Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Tuesday reacted to the guilty verdict of now former Assemblyman Eric Stevenson calling the news “unfortunate”

“Obviously it’s unfortunate, but I believe in our justice system and anybody who uses their position in order to benefit themselves should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Silver said.

Meanwhile, Silver said it remains to be seen if investigations in Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak will continue by the Legislature.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is opening an investigation into Gabryszak, who resigned on Sunday amid sexual harassment allegations, the Times Union reported.

Silver said it was “unclear” if there is any jurisdiction for a non-member by the Legislative Ethics Commission.

“The notices of claim are going to keep the matter alive anyway,” Silver said. “It will go on perhaps for several years so it’s not something that’s getting quote-end-quote swept under the rug.”

Meanwhile, Silver reiterated that having a special election to fill the 11 vacancies in the Legislature (nine in the Assembly, two in the Senate) given the timing for the budget negotiations. But Silver acknowledged a number of the vacancies are in districts with minority voters.

“It’s a concern that it’s a voting rights district, many of them are, and what the legalities are,” he said.