OUR RICH HISTORY
Noma has evolved as the needs of Safe Streets created in 1996, NoMa was born out of its partner organization the community has changed. NoMa Currently is partnered with over 10 local agencies that are dedicated to maintaining Binghamton's West Side through revitalization and community connection.
NoMa is creating partnerships that will assist in bridging the gap between residents, businesses, and the local community by providing a hub of collective resources, events, and local programs. NoMa progams are housed in the Community Center at 85 Walnut Street.
WHO WE ARE
NoMa (North of Main) is a community organization on Binghamton New York's west side, located between Front Street, Jarvis Street, Main Street, and the Southern Tier Line railroad tracks.
The blossoming neighborhood boasts a rich history of houses and landmarks. The neighborhood is home to a diverse population of residents ranging from homeowners, renters, families, seniors, students, and young professionals. NoMa is comprised of a partnership of local residents, small business owners, community organizations, and local leaders invested in maintaining the quality of life, and growth of their historic neighborhood.
Meet The Board
Mary Webster has been a resident of NoMa for thirty years. She was one of the original members of Safe Streets, a community organization founded in 1995 to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. For many years she was a custom picture framer and antique frame dealer in her Victorian house on Edwards Street. She now hosts guests in her home through Airbnb, with the able assistance of her dog Einstein.
Rosemary Markoff has lived with her husband for 49 years in a neighborhood filled with historic houses. They have called one, which was built around 1918, home. It’s original owner was a NY State Senator, Martin Deyo. Having raised her two children in the neighborhood, she continues to work to preserve the character whenever possible. She was very instrumental in saving 47 North Street from demolition and is thrilled it is again a home for many. Rosemary holds a MS in Accounting from Binghamton University and is Treasurer of Safe Streets. She also serves as Treasurer for the Scleroderma Foundation, Tri-State Chapter, a regional not for profit.
Erin works as the Staff Associate for Student Retention at SUNY Broome Community College. She has volunteered in NoMa since 2017, later serving on the board as Secretary. Erin holds a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration and Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from SUNY Oswego (2013). Erin most recently acted as the lead of a two-time NASPA award-winning SUNY PIF grant (HEARS) focusing on access and completion in higher education at SUNY Broome and Binghamton University for four years. Erin is the proud recipient of NASPA’s Region II 2019 Community College Professional Award.
George Homsy is an associate professor in Binghamton University’s Department of Public Administration. He directs the Environmental Studies and Sustainable Communities program. He has worked as a volunteer in the North of Main neighborhood since 2015. Before returning to school to get his PhD, George spent 15 years as a journalist and five years as an urban planner. In the latter position, he worked with communities across upstate New York and in western Massachusetts draft comprehensive plans focused on environmental and economic sustainability.
Brandy Brown was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She went to Phillipa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented in Brooklyn, NY and The High School of Fashion Industries in NY, NY. Her interests in Art, and Family and Community brought her to NoMa. She have been a part of NoMa since January 2020. She was advised by Angela Riley, Binghamton City Councilwoman, to join the Saturday art program and is now the Community Center Coordinator.