Those sound like really solid reasons to go through the NYLS AAMPLE instead of the Albany AAMPLE program. I was really surprised that I got rejected from NYLS, I thought I would have at least gotten the WL there. It made no sense from the turn out that I got from other schools. But, I suppose there are surprises here and there in the admissions process. Good luck with the NYLS AAMPLE program. Is it online or in the classroom?
I hope that you get accepted at CUNY. It is always nice to have options. What other schools are you waiting on?
I decided to go for through the Albany AAMPLE program because I think I would be happier in Albany than in Vermont, however, I put a seat deposit down at Vermont, just in case things do not pan out with Albany.