The solicitation will be the first step in the state sourcing 2.4GW of offshore projects by 2030.
New York has a goal to obtain 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
Awards are expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2019, said the governor's office. If needed, a second solicitation will be issued in 2019.
"Robust offshore wind development is not only critical to meeting our clean energy and carbon reduction goals, this investment has the potential to create thousands of jobs and fuel a $6 billion industry for New York as it combats climate change," said governor Andrew Cuomo.
The solicitation will be held by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority.
NYSERDA will procure Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (ORECs), from awarded facilities.
A roadmap to procure 2.4GW of offshore capacity was published earlier this year.