D'Amato and wife welcome baby daughter

Former Sen. Al D'Amato with new baby daughter,

Former Sen. Al D'Amato with new baby daughter, Luciana Cioffari, at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. (Oct. 17, 2009) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

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Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, 72, and his wife, Katuria, 43, have a new daughter. Luciana Cioffari D'Amato was born at 4:36 Friday afternoon at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

The baby is the newest member of the D'Amato clan, joining big brother Alfonso Marcello, who is named after his dad, whose given name is Alfonso, and arrived on Super Tuesday 20 months ago.

The former senator has four adult children from a previous marriage and 14 grandchildren.

The elated D'Amato, who now runs Park Strategies, a consulting firm, said, "God has given us another angel."

Luciana weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and is 18 1/2 inches long.

The new baby's middle name was the surname of D'Amato's grandfather, who was also an Alfonso.

D'Amato said his wife, an attorney who now serves on the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals, is "doing great. And the baby is beautiful."

After the delivery, she was moved to what is known as "the JLo room," a luxury hospital suite with two flat-screen televisions, a seating area, and refrigerator, where Jennifer Lopez stayed with her twins.

A little-known fact is that the D'Amatos used it first, as their son came nearly three weeks before the famous twins in February 2008.

Will there be more D'Amato babies in the future?

"Daddy says he'd like to have two more," Katuria D'Amato said pre-delivery. "Only time will tell."

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