‘White House Plumbers’ Return to Poughkeepsie and Impact Parking


When this was happening almost 50 years ago, the Watergate scandal had links to Dutchess County.

G. Gordon Liddy, the mastermind behind the heist, was a former deputy prosecutor for Dutchess, who was then married to a native of Poughkeepsie and is now buried in Poughkeepsie.

The Queen City on the Hudson will soon be linked to the scandal again as “The White House Plumbers,” an HBO limited series based on the historic moment, continued to be filmed locally. And this week, it’s coming straight to the heart of the city.

Filming for the series, which stars Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux as E. Howard Hunt and Liddy, will close some parking areas Thursday and Friday.

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There will be no permitted parking on either side of Market Street between Church and Main streets, nor on the north side of Cannon Street between the entrance and the Liberty Street parking lot, according to the city, which also noted the west sides of Liberty parking lot and Academy Street parking lots will be closed.

“White House Plumbers” began touring the area in May and announced plans to tour in and around Poughkeepsie and Newburgh for six months. The production last week drew attention to filming just outside the state capital of Albany.

Moises Ortega, owner of the Vegan restaurant in Beacon, and actor Woody Harrelson pose for a photo at the restaurant on May 17, 2021.

Harrelson made headlines in May when he visited a vegan in the town of Beacon to thank the vegan restaurant for taking care of the crew; Kamel Jamal, owner of Beacon-based River Valley Restaurant Group, also helped production by creating a vegan prosthesis that Harrelson can wear. The cast and crew have also been seen at other restaurants in the area; Filming also took place in the Arlington and Spackenkill areas of Dutchess.

In addition to Harrelson and Theroux, the series will star such actors as Judy Greer, Gary Cole, Ike Barinholtz, Lena Headey and David Krumholtz. Greer is expected to play Poughkeepsie’s own Frances Liddy

Another HBO series, “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” has been filmed in and around Vassar College for the past two weeks. Signs around campus transformed Vassar into “Essex College”, a fictional school in Vermont. The show was created by “The Office” star and “The Mindy Project” creator Mindy Kaling.

Both HBO shows have made numerous calls for local residents to work as extras.

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