An Appellate Division panel on Wednesday dismissed as moot an attempt by Orange County and several municipalities to overturn the 2015 board approvals that allowed Kiryas Joel to annex 164 acres from the Town of Monroe.

The judges agreed with Kiryas Joel's attorneys that the dispute had been rendered academic by the creation of the Town of Palm Tree at the beginning of this year. The formation of the new town separated Kiryas Joel and its 164 annexed acres from the Town of Monroe, putting the disputed acreage outside of Monroe's control even if the annexation were to be undone.

The county and eight towns and villages had challenged the annexation on the grounds that Kiryas Joel had inadequately studied its potential environmental impact, but lost their case in state Supreme Court in 2016. They insisted on pressing those arguments through their court appeal even after Palm Tree was created.