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Taxpayers’ feedback sought

Gov. David A. Paterson’s Office of Taxpayer Accountability this week added several new interactive features to its Web site, including a taxpayer discussion page called “Straight Talk from the Taxpayer,” which allows taxpayers to submit, discuss and vote on their own ideas to cut government spending and streamline operations.

The new features include access to Twitter and Facebook accounts for the OTA to increase communication.

All can be accessed online at

“Our customers — the hard-working taxpayers of New York — should also have a say in the way we spend taxpayer dollars and provide services,” Paterson said in a release. “I look forward to having this new source of ideas and insight in my Administration’s efforts to reform and streamline State and local government.”

The page also includes access to the data-driven government performance and accountability system, EmpireStat, which was launched earlier this year and allows taxpayers to monitor work and progress. The page also can accessed at

The OTA was created in June 2009 to save taxpayer dollars and provide property tax relief to local taxpayers. The governor charged the OTA with shrinking government, reducing costs, eliminating waste and increasing transparency and accountability.