Wednesday brought the welcome news that Matthew Long, the son of Conservative Party boss Mike Long was released from the hospital. Matthew Long was seriously injured in an accident while riding his bike to work during the transit strike.
It’s ironic that this occurred the same week, that Westchester State Senator Nick Spano introduced a bill would require the MTA to pay half of the strike fines levied against the TWU for illegal strikes, strikes like the one that was indirectly responsible for Matthew Long’s injuries.
After five months and 15 surgeries, New York city firefighter Matthew Long was discharged from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell today, although his rehabilitation is far from over.
Long, of Ladder Company 43 in East Harlem, sustained multiple fractures and internal injuries after being hit by a bus on Dec. 22 - the final day of the city’s transit strike. Although he had been training for a triathlon, Long says that he would have driven his car to work, among bus drivers familiar with New York streets, had the Metro Transit Authority been operating normally.
Long’s story has become a rallying cry for those opposed to the Transit Workers’ Union and the December walk-out.
In short, Toussaint gets 10 days and must pay $1,000. Ed Watt and Darlyne Lawson, two other TWU administrators, face fines of $500 a piece, and no jail time.