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What happens when three New York reporters sit in a (small) room and talk politics? Join host Zack Fink and the NY1 political team each week for a conversation where no topic is off-limits and everything is on the record.​

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What happens when three New York reporters sit in a (small) room and talk politics? Join host Zack Fink and the NY1 political team each week for a conversation where no topic is off-limits and everything is on the record.​

    Chaos and Confusion: Return to City Classrooms is Delayed (Again)

    Chaos and Confusion: Return to City Classrooms is Delayed (Again)

    With just days to go until students were to return to city classrooms, Mayor de Blasio delays the start of in-person instruction for the second time. NY1’s Zack Fink, Gloria Pazmino and Bobby Cuza analyze de Blasio’s last-minute decision, especially as union leaders, teachers and parents have been voicing their concerns for weeks. And then NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt joins in to discuss former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s visit to the city and his divisive speech, in which he laid out his grievances against de Blasio over the rise in crime and outlined his vision for the city.  
     
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    • 31 min
    Who Wants to Be Mayor of New York?

    Who Wants to Be Mayor of New York?

    All eyes may be on the November election, but next year’s race for mayor is starting to take shape. With City Comptroller Scott Stringer officially launching his campaign, NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Gloria Pazmino discuss his candidacy and analyze the crowded field.

    They also talk about the city’s decision to move nearly 300 homeless men out of an Upper West Side hotel-turned-shelter after backlash, and they weigh in on the community’s reaction to Mayor de Blasio’s move.

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    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @ZackFinkNews, @Courtneycgross, and @GloriaPazmino

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    • 41 min
    Back to School...or Not: De Blasio Delays Class, But Concerns Remain

    Back to School...or Not: De Blasio Delays Class, But Concerns Remain

    While Mayor de Blasio may have delayed the first day of school after reaching a deal with labor unions, many questions remain: Will the delay help the city and teachers prepare better? Is going to school safe? Will testing staff and students randomly each month be adequate?

    NY1’s Juan Manuel Benitez, Courtney Gross, and Bob Hardt analyze the debate over in-person learning and de Blasio’s decision to push the start of the year.

    They also talk about the effort to lift the ban on indoor dining in the five boroughs, and President Trump’s threat to cut federal funding from the city.

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    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @JuanMaBenitez, @Courtneycgross, and @BobHardt

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    For more information on the new coronavirus, head to www.ny1.com/coronavirus

    • 30 min
    Why the New York City Council Could Change Its Chokehold Ban After Just a Few Weeks

    Why the New York City Council Could Change Its Chokehold Ban After Just a Few Weeks

    It makes the use of chokeholds illegal, but the New York City Council is already looking to amend the newly passed legislation.

    NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze the decision, and they discuss the role New York played in the Republican National Convention.

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    ABOUT THE SHOW

    What happens when three New York reporters sit in a (small) room and talk politics? Join host Zack Fink and the NY1 political team each week for a conversation where no topic is off limits and everything is on the record.

    • 30 min
    New Yorkers Go Virtual at the Democratic National Convention

    New Yorkers Go Virtual at the Democratic National Convention

    At the DNC, what roles did prominent New Yorkers like Andrew Cuomo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Mike Bloomberg have? NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze that, plus the political fight between Mayor de Blasio and the teachers’ union over the safety of returning to school.

    We want to hear from you:

    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @ZackFinkNews, @JuanMaBenitez, and @Courtneycgross

    Leave a message: 212-379-3440

    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    For more information: www.ny1.com/offtopic

    For more information on the new coronavirus, head to www.ny1.com/coronavirus

    • 35 min
    Hotels Housing the Homeless Test the Upper West Side's Liberal Credentials

    Hotels Housing the Homeless Test the Upper West Side's Liberal Credentials

    When the coronavirus pandemic struck New York City, Mayor de Blasio decided to move homeless people from shelters into otherwise empty hotels to try to protect them.

    NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss how that decision has divided one typically left-leaning neighborhood, which has seen four hotels begin to house homeless New Yorkers over the last few months.

    We want to hear from you:

    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @ZackFinkNews, @JuanMaBenitez, and @Courtneycgross

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    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    For more information: www.ny1.com/offtopic

    For more information on the new coronavirus, head to www.ny1.com/coronavirus

    • 31 min

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