Here's some links that might be useful:http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_tips_019_almshous...http://iarchives.nysed.gov/xtf/view?docId=ead/findingaids/A1...http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_tips.shtml
And the item that mentionsshouse and Poorhouse Census records are available for free to New Yorkers at Ancestry.com New York. , links to : http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_ancestry.shtml
All you have to do is put in a valid NY zip code. As I write this I am in California and put in my home ZIP code in NY and it worked like a charm.