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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.

State funds have been approved as part of a $300 million effort to expand tourism and economic efforts along the Erie Canal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has authorized a five year plan for the Reimagine the Canals Initiative.

Cuomo talked about that in his recent State of the State message.  The Power Authority Board also approved $30 million for projects this year which include The Brockport. 

A new theater opens in Canandaigua this weekend and its backers hope it fills a vital need in the local arts community.

It’s called the Sands Constellation Theatre, and it’s part of the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center on Fort Hill Avenue.

The theater dates back to the 1920s, and it is the former Canandaigua Academy School auditorium.

Assemblyman Brian Kolb was in court in the town of Victor on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DWI.

That follows an incident New Year’s Eve when Kolb’s state-owned SUV crashed into a ditch near his home on Route 41 in Victor.

After that incident, Kolb gave up his position as minority leader, but he remains a member of the New York State Assembly.

Outside Victor Town Court, Kolb reiterated what he has said before about the drunken driving charge.

There’s more information being released about the New Year’s Eve drunken driving charge filed against Assemblyman Brian Kolb.

Kolb, a Republican from Ontario County, had been Assembly Minority Leader since 2009, but announced last week that he was stepping down from the leadership post but would stay in the Assembly. His term runs through this year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is again pushing for legislation that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in movie theaters.

This is a concept that Cuomo has backed for the last few years, but which has faced some opposition in the state legislature.

A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the drunken driving case of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

On Thursday, officials said that Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella has been named to handle that misdemeanor case of DWI.

On Wednesday, Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said that Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts would ask that a special prosecutor be appointed to avoid any perception of favoritism.

Assemblyman Brian Kolb is facing a drunken driving charge.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office says that on New Year’s Eve, deputies responded to 7980 County Road 41 in the town of Victor at about 10 p.m. for the report of a property damage crash involving Kolb's state-owned 2018 GMC Acadia. A passerby noticed the vehicle in a ditch and called it in.

Deputies say Kolb was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. There were no injuries, and Sheriff Kevin Henderson says there was minor damage to the vehicle.

There’s a change in leadership in the City of Canandaigua. Swearing-in ceremonies are being held Tuesday for positions that include the new mayor. Republican Bob Palumbo won election in November, defeating Democratic incumbent Ellen Polimeni, who was in office for 28 years.

Palumbo says among the issues he wants to tackle in the new year is transportation. Without a public transportation system, Palumbo said it’s important to find ways of helping people move between the lakefront area and downtown.

  

Officials in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region are learning which economic development projects will get a boost from state aid dollars in the coming years.

As it has over the last nine years, New York state officials are dividing a pot of money for economic development projects among ten regions around the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying that more than $761 million in economic and community development funding is being awarded through the regional competition.

One of Seneca County’s better-known attractions, the white deer at the former Seneca Army Depot will no longer be part of the bus tours that started a couple of years ago.

The former U.S. Army munitions facility which closed in the 1990s has an unusual type of deer roaming that property: white deer. They are not albino deer, but apparently carry a recessive gene which causes the lack of pigmentation.

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