True, but on the handgun level, it varies county by county. Rural counties is very easy to get a CCW permit, while urban area can get tough.
NYS does still have an "assault" weapon ban, but can be circumvented. For one, if you move to the state from a state where that long arm is legal, you can have it. Meaning, a post post-ban can be brought in if you move from a state where such was legal. However, if you live in NYS, you can't cross the border, purchase and return with a long-arm that is currently banned in NY.
You can carrier a pre-ban AK in a 14" lifted Samurai!