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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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Could Jumaane Williams be New York’s next governor?

Nov 19 • 32:47

Fresh off his reelection victory to be New York City’s Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams is jumping into the crowded Democratic race for governor. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to flirt with a possible candidacy, launching a new statewide education plan. NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benítez and Courtney Gross explain why many are interpreting this move as the u...

Explaining the Cuomo transcripts and why they were released

Nov 12 • 32:47

Following a months-long investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General Letitia James released hundreds of pages of transcripts from the inquiry that culminated in his resignation. NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benítez and Courtney Gross discuss the details of the transcripts and explain why they’re significan...

What happened on election night in New York City

Nov 5 • 35:00

It’s been a pivotal week for the city. New Yorkers elected their second Black mayor in history and for the first time ever, women will make up the majority in the City Council – and a super majority at that. But, as Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benítez and Courtney Gross explain, this week’s election was also significant because Republicans gained ground in certain parts of the ...

Live show: A closer look at the NYC race for mayor

Oct 28 • 01:05:35

With early voting now underway, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez hosted a live edition of the "Off Topic/On Politics" podcast on Twitter Spaces. They commented on the state of the mayor's race, and invited Fordham University Professor Christina Greer for more in-depth analysis. The event also featured live questions from members of the audience, as ...

Navigating the new vaccine mandate

Oct 22 • 31:20

This week, Mayor de Blasio announced a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all public employees. NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benítez and Gloria Pazmino weigh in on his decision and the ripple effects it might have on the city. And with the general election around the corner, they take a closer look at the race for Public Advocate. The Democratic incumbent, Jumaane Williams,...

Where the NYC mayoral election stands

Oct 15 • 29:17

As Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa hit the campaign trail in the final weeks before Election Day, NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benítez and Bob Hardt analyze the state of the race and weigh in on what Sliwa, the Republican nominee, needs to do to improve his chances in a heavily Democratic city. They also spend some time talking about Latino politics. The community now represe...

Will Mayor de Blasio run for governor?

Oct 8 • 32:35

He hasn’t explicitly said that he wants to run for governor, but Mayor de Blasio keeps hinting at it. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez weigh in on his potential candidacy and discuss what it could mean for the race, which is already starting to heat up. They also comment on Courtney’s months-long investigation into the New York City Board of Electio...

The 2022 governor’s race is already heating up

Oct 1 • 29:18

Gov. Hochul took office five weeks ago, but she’s already having to fend off potential challengers from her own party. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Bob Hardt take a look at the state of the governor’s race, now that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is eyeing a run and other prominent figures, including state Attorney General Letitia James, are flirting with the ide...

Is Rikers Island beyond fixing?

Sep 24 • 28:11

As the situation at Rikers Island takes a turn for the worse, the city is taking measures to address the severe staffing shortages at the Department of Correction. But as NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Bob Hardt explain, the city's efforts to make sure correction officers show up to work have turned into a nasty fight with the union. They also weigh in on possible sol...

Why is Rikers Island in a state of emergency?

Sep 17 • 31:52

As the crisis on Rikers Island intensifies, politicians at the state and local level are looking for solutions. NY1’s Zack Fink, Courtney Gross and Juan Manuel Benítez weigh in on the chaotic situation inside the city’s largest jail complex and discuss some of the obstacles blocking reform. They also talk about the reopening of public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

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