Check out this article on Crispy Gamer (a new news and review portal that looks very well done)
There are over 1000 videogame development professionals in New York State. And overall there are more jobs in the industry.
Of couse the data was collected before the recent (late fall 2008 if you're reading this in the archives) economic unpleasantness, so I'm not sure how totally accurate it is. But the industry was strong and there are some interesting new project being developed at major studios and by independents alike. I think it's a good time to be going into the field