NEW YORK — Gov. George E. Pataki’s landslide re-election to a third term in office Tuesday means the retail and apparel industries have someone in Albany who has backed their causes.

In the his first eight years as governor of New York, Pataki has supported a number of measures pertinent to the sectors. The most notable was the March 2000 dropping of the state sales tax on apparel priced less than $110, but Pataki has also approved an anti-sweatshop measure, backed the efforts to build the 7th on Sixth fashion shows and during his tenure the state has provided funds to help the Fashion Institute of Technology begin its first major construction project since 1975.

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