Albany.

Police Chief Patrick Phelan says the investigation began last week when a 16-year-old student showed a photo of another person to his friends and made a comment, claiming that the person looks like he could be a school shooter.

Others in the cafeteria alarmed by the comment told school officials. Through a series of interviews, Phelan says authorities uncovered a plot to attack the community of Islamberg  in the Catskills.

He says during the probe, police recovered 23 guns and 3 homemade bombs.

Hundreds of people turned out in the bitter cold and snow on Saturday in Seneca Falls for the 3rd annual Women March. It was held in conjunction with events around the country with marchers advocating for women, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ rights. 

The starting point for Saturday’s events had to be changed due to the partial government shutdown. A morning  rally at the Women's Rights National Historical Park was moved two blocks down Fall Street to Trinity Park.