Downstate as defined by the New York State Dept of Tourism:
Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Southern Dutchess Counties.
Includes: City of Rye, Peekskill, Newburgh, Middletown, Beacon, Port Jervis, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, White Plains, ect.
So anything north of Poughkeepsie basically, like Ulster and Columbia counties.
Were ya from: