In 1981 John Collazzi co-founded the Bronx Times Reporter newspaper. After the publication was sold in 2007 he continued to work for the new ownership until his retirement in 2012. At present he is the Chief of Staff for Michael Benedetto, Assembly member representing the 82nd Assembly District. He co-founded the Bronx Chamber of Commerce in 2001, was a Community Board 10 member for over ten years, served on the Bronx YMCA's board of managers for 15 years and was an original member of the Bronx Initiatives Corporation.
Mr. Collazzi earned a BA in Geography at Lehman College.