Assemblyman Carl Heastie (HAY’-stee) is expected to be elected speaker by the full Assembly when it picks a new leader on Tuesday.
The Democratic majority nominated him Monday afternoon with a unanimous vote after another contender, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, dropped out.
Silver’s resignation comes after the Manhattan Democrat was charged with taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks. He says he expects to be exonerated and will keep his Assembly seat.
On Monday, Silver called Heastie a “good man” who will do “a good job” as speaker.
Heastie vowed Monday to pursue a series of ethics reforms, which many lawmakers said was a requirement for their support.