I see a lot of 'German Shepherd' clubs in and around NY State. I'm sure you would still like personal recommendations, but they do have some good links & info.
Here's one that has tons of info. We were recently in the same boat, looking mostly for a family pet. I linked and asked around then got lined up with the puppy in my avitar.
It wasn't much more going with a known breeder over prices often listed in paper classifieds. Some of these breeders have been around several decades, so a lot of history to sift through if desired.
German Shepherd Dog Club of America - Information and resources for owners of German Shepherd Dogs and German Shepherd Puppies