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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.

Authorities continue to search for a missing 14-month-old toddler on a Wayne County farm.

Sheriff Barry Virts says 173 people were involved in the search on Monday in Sodus for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, after his mother 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead in a wooded area of the farm last Wednesday.

Virts says they are looking at a number of aspects to this case right now.

The University of Rochester will be partnering with two Buffalo institutions in an effort to speed up the development of new pharmaceutical drugs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the Empire Discovery Institute, which will involve a partnership of the University of Rochester, the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The idea is to help move promising new drugs through the process more quickly.  Steve Dewhurst is Vice Dean for Research at UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Hours after Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said  she is not going to seek the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro announced that Julie Killian, a former Deputy Mayor in Rye (Westchester County), and former NYS Senate candidate will be his running mate.

Dinolfo co-chaired a committee for gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro to help him find a running mate, was herself, believed to be a top contender.

A board that helps oversee the level of Lake Ontario says that while water levels across the lake and the St. Lawrence River have begun their typical spring rise, conditions are a lot better than they were a year ago. There were months of very high lake levels and shoreline damage in 2017.

Tom Brown is a member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.  He says Lake Ontario is about 16 inches lower than it was at this time last year, although the lake level is about 8 inches higher than its long term average.

New York State officials are in a bit of battle with Charter Communications, the corporate name for the company that provides Spectrum cable TV and internet services.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement this week saying that the NYS Public Service Commission has started legal action against Spectrum for potential violations of its franchise agreement.  Cuomo says the state approved the acquisition of Spectrum and its ability to operate in New York based on the company fulfilling certain obligations, including providing broadband access to underserved parts of the state.

Wegmans is responding to Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this week to ban single-use plastic bags.

The supermarket chain has some concerns with that concept. Cuomo says that a ban on single-use plastic carryout bags will significantly reduce waste and environmental impacts. 

But Wegmans officials say it’s important to fully understand the impact that the various bagging options would have on the environment. 

The New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua has a new name.  It is now called  New York Kitchen.

General Manager Bethany DiSanto says the idea is for the branding to more accurately reflect the many foods and beverages that the facility will be talking about.

She says when they first began a dozen years ago, wine was a larger percentage of the beverages talked about at the center, but with the explosion in the number of breweries, as well as homegrown food choices, it was time to come up with a different name.

Two top New York State education officials are telling the vendor handling computerized testing for students to make sure they get to the bottom of the recent problems.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say that the problem affecting some students taking online English exams this week was “an unacceptable failure.”

They say that while more than 135,000 testing sessions were completed through Thursday, the difficulties that schools faced in administering the computer-delivered exams are "inexcusable."

Some students in the Rochester area and around the state had a tough time taking state-issued English Language Arts tests on Wednesday.

The issue did not affect all the tests, it was the students who were taking the ELA exams online rather than the traditional paper tests who may have been affected. And not all of the students taking online exams were impacted.

A few hundred districts around the state this year agreed to give some of the exams by computer to students in grades 3 through 8.

A top official with Hobart and William Smith Colleges is providing some more details about the investigation into questions raised concerning allegations of plagiarism against the president of that Geneva-based institution.

The recent allegations against Gregory Vincent, who was just appointed to the president’s post last year, are that the dissertation he did for his doctorate in education repeatedly uses long passages from other works without properly identifying them.

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