Principal Claims Daily News Defamed Him

Iulia Filip, Courthouse News, June 8, 2012

A Catholic school principal claims in court that he was fired after the New York Daily News defamed him in a series of articles that falsely accused him of “white supremacist ties.”

Frank Borzellieri sued the New York Daily News Co. and Daily News reporters Corinne Lestch and Larry McShane, in Queens County Supreme Court. He also sued his former co-workers Anne Marie Zagaglia and Connie Anestis, who allegedly made defamatory statements about him to Daily News reporters.

Borzellieri was principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School from 2009 until last year, when he says he was fired because of a series about him in the Daily News. Mount Carmel is a predominantly black and Latino elementary school in the Bronx.

{snip} He claims the article called him a “principal of hate,” a “firebrand educator” and a “controversial principal” among other things.


Borzellieri claims the article contained false and defamatory statements and falsely accused him of “race hatred and traits inconsistent with his profession.”


Borzellieri claims the Daily News continued to defame him in follow-up articles published in August 2011.


Borzellieri says that in addition to getting him fired, the articles ruined his reputation and exposed him to ridicule.

He seeks compensatory and punitive damages for defamation and negligence.


[Editor’s Note: Excerpts from the complaint are available in the original article, linked below.]


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  • I note that liberals see racism where none exist and where racism exist (Chicago mob attacks) see none. 

  • Global Minority

    I hope he wins his case.

  • The__Bobster

    The Daily Snooze is a leftist rag that routinely smears conservatives when “objectively” reporting the news. They have no shame. I’m surprised they haven’t been sued sooner.

  • Johnny Reb

    QUOTE:  a predominantly black and Latino elementary school in the Bronx.
    What probably (most likely) happened here is that he:

    1) forced teachers to teach
    2)  forced children to do homework
    3)  forced children to show up to class on-time
    4)  forced children to pay attention in class
    5)  enforced discipline and demanded respect for his teachers
    6) chewed out parents who didn’t support their children . . . and . . .
    7)  generally ran things the way you would in an all-white community.

    Boy is he dumb!

  • Critic_of_Leviathan

    Mr. Borzellieri,

    Doesn’t the Gospel say, “Don’t cast pearls before swine?”

  • Funruffian

    In an all Black and Latino school you can assuredly expect constant use of profanity by students along with fighting, horseplay, vandalism, rude and raucous behavior, constant disruption, bullying, lying and anabashed disrespect for authority. If the teacher manages to maintain his professionalism and cool for an extended period of time until he can no longer function he may yell, “Shut up!” for which he will be reprimanded. Schools of this kind of demography are poisonous snake pits for any White male.