New York is not the only Cover Depo group there is a fee. The most popular groups have a fee: New York, LA, Bay Area, etc. Reporters make thousands of dollars off this website. I don't think a nominal extra fee is too much to ask.
Just join the New York group. When an agency has work in the surrounding area, they'll post it to multiple red dots in the surrounding area. You'll get the work. There are so many red dots on the map, it's over-run. If I added a red dot for every city in the US, I'd have dots on top of dots.
If you're looking for more work, don't forget to hit on the Cover Depos tab on the top of the main page, hit the red dot on the map where you'll cover work, and then click on the tab to "Join the Group." Once you do that, your email address will be saved with everyone else's email address and you'll receive email blasts of jobs in your area. You just contact the agency directly from the email with their contact info.