‘White House Plumbers’ returns to Poughkeepsie, impacts parking

When it happened nearly 50 years ago, the Watergate scandal had ties to Dutchess County.

G. Gordon Liddy, the mastermind behind the burglary, was a former assistant district attorney at Dutchess, who was then married to a resident 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 series based on the historic moment, was filmed locally. And this week it comes straight to the heart of the city.

Shooting for the series, which stars Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux starring E. Howard Hunt and Liddy, will close some parking lots on Thursday and Friday.

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One-way traffic stopped at the intersection of Market Street and Cannon Street in the town of Poughkeepsie on June 22, 2021.

There will be no parking on either side of Market Street between Church and Main Street, nor will there be on the north side of Cannon Street between the entrance and the Liberty Street parking lot, the city said, which also noted the west sides of both Liberty Street. Lot if the Academy Street parking lots will be closed.

“White House Plumbers” began filming in the region in May and has announced its intention to film in and around Poughkeepsie and Newburgh for six months. Last week, the production caught the eye while filming just outside the state capital in Albany.

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

Harrelson made headlines of his own in May when he visited a Végétalien in the town of Beacon to thank the vegan restaurant for catering to the crew; Kamel Jamal, owner of the Beacon-based River Valley Restaurant Group, also aided production by creating a vegan prosthesis that Harrelson can wear. Cast and crew have also been seen at other restaurants in the area; filming has also taken place in the Arlington and Spakenkill areas of Dutchess.

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