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Silver bike accident was far from home

ALBANY -- The mysterious bike crash involving the always-private Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, took place last Thursday in Puerto Rico, a spokesman confirmed this afternoon.

Silver was in San Juan for a couple days for a conference of top Latino leaders from New York state. Michael Whyland, a Silver spokesman, said today the Legislture's top Democrat was out for a ride in the sun when he hit a pothole. A couple of good samaritans stopped to help and the Manhattan lawmaker was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a few hours and released.

Silver was in Washington earlier today but refused to provide any specifics about the accident when approached by a New York Times reporter.

The accident caused some rather severe bruising around the lawmaker's face.

Original reports had it that Silver crashed when he hit a pothole while biking around his lower Manhattan district.

--Tom Precious

New York Times photo: Silver arrives for meeting in Washington with bruise

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Robert J. McCarthy

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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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