Tri-state hospitals announce first babies of 2019

NEW YORK — Hospitals in New York City and Long Island have announced the first babies born at their hospitals in 2019.

In Long Island, a newborn was born just 7 seconds after midnight at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. As Jewish customs dictates, he will be named on the 8th day of his life.

The next baby, the first for New York City, baby boy Dion Karpuzi arrived just 30 seconds after midnight at Staten Island University Hospital. His thrilled mom and dad say he's "God's gift from Heaven."

Arriving 8 minutes after midnight, Kairo Lewis was born at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. The newborn weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured slightly over 22 inches long.

Crossing the river into Bergen County, New Jersey, Lucia Santina Cardillo was born at 12:32 a.m. weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces.

Back in New York, at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, a 5 pound 10 ounce baby girl was born at 12:55 a.m. to Uranie Parasram.

At 12:56 a.m., Génesis Elisa Noriega was born at Harlem Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 50 centimeters, a NYC Health and Hospitals spokesperson said in a statement. The newborn is Maria Contreras and Gabino Noriega's third child.

At 1:26 a.m., a baby girl was born at Stony Brook University Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. The newborn, who has not been named yet, is the first child to Ketan and Hetal Patel, hospital officials said.

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