Not sure about NYS but here in MI they will pay for childcare and gas mileage.
DH is a cop so he NEVER has to go (get's out of it cause he knows the people at the court). Lucky guy. I've gotten called twice in 2 years.
I've been told that there is virtually NO way to get out of jury duty (they don't care if you don't have someone else who can watch your child, you MUST show up)....BUT I managed to do it!! I actually got out of jury duty! I exclusively breast fed my boys when they were babies and I was actually relieved of jury duty because of it. How could they argue with a mothers right to nurse her baby! I don't know if you nurse, but this is good info for many moms.
I did still show up the first day (by law you have to be there), but as soon as I got there I told them that my baby needed to eat at __ time. They didn't make me prove it, but just to be safe you might want to take a dr note saying that you breast feed.