Off Topic/On Politics

Off Topic/On Politics

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.... Show More

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With Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss the dilemma facing Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio about how to protect New Yorkers from the coronavirus as the weather heats up.

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As new data shows racial disparities in who is being policed for social distancing, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss whether the NYPD should be tasked with enforcing the rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

They also analyze a growing tension in City Hall between the Health Department and Mayor de Blasio.

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As Gov. Cuomo extends the moratorium on evictions, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze calls from advocates to do more by canceling rent during the coronavirus pandemic.

They also discuss the incredibly high death toll for the state’s nursing homes and whether more could have been done to save lives.

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The city’s subway system will shut down overnight for cleaning. NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze the historic decision.

And on the week of the original New York Democratic presidential primary, they discuss the cancellation of the primary altogether.

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SPECIAL EDITION - New York City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with thousands of deaths and local hospitals overwhelmed. As the virus spread throughout the city, no battle has become quite as challenging as the one being waged inside city jails, where people are packed into close quarters and social distancing isn't always an option.
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As New Yorkers try to figure out what the next few months will look like, NY1's Zack Fink, Gloria Pazmino, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss whether we have enough testing and know enough about the coronavirus to start to build a new normal in the city. They also look at the crisis facing nursing homes, which have seen a high death toll.

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With New York shut down for at least another month, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo's attempts to plan for the future despite a lot of uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic.

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As the number of deaths from coronavirus reach record-highs, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze data that shows the pandemic is disproportionately killing black and Hispanic New Yorkers.

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Data released by the de Blasio administration shows that the city's low-income neighborhoods have had higher numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases.

NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss why this pandemic seems to be hitting the most vulnerable New Yorkers the hardest.

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The number of coronavirus cases in New York continues to grow exponentially and there are increasing concerns that our health care system won't be able to handle the surge of patients.

NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss the efforts to increase capacity and get more resources to slow down any further crisis.

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As the coronavirus pandemic upends all aspects of life in New York, NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze how Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have responded to the rapidly growing number of cases.

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New York's top officials face tough choices over schools, transit, cultural institutions, budgets and the economy, and much more — NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo's response to the rapidly growing crisis over the coronavirus.

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March 6, 2020 27 min

Mike Bloomberg ended his presidential run after a poor performance on Super Tuesday. NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze what happened.

They also discuss the arrival of the novel coronavirus in New York and how the city and state have been preparing.

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Harvey Weinstein's case has reshaped the political conversation around sexual assault, but what does it mean for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's political future? NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze.

They also discuss how Chirlane McCray has changed the role of first lady of New York and whether she is considering a run for Brooklyn borough president.

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Michael Bloomberg made his first appearance on the presidential debate stage. NY1's Zack Fink, Gloria Pazmino, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze his performance. They also discuss the future of a congestion pricing plan for New York City amid concerns that the Trump administration may hold it up.

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February 14, 2020 25 min

A surprise ruling by state regulators has put the debate over brokers' fees in the spotlight. NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez discuss. They also analyze the escalating tension between Mayor de Blasio and the police unions after an attack on officers in The Bronx.

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February 7, 2020 29 min

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio laid out his plans for expanding affordable housing and fighting climate change. NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze his plans. They also discuss whether some New Yorkers could soon pay more in property taxes.

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What's the state of the race for mayor after Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s decision to drop out? NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze. They also discuss why Democrats are so divided on charter schools.

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What does Andy Byford's resignation mean for riders? NY1's Juan Manuel Benitez, Courtney Gross, and Zack Fink analyze the unexpected resignation of the New York City Transit president. They're also joined by Gloria Pazmino to discuss the emotional debate on gentrification sparked by comments from Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and candidate for mayor.

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How police crack down on fare evasion is under scrutiny. NY1's Zack Fink, Courtney Gross, and Juan Manuel Benitez analyze State Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into the NYPD's fare evasion policies. They also discuss Mike Bloomberg's bid for president, including his packed Midtown rally and his endorsement by Staten Island Congressman Max Rose.

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