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 say they are seeing a lot of interest in a state-funded competition designed to help startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging industries in Rochester.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that Luminate NY, the name of the competition announced earlier this year, has received interest from more than 100 applicants from around the world.

Rochester and Buffalo are hoping that two cities are better than one, when it comes to trying to attract major investment from the online behemoth Amazon.

In September, the company said it needed to build a second corporate headquarters, a project that would see the company spend more than $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

A number of communities across the country are vying for that new Amazon facility, and Rochester officials already said they are interested, as did people in Buffalo.

A local business services company is laying off nearly 200 people.  Concentrix Corporation, which is located on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford, filed the required notice with the New York State Labor Department.

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Batavia Friday afternoon to announce that city will receive a $10 million dollar state grant.

Batavia is the Finger Lakes winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The city is in the process of coming up with a plan to come up with projects to improve the downtown area in terms of housing, transportation, economic development and other areas.

Cuomo notes that Batavia has already worked on helping start-up businesses.

Victor-based Constellation Brands is reporting earnings that topped Wall Street expectations.

For its second quarter, the company saw profits of about $500 million, compared to $359 million a year ago.

Earnings per share of $2.47 topped analysts’ estimates.  Revenues totaled just over $2 billion.

President and CEO Rob Sands says the quarter shows Constellation’s strategy is paying off. He says they remain the leader in the high-end of the U.S. beer market and they are also seeing benefits from focusing on premium wine brands.

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