Potsdam Village Trustee Hopke says good-bye at her last board meeting
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:42 am

POTSDAM -- Village Trustee Eleanor Hopke has attended her last Board of Trustees meeting before she moves to Rochester.

Hopke, who had also been appointed deputy mayor, has packed up her house and is preparing to leave next week.

“It’s sad to be departing,” she said at her last village board meeting May 15.Eleanor Hopke. Clarkson University photo.

“I’m grateful to everyone who voted for me twice,” said the two-term trustee. “I’m also grateful for the opportunity ti serve the village. I’ve done my best.”

Her colleagues on the board have many times commented on her thorough preparation and grasp of the issues.

Mayor Ron Tischler thanked Hopke for her “service and all she’s done for the board and for this village.”

Hopke announced in September her intention to resign since her husband, recently retired Clarkson University Professor Phil Hopke, finalized plans to take a position as an adjunct professor doing research with the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The mayor has the power to appoint a trustee to fill an open board seat until the next election, according to Village Clerk Lori Queor. Tischler reportedly has a village resident in mind for the job, and an announcement of the appointment is expected soon.