Yes. I highly recommend Nonfiltered, based in Brooklyn. Call (917) 450-4989. Ask for Tiffany and tell her Eric from In4matrix referred you. We actually partner with them frequently on projects. Their web site is http://www.nonfiltered.com.
First of all, I also wondered why it had to be `local` for you. I live in NYC, but my website design is done out of Canada (not even in the same country). My website designer has worked in many various types of fields and is fairly `world-renowned`. Her name on any website will get it on the big search engines within 1 week usually.
I suggest you check out the websites of the types of companies you are planning on competing with. Look at the bottom to see who does their web work, and try to find one that way. Just a suggestion..don`t know if you`d find one in NY/CT area that way or not.