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Tri-State Welcomes the First Babies of 2019

One baby was born a mere 7 seconds after midnight, a spokesperson for Long Island Jewish Medical Center said

What to Know

  • Hospitals across the tri-state area welcomed the first babies of the year not long after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve
  • One baby was born a mere 7 seconds after midnight at Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Another baby was born at Staten Island University Hospital just 30 seconds after midnight

Hospitals across the tri-state area welcomed the first babies of the year not long after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

One baby was born a mere 7 seconds after midnight at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, a spokesperson for the hospital said. The baby’s parents live in Queens.

A baby boy named Dion Karpuzi, meanwhile, was born to mom Mia Balanca at Staten Island University Hospital just 30 seconds after midnight, a hospital spokesperson said.

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Mom Mia Balanca and baby boy Dion Karpuzi at Staten Island University Hospital.

At Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, baby boy Kairo Lewis was born at 12:08 a.m. to Rochelle Monroe and Josean Lewis of Amityville, the center said. Kairo weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, according to the center. 

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Rochelle Monroe and Josean Lewis with their baby Kairo Lewis.

At Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, a baby girl named Lucia Santina Cardillo was born to parents Alex and Josephine Cardillo, of Paramus, at 12:32 a.m. 

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Alex and Josephine Cardillo and big sister Chiara with new baby girl Lucia Santina Cardillo.

At Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, a yet-to-be-named baby girl was born at 12:55 a.m., the hospital said. 

Jamaica Hospital

A minute later, a baby girl named Génesis Elisa Noriega was born to Maria Contreras and Gabino Noriega, of Harlem, at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in Manhattan, the hospital said.

Génesis is the couple’s third child, according to the hospital.

Another baby girl was born to Ketan and Hetal Patel, of Farmingville, at Stony Brook University Hospital at 1:26 a.m., the hospital said.

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Ketan and Hetal Patel welcomed a new baby girl at Stony Brook University Hospital at 1:26 a.m. She weighs 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

The baby is the couple's first child, the hospital said. 

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