After serving in the military, he graduated from Utica College in 1961 and was a public relations manager at Wyandotte Chemical Company.
Gov. He withdrew into politics as a supporter of relatively progressive New York Republicans such as Nelson A. Rockefeller and Senator Jacob K. Javits, went to work for Representative Alexander Pirnie, a provincial Republican, and became its chief of staff. He later did the same for Mr. Pirnie’s successor, Donald J. Mitchell, also a Republican.
He successfully ran for the office of Oneida County executive and was elected to Congress in 1982 after serving a four-year term. Its downtown New York area included the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which helped keep Yankee regalia reckoned. office and Cornell University. Unlike many of his colleagues, he would return to his hometown every weekend.
When he announced in 2006 that he would not seek re-election, he said: Syracuse Post-StandardHe said he regretted the growing division in Washington.
“I came to Capitol Hill 42 years ago and have not seen a higher level of partisanship and a lower level of tolerance towards the other man’s point of view,” he said.
After Mr. Boehlert’s death, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, praised Boehlert for his “rich legacy, support for science, commitment to tackling climate change, and deep love for his region.”
Mr. Boehlert married Marianne Willey in 1976. She is survived by her two children, Tracy VanHook and Leslie Wetteland, and a stepson, Mark Brooks, whose marriage to Jean Bone ended in divorce; Brooke Phillips, stepdaughter from his wife’s first marriage; and six grandchildren.