"For the past century it has been illegal to spit on the streets, sidewalks, floors or stairways of any public space in the city limits, but no more."
"City commissioners voted 4-1 on Monday to rescind a law that dated back to 1908, when public health issues lead many cities to adopt similar prohibitions."
"It is still illegal to spit on sidewalks and other public spaces in many cities, including New York City, but these laws are seldom enforced."
"Commissioner Ken Shelin was the sole no vote on the repeal."
"Shelin said the "pathogenic organisms responsible for contagious diseases have not suddenly learned to be ladies and gentlemen," and that his background in public health would not allow him to vote in favor of this repeal."