A special election will be held to replace former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver will likely be held on April 19, the day of the state’s presidential primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Tuesday in New York City.

Cuomo reiterated his statement released earlier on Monday in the wake of the verdict that he hopes lawmakers will take seriously new ethics legislation, though he also touted his own efforts to tighten corruption laws at the state level.

Still, a special election as called for by good-government groups this month to take up ethics legislation is unlikely, Cuomo said.

“I don’t think a special session is practical. It’s going to be on the agenda soon enough in January,” he said.

Cuomo reacted publicly for the first time to the news that Silver, the former Assembly speaker, was convicted of all seven counts of corruption on Monday in a case stemming from his receiving bribes that had been masked as legal referrals.

“When you have an act of corruption like this it really violates the public trust and it feeds into peoples’ cynicism about government,” Cuomo said. “Government I believe is a function of public trust.”

Cuomo said he was “intrigued” by the proposals to create a full-time Legislature, which would ban outside income, but that would require a constitutional change (New York is due to consider a referendum for a constitutional convention in 2017).

“I think it’s something worth talking about,” he said. “It’s very controversial. The constitution speaks to a citizen Legislature and a part-time Legislature. There are a lot of people who don’t want full-time legislators and full-time politicians.”

Cuomo defended his own efforts to pass anti-corruption measures, saying that, in effect, the system worked with the Silver convcition.

“You need strong laws, but then you need a person to know that if you break the law, you will get caught,” Cuomo said.

Silver, he said, was an example of breaking the law and being caught.

“He thought he was going to get away with it and he thought he could violate the law,” Cuomo said. “That’s the lesson I think people need to heed. If you violate the law, you will get caught.”

Meanwhile, Cuomo defended the Moreland Commission, a panel he devised to investigate the Legislature, which closed after an agreement was made on ethics reform in the budget last year.

“The Moreland Commission did do its job,” he said. “The Moreland Commission was to spur the Legislature to pass ethics laws. The ethics laws the Legislature passed are the strongest in the history of the state of New York.”