An off-duty firefighter who was riding his bike to work amid the transit strike was struck and critically injured Thursday morning by a private bus in midtown Manhattan.
Fire officials identified the victim as Matthew Long, 39, a son of Michael Long, the Conservative Party state chairman.
Long was riding to work from his Manhattan home to the fire department's training academy on Randalls Island when the accident occurred, authorities said.
The bus, hired by the Bear Sterns investment banking firm to shuttle employees during the strike, was northbound on Third Avenue at about 6 a.m. when it made a right turn and struck the cyclist, police said.
Long was taken to New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center where he was in critical condition, said Ken Bohan, a Fire Department spokesman. The off-duty firefighter suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.
The bus involved in the accident is owned by Allen AME Transportation and is affiliated with the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, which is run by the Rev. Floyd Flake, an influential clergyman and former Democratic congressman.
"I really can't discuss it,'' said a woman who answered the phone at the company. "I don't know anything.''
No charges were filed; the accident remained under investigation.