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.

SunCommon NY, a distributor of renewable energy generation, including solar and wind projects, took the number one spot on the 31st annual Rochester Chamber Top 100 list of the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the Finger Lakes region. 

Waste services broker Waste Harmonics LLC and cardiac safety and respiratory services laboratory iCardiac Technologies, Inc. rounded out the top three. 

The Top 100 list ranks businesses based upon both dollar and percentage growth.

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that while the upstate economy fared pretty well during the last business cycle, the economy in Western New York is not as robust.

New York Federal Reserve senior economist Richard Deitz says while a lot of the jobs lost during the recession in Upstate New York have come back, there is still weakness, mainly in Rochester and Buffalo.

(WXXI News & AP) It's official. The joint proposal developed by economic development agencies in Rochester and Buffalo have now submitted what they are calling “an extremely sophisticated and compelling bid” to Amazon in response to the ‘request for proposals’ put out by Amazon for a second headquarters.

With a project that could see Amazon spending as much as $5 billion and hiring 50,000 workers, it  has resulted in a mad rush of metro areas around the country submitting bids to the online retailing giant. The proposals were due Thursday.

Some high tech jobs are coming to the Town of Gates. Supervisor Mark Assini says that Novomer, a sustainable chemicals company, will be expanding into a location on Buell Road and they expect to employ about 60 people.

Right now, they employ less than half that amount at a pilot facility in the Eastman Business Park.  The new location is near the airport, and the company is expected to employ chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other types of workers at the new facility.

Imagine Monroe, the county’s economic development agency, has approved incentives for two local projects that County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says will create a total of 34 new jobs.

One of the projects involves construction by Gallina Development of an addition to the existing building in Ogden for the company Transcat, which provides test and measurement equipment. They are creating 32 jobs over the next three years.