I live in Ulster county, but work in Dutchess. I have had bumblebees this year, but I know of others in the area that have complained about not seeing any either. I think all the bad weather we have had is the cause.
I have notice both honeybees and bumblebees working the dandelions outside my office window in Poughkeepsie.
I would be more than happy giving you a hand if you decide to give beekeeping a try. Feel free to email or PM me if you want to talk some more.