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.


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Bus tours of the former Seneca Army Depot, are about to get going again. The people taking the tours will likely be looking for a particular attraction…it is the white deer, of course, that have generated so much chatter and photos online in recent years.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The family of an off-duty parole officer who was shot and killed by a Canandaigua police officer earlier this month is calling on the state to appoint a special prosecutor.  At a news conference also attended by the Rev. Al Sharpton in NYC on Saturday, the family of Sandy Guardiola called for an investigation that will avoid any conflict of interest. Kadien is also an Assistant District Attorney for Wayne County.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Andrew Cuomo  announced on Sunday that  a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left  for California to help crews there deal with the devastating wildfires.

The volunteers and DEC staff, including many State Forest Rangers, will join California crews and be assigned where they are most needed.

The New York team is expected to support California's firefighting efforts for two weeks.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Rochester and Buffalo are hoping that two cities are better than one, when it comes to trying to attract major investment from the online behemoth Amazon. 

In September, the company said it needed to build a second corporate headquarters, a project that would see the company spend more than $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

A number of communities across the country are vying for that new Amazon facility, and Rochester officials already said they are interested, as did people in Buffalo.


The wildfires that are ravaging parts of Northern California are also impacting the large wine industry in that region. News of that devastation is on the mind of a Finger Lakes winemaker. 

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Andrew Cuomo says  that approximately 53 percent of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students, more than 210,000 New York residents, are going to school tuition-free thanks to the addition of students receiving the Excelsior Scholarship. Nearly 22,000 students will be getting that new scholarship.

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All 12 of the metro areas in New York State had economic growth rates below the national average last year. 

That’s according to the Empire Center, a fiscally-conservative think tank which looked at the recently released federal data on Gross Domestic Product.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A new Siena poll shows that a majority of New York State voters do not think that Confederate statues or memorials should be taken down. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan issued a statement on Sunday saying that he had recently been treated for an alcohol problem. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Local business leaders are responding to comments made by President Trump about the economy in Upstate NY.  

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - If you are already enjoying using the new ride-hailing services, you’ll now be able to tip your driver if you’re happy with the service. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The Erie Canal has a very big economic impact on New York State, but more needs to be done to make people aware of its importance and how they can enjoy it. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Irondequoit Thursday for a ceremonial signing of  legislation to help communities hit by the severe flooding during the spring. Cuomo came to Westage on the Harbor, a lakefront apartment complex off St. Paul Blvd. and spoke before hundreds of residents and local officials. 

Monroe County

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Monroe County officials are announcing the next phase in the massive renovation project planned for the Greater Rochester International Airport.  County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the first significant bid package on the main terminal building is being released this week. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - New York State officials say that bald eagles are thriving in historic numbers across the state. The DEC is reporting the highest ever number of nesting pairs, 323, since the agency began a restoration effort in 1976. 

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - NYS officials say that they’ve reached a potential settlement with Charter Communications regarding the build-out of its cable network.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Two state lawmakers say that they are introducing bipartisan legislation to provide some financial relief for people living along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River seaway. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - There will be more water flowing out of Lake Ontario in an effort to help ease the recent flooding conditions along the south shore. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to the town of Greece on the the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario -- one of the areas that has been hardest hit by the recent flooding. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Water levels on Lake Ontario may be peaking, but for lakefront homeowners, the worst is far from over. However, there were developments Monday involving some help from the state. Governor Cuomo's office announced he's making $10 million available to help flood victims. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - NYS Senate Republicans have announced the introduction of a bill creating a new Great Lakes Flood Recovery Grant Program to help those impacted by the lake flooding this Spring.  


Governor Cuomo is announcing a new campaign designed to promote tourism at historic sites  related to equal rights. The campaign is being rolled out in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. 

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - With Lake Ontario's waters continuing to rise. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist communities for possible flooding. More than 130,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region, as residents prepare for flooding in low-elevation areas.


Governor Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist local communities in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wayne counties for possible flooding issues due to rising water levels on Lake Ontario and is urging all residents in the region to prepare for flooding.  

SYRACUSE (WRVO/WXXI) - Residents who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario have been trying to stay ahead of rising water levels that are threatening their properties. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - There are reports that at least two protesters were arrested after a demonstration outside the U.S. Border Patrol offices in Irondequoit overnight. Media reports say that a mother and several children were initially taken into custody in Geneseo, and that the children were later released.

The  New York State Legislature has re-elected two members of the Board of Regents including Vice Chancellor, and Rochester attorney, T. Andrew Brown, as well as Regent Nan Eileen Mead.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Brighton Police report that shortly after 10am Sunday, the Jewish Community Center received a number of threats via email stating that there was an explosive device planted in the facility.

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NEW YORK (AP & WXXI) - The Anti-Defamation League and several Jewish community centers across the country got a new round of bomb threats Tuesday, prompting a school in Chicago to evacuate and adding to the scores they have been plagued with since January.

The Catholic Sun

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Retired Bishop James Moynihan has died. The 84 year old former Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse was 84. He died on Monday.