New York Public Authorities Law ("PAL") § 1020-ii entitled, "Public notice before approval of utility transmission facilities," is a relatively new law that was signed by Governor Cuomo on December 28, 2018. The law falls under Title 1-a of Chapter 43-a of the Public Authorities Law, known as the "Long Island power authority act." PAL § 1020. As such, the notice requirements apply directly to LIPA, not the MTA/LIRR. Notice, if applicable, is required to be given to local governments and residents only within 500 feet of the proposed action. As stated above, the MTA/LIRR has expressly stated, and so has LIPA, that the poles are the property of the MTA/LIRR.
The law does not include any provisions stating what damages or penalties should be imposed or what actions a court is authorized to take for violations of the law. There is nothing in the law that states that violations of the law result in removal of utility poles.