ITHACA, N.Y.—Just under seven hours into the New Year, Cayuga Medical Center saw its first birth in Ithaca of 2023.

Gemma Elizabeth Anderson was born at 6:44 a.m. on Jan. 1, to Julie Smith and Joshua Anderson, both of Ithaca. Gemma is their first baby, born 7 lbs. and 2 ounces.

The news was announced in a release from Cayuga Medical Center.

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