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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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed New York extend the background check waiting period as part of efforts to reduce gun violence.

Cuomo would like to see the state increase the background check waiting period to up to 10 days.

Currently, anyone who wants to buy a handgun, shotgun or rifle in New York must undergo a background check. Among the possible outcomes, is that the purchase can happen immediately; another possibility is a denial of the sale, and the third outcome is a delay in the delivery of the gun.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday added his voice to those who think the train station in Rochester should be named in honor of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

The Fairport Democrat died Friday at the age of 88, and on Saturday, New York’s U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote to Amtrak officials calling for the new train station to be named the”Rochester Intermodal Station the “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station.”

They noted that Slaughter spearheaded the drive for federal money to construct the new facility.

New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have written to Amtrak officials asking that the train station in Rochester be named in honor of their fellow Democrat and friend, Louise Slaughter.  The 88 year old Slaughter died early Friday at a Washington, D.C. hospital, after suffering a head injury when she fell in her D.C. apartment last week.

The two senators say that last October, after years of fighting to secure over $15 million in federal funding, the new train station opened.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP)  Chele Chiavacci Farley, a private equity executive and Republican Party fundraiser, was chosen Friday by New York state GOP leaders to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in this fall's election. 

Tops Markets has confirmed the story first reported by Bloomberg last week; the company will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The supermarket chain, based in Williamsville in the Buffalo area, says it is pursuing the restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt and position the company for long term success.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed the final land acquisitions in Genesee County needed to build a new National Veterans Cemetery.

The Democrat from New York says with the two newly acquired parcels, one which is 60 acres, and the other 77 acres, the cemetery in Pembroke will effectively double in size.

The two parcels are located adjacent to the 132-acre cemetery site that was purchased by the VA in 2014.

Schumer is urging the VA to swiftly begin construction of the cemetery this year. 

Xerox, the storied American company that has its roots in Rochester in the early 20th century, is getting a new owner.

Early Wednesday morning it was announced that Fujifilm Holdings, the company that Xerox has had a joint venture with for many years, will take a majority stake in the company. The new business will be called Fuji Xerox, and will be 50.1% owned by Fujifilm, while also keeping Xerox's listing on the NYSE.

Just a day after University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of February, the university has announced the appointment of an interim president.

The announcement came from board chair Danny Wegman, who says that Professor Richard Feldman, who served as Dean of the College from 2006 until last year will take that role.

Feldman has been involved with the university for more than 40 years, and his tasks included serving as co-chair of the 2016 Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity.

In his first interview since announcing his resignation, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman covered a wide range of topics with WXXI News.

And they include the reasons for his stepping down.

University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, has released a statement through his lawyers, responding to the 200+ page report from an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against him and the university's response to those allegations. Jaeger has been on administrative leave from his post in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Dept. since that time.

This is his statement in its entirety:

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