The Joint Commission on Public Ethics debated for more than a hour at its meeting today as to whether it should be held in public, a move that was pushed for by appointees of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The powerful Assembly speaker continues to face questions over his role in the ongoing Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal and his negotiating of more than $100,000 in settlement money to the Brooklyn lawmakers’ alleged victims.

In the end, the commission voted to close its doors, but release non-confidential information on what was discussed, but make non-confidential information known after its closed-door executive session.

The commission is now in executive session, with numerous reporters staking it out.

Among those opposed to the open meeting was JCOPE Chairwoman Janet DiFiore, who is an appointee of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The call for an open meeting came after commissioners decried “inaccurate” press reports from the past week that they did not specify.

But the commissioners, especially those appointed by lawmakers, were clearly irked by a statement released by Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto on Friday that suggested legislative appointees may be trying to block a full investigation.

Commissioners complained that the statement was “corrosive and threatening” in addition to being misleading.

Reports last week surfaced that JCOPE would investigate the sexual harassment allegations made by Assembly staffers leveled at Lopez, but not Silver’s negotiations of the settlement money.

Silver has said he welcomes an investigation of the settlement, which would likely show how involved other officials were in the payments, including the offices of the state comptroller and the attorney general.

Lopez has resisted calls to resign his Assembly seat, but has been removed from his powerful posts as Brooklyn Democratic leader and chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee.

JCOPE has come under scrutiny since its inception for lacking a transparent open meetings process and quick public sessions that are often information-free.

The commission has also been marred by a series of leaks and claims that Cuomo exerted too much influence over the ethics watchdog.

Commissioner Ravi Batra, an appointee of Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, on Friday announced his resignation from the board. Batra, an outspoken and colorful member of the panel, had criticized its lack of openness and ability to operate independently of the executive branch.