Garment and apparel firms in New York hit by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre could be set for a surge of new orders after officials agreed to give them first option on all new state clothing contracts. The bill, which is also set to become law, could be worth up to $50 million to the city's 200 union garment plants badly hit by the economic fall-out and disruption of the September 11 atrocities. They will now be the preferred source for uniforms for state agencies, departments and authorities.