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’s State of the State message includes a proposal to set aside money to promote the photonics effort in the Rochester area.

Cuomo wants to allocate $30 million toward marketing and providing incentives for photonics companies thinking of locating in the Rochester area.

The state has already committed $250 million toward the AIM Photonics initiative, and the $30 million would be part of that.

A restaurant chain that has developed a loyal following across the country but is just getting into Upstate New York says it will break ground on Wednesday at the site of its new restaurant in Greece.

Chick-fil-A representatives will join local officials at the site of the chain’s first metro-Rochester location on West Ridge Road on Wednesday morning

The company says the 5,000 square foot restaurant will have indoor and patio seating as well as a two-story playground.  When it opens something in the Spring, the restaurant will employ more than 100 people.

A well-known area pizza chain is closing several stores. Some Mark’s Pizzerias are closing in parts of the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

A spokesman for the Mark’s Pizzeria chain, Joe Kondas, says that around 13 stores are either closing or have already closed.

Even after the closures, Mark’s will still have nearly 30 stores.

Some of the pizza shops closing are in areas that include The Mall at Greece Ridge and Eastview Mall, and several throughout the Syracuse and Ithaca areas.

General Electric has reversed an earlier decision to move around 90 manufacturing jobs out of Rochester.

Back in August, GE had said that it was closing a manufacturing operation on Science Parkway as part of an effort to provide its customers with more competitive, efficient products and services.

The work, which involves the assembly of electronic boards,  was going to be transferred to a facility in China.

But on Tuesday, GE announced it was going to keep the manufacturing work here.

The company released this statement to WXXI News:

A local medical high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.

The company is called VisualDx and it’s been around since 1999. They design software used to help diagnose various medical conditions. Now, the firm plans to add  21 jobs in Rochester while retaining 39 others.

VisualDx will lease an additional 5,000 square feet at its current location inside the former Valley Cadillac Building on East Avenue.