As Republicans across the state call for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is not weighing in on the Manhattan Democrat’s future.

“I think that the Assembly has to make that decision,” Skelos said this morning. “He’s their leader, they’ll have to make that decision themselves.”

Elsewhere, Republicans across the state, including the GOP committee and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, are calling on Silver to stop down from thye post he’s held since 1994.

Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, could have some leverage moving forward in the budget process now that Silver faces a five-count indictment on fraud and corruption charges.

Skelos, along with Silver and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are the “three men in a room” for the closed-door high-level budget negotiations.

“I’m sure the speaker’s hoping to be acquitted,” Skelos said. “It is what it is. The U.S. attorney’s made a decision and now we’ll go through the process.”

Skelos added he was “surprised” by the indictment of Silver by the U.S. attorney’s office.

“But government moves forward, we’ll work on the budget,” Skelos said.

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