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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.​

    NY1 debate for Congress highlights experience vs. push for change

    NY1 debate for Congress highlights experience vs. push for change

    Candidates Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Suraj Patel met this week on the debate stage in the race for the 12th Congressional District, which recently combined large swaths of the west and east sides of Manhattan. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez shared their takeaways of the showdown, hosted by Spectrum News NY1/WNYC-Gothamist. They also offered some insight of who may have made the most impact, noting that the incumbents leaned on their many achievements, while Patel campaigned for fresh energy in Congress.
    As early voting is about to begin, the team looked at some rather noteworthy state Senate primaries, and how those races may play out later this month.
    We want to hear from you, especially what you think about this week’s NY-12 debate. Leave a message: 212-379-3440 Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    • 30 min
    Path to a new Penn Station is back on track

    Path to a new Penn Station is back on track

    A long time in the making, the controversial Penn Station redevelopment picked up some steam this week after getting approval from a key state board. While there are still many questions to be answered — including the final cost — NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez took a detailed look at where the project currently stands and the pros and cons of such an enormous undertaking.
    Also, as early voting quickly approaches, they discussed the race for the 12th Congressional District, which is one of the more competitive contests on the ballot this August. Which of the two democratic heavyweights, Rep. Jerrold Nadler or Rep. Carolyn Maloney, will win the battle? And exactly where does Suraj Patel fit into all of this?
    The conversation also includes a brief detour into the recent attack on gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin and bail reform.
    We want to hear from you, especially what you think about the Penn Station renovation.
    Leave a message: 212-379-3440
    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    • 29 min
    Bill de Blasio pulls the plug

    Bill de Blasio pulls the plug

    Struggling to pick up political traction, former Mayor Bill de Blasio abruptly ended his congressional bid. In a video released on Twitter, an emotional de Blasio also indicated he’d be leaving electoral politics completely. NY1’s Zack Fink, Bob Hardt and Kelly Mena analyze the decision to end his candidacy, as well as what this may mean for his legacy.
    They also weigh in on some of the criticism the GOP has been throwing at Gov. Kathy Hochul as the gubernatorial race heats up. Is she misusing state-owned planes and helicopters, or is this just a tradition in Albany? And is she stalling an investigation into nursing home deaths during the pandemic?
    We want to hear from you, especially what you think about de Blasio’s departure from politics.
    Leave a message: 212-379-3440
    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    • 28 min
    Monkeypox and COVID-19 on the rise in the five boroughs

    Monkeypox and COVID-19 on the rise in the five boroughs

    As monkeypox case numbers continue to increase, New York City could not keep up with the demand for vaccines. In many ways, this feels eerily familiar to New Yorkers. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Bob Hardt dig into that situation, and also look at the rather alarming rise in COVID-19 cases.

    After that, the team weighs in on the sudden resignation of New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. Unsurprisingly, there’s more to the story than a simple retirement. How close were DiFiore’s ties with Cuomo, and who will be her replacement? All that and more gets batted around in the podcast studio.

    We want to hear from you, especially what you think about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

    Leave a message: 212-379-3440
    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    • 28 min
    Six months on the job, is the honeymoon over for Mayor Adams?

    Six months on the job, is the honeymoon over for Mayor Adams?

    This past week marks six months that Eric Adams has been mayor of New York City. While many were eager to welcome a new mayor after Bill de Blasio, it’s been a very eventful half-year. NY1 political reporters Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez take an in-depth and lively look at the ups and downs of his term thus far.
    After that, the team weighs in on two competitive congressional races that are shaping up for New York’s 10th and 12th districts. Will people turn up to vote in late August? Will name recognition win out? Hear about all that and much more. 
    We want to hear from you, especially what you think about Eric Adams’ first six months on the job.

    • 30 min
    Primary recap: low turnout leads to few surprises

    Primary recap: low turnout leads to few surprises

    This week’s primary election resulted in very few surprises and a shockingly low turnout. Was it voter apathy? Fatigue? Confusion? NY1 political reporters Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez analyzed what may have happened on election night. They also discussed why progressive candidates fared so poorly on Tuesday, despite indications that they may have a strong showing.
    After that, the team discussed Gov. Kathy Hochul convening a special session in Albany around New York’s gun laws, in response to the Supreme Court’s recent gun decision. They weigh in on Hochul’s proposals, and how it could affect New Yorkers.
    We want to hear from you, especially what you think about the candidates for governor.
    Leave a message: 212-379-3440
    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

AnniSue ,

Keeps me informed

So grateful for this podcast. Even as overwhelming as ranked choice voting seems, I don’t think I’ve ever had this level of staying informed about candidates. I like the balance of reporting and interviews. (PS Also NYC polls are confusing... do you ever cover that? I get what looks like a text poll but have no way to tell if it is legit so I send to spam but yes public safety is up there as top concern)

Beattyful ,

Courtney is insufferable

Keep Juan, get rid of the other 2. Courtney comes off as incredibly privileged, entitled and out of touch. I’d bet a million bucks she’s heard that feedback before. I can’t even remember the other guy’s name. And we need at least one progressive voice on this show.

rhonda312 ,

Excellent pod

Excellent podcast. Just excellent.

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