Thank you all for the information! Brucin, I'll send you a PM, thanks for the offer.
We decided that I will buy the Glock (never really wanted one, let the hating begin ) - as luck would have it I have a permit - until he gets his NY permit. He will be driving right by me on his way up tomorrow, which works out well.
Poor guy. He was in GA for infantry officer and Ranger training, picked up the Glock while he was there, and never realized how terrible gun laws are up this way. He's from CT, but never paid attention until now. His mom (my sis) is a classic upper-middle class lefty Northeasterner and she was in a panic about his trip to NY!