I would think April in New York would be a good time. I would try to find a supplier on this forum who has bees for sale and it is time to lock in your supply and get them ordered NOW. Warning! Delivery dates from bee suppliers are notoriously flexible! Commercial Beekeepers are at the mercy of wind and weather and seasonal temperature variation. They cannot provide what nature may not have yet allowed them to produce. Besides that, they are a sadistic lot who love to keep new beekeepers twisting in the wind for months as they breathlessly await their first bees! That last sentence was a joke! But just barely, it will seem that way when your delivery is a week late or more. Check the consumer report section on the forum or ask on line about supplier reliability. Chances are if no one has heard of them, you might want to be careful. Chances are the reputable folks will recieve good reviews. Get cracking on finding bees, your late.