$2000 is the price from ford. it sucks.
Now, does NY have the same nazi-ish rules on cats like CA does? You can talk to FSW/CFM/McNews and maybe top speed? about aftermarket cats for the car. They're under $400 iirc. They prolly aren't Carb/emissions legal.
thats the link to an OEM quality part. 2 weeks to build and ship. good luck!