Thanks for the replies. Looks like I will have to leave home without it to avoid troubles as my time line will be tight and I won't have time to deal with issues. ( and given I'd likely be going to NY by air, I'd have no wiggle room. )
The rules do bring up the question as to what is considered a journey. I would be flying in and driving out back the way I came within a hour so I really don't have a end of trip in NY.
If passing through the state is considered legal, what about flying in from the South East then continuing West to the nearest state? One of the flights I'm looking at has me coming in from the SE. This would be technically considered passing through NY state as my entry and exit are not the same.