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.