Matter of Gorman v Gardyn, 2020 NY Slip Op 01501 [2d Dept. 2020]
“It is a fundamental principle of our jurisprudence that the power of a court to declare the law only arises out of, and is limited to, determining the rights of persons which are actually controverted in a particular case pending before the tribunal” (Matter of Hearst Corp. v Clyne, 50 NY2d 707, 713; see Matter of Kirkland v Annucci, 150 AD3d 736, 737). “Courts are generally prohibited from issuing advisory opinions or ruling on hypothetical inquiries. Thus, an appeal is [*2]moot unless an adjudication of the merits will result in immediate and practical consequences to the parties” (Matter of Kirkland v Annucci, 150 AD3d at 738 [internal quotation marks omitted]; see Matter of Sweeney v Schneider, 123 AD3d 1049, 1050). Here, as the Board had subsequently appointed a new president of Nassau Community College and held another election of officers, the petition and the relief sought therein was rendered academic (see Matter of Hearst Corp. v Clyne, 50 NY2d at 713; Matter of Kirkland v Annucci, 150 AD3d at 738; Matter of Sweeney v Schneider, 123 AD3d at 1050). Accordingly, we agree with the Supreme Court’s determination to deny the petition and dismiss the proceeding.