The agreement, reached in July last year, ended a long-running battle over Kiryas Joel’s attempt to annex land from the Town of Monroe.
Mike Egan, a United Monroe executive committee member, said they asked the court for the order because “we wanted another level of authority” behind the pact.
“If any party breaches (the agreement), the state Supreme Court would want to know why,” Egan said.
State Supreme Court Justice Paul Marx signed the order on Aug. 8.
Among other things in the pact, Preserve Hudson Valley — United Monroe’s nonprofit arm — discontinued its lawsuit challenging approval of a 164-acre annexation petition by Monroe and Kiryas Joel. The new Town of Palm Tree will be formed by adding those acres, along with another 56 agreed to in the pact, to Kiryas Joel.
Kiryas Joel discontinued its lawsuit challenging Monroe’s denial of a larger, 507-acre annexation petition.
Kiryas Joel and Palm Tree will not seek to annex any more land for 10 years after Palm Tree commences its existence, nor will they do anything to facilitate the formation of any new villages in the Town of Monroe during that same period.
Egan and John Allegro, another United Monroe executive committee member, said in a joint statement that Marx’s order has a lesson for another group reportedly considering forming a religious village in Monroe.
“There is a better way than their divisive attack to solve their dissatisfaction with Monroe’s zoning,” the statement said in part. “Level-headed men and women ... can and should come together, peaceably, to find reasonable, mutually agreeable solutions that serve the public interest.”