Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino Friday is calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign after The New York Times debunked a claim that an earlier story had confused him with another, deceased attorney named Sheldon E. Silver.

It’s all a bit confusing, but in essence, The Times initially reported that Silver had an influential role in blocking an affordable housing project in favor for retail space.

The speaker’s office had said this wasn’t true and that the “Sheldon Silver” who signed off on several documents was actually another man with the middle initial of “E.”

But in a follow-up story that went online yesterday, the Times found that claim was not true, producing documents that found the speaker indeed played a role.

Now Astorino, the Westchester County executive, says the episode shows Silver “has no business remaining Speaker.”

Astorino also points to the other problems to come to the speaker’s door, including the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal and Silver’s role in securing more than $100,000 in settlement money for the victims. Silver has apologized for keeping the settlement money a secret.

“Mr. Silver survived as Speaker last year only because Governor Andrew Cuomo protected him from investigation after Mr. Silver was caught using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to quiet victims of sexual assault committed by powerful Albany politicians and political aides,” Astorino said. “It was at least the third time Mr. Silver did that. It’s no wonder New York state government is ranked the most corrupt in America.

“I was among the first officials in the state to call on Mr. Silver to resign after his sexual assault pay-off scandal was uncovered, a call also taken up by newspaper editorial boards statewide. Silver teetered, but Mr. Cuomo shored him up by precluding him from being investigated by either JCope or Moreland. It was wrong.

In a statement, he called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to also push Silver out the door.

“Mr. Cuomo must join me today in calling on Sheldon Silver to at least step down from his position as Speaker, which he has held for 21 years to the betterment of no one but himself and assorted special interests. This zoo-like atmosphere in our state government must end so that we can focus on revitalizing this economy and getting New Yorkers back to work.”