In seeking New York taxpayer money it's good to have political connections.
Over the last five years companies and individuals who retained law firms which employ state legislators received more than $7.4 billion in state contracts, and Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, calls it "a culture of special access" as reported by Thomas Kaplan for The New York Times:
"A partner will say to a client: 'Well, we have X senator who is of counsel, why don't we discuss this with him? Maybe he can make a suggestion.' That's the reason why someone like that is hired."
Apparently, it pays to have friends in high places even if you have to buy that access.