NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - There are four candidates running for the upcoming November 6 election for New Providence Borough Council. The Borough Council candidates are newcomers Matt Cumiskey (R), Peter DeSarno (R), Rupa Kale (D) and John Keane (D). 

TAPinto New Providence has reached out to each of the Republican and Democratic candidates and will run a series for citizens to learn where each of the candidates stand on key issues that impact the township. 

Each week, the candidates will be asked a question leading upto Election Day, Tuesday, November 6 and TAPinto New Providence will publish one response daily starting Monday, Oct. 1. 

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Get to know the candidates for New Providence Borough Council:

Name: John Keane

Party Affiliation: Democratic

My family has lived in New Providence for 34 years.  Our children went through the excellent schools.  I am Vice Chairman of the Planning Board, Treasurer of the Downtown Improvement District which includes Beautification, New Providence Art, and New Providence Police.  I was on the Recreation Commission for 15 years. Past Chairman of Troop 1 where my son became an Eagle Scout. I worked Banking for 43 years.



Name: Rupa Kale

Party Affiliation: Democratic 

Rupa Kale has called New Providence home for nearly 10 years and her two boys attend 2nd grade at Allen W. Roberts. She has 15+ years of experience in Corporate Finance and has been a continuous local small business owner since 2012. Community building and volunteering has been a passion and driving force for Rupa since a very early age and she is looking forward to serving New Providence in a more formal capacity.





Name: Peter DeSarno

Party Affiliation: Republican

Living in New Providence (20 years with my wife Mary and our three daughters), working in New Providence (as the Controller of the NJ Sharing Network) and demonstrating commitment to service in New Providence (member of the Zoning Board and Economic Development Committee).  I have the pulse of our community.  This will enable me to serve our town as a thoughtful and impactful Councilman that will keep New Providence the special and welcoming place it is today.

As a CPA, MBA with BIG4 municipal audit experience, I have the ability to maximize our precious tax dollars in order to deliver excellent services and quality of life. 


Name: Matt Cumiskey

Party Affiliation: Republican

I’m married for 19 years to my wife Deana and we have 4 school aged children. We’ve been living in New Providence for almost 13 years.  I have an Accounting degree from Rowan University with 25 years of experience in Accounting and Financial Services. I coach baseball, basketball and girls lacrosse for over 10 years.  I’m an appointed member of the New Providence Planning Board in my 2nd term. I volunteered for 6 years on the Community Activities Advisory Board and served the last 2 years as the Vice Chairman.  I’m a member of the Rebels Lacrosse Club and President of the New Providence Baseball Club.