Democratic Rep. Steve Israel on Monday endorsed Steve Stern to replace him in Congress ahead of the June party primary.

Stern, a Suffolk County legislator, won the endorsement of Israel over his fellow Democrats in the race, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and Jon Kaiman, who coordinated Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Israel, a former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is retiring from the Nassau County House seat later this year.

“While I admire all of the Democratic candidates, I believe that Steve Stern is best able to continue and build on my four priorities in Congress: consistently supporting women’s rights, standing up for US-Israel relations, and demonstrating leadership on the environment and veterans,” Israel said.

Stern was previously endorsed by a range of Long Island officials, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

“I am honored to receive Rep. Israel’s support and humbled by the confidence he’s placed in me,” Stern said. “This endorsement is particularly meaningful for me because Rep. Israel and I share so many of the same priorities. We both believe in fighting to make sure women get paid what they deserve for equal work, in protecting our environment and in making sure that middle-class values are at the top of the agenda. Rep. Steve Israel has been a true leader in our community for so many years, and I pledge to continue his important work in Congress.”