Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul insisted on Thursday Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest and corruption charges won’t be a “distraction” from the administration’s agenda.

At the same time, Silver’s legal problems could spur the Legislature to pass a new “reform agenda.”

“I think the circumstances of the last few days are just going to inspire people to want to continue the governor’s ethics reform, the reform he is proposing and I believe there is a very good chance of that occurring,” Hochul said.

Hochul was in Glens Falls earlier today for an economic development announcement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not making any public appearances today.

Silver, along with the governor and the Seante majority leader, is one of three men who negotiate the state’s budget behind close doors.

For now, Assembly Democrats are sticking with Silver as their leader and have also said the speaker’s arrest won’t lead to complications in passing the budget.

“Certainly, there is a process that is going to work out,” Hochul said. “We are still focused on getting an on-time budget, the governor is very proud of working with the legislature for the past four years to accomplish that, that will continue to be our goal, we are going to get it done.”

The Legislature in the last four years has passed two ethics reform packages in recent years dealing with disclosure, new anti-corruption statutes and the creation of an enforcement counsel at the state Board of Elections.

Cuomo in December indicated he would be supportive of a pay raise if lawmakers backed a package of new reforms aimed at campaign finance laws — including the public funding of political campaigns — and disclosure requirements for outside income.

Silver today was charged with five counts of fraud and corruption stemming from undisclosed outside income.

“The public should also know they have a government that is going to continue working for them through difficult times like this and we don’t have the outcome of the process, which just be again late last night with the Speaker, so there is not much more to comment on that,” Hochul said.