Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced his new slate of committee chairman today, with Assemblyman Keith Wright replacing embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez as chairman of the Housing Committee.

Wright had been rumored to take the job since this summer, which had long been a source of Lopez’s power in Albany and back in his Brooklyn district.

Lopez this summer was stripped of the committee chairmanship after charges that he sexually harassed and groped female staffers came to light last summer.

Wright is one of two state Democratic Party co-chairs selected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.

Wright’s selection to succeed Lopez comes after a year that he was at odds with fellow Democrats over a Congressional redistricting plan he charged cut out northern Manhattan and moved the center of power further into the Bronx. Wright reportedly had been interested in replacing Rep. Charlie Rangel in the Harlem Congressional district.

In the end a Congressional redistricting plan was ultimately taken out of the hands of state lawmakers and given to a federal magistrate.

Interestingly enough, Wright’s Labor Committee chairmanship is being taken by Assemblyman Carl Heastie, the Bronx County Democratic chairman who Wright had been at odds with during the redistricting debate last year.