Welcome to Albany, we live about 50 miles east of Albany(in Massachusetts). We have cruised out of Cape Liberty, Bayonne and found it very nice. Like the idea of driving to port. Our daughter lives in the area so we leave our car at her house. Think the parking at Bayonne is around $16. a day, you can research that on the port part of this site.
grew up in Poughkeepsie (90 miles south) and my grandparents lived in Albany so I spent most of my summers there and for a moment thought about attending Union College..spent many a summer night at Saratoga Performing Arts
You know there are barge cruises out in the finger lake areas that you could "cruise" on (VBG) if you can't get to the ocean
Is Albany where you grew up and you decided to go home to retire ?