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.

Maria Furgiuele has been named the new executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester.

Furgiuele, who is a licensed architect and realtor, has held the job as interim director since Maureen “Mo” Duggan retired late last year.

Furgiuele will oversee the center’s consulting and community planning projects for municipalities and associations throughout the Greater Rochester area.

Previously Furgiuele served on the Community Design Center board including a year as its president.

A program designed to grow the local photonics industry is getting a new name as it officially launches in Rochester. 

It started the year as the Photonics Venture Challenge, when Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced it earlier this year. But now the competition, funded by $10 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, has been re-named Luminate NY.

The competition encourages optics, imaging and photonics companies from around the country who have entrepreneurial ideas.

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.

It includes an expanded center security checkpoint, with more efficient lanes for travelers and new areas to unpack and repack belongings before and after screening; a more secure way to have passengers exit and a new greeting area in the lower level of the terminal.

The latest monthly survey on small business job growth by Paychex and the research firm IHS shows a decline in that growth but an increase in wages.

That’s a trend that Paychex CEO Martin Mucci says this survey has seen over the last few months.

June marked four consecutive months of decline nationwide in small business job growth, but national hourly wages were up nearly there percent compared to a year ago.

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

The State Department of Public Service announced the $13 million settlement, saying that Charter failed to meet requirements for expanding the cable network as called for when the state approved Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

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