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 and local officials gathered in Gates Tuesday to mark the opening of Crerand Commons Phase II, which is a new affordable housing development. The complex adds 33 apartments near a similar housing development on Lyell Road.

Ruthanne Visnauskas is the New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner.

She says there is still a big need for affordable housing across the state. 

WASHINGTON (AP)  Manufacturing in New York state shrank for the first time in seven months in May, as new orders fell and shipments grew more slowly. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped last month to minus 1, from 5.2 in April. Any reading below zero signals contraction. 

In this week's report, WXXI's Randy Gorbman takes a look at the ongoing efforts of the organization Causewave, former the Ad Council,  to look for community approaches to solving problems. The discussion keys off a recent presentation at the Causewave meeting with the leader of an anti-smoking movement across the nation.

Also, Xerox acquires an office equipment company in Ohio.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked a lot about jobs and the economy in her first State of the County address on Wednesday night.

She delivered it at the site of what will be MCC’s new downtown campus this fall, next to Kodak’s headquarters on State Street. Dinolfo first took office in January 2016, but did not give a State of the County address last year.

What Governor Andrew Cuomo describes as the nation’s largest hydroponic commercial greenhouse will locate its operations at the Eastman Business Park.

Clearwater Organic Farms will build a 650,000 square foot facility that will produce fresh, locally grown, organic baby leaf greens year-round. The project is expected to create 137 new full-time jobs, most of which will be in packaging, shipping, receiving and warehousing. 55 of those jobs are reserved for veterans or those who are underemployed.