Frank Borzellieri on the Ann Liguori Show at the WFAN radio studio in New York, 2006
Ridgewood, Queens, New York
|Other names||Mario Bella|
Frank Borzellieri (born 1962) is an American author, teacher, political columnist, former elected member of a New York City school board and a former school principal. As of 2013, Borzellieri has legally changed his name to Mario Bella. He is best known for his conservative views on immigration, affirmative action, gun control, education, libertarianism, and his opposition to what he terms the lack of morality and the lack of focus on the basics of learning in the New York City public school. On August 2, 2011, NBC reported that Borzellieri was terminated from his position as a result of his viewpoints on certain issues that were not consistent with the values of the Archdiocese of New York.
Early life and education
Teaching and principaling
On December 3, 2013, Borzellieri, as "Mario Bella," was hired as headmaster of DuBois Area Catholic School, a K-12 institution in DuBois, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. The Associated Press reported on January 29, 2014 that Borzellieri was fired from his position as headmaster of DuBois Area Catholic School. Borzellieri was hired under a different name. He did not mention his past as "Borzellieri." School officials stated they were not informed of, nor made aware of his prior identity. Upon learning of his true identity, Borzellieri was fired.
School board member
Borzellieri was a Queens school board member from 1993 to 2002. Borzellieri was elected to the District 24 New York City School Board in 1993 and was re-elected in both 1996 and 1999. In his tenure on the board he described himself as the only "conservative" of the nine elected members, and battled frequently with liberals over hot-button issues such as multiculturalism and bilingual education, both of which he strongly opposed. Borzellieri also wanted to ban black people from speaking African American Vernacular English, also known as ebonics, in the school system.
Borzellieri also tried to level charges for “conduct unbecoming a teacher” against Daniel Dromm, a homosexual teacher who founded the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee in the district, who discussed his lifestyle with his class. In his conservative district, he was voted the most popular school board member in both 1996 and 1999.
Borzellieri defended the Boy Scouts of America when they banned gay scoutmasters and he put forth a resolution, which passed by a vote of eight to one, supporting the Scouts at a time when other New York City school boards were voting to denounce them. But for the most part, he was outnumbered on most issues in the conservative-liberal battles.
He voted against accepting all federal monies as violations of the United States Constitution and opposed sex education, believing it was the province of parents, not the schools.
While on the school board, he also attempted to ban books he considered anti-American, including a Martin Luther King, Jr. biography he felt should "say he was a leftist hoodlum with significant Communist ties."
He left the board in 2004.
Borzellieri is the author of five books and is currently under contract for two others. Two books focus on his commentaries on the social issues of the day, The Unspoken Truth: Race, Culture and Other Taboos and Don’t Take it Personally: Race, Immigration and Other Heresies. He is also the co-author of It Happened in New York, which has been released in two separate editions. Borzellieri’s fifth book, Lynched: A Conservative’s Life on a New York City School Board, documents his struggles as a conservative facing a liberal majority on School Board 24 in Queens, New York, where he was elected to three terms and served eleven years. Borzellieri has long-standing ties to American Renaissance, a "racial realist" publication that has expressed support for eugenics and the "racialism" of the early 20th century.  In 2008 he wrote The Physics of Dark Shadows: Time Travel, ESP and the Laboratory, a book about the science behind the supernatural events of the 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, which aired on ABC from 1966-1971. He is also under contract for a sports book on hockey’s New York Islanders and another book on the New York subway gunman Bernhard Goetz.
In addition to his political writings, Borzellieri has written sports articles, including a profile of sportscaster Ann Liguori of WFAN radio in New York. He has written about his favorite sports teams, especially the New York Mets, New York Islanders, Minnesota Vikings and the World Cup Champion Italian national soccer team, the “Azzurri.” He has also written numerous articles on the television soap opera Dark Shadows'.
Several years ago, Borzellieri co-wrote the book It Happened in New York, with Fran Capo, who is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Fastest Talking Female. He also publicly expressed his affections for New York City Councilwoman Melinda Katz in his newspaper column, although Newsday and many other observers regarded the column as a tongue-in-cheek endorsement. He also mentions past girlfriends in his 2009 book, Lynched.
