LI is still NYC-ish. Upstate NY is a whole 'nother country. Parts of it are stuck in the 1920s (maybe 1800s).
During the 1970s my aunt married a guy who owned the town bar and hotel in Edwards, NY. the town had one street. no paving, no concrete sidewalks. they had 2 wood slat sidewalks, a barber, a bar, a hotel, and a roller skating rink (on the second floor of the hotel). only horses and cowboys were missing.
Rochester NY is more suburban than Edwards, but the average income tends to be really poor and the low paid or unemployed black population percentage rivals NYC. (during the 60s my uncle legally changed his name to make it seem less jewish because the locals were firebombing any business they thought was jew, or white owned.
anything that occurs in the NYC projects, you can expect to see happen in and around Rochester also.