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Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who drafted (Credit: John Roca)

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who drafted legislation to fine utilities that don't remove double poles, stands with double poles outside his office on Washington Street in Sag Harbor. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Double utility poles on Long Island

Double poles -- when a utility company installs a new pole near a damaged pole and leaves the old one in place -- trigger many constituent calls to public officials.

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who drafted
(Credit: John Roca)

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who drafted legislation to fine utilities that don't remove double poles, stands with double poles outside his office on Washington Street in Sag Harbor. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who drafted
(Credit: John Roca)

Suffolk County Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), who drafted legislation to fine utilities that don't remove double poles, stands with double poles in Sag Harbor. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Two vehicles collided in Elmont and struck double
(Credit: Lou Minutoli)

Two vehicles collided in Elmont and struck double utility poles. (Oct. 14, 2012)

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Ted Gutmann, director of Emma S. Clark Memorial
(Credit: Judy Cartwright)

Ted Gutmann, director of Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket, stands next to two damaged utility poles in front of the library. (Jan. 31, 2012)

A group of up to 30 utility poles
(Credit: Handout)

A group of up to 30 utility poles in front of Good Samaritan Hospital Center in West Islip were cut off at the top after new poles were installed, but the old poles have still been there for many months.

Jen Bernstein of Massapequa has a telephone pole
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Jen Bernstein of Massapequa has a telephone pole that needs to be removed but wires need to be moved to the new pole first. (June 25, 2012)

Jen Bernstein of Massapequa has a telephone pole
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Jen Bernstein of Massapequa has a telephone pole that needs to be removed but wires need to be moved to the new pole first. (June 25, 2012)

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