Assembly Codes Committee Chairman Joe Lentol of Brooklyn became the latest Democratic lawmaker to jump into the race on Wednesday to replace Sheldon Silver as speaker.

In a letter to colleagues released Wednesday afternoon, Lentol ponited to his tenure in the Assembly and pledged to “weather this storm” as a unified conference.

He also pledged to “liberalize the operations” of the Assembly.

“I believe that once we agree to reforms then we can be more responsive to the citizens of New York State and, more specifically, to the needs of our constituents,” Lentol wrote. “While I have some ideas regarding such reforms, I believe that your input is essential before any reforms are actually introduced and passed.”

Lentol is considered a loyalist to Silver, who is expected to no longer be in the post come Monday, when Majority Leader Joe Morelle takes over on an interim basis. Up until yesterday’s Democratic conference, Lentol was still publicly backing the embattled Silver, who faces five counts of federal corruption charges.

Lentol had pledged to step in as speaker on a short-term basis if Silver had resigned.

In addition to Lentol, Democrats Carl Heastie of the Bronx, Keith Wright of Manhattan and Cathy Nolan of Queens have announced they are running for speaker.

AM LENTOL Letter to Colleagues Asking for Support as Speaker by Nick Reisman