There are four cat-sitters on this site, the first one looks excellent and only charges $12 per visit. There will be other sites with more pet-sitters listed but I just thought I'd point you in the right direction:
I used two cat-sitters, three times, for Brian when I lived in Edinburgh, with stays of up to 2-weeks (panic, panic, panic). Both were young women, one was a vet nurse, the other an art student with a life-long knowledge and love of cats. Both came to meet Brian and me before anything was settled upon. Both said they were happy to meet us and if we didn't think them suitable then that was ok too. Neither charged me for this initial meeting or for any transport costs. I think they charged around £7 or $9 per visit but Edinburgh is a much smaller place than NY, so transport is cheaper, and I expect we're just a bit cheaper anyway cos we're Scottish! This was at least 3 years ago though as well.
I was ever so worried about letting a stranger into my house but I had no choice whatsoever, as the time before in the affordable cattery had noticeably traumatised Brian, and the other luxury cattery, which Brian loved and was the star attraction, was out of my price range at around $25 per day. After meeting both ladies and seeing that Brian approved, I felt much happier, albeit still apprehensive. Both ladies asked if I wanted my curtains opening/closing, lights switching on/off, plants watering, post collecting etc for no extra charge. Both said a visit was for 1/2 hour in which time Brian was fed, watered, scooped, and played with. My mum has a cat-sitter who comes twice a day to her three cats but I couldn't afford two visits, although the option was available.
Both ladies text messaged my phone and sent photographs daily. I think they would have done so less frequently if I wished but I needed to see proof of Brian's care, and I knew his pursonaily so intimately that I would be able to tell instantly if I were being lied to. On my return, I opened my door to be greeted by my beloved, as usual. He was completely unperplexed and relaxed, but obviously happy to see me. I knew that he'd been ok in my absence as he would have told me otherwise. My flat remained 'untouched' and I could tell that neither of them had riffle through my drawers! My keys were kept by both ladies until I texted to say I was safely home, and then returned to me at no extra cost (this was incase something happened to me to delay my return and they still needed keys to get in, rather than post them through my letter box).
I am sure that similar stories can be told by many one this site, and that you would have a positive experience also. You might as well phone up and meet a cat-sitter anyway, if they "interview" free of charge.
Updated: Brian was a very self-contained, intelligent cat who was also extremely interactive. Dudley is very interactive too but in a different way, he misses me almost unbearably if I go to the loo without him. I would NEVER even consider a cat-sitter for Dudley. It depends on your cat.
Edited by Brian007 - 2/17/17 at 8:21am