I recently read an article indicating that anyone over 16 years of age fishing in NY waters (within 3 miles of of shore) needs to register and have proof of "registration" when fishing. It's not a licence, apparently, and doesn't cost anything.
So I tried to register on the www.dec.ny.gov/permits
site and, of course, it is a clunky government website that does all it can to prevent you from registering.
Good luck to others getting it to work.