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.

Alfred University has named a new Dean for its Inamori School of Engineering.  And the person filling that role has ties to Alfred and the Rochester area.

Gabrielle Gaustad is a former undergrad at Alfred who graduated in 2004 with a degree in ceramic engineering.

For the last 10 years she was at RIT, where she was an associate professor and Master of Science program coordinator at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

Gaustad says one goal of hers throughout her career has been to be a mentor for women in engineering and STEM-related fields.

Xerox says a number of employees including some in Webster were notified Thursday that they are being laid off.

The company says the notices went out to some employees in Webster, Canada and throughout the U.S.

No specific numbers were released, but the layoffs in New York State were below threshold levels required by the labor department when those numbers must be reported.

More than 200 people who live near the High Acres Landfill are suing the owner of that facility, Waste Management because of  what they say are ongoing noise and odor problems.

That landfill straddles parts of both Perinton and Macedon, and a neighborhood group called, Fresh Air for the Eastside, along with the 215 or so people filing the suit, want Waste Management to close two sections of the landfill that the residents feel are part of the problem.

Constellation Brands is upping its investment into Canada’s top cannabis producer in a big way. The   

Victor-based company announced on Wednesday that it will invest another $4 billion in Canopy Growth Corporation.

The deal follows the initial investment Constellation made last year when it acquired about a 10% stake in Canopy. Now, Constellation will own 38% of the company.

As part of the proposed deal, Constellation will nominate four directors to Canopy Growth’s 7-member board.

Eastman Kodak says that it plans to sell  to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division.

That division is involved in a form of printing which uses flexible plates to print on a wide variety of packaging materials.

CEO Jeff Clarke says this is a great opportunity to get value for shareholders since there has been strong interest in the division. He says the Flexographic unit has performed exceptionally well, but he says by selling the unit, it will help allow Kodak to focus on growth areas.