Peggy Leahy Dunne
, who drafted the law with her
husband, David, wants it on the books so that other families have a chance at avoiding the kind of horror that struck their home in Rye five years ago.
, who now has three other children, will be in Albany with her
husband for the signing.She
, "Nothing is foolproof.But this is a huge step for parents.It will at least give them valid information, and it will help them secure the safety of their children."
Next, says Mrs. Dunne
plans to take her
campaign national."I just sent a package (of information) to Hillary Clinton," she
Speaking by telephone from London, where her
husband, a Bear Stearns managing director, is currently based, Mrs. Dunne
said one of the key things motivating her
to research and draft the bill was that she
didn't want her
own daughter, now 4, to grow up in a world where "nothing had changed."
"Someday, hopefully, she
'll be a mother too," she said.Mrs. Dunne, 36, who grew up in Yonkers, attended St. Eugene's School there and the Ursuline School in New Rochelle.Her
husband is a Rye native and graduate of Iona Preparatory School
in New Rochelle.
had a history of miscarriages before giving birth to Kieran
on May 3, 1992.
"We would never ever have hired her
," said Mrs. Dunne
, still incredulous that just one piece of readily available information could have drastically altered the incredible turn of events.
was a local girl.We went to the same church, she
lived a mile away from us.She
even went to school with my sister-in-law--but even with all that, there are so many things that you just don't know about a person," she
"It's really hard, living in London, because our family isn't here," said Mrs. Dunne
, adding that they expect to return to the New York area next summer.
And their children, she
said, do not know that they have an older brother who died."They know the name Kieran, that he's a member of our family, and they know he's in heaven with God," she said.
But they're still too young to even understand the concept of heaven, she
"Someday we're going to have to explain all of this to them," she
sighed."That's the next really big hurdle."