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Ex-Congressman Involved In Lawsuit

John Sweeney  Former Representative for New York’s 20th and 22nd Districts.
John Sweeney, Former Representative for New York’s 20th and 22nd Districts.";

A former Capital Region Congressman is back in the headlines.

The Times Union reported that John Sweeney hired a private eye to tail one of his three ex-wives but later refused to pay the fee. The paper says its involved a child custody case where the woman in question realized she was being followed and contacted police.

Sweeney, a Republican, served in Congress from 1999 to 2007, when he lost the seat to Kirsten Gillibrand.

According to the paper, Sweeney appeared in court Wednesday: he's being sued by the CEO of Alliance Worldwide Investigative Group for more than $3,000. Sweeney filed a counterclaim.

Sweeney, who has publicly battled alcoholism, worked for the Trump campaign and transition.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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