- The Unspoken Truth: Race, Culture and Other Taboos (1999) New Century Books ISBN 978-0-9656383-1-9
- It Happened in New York, 1st edition (2000) Globe Pequot Press ISBN 978-1-56044-899-0
- Don’t Take it Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies (2004) New Century Books ISBN 978-0-9656383-3-3
- It Happened in New York, 2nd edition (2006) Globe Pequot Press ISBN 978-0-7627-4249-3
- The Physics of Dark Shadows: Time Travel, ESP, and the Laboratory (2008) Cultural Studies Press ISBN 978-0-9815407-0-2
- Lynched: A Conservative’s Life on a New York City School Board (2009) Cultural Studies Press ISBN 978-0-9815407-1-9
Borzellieri was a popular columnist for the Woodhaven, Queens newspaper Leader-Observer. His views on race and immigration frequently caused controversy, but Leader-Observer publisher Walter Sanchez often defended Borzellieri as having a point of view that the readership wanted. In July 2000, Borzellieri was suspended as a Leader-Observer columnist for several months over a column comparing a Board of Education representative to Adolf Hitler. Borzellieri has also written numerous newspaper and magazine articles in journals such as Newsday, USA Today, New York Daily News, and the New York Guardian.
Borzellieri's controversies have been profiled in the Washington Times, Village Voice, New York Times, and others. He has received praise from conservative news websites National Review and Human Events.
Because of his views, Borzellieri became a frequent guest on the talk show circuit across the United States. He has appeared on many radio shows and television programs including Leeza, the Ricki Lake Show, 20/20, Geraldo Rivera Show, Fox Sunday Morning, the Jackie Mason Show, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, the Richard Bey Show, Michael Moore’s TV Nation and the Vladimir Posner Show. On radio, he has been a frequent guest on the Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes, Bob Grant, and Curtis Sliwa shows. He has appeared many times on the Ann Liguori radio sports program on WFAN in New York.
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- Dick Sheridan (1996-05-01). "School District 24 Is A Hot Spot". New York Daily News.
- Sengupta, Somini (1997-04-26). "Board of Regents is Urged to Test in Five Languages". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Gendar, Alison (1998-04-20). "Board Member Is Out To Quiet Gay Teacher". Daily News (New York).
- Kershaw, Sarah (1998-01-26). "Trouble for Teacher: Talked with class about being gay, says Sunnyside school official". Newsday. p. A7. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Polner, Robert (1996-05-29). "Right Man for Queens School Post: Activist Basks in Victory". Newsday. p. A19. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Halbfinger, David M. (1998-11-16). "Schools Told to Post Photos of Offenders in Sex Cases". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Poolos, Alexandra (1998-05-15). "No Change in Sex Ed Policy for District 24". Newsday. p. A50. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Hartocollis, Anemona (2000-12-06). "Queens Board, in Revolt, Attacks Levy Over Restrictions on Boy Scout Access". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Kershaw, Sarah. (1998-12-13). "One-Man Crusade: Arch-conservative is outspoken and often outrageous". Newsday. p. A8.
- Onishi, Norimitsu (1994-11-06). "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 38/JAMAICA; An 'America-First' Challenger Is Resonating, in English Only". The New York Times.
- "Book ban urged". The Vindicator (New York). 18 May 1994.
- Belluck, Pam (1996-04-29). "Conservative School Board Gains Turned Out to Be No Revolution". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Borzellieri, Frank. "Hey Liguori, What’s the story?". Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Stamler, Bernard (1998-01-25). "Neighborhood report: Long Island City; Teacher and Students Fire Back at Vocal Foe of Diversity". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- O'Grady, Jim (2000-10-08). "Neighborhood report: Queens up close -- Update; Paper Reinstates Writer Who Likened Politician to Hitler". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- "The Week". National Review. 1997-09-15. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- "The Right Ear". Human Events. 2001-01-12. Retrieved 2009-07-02.[dead link]
- Trotta, Liz (1995-09-27). "Queens’ pride of political incorrectness: School board’s ‘Rambo’ keeps battling liberals". The Washington Times. p. A2. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Cultural Studies Press Books by Frank Borzellieri
- Frank Borzellieri… Iconoclast of the Right Frank Borzellieri’s Blog
- Borzellieri interview on Dark Shadows Journal
- Frank Borzellieri profile on Coast to Coast AM
- Borzellieri Dark Shadows interview on Coast to Coast AM
- Frank Borzellieri radio profile on the Mancow Show
- Fired Headmaster Changed Name to Hide Past: Diocese, NBC 10 Philadelphia, January 29, 2014
- Pa. Catholic school head fired once ID uncovered, Associated Press, January 28, 2014