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As Ball Drops, New Year Baby Appears at LIJ

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First Babies of 2012 Born in New York
WCBS-Channel 2
January 1, 2012

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Don Dahler, Anchor: While revelers were counting down in Times Square, some expectant moms doing the same, awaiting both a new year, and a new baby. CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano has the story of two of them.

Ann Mercogliano: When the day started, James and Eleni Hunt had no idea their daughter Nicole’s arrival would coincide exactly with the arrival of a new year. But at around 11:30 last night, their doctor at Long Island Jewish Medical Center said it was about to happen.

James Hunt, Father: We thought he was crazy, but before you knew it, the ball was dropping and the baby was coming out.

Ann Mercogliano: Of course, the couple’s thrilled with their healthy new daughter, Nicole, but in the hours before she arrived, they joked about the disadvantages of a baby born in the New Year. 

Eleni Hunt, Mother: I think my husband probably wanted the tax write-off, so we missed that by a second. Oh well!

Ann Mercogliano: Little Nicole had some company in the first baby department; at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, Rania Ali also arrived just in time to ring in the new year, just after the stroke of midnight.

Alia Ali, Rania’s Mother: I was really excited and happy about it.

Rania’s Father: They told us she’s the first one born, so our excitement doubled, and we are so happy! So, she’s famous since the day she was born.

Ann Mercogliano: New mom Alia was in labor for about 12 hours, and despite the fact that she was about to give birth, she kept one eye on the New Year’s Eve countdown on television.

Alia Ali: I was! Because the camera—I mean, the TV was just in front of me. So, the ball dropped, and she came out.

Dr. Nirmala Pillalamarri, Montefiore Medical Center: After everyone else was getting so excited, we definitely fed off of it, and then it became a huge deal. So, it feels like good luck.

Ann Mercogliano: And who couldn’t use a little bit of that to start a new year? Ann Mercogliano, CBS 2 News.  

Don Dahler: Won’t have a hard time remembering their birthdates, will they?

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First Babies of 2012 Born on LI Welcomed
January 1, 2012
By: James Bernstein /

New Hyde Park - January 1, 2012: Nicolette (See photo and caption.)

Long Island Jewish Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the new year at 12:00:01 a.m. Sunday when Nicolette Hunt was born. The baby girl, weighing exactly 7 pounds and measuring 20 inches long, was welcomed by her parents, Eleni, 32, and James Hunt, 29, of Little Neck, Queens.

The couple has one other child, a daughter, Victoria, 2.

Just three seconds later -- at 12:00:04 a.m. -- Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow greeted Danilo Alexander Mojica. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

His parents are Alicia, 29, and Carlos Mojica, 32, of Hicksville, who have one other child, a daughter, Gennesis, 7.

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WINS 1010 AM Radio York
January 1st, 2012 12-1 PM

Host: Born one second after midnight: Nicolette Hunt at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. Her mom, Eleni, is understandably psyched.

Eleni Hunt, Mother: She’s doing very well. Everyone’s very excited. Everyone thinks it’s, like, the coolest thing. I think my husband was just happy that, you know, she came out healthy, and he put on, like, one of those little caps that says “Happy New Year.” He put one on the baby, and he was, you know, running around, taking pictures with everyone.

Host: The family is from Little Neck. Nicolette weighs in at a healthy seven pounds.

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PIX News at 10
WPIX (CW) New York
January 1st, 2012 10-11 PM

Anchor: A baby girl on Long Island entered the world one minute after midnight. Nicolette Hunt was born at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park; she weighed seven pounds. Her proud parents, Leni and James Hunt, welcomed their new little girl.

Leni Hunt, Mother: I think my husband probably wanted the tax write-off, so we missed that by a second. Oh well.

Anchor: Aww! With or without the tax write-off, everybody is thrilled little Nicolette has arrived. And look at her; she’s adorable!

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880 News
WCBS 880 AM Radio New York
January 2nd, 2012 8-9 AM

Host: At least two babies in the metropolitan area have a credible claim to be the first born in 2012. James and Eleni Hunt say their daughter Nicole was born at Long Island Jewish Medical Center just as the Times Square ball was dropping. About the same time, just after the stroke of midnight, another little girl, Rania Ali, was born at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.

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Today in New York
WNBC (NBC) New York
January 2nd, 2012 4-5 AM

Michael Gargiulo, Co-Anchor: …Nicolette Hunt was born one second after midnight on Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. May seem impossible, you might think, to determine which child was actually born first. Hunt family says they’re just happy little Nicolette will have a certainly memorable birthday. 

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Joyous & Tragic Firsts for 2012
New York Post

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