Dear Mr. Sheffer,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We recommend that you search New York State Towns & Counties; New York Historical Society; and New York Genealogical & Historical Societies for information about the history of the small city in upstate New York.
You may also wish to contact the New York State Archives for any information that they may have in their holdings about your research topic.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!