Appeals Court Denies Stay to Kiryas Joel Expansion

MONROE, N.Y. -

An appeals court allowed a long-awaited expansion of the village of Kiryas Joel to begin, upholding a lower court ruling which rejected legal challenges to the growth.

In a decision signed Thursday, the state Supreme Court found no grounds to invalidate Kiryas Joel’s annexation of 164 acres from the town of Monroe or an environmental review the village conducted.

The legal challenges were made by Orange County, eight municipalities and the nonprofit Preserve Hudson Valley. Opponents of the annexation fear increased congestion. Supporters said that explosive growth — the village is consistently one of the fastest growing in the country — makes expansion imperative.