Terms of Use
Office of Taxpayer Accountability
Straight Talk from the Taxpayer

Welcome to Straight Talk from the Taxpayer!

The Office of Taxpayer Accountability (OTA) created this site to engage in an open dialogue with the people of New York State. Straight Talk from the Taxpayer allows taxpayers to offer new ideas to cut costs, streamline government operations and to discuss those ideas publicly with one another. We welcome comments from readers which adds new information and context to this discussion. We reserve the right to deny or remove any comments that:


  1. Are not related to the topic

  2. Contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic, gender or racial groups

  3. Endorse or promote services or products

  4. Make unsupported accusations or claims

  5. Advocate or encourage illegal activity

Please do not submit copyrighted or other proprietary material in any form unless you clearly indicate that you have permission to do so. By posting your comments or other work, you grant the OTA, and anyone viewing it, permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives of, display or perform the commenter’s work publically and free-of-charge.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers, e-mail addresses or any other personal information in the body of your comment.

If you are a media outlet posting on Straight Talk from the Taxpayer, your comments will not be approved. Reporters with questions should call Governor Paterson’s Press Office at: (518) 474-8418.

Please note that the content posted on Straight Talk from the Taxpayer does not reflect the opinions of the Governor’s Office or the OTA.

The OTA reserves the right to alter and modify these Terms of Use at any time.

If you have questions about the terms of use, please send us an e-mail at Straight.Talk@chamber.state.ny.us.