Assembly Speaker Silver bruised, but busy, after bicycle accident

Sheldon Silver, Michael Bloomberg, Christine Quinn. (Dana Rubinstein)
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Half of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's face is bruised and purple, and there are stiches over his left eyebrow and a scab across his nose and the back of one of his hands. Silver sustained the injuries while riding a bicycle when he hit a pothole and fell, according to a spokesman for the lower Manhattan Democrat.

"The speaker said to me he feels a lot better than he looks," spokesman Michael Whyland said.

Despite the injuries, the 35-year-veteran legislator is keeping up with his normal schedule. Whyland said Silver is in his New York City office today with a series of meetings scheduled, and that he'll be in Washington tomorrow and in Albany and Utica later in the week.

Silver's appearance was reported to me Friday evening by a source who saw the speaker.

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Whyland said he had spoken to, but not seen, Silver this morning.