Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright on Monday called on embattled Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down from his leadership position — a move he said should lead to “real reform” in the chamber.

“Based upon the extraordinarily disturbing events from last week, revelations and charges that will reverberate for months if not years to come, Sheldon Silver must resign as Speaker immediately,” Wright said in a lengthy statement. “I am deeply concerned about the weight this prosecution bears upon him and hope that justice prevails. Due process is a fundamental right, guaranteed to all no matter political status or public opinion. Consequently, these times demand a change in leadership in order for the people’s work to move forward free of distraction and the stink of scandal.”

Wright is the most prominent member of the state Assembly to call on Silver to step down as speaker.

The former Democratic Committee co-chairman and chair of the Manhattan Democratic Party was not included in the five-member leadership coalition that would assume Silver’s responsibilities as he fights back against five-counts of corruption and fraud charges.

Wright had been mentioned over the weekend as one of several potential replacements for Silver.

Up until now, some members of the Assembly had raised concerns quietly with the proposal to have five members negotiate the budget, with a team consisting of Joe Morelle, Joe Lentol, Carl Heastie, Denny Farrell and Cathy Nolan.

Wright’s statement underscores the ambivalence some members have signaled over the agreement to keep Silver in place as speaker.

Under that agreement devised by Silver, he would keep his leadership title and $41,000 stipend.

Wright’s call, coming from such a prominent Democrat in the Legislature, for Silver’s resignation represents a significant shift in the public push for Silver to step down.

“Without a complete separation of Sheldon Silver from the Speakership and its powers, and a real reform of our conference, we will as a body remain mired in the swamp of dysfunction and chaos which is being brought to light by the United States Department of Justice,” Wright said.

Wright pledged to outline his concerns when conference members meet privately later this afternoon.

“As I will explain in greater detail when I meet with my colleagues later this morning, this is not the time to step back or step aside. This is not the time for committees of five to serve as the alternative Speaker or the delegates of the Speaker. This is a time for the Speaker to resign his post – it is the only appropriate thing to do,” he said.

He added that the resignation of Silver should be “coupled with real reform of our conference.’

“Collectively, we must as a body not only choose a new Speaker — we must double down and reshape and reform our decision making process within our conference so that more members are heard and points and ideas are exchanged before conclusions are reached on the issues of the day,” he said. “Going forward, Democratic conference member input in legislative and conference decisions must be maximized regardless of seniority. To be clear, this governing crisis affects us all and every conference member should be included in the solutions to New York ‘s problems.”