100 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 125 Ratings

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.​

    Battle for Staten Island: Rose and Malliotakis Clash in NY1 Debate

    Battle for Staten Island: Rose and Malliotakis Clash in NY1 Debate

    Democrat Max Rose and Republican Nicole Malliotakis go head to head in a NY1 televised debate over the 11th Congressional District, which includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn.
    NY1’s Zack Fink, Emily Ngo, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze the heated debate, the tone of the campaign, and the politics in the district.
    They also talk about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threat to withhold funding from the city over the enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, and his new book on the state's fight against the pandemic.
    We want to hear from you:
    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @ZackFinkNews, @Courtneycgross, and @JuanMaBenitez.
    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

    • 32 min
    Unrest and Anger in Brooklyn as Coronavirus Restrictions Return

    Unrest and Anger in Brooklyn as Coronavirus Restrictions Return

    As the city and the state look to get control of the coronavirus surge in parts of the city, additional restrictions go into effect prohibiting mass gatherings.

    The new rules caused confusion and led to protests on the streets of Borough Park, Brooklyn. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Bob Hardt discuss the handling of the crisis and the community backlash.

    They also talk about the race for mayor, including Maya Wiley’s official launch, and how ranked-choice voting will change candidates’ campaign playbooks.

    We want to hear from you:

    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @ZackFinkNews, @Courtneycgross, and @BobHardt.

    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

    • 32 min
    Ballot Blunder in Brooklyn

    Ballot Blunder in Brooklyn

    Nearly 100,000 Brooklyn voters may have received incorrect absentee ballot return envelopes and are expected to receive new ones soon. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss the city Board of Election’s error, which comes as there’s an increased scrutiny on mail-in voting across the nation. And as schools reopen and indoor dining resumes, they talk about the rise in positive coronavirus cases in several Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods and analyze Mayor de Blasio’s response.
    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
    Here’s What Happened in Industry City

    Here’s What Happened in Industry City

    A fight over a redevelopment in Brooklyn turned into a political battle about the future of New York. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discussed why developers pulled the plug on their controversial effort to redevelop Industry City in Sunset Park.

    They also weigh in on the Trump administration’s decision to call New York an “anarchist jurisdiction.”

    We want to hear from you:

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

    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
    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.  
     
    We want to hear from you:
    Twitter: @ZackFinkNews @CourtneyCGross @JuanMaBenitez or #NY1OffTopic
    Leave a message: 212-379-3440
    Email: yourstoryny1@charter.com

    • 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.

    We want to hear from you:

    Twitter: #NY1OffTopic or @ZackFinkNews, @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

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

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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

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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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How I start my Fridays.

This podcast tells you everything you need to know about what’s going on in NYC in like 30 mins. Not only is it incredibly useful, but it’s also so fun to listen to.

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