NY does allow 1 not to be reset.
This is true, I had a Nissan Altima that had misfires that were triggering the CEL. After I fixed the issue I could get all but one of the monitors to set (the EVAP was impossible to set) even following Nissan's service manual that outlines the readiness check drive cycle procedures.
It passed inspection anyway. I spent a month trying to do everything to get EVAP to set when I didn't really have to in the end. The inspection station told me it's fine if one or two don't pass.
Although inspections are legally supposed to pass with some monitors not set in NYS, there's still a way you can "fail". The person at the garage hooks up a code reader, checks the monitors and won't even run the inspection because he/she saw that one was unset. I would know because that's what happened to me. I went to a garage and the guy did that to me, told me to come back when they're all
set. I came back a month later after finding out that I could have one or two unset, a different guy told me the other guy had no idea what he was doing and that I was right. This guy actually hooked up the emissions equipment and lo and behold the emissions equipment didn't care that one was unset, I passed.
That's the way you can still "fail", if the person at the garage doesn't know what they're talking about and applies their own, stricter standard than NYS does. Go to a different garage in that case.