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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.

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.

A Canadian cannabis company could be bringing hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier.

The company is Canopy Growth; that’s the business that locally-based Constellation Brands has taken a major stake in.

On Monday, Canopy Growth announced it has been granted a license by New York State to process and produce hemp, and it plans to establish a hemp industrial park somewhere in the Southern Tier.

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday said his upcoming executive budget would include a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in New York state.

Cuomo said his budget, which he is scheduled to release Tuesday, would also include a proposal to make most non-alcoholic bottles eligible for a 5-cent redemption.

Cuomo, a Democrat, called the bag ban a "bold action" that would "create a cleaner and greener New York for all."

It was literally their 30 seconds or so of fame, several of the white deer that make their home at the former Seneca Army Depot, were the focus of the nature segment that usually ends each episode of the program CBS Sunday Morning.

Host Jane Pauley introduced the video. 

“We leave you this Sunday morning with a rarity, a herd of white deer in Seneca County, New York, remind us, different, can be beautiful.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have added bereavement leave to New York’s paid family leave law.

The legislation, which was sponsored by two Rochester area lawmakers, Republican State Senator Rich Funke, and former Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (who is now a member of Congress), would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the death of a family member.

Funke had a son who died in 2001, and Morelle lost a daughter to cancer in 2017.

The Rochester-Finger Lakes area will be receiving $86.5 million dollars in state aid for a variety of economic development projects.

The official announcement in this annual competition, the 8th time the money has been distributed this way, was done Tuesday in Albany, with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Economic Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky  announcing the awards.