Elmira here. Did alot of traveling in the military so when anyone ever asked where I was from I would say "upstate new york". Whenever you say that you're from New York to someone that isn't from there they usually assume you mean the city. I have alot of fun with these people. I usually tell them it was rough growing up in Harlem!
According to wikipedia, Upstate New York has no definitive boundary line but usually anything north of the city is considered "Upstate".... Upstate New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia