RARITAN, NJ - At the Jan. 14 meeting, Michael Patente was unanimously selected to fill the Raritan Borough Council seat vacated by Zachary Bray. 

Councilwoman Joyce Melitsky made a motion to nominate Patente and council president Nicolas Carra seconded the motion. Councilman Donald Tozzi was absent, making the vote 4-0 in favor of the nomination.

The seat became available when Bray, who had two years left in his council term, was sworn in as mayor earlier this month. 

Sign Up for Bridgewater/Raritan Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Patente’s council seat will be on the November ballot and whoever is elected will finish out the final year of the term ending on Dec. 31, 2021. 

Patente has spent most of his life in Raritan, except for the 10 years he lived next door in Bridgewater, and he has a long history of service to the community.

He was a member of the Raritan Board of Adjustment for 10 years and served as chairman for eight of those years.

“Where the planning board dealt with the businesses in town, on the BOA I was looking out for the people and what was in their best interest,” he said.

Since his time on the board, the BOA and the planning board have been combined into the municipal land use board. 

Over the years, Patente has also coached Pop Warner football and girls softball.

This past year, he and his wife, Dilette, served on the newly formed economic development council, working toward revitalizing the downtown area.

Patente has also served on the St. Ann Church pastoral council, and is currently the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus.

In March 2019, he retired as a pricing manager at Henkel.

He and his wife have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Patente said his goal on the council is to maintain Raritan’s quality of life for residents.