Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been hesitant in recent days as to whether there should be special elections to fill the 11 vacancies in the state Legislature, nine of which are in his chamber.

Silver this week said that electing new lawmakers may not line up well with the legislative calender in time to have them seated by the budget negotiations.

He added that ultimately the decision was up to the governor.

But this morning, right before Gov. Andrew Cuomo is due to give a radio interview on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom, Silver called on him to call the special elections.

There are 11 open seats in the New York State Assembly and Senate, which means more than one million citizens lack representation – many in under-served communities that desperately need a strong voice. I believe it is important that special elections be conducted in order to fill the vacancies in the State Legislature, as I have previously stated. State law mandates that a special election cannot be held until 70 days at the earliest after one is called. However, it is important to note that members of the Assembly and Senate work hard throughout the year serving their constituents both in their communities and in Albany during session. We have many important issues to consider and a strong democracy demands that New York conduct special elections as soon as possible in order to fill these seats.

Two of the most recent vacancies in the Assembly were created the first full week of the legislative session.

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak formally resigned this week following allegations of sexual harassment by legislative aides.

Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was officially tossed from his seat when he was convicted of felony corruption charges.