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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.​

    Can Andrew Yang Win the Race to Become Mayor of New York?

    Can Andrew Yang Win the Race to Become Mayor of New York?

    On the heels of Andrew Yang's official launch of his campaign for mayor, NY1's Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benitez, and Courtney Gross analyze the former presidential candidate's entry into the crowded race, and the controversy over Yang spending much of his time upstate during the pandemic.

    They also discuss Gov. Cuomo's priorities for the new year, aimed primarily at beating the virus and bringing about economic recovery.

    And with Democrats in control of both chambers, they talk about whether this will be the year that New York legalizes marijuana.

    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

    • 29 min
    Riots at the Capitol, Schumer and the Road Ahead

    Riots at the Capitol, Schumer and the Road Ahead

    After Trump supporters violently sieged the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, NY1's Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benitez, and Courtney Gross reflect on the chaos, Rudy Giuliani's role, and the effect on the nation's democracy.

    They also talk about Charles Schumer soon becoming the new Senate majority leader and what that means for New York.

    And they discuss the rocky start to New York's COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the back-and-forth between Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo over distribution details.

    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

    • 31 min
    'A Shot of Hope': City Frontline Workers Receive First Vaccine Doses

    'A Shot of Hope': City Frontline Workers Receive First Vaccine Doses

    In the final episode of the year, NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benitez, and Courtney Gross discuss the city’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine after an ICU nurse in Queens received the first vaccine shot.

    And they talk about the debate over raising taxes, as the state faces a massive budget crisis and awaits aid from Washington, D.C.

    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

    • 30 min
    Ranked-Choice Voting Fight Heads to Court

    Ranked-Choice Voting Fight Heads to Court

    Six City Council members are suing to get ranked-choice voting delayed, making the case that the new system, if executed right now, will hurt non-white voters and cause voter disenfranchisement. NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benitez and Courtney Gross explain the controversy around the voter-approved ranked-choice system and discuss if New York is ready to implement the new system. They also weigh in on Shaun Donovan’s official launch of his mayoral campaign.
    And they talk about an alarming new report that shows a surge in homelessness in the city, as the debate continues over relocating hundreds of homeless New Yorkers out of an Upper West Side hotel.
    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

    • 31 min
    Does New York Want Another Mayor From Wall Street?

    Does New York Want Another Mayor From Wall Street?

    Former Citigroup Vice Chairman Ray McGuire is the latest Democratic candidate to launch his campaign for mayor — with the help of some star power. But will New Yorkers want a former Wall Street executive running the city?

    NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benitez, and Courtney Gross analyze McGuire’s campaign and what his entry into the race means for other candidates.

    They also discuss the latest with the COVID-19 surge and whether the city is headed towards another lockdown.

    Watch Ray McGuire’s interview on Inside City Hall: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2020/12/03/elections-2021-whos-running-ray-mcguire-on-the-issues-wealth-tax

    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

    • 33 min
    De Blasio and Cuomo Fail to Present United Message on Schools Closure

    De Blasio and Cuomo Fail to Present United Message on Schools Closure

    With the city reaching the COVID-19 positivity threshold of 3%, public classrooms have officially closed for in-person learning.

    NY1’s Juan Manuel Benitez, Courtney Gross, and Gloria Pazmino explain how the announcement unfolded after hours of anticipation, confusion, and political drama.

    They also talk about Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’s official entry into the 2021 race for mayor, joining a long list of Democratic candidates vying for the job.

    We want to hear from you:

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

    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

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

thepainter1201 ,

Great NY Politics Podcast

Informative and balanced perspective on NY politics.

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Feels like you just finished a great meal with old friends- Thank you

Feels like you just finished a great meal with old friends- Thank you

DNikki96 ,

Coded language and racial insensitivity

I’m incredibly disappointed in this podcast. It used to be informative and interesting with multiple points of view. However, recently they’ve been speaking about protests against police brutality as though they’re dangerous, they’ve glorified the role of the police, and put blame on protestors and advocates instead of looking at the root of problems. They’ve spoken about forms of protest such as graffiti in coded language. They’ve condoned police intervention in neighborhoods with increased violence instead of looking at the root of the problem- lack of resources including food and employment. They’ve disappointed me tremendously the past few weeks.

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