From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of groups representing women in politics is pushing for Jenifer Rajkumar to replace former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver in a special election.

Rajkumar, an attorney and district leader in the 65th Assembly district, previously sought a city council seat.

Silver, 71, lost his seat last week when he was convicted on all seven felony counts of corruption, including extortion, money laundering and theft of honest services.

Rajkumar is one of several Democrats interested in replacing Silver in his lower Manhattan Assembly district. The former speaker stepped down from the top post in January following his arrest, but retained his seat in the back of the Assembly chamber.

“In a nation now ranked 86th in the world in the number of women in elected office and dropping, it is essential that we support the political ascendancy of women like Jenifer Rajkumar,” said Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, the author and political advocate who is a former president and CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund. “Beyond her obvious qualifications, as a young minority woman she embodies exactly what is needed to correct our nation’s long-term electoral course. I’m proud to support her current candidacy and to have been one of those to encourage her to run for office at the beginning of her bright political career.”

Former Deputy Mayor Ninfa Segarra also endorsed Rajkumar’s Assembly bid, calling her an “ideal candidate.”

“She has the ability to unite the many different communities in the district and provide a strong voice fighting for the district’s needs. Jenifer has the skill sets and temperament to succeed in New York State government,” Segarra said.

Rajkumar would be joining a Legislature that has seen an increasing number of women holding seats, with female representation hitting a new high of 55 members this year.

But the Assembly has also a poor track record under Silver when it comes to sexual harassment of women.

In 2012, the then-speaker was criticized for his handling of the Vito Lopez harassment case, which included confidential payments to women. The Assembly subsequently reformed how it responds to sexual harassment allegations leveled by staff.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to call a special election for Silver’s seat for April 19, the same day as the presidential primary in New York.