Off Topic/On Politics

Off Topic/On Politics

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

Episodes

April 12, 2024 28 mins

For the first time in history, a former president will be sitting in a courtroom next week as a criminal defendant. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross and political reporters Ayana Harry and Kelly Mena weigh in on the upcoming trial of Donald Trump and what we should expect in a Manhattan courtroom in the weeks ahead. They also discuss how t...

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This week, Mayor Eric Adams defended top police officials who went on social media repeatedly to attack Daily News columnist Harry Siegel for an op-ed he wrote about subway safety. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross and political reporters Bobby Cuza and Kelly Mena weigh in on the NYPD’s fiery online attacks and the mayor’s defense of their behavior.

After that, the New York state presidential primary found Joe Biden and Don...

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This week, a series of shocking acts of violence occurred in the city, including the fatal shooting of a police officer in Queens. Mayor Eric Adams, who ran his 2021 campaign on a public safety message, continues to say crime is down, but as headline-grabbing incidents persist, New Yorkers understandably feel less safe. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross, political director Bob Hardt and political reporter Bobby Cuza weigh i...

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March 22, 2024 31 mins

This week, new details emerged from a sexual assault allegation against New York City Mayor Eric Adams by a former NYPD aide. The woman claims that Adams in 1993 demanded sexual acts in exchange for helping her with her career in the department. The mayor vehemently denied the allegations, saying he doesn’t even recall ever meeting the woman who fi...

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Saying he wants to return to Congress, George Santos sat down with NY1’s Ayana Harry for his first TV interview. The disgraced former lawmaker is targeting a different Long Island district for his comeback, even as he faces a 23-count federal indictment on corruption charges. Ayana is joined by NY1 political reporter Bobby Cuza and NY1 statehouse reporter Bernadette Hogan to discuss Santos’ quasi-campaign.

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This week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she will deploy the National Guard and New York State Police into the subway system to increase security and conduct bag checks following a spate of violent crimes in transit. The surprise announcement has been met with a mixed response by New Yorkers. The deployment is just one part of what the governor called a five-point plan to crack down on subway crime. NY1 ...

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This week, Mayor Eric Adams made headlines when he announced that he thinks changes need to be made to New York’s sanctuary city laws. This time, the mayor called for expanded cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities, attacking the current city policies that limit such communication and calling them detrimental to public...

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The City Council filed a motion this week to intervene in a lawsuit against Mayor Eric Adams' administration over the city's housing voucher program, known as CityFHEPS. The Adams administration has been against implementing the new rules citing high costs, as officials believe “the law goes beyond the City Council's authority, and that it's actually preempted by existing state law”. Also, this week, Adams can...

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Democrat Tom Suozzi emerged victorious against Republican newcomer Mazi Pillip in a special election to replace disgraced Congressman George Santos. Is there a national significance for Suozzi’s win or is his victory more of a lesson in local politics? NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross and political reporters Bobby Cuza and Kevin Frey weigh in on the race and the implicatio...

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February 9, 2024 32 mins

The special house election in New York House District 3 is upon us. The race to replace disgraced former Rep. George Santos is a tight one between Tom Suozzi, the veteran former Democratic congressman, and Mazi Pilip, the Nassau County lawmaker running for the Republicans. Winning this seat would be an important step toward Democrats regaining control of the House. NY1 investigativ...

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This week, Mayor Adams and the City Council faced off in what has been a months-long battle over two criminal justice bills. The City Council ultimately voted to override two mayoral vetoes, but Mayor Adams is still hoping members will revise the ‘How Many Stops Act.’ NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross and political reporters Dan Rivoli and Kelly Mena weigh in on the City Council’s actions and wha...

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The feud between Mayor Eric Adams and the Council Speaker Adrienne Adams hit new heights this week, despite the smiles and pleasantries exchanged at the mayor’s annual State of the City address. The two sides of City Hall are clashing over two controversial pieces of legislation – including one called the “How Many Stops” Act which requires more record-keeping by cops on the beat. NY1 investigative reporter Cou...

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This week, both Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams unveiled their budgets on the same day. The city and state will spend billions of dollars on the migrant crisis, and neither is proposing any increase in taxes. Here in New York City, Mayor Adams says the financial picture may not be as catastrophic as he told us a few months back. NY1 investigat...

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Gov. Kathy Hochul this week gave her annual State of the State address, a sprawling speech that addressed crime, housing and even artificial intelligence.  But it was also notable that she did not address one of the biggest issues confronting New York: the migrant crisis. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross, political reporter Bobby Cuza and statehouse reporter Bernadette Hogan weigh-in on the governor’s address and whether o...

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It’s a new year, meaning it’s time for state lawmakers to make some resolutions of their own up in Albany. Among them, they’ll try to address a housing shortage and funding for migrants. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross, political director Bob Hardt, and statehouse reporter Bernadette Hogan discuss what Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state legislature are facing in this upcoming legislative session.

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Good tidings? Well, not exactly. The mayor and local lawmakers are not seeing eye to eye -- with the City Council banning solitary confinement in city jails and also passing a bill requiring police officers to log every investigative encounter with civilians. Mayor Adams is against ...

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New York's highest court is ordering the state to redraw its congressional lines. The decision could ultimately help Democrats who look to retake control of the House of Representatives in 2024. For battleground districts, including possibly Staten Island, it could mean bringing in voters from more liberal, Democratic parts of Brooklyn. NY1 investigative reporter Courtney Gross, political reporter Bobby Cuza, a...

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After aborting his trip to Washington last month because of a fundraising investigation, Mayor Eric Adams returned to the nation’s capital this week to ask for help in the migrant crisis.

The trip came as a new Quinnipiac University poll showed that the mayor's approval numbers have fallen to 28%, the lowest for any NYC mayor since the poll began in 1996. But what do the poll numbers really...

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December 1, 2023 33 mins

The walls appear to have fully closed in on New York Republican Rep. George Santos. Facing expulsion, Santos remains defiant, attacking lawmakers and his many enemies. NY1 political reporters Courtney Gross, Bobby Cuza, Ayana Harry discuss the Santos saga and what will happen if he is expelled, as well as the many criminal charges he faces.

After that...

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Mayor Eric Adams this week announced major budget cuts which will affect almost every city agency, reducing the size of the NYPD, ending Sunday service at libraries and potentially eliminating universal pre-K seats. Adams was also hit by a damaging report about the behavior of Winnie Greco, a longtime advisor to the mayor who currently serves as his direc...
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