The New York Region is comprised of 39 teams and 3 conferences. This is a smaller than average region.
The Pool A conferences are the Skyline, the SUNYAC and the Liberty League. Cazenovia, Keuka and D'Youville from the Pool A North Eastern AC will also compete in the New York Region. (D'Youville moves to the AMCC in 2008-09.)
The 10 independent schools that compete for Pool B bids include the "E-8" schools and some CUNYAC schools. I have not seen any changes in the composition of those conferences that might move them to Pool A.
If you are talking about respect for the New York Region and measuring it by playoffs bids that the region earns, then you can look in two areas.
The 2007 Handbook
gave 6 Pool B bids. I anticipate that one bid will go from Pool B to Pool A as the Presidents AC gets a bid, leaving 5 Pool B bids in 2008.
There were 14 Pool C (at large bids) given in 2007 for the 328 schools that did not earn a Pool A bid (Conference AQ) or Pool B. That is less than 1 at-large bid for every 23 schools that did not get a Pool A or Pool B bid. That means that New York should expect one or two Pool C bids just on chance alone.
Here are the Pool B bid winners in 2007:
(Calif.) Independent 35-5 10th
College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) Upper Midwest Athletic Conference 36-6 4thEmory University
(Ga.) University Athletic Association 35-7 9thIthaca College (N.Y.) Empire Eight Conference
Salisbury University (Md.) Capital Athletic Conference 32-8 13th
Washington University (Mo.) University Athletic Association 30-9 6thChapman and Emory (as did Kean! and Marietta) made the D3Series.
Ithaca earned a Pool B bid. Sporting a 24-13 overall record suggests a degree of respect.
The Pool C bids were
Augustana College (Ill.) College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 32-12 2nd
George Fox University (Ore.) Northwest Conference 30-9 6th
Illinois Wesleyan University College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 32-11 6thKean University (N.J.) New Jersey Athletic Conference
Keene State College (N.H.) Little East Conference 29-13 1stMarietta College (Ohio) Ohio Athletic Conference
Methodist College (N.C.) USA South Athletic Conference 29-13 22ndSt. John Fisher College
(N.Y.) Independent 26-11 1st
St. Olaf College (Minn.) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 31-8 18th
The University of Texas at Dallas American Southwest Conference 32-11 1st
The College of Wooster (Ohio) North Coast Athletic Conference 40-5 22nd
Trinity College (Conn.) New England Small College Athletic Conference 28-6 6th
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 32-10 23rdYork College
Capital AC 29-12 10thSource: 2007 Regional Participants
As we look at Pool C, we see 2 schools (SJF and York PA) who were considered in Pool B being thought by the Regional Criteria (including Regional Rankings) to be good enough to get an at-large Pool C bid.
The fact that the New York Region got the expected number of bids mitigates against any lack of respect.
I hope that New York fans will understand the competitive balance in D3 is such that you can look back on a season's schedule and realize this.If your team stayed home, and there was one loss that they should not have had, then that loss kept them home.
Having reviewed the Pool C bids in football since 2001 and basketball Pool C bids since about 2002, I am firmly convinced of that fact.