I think that you are betwen two really good beekeeping clubs. Saratoga Springs is probably a bit of a hike for you. But if you can ever get up there the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association is a really good group. They have a good spring seminar that you should try to get to. It's usually in Albany. I forget when exactly. SABA probably has a website. Look 'em up and get a newsletter.
There is one to your south too. But I don't know much about them.
If you would go to eshpa.org and look up clubs or associations, the Empire State Honey Producers Association has a list of most of the local beekeeping clubs. ESHPA has it's winter mtng the first friday and saturday in November, in Syracuse. A bunch of good speakers and lots of friendly beekeepers who would just love to meet a newbee that hasn't heard all of the stories yet.
Welcome to beekeepingforums. You are about to get into an adventerous relation w/ the insect world. Enjoy.
I'm glad to hear that you have some actual live humans to mentor you. That's one of the things that I really think that a new beekeeper needs. We here in the virtual world can help only so much. It's good to have someone that you can show something to and get instant advice and discuss things w/ in real time.
But we'll be glad to verify or refute any advice they give you.
Beekeeping can be a lot like gardening. What works for me may not work for you. And what works in my area may not work where you live. Enjoy.