So in NY, its illegal to hunt over a pile of corn,apples,etc., but I can plant a small hunting plot in the middle of the woods(not a big food plot), hunt it and thats legal/ethical? Too, are deer scent attractants legal in NY? If so, would you consider them a form of 'bait' also?
Correct. If it's growing out of the ground, it's legal.
Scent attractants are legal in NY. I wouldn't call them a bait, though I don't have a justification for that. There's an ethical grey area there. I don't use them, though I've tried in the past, because I've never had any luck with them.